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Posted By PAINTS NEPAL Design on 27 Aug 2023
The Most Profitable Home Styles Around the U.S.

From bohemian bungalows to modern farmhouses, each city has its own diverse mix of architectural styles––and some come with a heftier price tag than others. The Five Star Painting team posed the question: how does the architectural style of a home impact its value, and how quickly it sells? And how does this differ, city by city? We turned to Zillow data to find out. Using Zillow listings, we scraped the average home price and the average number of days on Zillow across the most popular architectural styles in America's 50 largest cities –– all to uncover the most valuable and fastest-selling home styles around the country.

We analyzed a wide range of home styles, including colonials, ranches, farmhouses, bungalows, contemporary homes, and Spanish-style homes, among several others. Read on to find out which architectural style is the most and least expensive in your city!

Posted By PAINTS NEPAL Design on 27 Aug 2023
10 Trending Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or starting from scratch, picking the perfect cabinet color can be challenging, especially with so many options out there. Trending kitchen cabinet colors change from year to year — and can leave some homeowners unsure of how to handle their next kitchen remodel project.

Don’t worry; we’ve put together a list of the top 10 kitchen cabinet colors for this year. Our list features colors that blend a mixture of the outdoors, natural woods, neutral tones, and other colors to create a beautiful, eye-catching result.

  1. Earthy undertones
  2. Natural grain colors
  3. Dark blue
  4. Timeless black
  5. Neutral white
  6. Neutral gray
  7. Beige
  8. Reddish tones
  9. Two-toned colors
  10. Tri-toned colors

These trending cabinet colors will help you create the perfect look for your kitchen project. Continue reading to learn more about these colors and how to incorporate them into your design.

1. Earthy Undertones

Earthy, natural colors are becoming increasingly popular this year. For example, greenish hues, sandy beige, charcoal grays, and gray greens evoke a feeling of being outside, which helps create a relaxing visual effect.

Light or dark green kitchen cabinet colors are especially trendy due to their versatility and calming presence. They also blend well with many of the other fixtures in your home.

Pick lighter or darker hues depending on the kind of mood you want to establish. For instance, if you’re looking to create a vibrant, energized space, select lighter hues from the natural colors listed above. If you prefer something warmer and more inviting, choose darker hues to complement the room.

The best part: neutral cabinet colors are great for mixing and matching other color palettes.

2. Natural Grain Colors

The look of natural wood is extremely versatile and can balance your room’s overall aesthetic. It offers the perfect blend between chic and simple, and can transform your kitchen by giving it a whole new look. It’s also the perfect way to bring a sense of the outdoors into any room.

Depending on your preference, consider coating the wood with a clear finish that draws attention to its natural grain pattern or you can opt for a darker stain to create an elegant look (think dark walnut or mahogany).

3. Dark Blue

Using dark blue colors for kitchen cabinets is also making waves this year. It’s one of those colors that helps you bring the outdoors in, mimicking the calmness of the ocean.

Dark blue hues not only add an element of mystery and depth but can also stand out to create a striking contrast. These colors can blend easily with other décor in your home. Blue cabinet doors with silver or gold hardware, for instance, can help you create a sophisticated look. You can also opt for earthy colors to complement the elegance of rich blue.

4. Timeless Black

Timeless black is a great way to create a minimalist, modern look. Black kitchen cabinets never go out of style and can add dimension to your space.

Black also has a way of balancing brighter colors within the space to ground tones that may otherwise be too eye-catching or bold.

5. Neutral White

Neutral white is also a color that never seems to go out of style. All-white kitchen cabinets have been trending for years, with a look that stands the test of time. They create a sense of brightness and can make your kitchen feel more open and airier. This color choice is ideal for smaller kitchens.

Since white is easy to paint over, it’s also a perfect color if you want to refresh your cabinets down the line. White cabinets will give you the option to paint over them and start anew whenever you want to spice up your kitchen again.

6. Neutral Gray

Neutral gray cabinets are also among the most trending options today. Gray has come a long way from being considered boring and dull. It is now viewed as a sleek and modern option.

Gray cabinets can be paired with almost any décor type, making it the perfect option for homeowners who want to create an even, balanced look.

7. Beige

Like white, beige will almost surely never go out of style. Although it may seem like the “safe” color option, don’t undervalue its immense possibilities. Adding dark wood trim to your cabinets can help accentuate the look of beige’s modest hue.

Beige also lends a timeless look that won’t need extensive updates in years to come. So, if you’re looking for an option that provides longevity, beige may be your best choice.

8. Reddish Tones

Reddish tones (such as scarlet, maroon, and crimson) have a way of instilling a sense of minimalism in your home. Red’s striking presence can also create a sophisticated, bold look.

These hues pair well with other colors like beige and charcoal gray.

9. Two-Toned Colors

Two-toned colors are making a big splash this year, especially black and white. A black-and-white color combination has become more popular in recent years and doesn’t appear to be going out of style any time soon.

This color combination also helps create a clean, classic aesthetic that provides the ideal backdrop for splashes of color in your kitchen.

10. Tri-Tone Colors

Out of all the cabinet choices, tri-tone colors are surely turning heads this year. Consider mixing wood grain and painted finishes of the same hue, or mix and match a combination of beige, dark green, and natural wood for a complementary look.

Choosing three distinct colors to transform your space is the perfect way to bring out your personality and style. It’s especially nice for those who want to get a bit more creative.

Posted By PAINTS NEPAL Design on 27 Aug 2023
Embrace Bold Design with Maximalism: Decor Ideas for an Eclectic Taste

While minimalist decor has been the rage over the last decade, there’s a new trend taking its place: maximalism. This style of interior design is exactly what it sounds like and can be defined as an eclectic mix of patterns, colors, designs, and possessions, usually with at least some amount of organization

While maximalism revolves around an eclectic mix of design choices, it doesn’t mean stuffing one’s living space with as much decor and clutter as possible. While it encourages being a little less strict about the number of things in any given space, there are still artful tricks to ensure your space doesn’t come across

Maximalism can be successfully implemented in smaller spaces requiring more intentional design, such as apartments or college dorms. With limited space comes a greater need for strategic thinking, but despite the appearance of the trend, it isn’t reserved only for the well-traveled or people with large budgets. 

Posted By PAINTS NEPAL Design on 27 Aug 2023
Choosing the Best Paint Color for a Kitchen with Dark Cabinets

A fresh color on your kitchen walls can transform the entire space by giving it a new look and feel. However, choosing the wrong color or colors can make the space appear smaller or dingy. If your kitchen has dark kitchen cabinets, make them an asset by selecting paint colors that accent them while giving your kitchen an improved dimension. In this article we’ll review the best paint colors for a kitchen with dark cabinets and how you can use them to expand a small kitchen visually. 

What If I Have a Small Kitchen?

Choosing the right paint color for a small kitchen with dark cabinets can be tricky. Do you go full white to get as much light reflection as possible? While maximizing light and perception of space are important, it could backfire in a small kitchen.

Here are some tips to keep your kitchen from visually shrinking: 

  • Match the paint with the tone in the cabinets to minimize contrast. Going too light against dark cabinets creates visual lines that will emphasize the size of the kitchen and may make it look smaller than it is.
  • Use the same color for walls and trim to elongate the wall and make the ceilings appear taller. The visual illusion works because there is not a distinct line to catch the eye on the trim.

Avoid cool white. Shades like warm white or ivory can look welcoming in the kitchen, but cool white can make the space look dingy.


Freshen Up Your Kitchen Colors with Professional Painters 

Renovating the kitchen, or simply adding a fresh color, can transform the look and feel of the entire space. To give your kitchen the dimension it deserves, incorporate your dark cabinets into your kitchen aesthetic and choose paint colors that enhance them instead of hiding them.  

Posted By PAINTS NEPAL Design on 27 Aug 2023
Everything You Should Know About Surfactant Leaching

You have a nice new coat of paint that looked perfect when it was finished, but now you’re finding drip marks on bathroom walls. Is the paint sweating? What’s happening? More than likely, you have a case of surfactant leaching. The unsightly marks show up as glossy or greasy stains. While bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms often have issues with these stains, there are also outdoor cases that can develop under the eave. Learn more about what causes surfactant leaching and how to fix it. 

What Is Surfactant Leaching? 

Surfactants, short for “surface-active agents,” are compounds added to paint during pigmentation dispersion to promote stability and allow the paint to spread over the surface evenly. Under normal circumstances, surfactants either dry off as the paint cures or seal into the paint. It’s only when drying conditions are especially cold, steamy, or damp that the compounds rise or leach to the paint’s surface in an uneven film that can look glossy or greasy.   

The primary causes of surfactant leaching include: 

  • Humidity. If the painted surface comes into contact with high humidity before it has the chance to set, the moisture stagnates the drying process, encouraging leaching. This often happens with a hot shower in the bathroom or by running the dryer in the laundry room.
  • Low temperature. Paints typically dry best between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Above 90 degrees, the paint will dry too fast and crack. Below 50 degrees, the paint will struggle to bind to the surface.
  • Poor ventilation. Lack of air circulation also prevents proper drying.
  • Dark colors. Darker pigmented paints contain more surfactants, making them more susceptible to leaching.

How to Fix Surfactant Leaching 

If someone makes the mistake of using the shower too soon after a paint job, the humidity from the shower slows the paint’s setting process. The next thing you know, you have surfactant leaching in the bathroom. How do you get rid of it? Will another coat solve the issue? Unfortunately, it won’t. Sealing in the leaching with a new coat of paint cannot hide the ripples of uneven film. So, what can you do? 

Here are the steps to fix surfactant leaching: 

Wash with soap and water. After the paint has completely set, use soap, warm water, and a soft cloth or sponge to wash off the leaching. Taking care not to damage the uncured film, you may have to wash it a few times to get rid of the greasy marks.  

Consider repainting. Although a fresh coat cannot resolve the issue on its own, if there is color staining from the leaching, you may need to add a new coat of paint after thoroughly removing the surfactant film. 

Allow weathering to run its course. It may take close to a month for the stains to wear away, but outdoor surfactant leaching can be cured by natural weather.