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.