Looking Sharp with Stripes

November 21st, 2011

One of the big décor trends we are seeing right now are wall stripes.  Not only do they make a statement in any room, but they also have the ability to make rooms seem larger.  We have picked out a handful of our favorite designs to share with you below:

  • Mimic Your Upholstery

We love the idea of taking one striped piece of fabric and mimicking it on your wall.  The wall shown here takes its’ cues from the chair, but you could use an accent pillow or even your window drapes as inspiration.  Since Mythic paint will color match for you, you can get the exact color from your fabric for your wall paint.

Taking cues from cloth. From April Interiors.

  • Colorless is More

When you think black and white stripes, you may think prison jumpsuits.  But seeing them in a room, you can see how chic they are.  For anyone trying to make a huge impact, we suggest using interior paint in black and white to make stripes in your entryway.  This look lends itself to modern and eclectic furniture.

An elegant look. From A Touch of Luxe.

  • Pick Just a Part of the Wall

You don’t have to paint your entire room to make an impact with stripes.  Choose one section of your room that you want to highlight and paint vertical stripes there.  This works well when you really look at the composition of the space.  In the picture below, the stripes juxtapose the shorter chair giving the area interesting contrast in scale.

Creating interesting contrast. From Scribble on Everything.

  • Keep it Simple and Elegant

Stripes don’t have to be bold like the ideas above.  In fact, they can be very restful.  We like the idea of keeping them monochromatic.  This gives some visual interest, but it is not overbearing.  You could even vary the finish on interior paint of the same color from matte to high gloss.  The high gloss will shine, creating a very simple stripe effect.

Simple and restful. From Affinity for Home.

We hope you found some ideas here to use in your own home.  If you do try out a stripe project, we would love to see pictures on our Facebook Page!

How To Prep Your Walls for Painting

November 16th, 2011

We have always said that besides using premium paint like Mythic paint, preparing your walls for painting is one of the best things you can do to ensure that your wall paint looks professional when all is said and done.  Yet, many people skip over this step, whether they are just too lazy or don’t think it will matter in the end.  But prepping your walls for interior paint does not take that much time and can make a huge difference.  Follow these easy steps outlined here and your friends will be asking you for the number of your professional painter:

  • Wash Your Walls- Right, we get that the whole point of painting over your walls was so you didn’t have to clean them.  But to get the best possible adhesion, it is best to give them a rinse them first.  You might not notice, but your walls collect dust, cobwebs, and oil and grease from cooking.  Making sure you wipe all of that away allows for the interior paint to better adhere.  It also prevents the dust and cobwebs from clumping in your new fresh coat of paint.  There are solvents on the market you can use, but a sponge and some liquid dish soap also work fine.
  • Fix any Holes- Using wall putty, patch any holes or cracks in your wall.  With a putty knife, spread the putty over these protrusions in the wall.  Then take a damp sponge so you can wipe off the remaining putty leaving the patch flesh with the wall.  Allow the putty to dry according to its label and move on to the next step.
  • Sand Your Walls- While Mythic paint is formulated for performance and can be painted over other paints, we do suggest lightly sanding the current paint or surface on your wall.  By choosing fine grit sandpaper and using it to lightly brush the walls, you will create tiny groves on the surface giving your new coat of paint something to cling on to.  The goal is not to remove the current surface, but to swipe over it gently like you were cleaning off a mirror.
  • Wipe off Your Walls- Again?!  Yes, when you lightly sanded the walls, you left dust from the tiny bits paint removed on your wall.  Here again you use a damp, soft sponge, like one you would use to wash your car, to wipe the walls.  You don’t need soap this time, since the dust from your sanding will stick to the wet sponge easily.  Give your walls about 30 minutes to “dry off” before you proceed with paint or primer.  While the walls should not be wet, there might be some moisture on them that could prevent the paint from adhering well.

By using these easy steps, you will be ensured a professional looking job in no time.  All it takes is a couple of sponges, some water and sandpaper.  Feel free to share your finished jobs with us on the Mythic Facebook Page!

4 Ways to Winterize Your Home This Season

November 10th, 2011

Winter is rapidly approaching- and it’s going to be a cold one- but, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your home green and efficient this season. So, here are five ways to make your home a greener one this winter.

Keep Out That Draft

First things first are to analyze your home for insulation inefficiencies. Find the spots that let in the cold air, such as the windows, doors, outlets, attic and the basement. Once you have identified the problems, you can correct the issue. One of the best ways to keep these cracks from letting in the cold air is weather stripping- especially in older homes where doors and windows deteriorate over time. Another way is to add more insulation. This will not only save you money, but it’s green-friendly!

We use one of these at work to keep the draft from coming in under our doors.

Buy a Space Heater

Most people only live in a few rooms of their home- especially in the winter months- so keeping your thermometer on a reasonable setting and depending on space heaters is a great way to be efficient this winter! Make sure to invest in a safe space heater though, as they can be dangerous to leave on for extended periods of time. Find a heater that  digitally auto-heats, has  safety features like automatic shut-off timer and overheat protection, and is portable so you can easily move it to and from the rooms you use.

Space heaters on wheels are easy to move from room to room.

Run Your Fans in Reverse

You may think fans are only to help keep cool in the summer, but think again! Most ceiling fans have a switch that reverses the direction of the blades. Switching to a clockwise rotation makes your room warmer as the air near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space.

Using your fan on low during the winter can really help if it is going in the right direction!

Paint Your Home a Warm Hue

Who would have thought that painting your home a dark color would help you stay warm in the winter! Dark exterior colors may absorb heat from the sun’s rays and aid in heating the home. Interior rooms painted with warm colors such as orange or red may not only make you feel warmer, but may also reduce energy costs in the winter because less heat will be required to warm the room. Because Mythic paint is a zero VOC and is non toxic paint, you can paint your home without the usual ventilation of open windows and doors, making it the perfect choice of paint if you decide to use a warm color in your rooms this winter.

Take a look at Mythic paint’s new Historic Color Collection for a warm color and a warm home, like Hitching Post (136-5) or Santa Fe (106-6).

136-5 Hitching Post

106-6 Santa Fe