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.

What are VOC’s?

What are VOC’s?


VOC stands for volatile organic compounds which are gas emissions released into the air that reduce the air quality in your home. Almost all paints have VOC’s in them and customers are able to look on the can when purchasing paint to see the amount of VOC content each can of paint has. A common misconception people have when painting their home is that airing out the room for a couple of days after painting prevents dangerous chemicals from being inhaled. However, that is not the case, while you may not be able to smell the chemicals in the paint the emissions are still lingering for over a year after painting.

These chemicals can have short-term and long-term effects on a person’s health such as headaches, throat irritation, lung damage and damage to the nervous system. There are paints available, such as Lime Wash, paints that have very small traces of VOC’s which are better for your home and the environment. Even if a paint can says non-VOC or zero-VOC they still do contain contain some VOC content. We recommend you always look or ask about VOC content in paint you are looking to purchase. Especially in children or nursey rooms, remember paints with limited VOC content are the safest for you and your family.


How Do We Calculate Estimates?

How Do We Calculate Estimates?


Getting your home painted is always exciting, whether you are planning out the colors you want in your new home or even just bringing life to the current paint. Just like any home renovations however, there is always a budget and figuring out what it costs to have your home painted is not always easy. We are looking to help by giving some background information on what helps us calculate a quote for clients.


Our pricing is based on a variety of factors, we first look at the scope of work. What is it you want painted? For example: walls, ceilings, trim, doors, windows, closets etc. How many rooms do you want painted? It could be the entire apartment, or maybe only the bedrooms that need a new coat. Other important factors that we look at is the size of the home, how high the ceilings are, and if any repairs are needed.

Knowing the right number of coats to apply is important. For example, if your wall is a dark or very pigmented color, and you want a lighter color, typically, we use primer and two coats of paint. Now, if the walls are being painted the same color occasionally, we can use one coat, but it depends on how long it has been since the walls were painted. As time goes by the walls become what we call ‘thirsty’, so sometimes one coat is insufficient because it leaves the walls looking patchy, therefore in these cases two coats are needed.

As you can see there are various factors that go into giving our clients a fair quote. Not every client is aware of what information we need, so we hope this post gives our clients better insight, because transparency allows us to have a better understanding with our clients. We want to do everything in our power to make sure each client feels they have been treated fairly and that the work they received exceeded their expectations.