Boston is a city built on a ton of history. How Boston started and developed can be seen throughout the city. As a painter, walking through Boston is a mesmerizing experience. How about some quick, fun facts about Boston that can help your experience?
From being founded by English Puritans to being a leader in the United States’ fight for independence, Boston has a colorful history. But, we’ll bet you didn’t know that the city itself has fought hard to keep its historical red brick buildings alongside the new glass skyscrapers! You’ll see historical homes and new businesses throughout nearly every part of Boston and it’s on purpose!
We had to mention with our love of color this fun fact. The Boston Red Sox hold a patent on the color “Fenway Green”. This is the green of the stadium itself which earned it the nickname, “the green monster”.
Boston is also home to the worst molasses-related accident in history. On January 15, 1919, more than two million gallons of molasses overtook the Boston’s North End in a wave. A number of people died, and it led to the longest legal battle in the state’s history.
Although the capital was Boston and is today, there was about a year of Massachusetts history that the capital of the state was Salem. This was in response to the Boston Tea Party. The Red Coats decided after the historical incident, that the state capital would no longer be Boston.
After the battle for independence, and a siege, Massachusetts became the first state in the Union to abolish slavery. Statues are present celebrating this historical achievement and many others all throughout the city. Glints of bronze and silver are seen throughout the many parks and sometimes even in busy marketplaces!
We expect a lot out of our office and corporate spaces, right? Of course! This is a color that many people will have to see every day (or at least 5 of them) when they come to work. Dreaded are the taupe walls with espresso accents! Here’s our advice on choosing the best colors and working with a painting service, painting contractor or even a lone wolf interior painter.
Step 1: Think Of Your Audience
While you’re not displaying long appreciated works of art, you should take into consideration who will be staring at these walls the most. Many offices once opted for the uniform look of the entire office space being one color. However, many professional painting services and contractors will encourage you to do otherwise. There are a number of reasons why, but the top two are that it can make it easy for guests and clients to become lost, and many people stick with neutrals when using only one color.
Old houses can be beautiful and unique, but there are a few things you should know before you take on a new renovation or house-painting project.
This is a post written to those people who either have bought an old house or are thinking of buying one and then either painting it or renovating it.
One of the most important things you have to worry about is your health when it comes to homes that are older. Yes, buying an old house is exciting, old homes have standing, character and a distinct style. Additionally, you are doing something worthwhile; you are becoming a part of a community that restores a part of our history. Still, here is the thing. People with newer homes do not have the same issues as homeowners of older homes, and you need to be prepared.
Are you afraid to get into the task of painting your home exterior? Like many people, you probably are not an artist and don't understand much about color theory but you don’t have to have a degree in art to figure out what color you want your house painted. OK so facing the task on your own can be a bit daunting but not if you get a little help before you call in an exterior painting service provide.
Hire a Professional Painter
Sure! You need to make a few decisions regarding the project. You should be the person who decides on the color. Determine whether the color you choose will fit the style of the home and the neighborhood architectural style, but you don’t have to go out and paint the house yourself.
As a Painting Contractor Company in Boston MA, we are often asked about guidelines for selecting colors for painting the exterior of a New England home. First, we’ll discuss the three important components of Field, Trim, and Accent. Next, what style of home you have and how the three components change with style. Finally, a short discussion on common paint problems will be helpful.
Field, Trim, And Accent
The Field color covers the bulk of the house. Lighter colors make the house look larger, but if too light, it creates the illusion of a flimsy structure. Create a sturdier perception by using a darker field, but the house will look smaller.
When picking the Field color, consider the context of the entire neighborhood. Don’t copy the neighbors but choose a color that will set your home apart without clashing with nearby structures.
Think about how your choice coordinates with neighborhood landscaping features, like trees, walls, drives right next door, and with areas on your property that will not be painted, like brick fascia, chimneys, vinyl windows, and other natural wooden features.
The Trim, often the deal breaker, should provide contrast to the Field without looking garish. Using the same color as the Field will give your home an unfinished look. Lighter Trim color is almost always safe. Paint the gutters, downspouts, roof edging and door casings, and similar elements, with the Trim color for that invisible look.
The Accent color provides the “pop” drawing attention to key features of the home and giving it life. Use it on door frames (not casings), shutters, window frames (not trim), and other small areas.
For a modern type home, i.e., a style that represents the 1900s and later, follow the above advice and pick from the thousands of available colors for painting house exteriors. If, however, you want to retain your home’s historical character, your paint choice is a bit more limited.
The Colonial style represents the period from 1630 to 1740. The classic Cape Cod type is a variation. Early in the 18th-century barn red, and it’s rustic hues, were the predominant exterior Field color. White was most often used as a Trim color. White at the time, however, was off-white, not today’s super white. Lighter colors contrasting with the Field were used for window sashes and trim.
Popular in the period between 1700 to 1830 was the Georgian style, and around 1820 or so white became a more popular body color. White and creamy white, with a yellow tint to the palest colors, was used for the Field color. Trim was light in color, same or almost the same as the field. Dark colors, such as black or dark green were used on window sashes, doors and shutters.
The period between 1780 to 1840 saw the rise of the Federal style, and the use of creamy white as a Field color continued. Many of these historic homes had window trim and shutters painted with dark colors, black and dark green still being the most common. Darker color on the window sashes enhances the look.
Between 1830 to 1850 the Greek revival style had a short run. Homes were often painted off-white or had off-white trim with a rustic body color such as straw yellow, gray or tan.
Finally, the Victorian style represented the period between 1855 to 1900. Popular exterior colors were earth tones, better known as ochres, i.e., various shades of rustic colors such as green, browns and deep reds. Victorian Style homes sometimes sported six colors of trim & accent and were often called “Painted Ladies”. Today, you can get by with three colors if well placed.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has color charts that contain 250 hues, and
Historic New England has a handy color guide, featuring 149 colors from architectural styles dating between the 17th and the 20th centuries.
Common Paint Problems
Making the right paint choices, with the help of an experienced painting service professional will help avoid the most common problems of Alligatoring, Blistering, Chalking, Cracking/Flaking, Efflorescence, Fading, Mildew/Algae, Peeling, and Tannin Staining.
Contact a professional exterior painting service, like the Boston Painting Co, if you’re stuck or the house is too much to handle on your own. Remember, one of the most public decisions you make is the color of your house, and it can impact curb appeal.
So, as the Grail Knight said: “Choose Wisely”!