6 Room Painting Tips that will Save you Time and Money!



You probably wouldn’t expect it considering I have a wallpaper and wall mural business but I actually also love a freshly painted room. So, I thought I would share my favorite Painting tips that may help you in your next room makeover. 


1. My first tip is immediately change your lightbulbs to a Natural Light Light Bulb.  You will notice these bulbs have a gray tone. Gray is the most neutral color and the best to see the true shade of color that you are looking at. Most graphic artists and printing shops have a color booth with gray walls to see that colors are printing properly. If your light is too yellow or pink, it will change how you see the color. Pretty inexpensive precaution (rather than re-painting when you have the wrong color).





2. Cut those paint chips and separate them. Sometimes it’s really confusing to see which shade you like when they are all lumped together. If you cut and separate them, you are seeing them independently and picking your favorites is MUCH easier! …and please make sure you pick good paint. Almost all the pros use Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore paints. 





 3. Get samples of your Top 3 Colors whenever possible. Buying a small jar of your top 2 colors and painting wide strips of the color, living with it, and THEN making that decision will save you time, stress and money. Nothing is worse that re-painting a room because you realize you can’t live with the color…and believe me, I have done this MANY, MANY times (just ask my poor husband). 



4. TAPE! Unless you are an expert, tape the room along all edges. I know this is a pain (and it has always been my job in this family) but it must be done. It will save you from freaking out when you accidentally paint the ceiling or window casing and it just won’t come off. 



5. Make sure to remove all the switch covers. You really do not want to accidentally paint over those. Especially is you have upgraded to the really cute and expensive ones. 



6. Now, this one is a little odd but I have found it to be a life saver. Blow dry the edges of your paint tape. Usually, edging is the last thing you do. And by that time you are a little anxious and maybe you remove the tape before it is perfectly dry. You will notice a choppy line that is anything but chic. Spending a little time drying the edges by the paint tape with a hair dryer will give you those clean lines you are looking for. 


Congratulations! You should have a perfectly painted room in your favorite color!


Now, maybe you want to add some drama and add a wall mural to one wall? 





Come visit us at www.customizedwalls.com to pick out your favorite one! 





Muted Wall Murals and Custom Design Your Own Wallpapers

I am often asked, ” Aren’t wall mural and wallpapers out of date and tacky?” I was born in the 70’s and I too remember some awful tacky wallpapers. Even my mother had a particularly awful brown and orange mushroom print in the kitchen. Mushrooms, mom? Really? Or how about those cheapy space or themed murals that went up on your childhood bedroom wall and actually took part of the drywall when you were trying to take it down.

*shudder*

Well, gone are the days when adding design as either an accent or a dramatic element to you room is either permanent or tacky… Our product at http://www.customizedwalls.com is completely removable with not damage to your walls. And, we take in works and designs from some of the greatest artists in the world. Your wall mural can be a photo, painting, design or even a simple pattern. How busy or muted is purely up to you. 


Here are some choices in mural that I thought would interest you. Not overwhelming or particularly busy and just in good taste. 

A wall mural print on the ceiling www.customizedwalls.com

Muted zebra makes this room really come together. www.customizedwalls.com

Hot trend colors for this year. Our standard murals can have colors changed with a click of a button, www.customizedwalls.com

Well, I hope you have a happy day!! 


xoxo,


Laurie

Custom designed Wallpaper- Pretty Awesome!

Hi all! I know it is another case of long time, no hear…What can I say? I have been busy printing away!

Recently, we had a customer fall in love with a discontinued wallpaper. She sent us an image and asked if we could help.

This is the picture she had…Lovely, isn’t it? 

And she wanted us to try to recreate it they best we could.

So, we came up with this:

Pretty darn close, huh?

So, in about an hour we had blown away a client and were able to show off what we can do.

If you had an old design, photo you love, or just an idea of what you would like we can design just about anything and make it into a patterned or full image wallpaper that is so personal. Because it is about you and what you love.

Come visit us at www.customizedwalls.com or email sales@customizedwalls.com for more information

The Sound of Silence

As I sit watching the sun come up over the Golf of Mexico this morning, I stunned by a sound not often heard by a parent, the sound of silence.

This week, I am working from Venice, FL. My grandparents bought a beautiful beach condo in the late 80’s and as a teen and young adult, I would visit once a year in February. My grandparents always made the place so wonderful for us. There is a pool and a beach across the street. My Gram would get up and make us all breakfast every morning and my Grandpa would ask us what we wanted to do for the day: batting range, mini golf, beach…whatever…..Usually, I wanted to hit Beach or Sarasota Mall to shop and well, meet cute boys….Lets just say I have lots of good memories here 😉

The Pier by Sharkey’s Crew getting a little CRAZY!!
Body surfing FUN!

Interesting because we just do not often spend time alone and it makes me think of the time before we had kids (which it’s like I have mentally blocked and honestly don’t remember much of). And what it will be like when they are older…spending more time with friends than the ‘rents and going off to school.

Making a meal just for two, relaxing after dinner with a glass of wine, and not having to worry who brushed their teeth, got dressed, knows where their backpack is, etc… I highly recommend it. Since this is the longest my husband and I have been alone since the honeymoon, I think I lost sight of that.
Now, that I am a mother, I have been here with the kids for our vacations and I pretty much do for them what my grandparents did for me. I make it centered around good family fun. They love it and I really prefer it to hitting Orlando where all the parks are. It is slower and more restful and I can use that in my life.

Sand Angel

This time though, I am here tagging along on a business trip with my husband. He is working during the day…and so am I and my mum and her husband are watching the kids and taking care of all my responsibilities for the week at home. And I gotta tell you, I LOVE it! I really and I do mean REALLY love being a mum. I love the hugs and kisses and stories and just the whole excitement of having little ones around. Watching them grow and learn new things (especially when you teach them) is pretty awesome. What I don’t love so much is the fighting and bickering and complaining which with kids, let’s face it, is pretty much an every day thing. And for this week, I don’t have to hear it at all. I can’t even begin to tell you how relaxing and at the   same time interesting it is.

So, I guess I think ALL parents should try to do this once and while. Get away alone and just BE with each other. Reconnect with your spouse and with yourself….and try on that part of you that is just you…not taking care of someone else…

Something to think about…

Laurie

Truly Custom Wallpaper and Murals

Hi All! Hope you are having a fun weekend. As usual, our family is mixing up our weekends with our business. I am particularly stoked about some of the work we are doing this week. 


We have busted out a few photo to murals- a gorgeous beach scene that will go in a family den and a pretty southwestern scene for an office…we also printed some cool graphics with text ( a tie dye for a little girl’s room and a modern abstract trees painting with a logo for a corporate office) AND one AMAZING 9 hr design job that was totally custom done and sprung from the imagination of one super cool grandmother for her expected grandbaby’s nursery……..It kind of has this really neat 60’s vibe with drippy lettering and wording and I must say it is MAGNIFICENT! 





This is part of it….not finished yet but looking so cool, huh?





One of our printers in action….zip, zip zip!

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Cinque Terre, Italy photo wall mural sample for a distributor. I want this on MY wall!

SAMPLES, SAMPLES, SAMPLES, AND MORE SAMPLES!

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CUSTOMIZED WALLS ON ZEBRA Samples!



I LOVE our logo…it just has not gotten old to me…I still love it!




So, if you are thinking that you would love to design something really unique for a room go ahead and email me at laurie@customizedwalls.com. That really is the cool thing about customized walls…if you want purple popsicles, orange vintage fire trucks, or even a pattern featuring your beloved Yorkshire Terrier, Bitsy, we can do it. 


Feel free to:




Installation Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEaN6Hio_Yk

Top 10 Wall Murals to Beat the Winter Blues!

I don’t know about you but sometimes I can be seriously depressed in the winter when I step out my door and feel the ice cold chill in the air. Everything seems dead and dingy and I always look forward to a winter break somewhere warm and tropical.


In that vein, I present the TOP TEN WALL MURALS to beat those WINTER BLUES!


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How can you not want this view on your office wall. Stuck inside all day, it can increase your productivity to look at something pretty. Why not this painting of the Amalfi Coast in Italy?






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Ahhhh tropical waves lapping the rocky coast of Mexico. How can you be anything other than happy looking at this mural every day?




3.



Everything about this photo SCREAMS relaxation (if you can do that). I would LOVE this in my bathroom!




4.



A California Sunset! So gorgeous and could be yours even if the only thing you see out your windows is snow bankings!




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Who wouldn’t want this view?…… and now you don’t have to rent a pricey room in Fiji in order to get it.






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Now this is a long plank I wouldn’t mind walking. The clear waters and aged wooden pier would be a dream view in any room.




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A rushing waterfall mural would be peaceful and relaxing in any room!




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 Another AMAZING mural of truly snorkel worthy waters of Maldives. I know I won’t be able to make it there any time soon…Why not bring it to me?




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A wave lapping a sandy beach. Will sweep you off your feet with this to die for wall art photograph.




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And, last but not least, every room can use a bit of sunshine. Harness this mosaic for your very own wall mural. 




Hope this brightened your COLD day a bit. These photos sure brightened mine!!!


xoxo


-Laurie

Pantone Color of the Year- Tangerine Tango for Custom Printed Wallpaper, Murals, and More!

Last week, the color of the year was announced by Pantone. It is a bright and fiery orange tone that reminds me a lot of a classic Hermes scarf on a bright New England Fall day. 

This color leads to lots of fun wall art designs that will brighten any room.





 This painting reproduction wall mural size would add lots of romance and drama to a bedroom, living room, or even hallway or alcove.

 I love this image for a cozy reading area or dining room. Squint and picture it as your very own custom wallpaper.

 Ah, a sunset colored image of a world map. Kind of makes you think of buried treasure! Would be ideal in a boys room or even the family den!

 We lived in Arizona for a time and I miss the painted evening skies. Oranges of browns are very hip colors for 2012. Maybe it’s time to try something a little Western in your living room or family room murals?

 This photograph is just about the most gorgeous I have ever seen. In a wall mural, it would be a total show stopper.

 This faux stone would warm up an area and make you feel right at home in any room. You could use it on walls, stairs, bookcases, and more.

 Ah, Broadway! Nothing better than the bright lights of NYC for your theater lover. This would have been awesome in my room as a teenager!

 My daughter’s BFF is very much into elephants and every time I see this adorable photo, I think of her. Don’t you think she would LOVE it in her bedroom?

 50’s vintage art is very much in vogue. Perhaps this mural would be perfect for your TV room or home theater.

 Living in New Hampshire, this reminds me of home. I can see this wall mural on any wall in the house.

What a fun vintage hexagon paper. You really could use this on any smooth surface in your home. Think backsplash, cabinet doors, ceilings, walls, and more. It is fun and bright and certainly would make you happy when you passed by!

Photo Wallpaper Installation

So, It has been a long week of bringing the kids back and forth from practices and functions and I have a minute to check in with all our readers. 


I hope that you are getting through the holiday season well and that you are not overwhelmed with all the gifts you need to buy and things you need to do.


To relax you, I show some of the coolest and zen like photo wall mural installations we have here at customized walls.