Just reaching out this weekend to let you know that, while adhering to certain common-sense practices, and taking necessary precautions, Prana Painting is planning on operating this upcoming week. However, things seem to change quickly, and we will make necessary changes to our plans as the situation evolves. We take this seriously and encourage all to follow local and national guidelines of limiting points of contact and avoiding crowds.
Fortunately, we have a pretty insulated group and we also have several projects that allow us to work in empty houses. We will adjust our schedules accordingly and focus on those projects where we will have very limited outside contact. Of course, if we are working on your house or business and you would prefer us to reschedule, please contact us right away.
We also ask any employee that feels that they, or someone in their household, may have had any possible contact with the virus to please do the right thing and stay home. More generally, if you are feeling sick in any way, we also strongly encourage you to stay home.
Pinterest can be a great place for getting ideas about a variety of subjects, including home decorating and remodeling. Using Pinterest, you may enter search words or terms to find photos of rooms or furniture items, for example, and possibly links to further details.
Pinterest analytics can be used to gather information and point out future trends. I’ve noticed many home design articles mentioning Pinterest when referencing what is currently popular. In this way the use of social media apps and other websites enable almost immediate insight into what other people are doing or considering.
Most recently, in articles I’ve read about home trends for 2020, many refer to the increase in searches related to certain items, and some of them are very specific. For instance, I noticed a 751% increase in searches for “at home coffee stations”. Also, on Pinterest, searches for “Spanish Style Bathrooms” are up 300%. Therefore, one can conclude that those are popular trends.
Because other people are searching for it doesn’t always mean that it’s something that is right for you. And I’m not recommending Pinterest as a replacement for an expert. An interior design professional can ask questions and get to know you more personally. Then, they can guide you in a direction that is specific for you, and probably offer some thoughts that you have not considered. There are many local designers who can help you with redecorating or remodeling, including choosing paint colors. Have fun exploring ideas on Pinterest or other sites, but remember that if necessary, a second (professional) opinion is easy to find.
While our ski team meets only one night per week, our teams of painters are busy every day working on projects in New Hampshire and Vermont. We recently provided all painting services for the newly renovated post office in Rutland, Vermont. This included the eagle and other graphics for U.S. Postal Service branding.
We also continue working on many other residential and commercial projects. This sometimes includes accent walls and highly customized finishing touches, like stenciling. Our work is diverse in regard to the types of projects and widespread throughout the region. If you have any questions about your future projects and what kind of help we can provide, please ask.
The Pantone Color Institute just announced their color of the year for 2020. They have chosen Classic Blue. If you close your eyes and think about it the name Classic Blue probably sparks your imagination. Blue is simple. It’s primary, unlike some of those crazy names for colors that you can’t quite picture. Continue reading for some thoughts from Pantone regarding what it means to them.
“A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
In choosing a Color of the Year, Pantone influences designs for many popular home decorating products, like paint and furniture.
As always, give us a call if you’d like to discuss using this color, or any other color, in your home. If you are not quite sure what you’d like to do, we can introduce you to a professional interior designer who can help you with color consultations and other design ideas.
Pictures can often say more than words, so I try to take them when I can. As I usually do at certain times throughout the year, I have added a few images here that show a variety of projects from the past several months. Considering the outdoor, Summer/Fall theme I have included only exterior pictures in this collection.
I talked last month about finally getting some nice weather, which gives us hope that we can get many of our exterior projects completed before winter. However, it’s never too early to consider the interior season. We work on interior projects year-round (I think I say it every year), but during the winter months we are inside exclusively.
Beneficial to everyone, the scheduling for interior work can be much more precise, because we are not reliant on the weather. We are happy to work with you to make it most convenient. Perhaps you’d like us to do the work while you are away on vacation? Or maybe you have a second home that is not used as much in the winter, and you’d like to do some interior painting before next spring? These are situations that we encounter frequently.
We are being contacted regularly for estimates, so don’t wait. Get in touch soon.
We finally got some nice weather, and while working outside may not be everybody’s idea of fun, it does make us happy. The good weather has enabled us to complete some projects that were delayed and get moving on to some other projects that were delayed. The point is, everything outside was delayed for a while, going back as far as last fall, possibly further.
We still have a lot of work to do, but if you have been waiting patiently for us to get to you and your home or business, thank you. We appreciate it, and we continue to move forward with our teams working several jobs at a time. We hope for and expect several more months of comfortable and productive working conditions. We’ll see you soon.
Here are a few pictures of some recent, exterior work.
We’ve been painting this home for years. Now, before you get the wrong idea, I don’t mean that it has taken us years to complete the job. It’s just that we’ve worked on many different projects, inside and out. Some of these projects include annual maintenance on decks and docks, staining exterior siding, painting trim, repainting interior rooms and painting and refinishing cabinets.
We have long-standing relationships with many of the home professionals in the Lake Sunapee Region who have also worked on this home.
And it isn’t just this home. We provide regular maintenance for many clients throughout the region. Rather than wait many years until your home looks like it needs to be painted, it is more cost effective to regularly maintain the finish. Decks and docks are prime examples of things that require more frequent maintenance. They are often fully exposed to the sun and weather, and regardless what product you use this will inevitably dull their appearance more quickly than other surfaces. It’s best to keep up with them before they need more extensive work.
Again, it’s fun to see a story about clients whom we have known for so long. They are great clients and even better people.
Moving is a common motivation for a painting project.
If you are planning to put your home on the market, painting is an important part of the home staging process. Experts suggest that effective staging can significantly improve your sales results. You want your home to look its best so that it will sell more quickly and for the desired asking price, or higher, depending on the market.
On the other hand, if you recently purchased a home, you may want to change the colors to appeal to your personal style. We had the pleasure of working with some wonderful people over the past few months. Two of our most recent interior painting projects were for couples who moved to the Lake Sunapee region within the last few years. It was time for them to update their colors.
“If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.” Have you ever heard a variation of this expression about the status of the weather in New Hampshire? I’ve heard it many times. Mostly it seems like a statement of pride, and maybe a response to a complaint about the current conditions. Often it is exaggerated, and it comes out like this: “If you aren’t tough enough to handle the extremes in New Hampshire, then go back to where you came from.”, as if it were a test. Am I wrong? I’ve heard it in other parts of the country also. It appears to be a regional colloquialism in places that experience less than ideal weather. Conversely, I’ve never heard it said in Southern California. I don't believe this is a coincidence.
One of our most frequently asked questions is “When is our (painting) project scheduled to start?” For interior painting this can be answered with a relatively high degree of certainty. However, for exterior work it is more complicated.
For recreational purposes I think that most people adapt to the climate in which they live. If it’s nice outside there are many options from which to choose, like a picnic or boating, biking, etc... If it’s cold and snowy, they perhaps go skiing or snowshoeing. Regardless of where they live, people adopt a similar strategy if they like to spend time outside. And why not? It's better to enjoy it than complain about it. There are very few places with perfect weather (again I refer to SoCal).
However, when it comes to business, and in particular the business of exterior painting, the weather can be frustrating. We can schedule projects, but we are dependent on certain environmental conditions. Technological advancements in the paint itself have made it possible to work in a wider range of temperatures, but we still need a dry surface to begin. So, this time of year you will see us out there washing and prepping projects, and beginning to finish them, but please understand that we often get delayed due to rainy conditions. We are actively working through our commitments. You are on our schedule, and we promise that we will get to you as soon as we can. Feel free to check in with us, as many of you do, but we may not be able to give you an exact date.