How to Decide if You Need Primer Before Painting

How to Decide if You Need Primer Before Painting


It is time to paint your home and after multiple trips to the hardware store you finally picked your perfect color, but now you find out that you may or may not also need primer, but what is primer? Primer is a base used before painting that allows the paint to better stick to the surface, gives the paint longer durability, and covers any imperfections on the walls. It also helps your selected paint color show without needing the application of too many coats, especially when the new paint color is completely different from the older one.

How do you decide if you need primer? To determine if your walls require primer before painting there are several factors that you want to look at. For example, look at your new paint color, if it is significantly lighter than the previous color, or if is not in the same color family as the old color, primer will need to be used. In circumstances where the walls have never been painted or have not been painted in a long period of time, we recommend primer be used. Now if your walls are being painted the same, or a very similar color as before, primer is not needed as long as the walls are in good shape.

We understand that some of these tips are on a case-by-case basis, which is why at City Zen Paining we get completely involved in this process. We assist our clients in picking out the perfect paint and primer to make sure their color choice is exactly as they pictured it. You do not have to worry about whether or not you need primer, after looking at your home our team of professionals can make the best decision for you!

Decorating Your Bathroom

Decorating Your Bathroom

A personal environment in our home is our bathrooms, and as odd as it may sound when you think about it, it is a place where we relax bathing, shower, or performing our daily self-care routine. Therefore, making this area of the home more important to personalize to your needs and preference. In your bathroom there are countless design options. When deciding which option is the best for you, think about what you need to function on a day-to-day basis. For example, in a master bathroom if there is more than one person using the bathroom, you might value a large sink space or even want to install two separate sinks. If you spend much of your get ready/beauty routine in the bathroom you could look into getting large mirrors and making sure your bathroom is well-lit.

Besides design options it is important to consider the color palette you want for the bathroom. You should focus on coordinating your wall paint colors with the cabinet colors and bathroom wall tiles. Make sure all the colors, if different, are complimentary to one another. In the master bathroom you should lean towards calming colors that invoke a feeling of peace such as maybe a sage green, light blue, or similar colors extended from bedroom to the master bathroom. In a guest bathroom you might want to choose a more neutral color choice and add accent pieces to add some light colors such as rugs, candles and hand towels.

When it is time to paint your bathroom, keep in mind our professional painters at City Zen Painting use paint specifically made for the bathroom that is humidity and mildew resistant. Our team also has expertise in painting cabinets if you wish to change the color of your cabinets as well. No idea is too big, and we are here to bring your design ideas to life.

Tips on Painting Your Home Before Selling It

Tips on Painting Your Home Before Selling It

When painting your home before selling it there are some factors to keep in mind as you prepare the home. Giving your home a fresh coat of paint improves the appearance making it look brand new, but you should first ask yourself what you think needs to be painted. We recommend you look at areas such as the walls, ceilings, trims and anything else that appears needs painting in order to make your home more presentable to sell. You can also look into painting the kitchen and bathroom cabinets which is an inexpensive way to transform your home.

Bathrooms and kitchens are very expensive to renovate and retrieving the proper permits for these renovations are often time consuming. Kitchen and bathrooms are more personal and people have a specific taste for these areas, so it is best to let the new owners make the choice to renovate. Above all, sellers will rarely get a profit return on the money they spend on the renovations when they sell their home. We advise to have the kitchen and bathroom cabinets painted instead of replacing them.

When choosing what colors to paint the home you are selling, understand colors choices are a personal preference. Bold colors can change the appearance of a home especially when it is empty, so we recommend you choose colors that are light and neutral, this way potential buyers have the opportunity to make specific design choices more aligned with their own preferences. You can never go wrong with white tones, it is simple, yet still beautiful. At City Zen Painting we scope the home before painting it to make sure we first address all necessary repairs. The goal is to make your home look presentable for it to be sold, and we strive to assist our clients in making the most profitable choices.

Painting Your Kitchen and Cabinets

Painting Your Kitchen and Cabinets

The kitchen is an important focal point in the home, it is the area where people gather most for home cooked meals with family members. The kitchen should look like a welcoming place in our home. Choosing what colors to paint your kitchen or kitchen cabinets can be difficult as there are several aspects that have to be taken into account, such as the cohesiveness of the walls, cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and fixtures. When evaluating what colors to paint your kitchen and cabinets, it is important to analyze how open and large the kitchen is or if it is small and more confined. Painting a small kitchen with minimal light, lighter colors will brighten and make it look more spacious. While when painting a larger kitchen with more light, darker color options can be explored.

Contrast is another key design tool when looking at what colors to paint kitchen cabinets. Most countertop designs are lighter than the cabinets, and adding a little contrast will create an aesthetically pleasing look. To tie kitchen cabinet colors together within a kitchen, similar paint colors can be used in the backsplash design to unite the chosen palette together. Another item to keep in mind are countertops. Are they granite, quartz, or marble? If the countertops are not going to be changed after painting the kitchen and cabinets, one should be mindful of its current color and material, and whether it will clash or mesh with the chosen colors.

Painting kitchen cabinets is tedious, detailed work and typically a professional should be hired for this. At City Zen Painting our team is skilled in painting kitchen cabinets with either a spray or brush, and like always they go above and beyond to make sure our customers are more than satisfied.

Designing Your Home

Designing Your Home

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When buying a new home or redecorating a current one, painting makes all the difference in changing the feel of the home, but once the home has been painted, what’s next? Now it is time to decorate. Picking furniture and décor that corresponds well with the chosen paint colors in essential when designing a home. While all the colors do not need to be in the same family it is good to have a chosen palette for each room so that all the colors are aesthetically pleasing and complement each other. It is useful to be familiar with some accent pieces that can be added to a home to bring together the décor such as rugs, decorative pillows, and artwork. Depending on the space, houseplants can also liven up a home, especially colorful ones. Living somewhere like New York where one might not always so close to nature, adding plants can bring a touch of nature indoors.

Our home is a safe space where we want to feel the most relaxed, it is invaluable to design it in a way which we feel most comfortable. With winter approaching soon, more time will be spent indoors and at a time where many people are working from home it is crucial to make our home feel like our favorite place to unwind. At City Zen Painting we work with clients to ensure their home looks just like they envisioned, we appreciate every opportunity our clients give us to assist in their creative process.

Painting Your New Home

Painting Your New Home


You just purchased a new home, the hard part is over now it’s time for the fun part, getting your new home together and decorated. One of the first things people look into after purchasing a new home is painting it. Being that many New York apartments are older it is not uncommon to find a hidden gem that might need some work done. Many people contact us to inquire about painting and immediately focus on the walls, not realizing other areas in their home that may require painting attention.

At City Zen Painting when requested, we like to set up appointments to meet clients at their homes to discuss the work that is needed, give different options, and go over other areas that clients might not realize need work done. It is not always as simple as a fresh coat of white, depending on how long ago the walls were painted we recommend painting two coats to make sure the true paint color is shown. In addition, before painting any wall we check for repairs that need to be made. When looking at what other areas might require attention, we look at any areas by the windows and ceilings that shows signs of water damage that need to be repaired properly, so it does not bleed through.  We also look at the condition of the doors, baseboards, window trims, and closets. While a quick fresh coat of paint on your walls might seem like the quickest and most appealing idea, really evaluating all the painting needs of your apartment makes all the difference when beginning to get your home together.

What are Color Consultations?

What are Color Consultations?


You may or may not already be aware but at City Zen Painting we offer free color consultations to our clients. We know that choosing a paint color might be the hardest part when deciding to paint, and we are here to try to make each step in this process as easy as possible. As part of our color consults, we can meet clients in their homes with a collection of color swatches to see what colors the client has been contemplating, the of type furniture they, their decor colors, how much natural light their home gets etc. We take all of this into account before making suggestions. This is very important when determining what shade of paint would work best with the home.

The paint color chosen should match or compliment your furniture, as well as match your decor styling. Not all color palettes work with modern styling and the same goes for a more classic or vintage styling. Now all this may seem like a lot to take into account, but that is why we are here to help and you will see it is really not as difficult as it seems. Give us a call so we can help you choose the right colors for your home.

Transform Your Home with Wallpaper

Transform Your Home with Wallpaper


You might ask why choose wallpaper over paint? While wallpaper might not be the first option that comes to mind when redecorating, it does offer some benefits that might make you reconsider painting. Quality wallpaper is durable and can last significantly longer than paint, it is also easy to clean. Wallpaper can hide any imperfections on walls that might not be possible to cover by painting. Wallpaper needs to be installed by professionals, luxurious wallpapers especially require more attention to detail to carefully install. Our team at City Zen Painting is very skilled in the installation and removal of wallpapers.

Design-wise one of the biggest benefits of using wallpaper is the various forms of colors, styles, prints, and even textures to choose from. Having a wallpaper as an accent wall and painting the rest of the walls with a color that compliments the wallpaper ties the colors in a room together perfectly. The same process used to pick a paint color should be used when picking wallpaper, think about how you want a room to feel to give you an idea of where to start, the right wallpaper can really transform a room.

The Simplicity of the Accent Wall

The Simplicity of the Accent Wall

An accent wall is a perfect, subtle way to add some creativity without the commitment to painting an entire home. Most people keep it simple and leave their homes painted white, I am guilty of this too, but with the addition of the infamous accent wall you could provide a pop of color to your home. This is a modern technique that satisfies your color craving, without being too intense. However, an accent wall does not always have to be a bold color. An accent wall can help bring the current colors in a room together. For example, if your walls are already a light color adding a few darker shades as an accent wall can make all the difference. If your walls are a neutral color but your furniture, such as your couch is not, you might want to pick an accent wall color that compliments the fabric and ties together colors in the room.

At City Zen Painting, we know that deciding from an abundance of colors might not be an easy task, and to help with this we offer free color consultations to help you choose the perfect accent wall color for your home. Accent walls are also a great opportunity to get creative. You can also go with metallic colors, lime wash paint or wallpaper; all of which adds the beauty to your home. The options are endless and makes all the difference when designing your home.

Picking a Paint Sheen

Picking a Paint Sheen

It is time to paint your home after you have tackled the hard part and picked a color, but now what? Next you have to determine the sheen or finish you want for your home to be painted in. The shinier the sheen is, the more durable and easier it is to clean. While durability and cleanliness can be important characteristics it is also necessary to take into account the design aspect of using different sheen.

The different types of sheen are flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Flat is best used for ceilings, matte or eggshells can be used on the walls. Satin is best used for kitchen or bathrooms due to its ability to withstand higher moisture levels. Semi-gloss can be used for the trim and doors. Additionally, high-gloss paint can be used on the cabinetry as well as semi-gloss since they are much more durable. We hope these tips and pointers will assist you in choosing the perfect finishes when painting your home.