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Spruce Up Your Home For the Holidays

January 9, 2018
There’s just nothing quite like walking into a space and instantly feeling a sense of warmth and comfort, especially during the holidays. And there’s also nothing quite like being told that your home is cozy and inviting. However, maybe you’re struggling with creating an atmosphere that others want to be in. If you are having a hard time creating a more cozy and inviting home for the holidays, here are a few tips.
Inviting Entryway
First impressions are everything – especially when it comes to the entryway of your home.Start with a festive wreath on the door and a nice mat to usher in and welcome both family and guests. Great lighting, art or a mirror, and a succession of rugs help to pull guests into this entry.

Let There Be Candlelight!

Having plenty of candles in your home gives it a sense of warmth. Put a couple candles in each room and people will feel a sense of comfort no matter where they are in your home. Select scents that remind you of the season – like pumpkin, spice, and apple. Just remember that any candles set out where food is being served should be unscented.
The Power of Smell
As stated above, this can be one of the most important factors in creating a welcoming environment. Try a homemade holiday potpourri or freshly baked cookies to get your home smelling festive.
Offer Snacks & Refreshments
Nobody can be comfortable when they are hungry or thirsty. When guests are offered something to snack on they immediately feel more comfortable. And, if you put out freshly baked cookies, your house will be smelling super-homey too!
Be Accommodating of Both Kids & FurKids 
If children are on the guest list, make sure to have an area and some activities arranged for them ahead of time. If pets will be visiting as well, set up pet-friendly areas to ensure your furry guests are comfortable as well.
McDermaid Painting has been serving the Peninsula by providing custom painting services for residential and historic buildings for over 23 years. Our customers receive individual attention and an atmosphere of comfort and trust throughout the job. For more information, give us a call at (650) 961-7415.

Spice Up Your Kitchen with 2017 Paint Colors

October 11, 2017

It is almost a cliche when you hear that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  Yet the heartbeat of the home, the kitchen, must appease the tastes of many. When it comes to the home’s heart, choosing the right kitchen color is critical.  Here are three color schemes to keep in mind when choosing colors.

Warm and Inviting. Use spicy, warm kitchen colors, such as red, orange and yellow, that relate to food, offering appetizing surroundings.  These colors are especially inviting, making kitchens feel irresistible.  Think terra cotta shades, Mediterranean hues of orange, peach or persimmon reds, along with greens, taupe, and golds
Yellow, a classic kitchen color, is a warm shade that will instantly wake up a drab kitchen. This goes well with white cabinets that can offset its brightness. On the other hand, a lighter shade of yellow can create a soft tone, brightening up a space.
Oranges can range from terracotta tones to rich pumpkin.  You’ll often see them in Tuscan-style cooking spaces.
Spicy red, a color with a lot of personality, goes best with a kitchen that has a lot of light.  It can add drama to a lackluster space and is an outstanding as an accent.

Cool as a Cucumber.  Use cooler, serene kitchen paint colors like green, blue and violet to create a calm and fresh atmosphere.

Cool paint colors paired with warm woods are a great choice for a kitchen color scheme. A light sage is a perfect all-over wall color.  Cool blues, which can sometimes conjure up a beach theme, can be tinted enough to make it more of a tranquil hue and paired against white or dark wood is a great offset.

Neutral Territory.
  Kitchens can  feel more open by incorporating white or a neutral color.  These light colors are elegant backdrops for any space, and make kitchens feel light and airy.  Light gray or taupe are two options to use as neutral kitchen colors. Neutral tans or the increasingly popular slate gray can all be pulled together, creating a modern kitchen color scheme.

Finally, after you pick the main go-to shade, remember that a  good rule ofthumb is to select shades that are next to each other on the color wheel and pair them with a grounding neutral. It’s also helpful to balance warm tones with a cool color or two. To find complementary shades, choose ones that are opposite your favorite warm colors on the color wheel.

McDermaid Painting has been serving the Peninsula by providing custom painting services for residential and historic buildings for over 23 years.  Our customers receive individual attention and an atmosphere of comfort and trust throughout the job.  Call us at (650) 961-7415.

Trust a Professional to Paint your Home: Here’s Why

September 19, 2017

Painting a room in your house is one of those projects where, as they say, it’s easier said than done. While the concept may sound simple, in practice, there are many steps involved that make all the difference between a chic, polished space and a sloppy, hurried paint job.

There are some things that are best left in the hands of professionals. Because you take pride in your home and its appearance, having its interior or exterior professionally painted, rather than trying to handle it yourself, is highly recommended.
Here are a few key reasons why we recommend you leave the paintbrushes in qualified, professional hands.
You Save A Lot of Time and Hassle

Painting a room requires prepping the walls, filling up holes, and applying tape to the side boards to avoid damage—and that’s even before you open your first can of paint.

We live in a world with demanding schedules and routines that are anything but routine. If your home needs a new look, give yourself a break and let a qualified professional take this on.
It’s Just Going to Look Better
While yes, anyone can hold a paintbrush and apply paint to a wall, trust us—you can always tell the difference between an amateur and a professional painting project. And your visitors and family members will too.
Professional contractors, like your friends and experts at McDermaid Painting, know exactly what it takes to make your home look beautiful. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to transform your space into what you envisioned.
No Detail is Too Small
Because this is what we take pride and pleasure in doing all day, every day, the professional team at McDermaid Painting knows what to do to make a room look perfect, rather than good. We’ve gotten pretty good at noticing the small details and understanding how to best enhance your space.
The Proper Equipment is Always Used
Painting is so much more than a brush, a blank canvas, and a can of paint. It’s also about the equipment you use to efficiently use your time.
Painting the exterior of a home requires an enormous amount of safety gear, patching tools and caulk, and those can be difficult to come by for the typical do-it-yourselfer. A professional will also understand the kind of paint that will make your home look its best for the longest possible amount of time.
Painting your home should be completed by a professional to give your home the beautiful, polished look it deserves. We at McDermaid Painting would be honored to serve you and help you give your home a stunning new look. Call us today to discuss your upcoming paint project at 650-961-7415 or email us at contact@mcdermaidpainting.com.
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