Deciding on what type of paint you should use for different spaces in your home is a little more complicated than looks and color. Here are three tips to liven up three different living spaces in your home without compromising cleanliness or durability.

Bathroom Paint

Deciding on what type of bathroom paint to use is a bit of a challenge for some people, but the decision is actually rather simple. Due to the bathroom being a rather moist and wet room by nature, you need to consider a paint that moisture will not easily penetrate. As far as cleaning goes, it is best to opt for a paint that allows you to wipe down the walls easily. The best type of paint for the bathroom is a Latex enamel-based paint. These paints tend to be glossy in finish, and easily wipe down for cleaning.

Garage Paint

Similar to bathroom paint, garage paints need to be difficult for moisture to penetrate since this is an outdoor space that is not usually climate-controlled. Latex paint is the right paint for this job since it dries faster, is low in odor, and you can thin it with water rather than paint thinner in order to stretch its capabilities. As far as color goes for a garage space, most people stick with white, gray, or neutral colors to get the job done. This is probably the least fancy place in your house, so there is no need to spend exorbitant amounts of money on a pretty paint color here. Experiment to find the best paint colors to use on your garage walls to get the right look you are looking for.

Kitchen Paint

Kitchen paint can go two ways: either you are a clean and neat family of adults who don’t make a mess in the kitchen or you have kids who are constantly touching your walls while they are eating. For the first scenario, you can stick to a latex-based paint in semi-gloss, eggshell, or matte textures. Semi-gloss is the easiest to clean, while matte is pretty difficult (but not impossible) to clean. If you are the messy family, then it is safer to stick with a latex gloss of semi-gloss paint in your kitchen as these are easy to clean. Choose colors that are light and bright for your kitchen.

Now you know what to look for when choosing paint for your bathrooms, kitchen, and garage space. Stay away from matte paint when painting your bathrooms and kitchen for easy cleaning, and choose neutral colors for your garage. Be bold, have fun, and enjoy paint shopping.

Planning a remodeling job and still need a painter? Ridge Painting Company is here for you! See how we can make your next project beautiful, easy, and stress free!


By Matilda Davies

Interior design in 2019 will be about richness—rich textures, fabrics, materials, and colors. As the trend of all white backdrops and minimalist furnishings gives way to warm colors, jewel-toned fabrics, and luxe materials, we will see tastes shift toward color for the first time in several years. The Victorian and Georgian trends of traditional styles and maximalism will replace modernism for trends that paint lovers can indulge in.

Here’s what you can expect in color trends in 2019.

1. Warm neutrals will take the place of stark whites

The all-white backdrop of the last few years will fall out of vogue as warmer creams and almonds; ultra-light, barely-there greens; and honeyed browns come into style. These warmer, less striking colors will allow more flexibility in your decor and will be more soothing on the eyes and the mind. And perhaps the best part: you can also expect fewer smudges and stains on walls painted in off-white tones.

2. Primary colors will go dusty

Blues, yellows, and reds will increase in popularity, but in dusty, muted tones. These muted colors will remind you of traditional English styles and will be perfect for the lover of farmhouse and traditional styles.

Dusty primary colors are perfect for the homeowner who likes color but prefers to not draw attention. These shades are soothing and tend to recede into the background yet offer a special form of classic sophistication to any room.

3. Jewel colors will begin to pop up

Fun jewel colors like emerald, ruby, citrine, sapphire, and amethyst will pop into popularity in 2019. While these bold colors may be harder to pair with decor, their playfulness will allow you to get away with a mix of loud patterns, styles, and textures. One way to work them into existing interior decor is to just go for it!

4. Blacks will be more than black

You will find shades of black that are closer to blue or even purple in this year’s color trends. Surprisingly, very dark shades like black, off-black, and midnight blues will create a sense of space in a room. Colors like these are perfect for small powder rooms or even guest bedrooms where depth of space is an asset to the room.

Raising a child is as rewarding as it is difficult. One of the more surprising challenges you might find yourself facing as a parent is just how quickly your children grow. Sometimes it seems like they were just crawling yesterday and now they’re walking, climbing, and talking.

It’s important to create a room that reflects your child’s age and personality in order to help foster responsibility and independence. When you decorated your child’s nursery, that was all up to you. And once it become a toddler’s room you still probably led the charge, but once your toddler is ready for a “big kid” bedroom you should let them have some say in the matter. Let’s take a look at some tips for transitioning your toddler’s room to a big kid bedroom!

Choosing a Theme

The first step to take when you get ready to re-do your child’s room is to pick a theme. This can be a theme that you pick or one that your child has some input in. Depending upon how young they are, you might be better off to pick the theme you think they’ll like and schedule another bedroom transition once they get closer to their teens. Whatever theme you pick and regardless of who picks it, however, it’s important to sit down and look at your options. Research the colors, including their shade variations, you could use and pick out products that are exciting for your child.

It All Starts with Paint

Once you have your theme nailed down, it’s time to pick your paint color! You might already have a good idea about which shade you’re looking for at this point, but it doesn’t hurt to take a trip to the store and check out all of the different options at your disposal. Don’t forget that you can have a custom color mixed just for your needs, too.

There are a few ways to go about this particular step. You can give your child the creative reins and let them pick how they’d like their walls to look, of course. This will often result in more bold paint choices that showcase the room’s theme, such as a literal rainbow wall as opposed to a calm paint color and rainbow accents (if the room’s theme is rainbows). You can also pick the color yourself and choose different accents to really help the theme pop. This might include picking a more neutral wall shade and investing in decorative borders or stickers to help spice things up.

Pro-tip: Use semi-gloss or high-gloss paint as this makes for a much easier time when you need to clean off the walls. It is a kid’s room, after all.

The Big Kid Bed

Once you have the paint and wall accents squared away, it’s time to move on and pick a bed to buy for your child’s new room. Don’t opt for the cheapest option if you can help it. Your mattress is important to the quality of your sleep, and children need a lot of it to help them grow. Instead, take some time to look at reviews of various mattress options. Pick a quality bed that will last them throughout their childhood and adolescence if possible. This is an investment in their health that should last for years to come. Don’t forget to continue with the room’s theme with respect to bedding and bed accents!

Is your child ready for their “big kid” room? Stay calm and try not to stress. Have fun with this moment and encourage your child’s creativity to create the room of their dreams.

Laurie Larson is a freelance writer based in NC who writes on home, health, and lifestyle topics.

As a homeowner, you probably spend most of your time, money, and energy keeping the inside of your home neat, tidy, and maintained. After all, you and visitors want to have new kitchen appliances, nice seating areas, and comfortable beds to sleep on, right? But while you’re busy focusing on interior aesthetics, it’s important to not let exterior maintenance slide.

From the roof to the doors and windows, maintaining your home’s exterior will keep it looking its best and even avoid functional problems down the road. If you’re concerned about keeping your house updated from the outside in, here are five often-overlooked exterior features to focus on.

Outside Lighting

Another exterior feature of your house that’s easy to forget about is the lighting. After all, you’re usually inside when it’s dark enough to turn the lights on, which makes it easy to focus your attention on keeping the interior lights in good shape. But it’s also important to take care of the exterior lighting, too. After all, the outside lights give your home an added layer of security, and they’re the first thing visitors see when they pull in the driveway after dark.

With the right lighting, you can even transform the look of an outdoor area, such as a deck, pool, or patio, into a more entertainment-friendly place where people enjoy gathering. With the variety of external light fixtures available today, your biggest challenge will be finding one that meets your home’s décor and your personal aesthetic preferences. When you’re looking at lights, consider getting fixtures that are made with LED light bulbs, which are longer-lasting and brighter than conventional light bulbs.

If you have a path, or a need of one either in your front yard or backyard, you can also think about how many light fixtures are going to be necessary. According to Legion Landscaping, f you’re using concrete pavers somewhere on your land, which can be used to create walkways, patios, and driveways, you’re also going to want to use some sort of landscape lighting to make sure guests (or yourself) don’t fall or trip on them.


Doors and Windows

Although you use them every day, it’s easy to forget that the doors and windows of your home need to be checked and maintained. It’s important to keep them working correctly as they are both your gateway to and your defense against the outside world. Only properly functioning doors and windows can provide security, energy efficiency, and protection against natural elements.

Windows and doors can expand and shrink over time, which makes them less likely to fit securely in their original frames. They will also be more difficult to latch and lock, which makes it easy for an intruder to enter the home. Cracks and gaps in doors and windows can also make the house drafty, which is uncomfortable for daily living and can dramatically increase your heating and air conditioning bills. Leaking or improperly sealed doors and windows are susceptible to damage from rain, which can also ruin other interior components and invite the growth of mold and mildew.


Garage Doors

You might think nothing of pulling up the driveway and opening the garage doors, but you certainly notice when they don’t work! It might not be apparent, but garage doors play a big role in insulating your house and protecting your home from intruders. Garage doors can also boost your home’s aesthetics and curb appeal.

However, since you use them frequently, they are also prone to wearing out faster than other parts of your home. Since garage door problems can rapidly get worse, it’s important to keep the doors in good working condition and address problems before they become difficult and expensive to fix. The garage doors should be balanced and lubricated to prevent squeaking and rusting.

Although you might not be able to diagnose a garage door problem yourself, you can generally tell when a door is acting strange. At this point, it’s time to call in a professional to find and fix the problem. A professional can also let you know if there are any other underlying problems such as gaps between the doors and seals. This can cause heat to escape and increase your energy bills.

Since you see the inside of your house every day, it’s easy to forget that the exterior also needs occasional attention to make sure it’s safe, functional, and looking its best. A strong roof, for instance, protects you and your family from outside hazards. Sturdy, tight windows and doors give your house a sense of security and keep out cold drafts.


The Roof

Admittedly, you probably forget most of the time that your roof is even there. And unfortunately, you’re often only reminded of its presence when something goes wrong, like a leak develops or the roof gets damaged by falling debris. Although you might not see all the forces acting on it, your roof takes a beating from the elements each day. High winds, driving rain, heavy snow, and pelting hail can damage your roof and shorten its lifespan.

Even extreme hot and cold temperatures can take a toll on the roof. Prevention is definitely the best medicine, when it comes to your roof, as repairs to your roof will be less expensive if you catch them early. If you don’t know what to look for yourself, when it comes to inspecting your roof for signs of damage, it’s best to consult a professional to help out. Additionally, it’s much safer to have a trained professional climb around on your roof.


Exterior Paint

Another exterior component that might be overlooked is the outside paint. Since you see your house every day, you might not notice changes in the paint color or quality. However, it’s important that you don’t neglect the paint as it serves both an aesthetic and a practical purpose, which is to protect the walls and your home’s interior from the sun and the elements.

Unlike the roof, which can be hard to access and check yourself, it’s relatively easy to inspect the exterior paint for signs of problems. Paint damage gradually appears and worsens over time, so it’s a good idea to regularly check the paint to make sure it’s in top shape.

Some common problems can arise if the exterior paint gets damaged. One possible ailment is called “alligatoring.” Alligatoring appears as scale-like cracks in the paint that resemble the skin of an alligator. Several factors can cause this to happen, including a top coat being put over a non-drying coat of paint or a top coat that dries too fast from the sun.

Oil-based paints will also start to develop scaly cracks as they age. Temperature fluctuations can also cause the paint film to lose elasticity and crack. You may also notice paint with bubbles or blisters. This happens if the paint is applied in direct sunlight or if oil-based paint is applied over a wet surface. Latex paints that are exposed to moisture or high humidity levels are also prone to blistering.

Sometimes, you’ll notice that a chalky substance develops on the paint film. This happens as the paint fades and accumulates damage from weather and the elements. Along with causing the paint to lose its initial luster and color, chalking also means that the paint has been weakened by the elements. It should be replaced to protect the walls and interior from rain and sun damage.

Cracking, flaking, and chipping of paint is another problem. Initially, the paint might just have hairline cracks. As the problem progresses, chipping and flaking become more noticeable. Low-quality paints are prone to this problem, and any paint that is applied in cool weather can start to crack and flake.



Exterior painting can lose its luster over time, and it can also cause damage to the walls and interior if it starts to fail. Exterior painting is one of the best ways to ensure longevity of the exterior of your home. Outside lights can give your home a stylish new look and make it enjoyable for outdoor entertaining while new garage doors boost your home’s appeal and value.


Many hours are usually spent deciding what color to paint a nursery. How much color? Should it be neutral? Too bright? Too dull? Color psychology is real and you want a room that’s perfect for your little one in every way.


We get it, it’s tough. You want a room that’s visually appealing, but also optimal for the best sleep for your newborn. Before deciding on the cutest decor, ideal crib, and best mattress, think about your paint color. Paint sets the tone for the entire room and can affect your newborn more than you may think.


Below are a popular color options for nurseries along with the psychology behind them to help you choose the right color for your special nursery. Ridge Painting Company has endless options and shades to match your desires during this incredible time of your life.




This is usually the number one color choice for baby girls. Pink is romantic and loving. Light pink in particular is calming, which is goals for a nursery.




Blue is a loved color by many, regardless of gender. Blue is healing, increases productivity, and is subtle.




White is sweet, clean, and angelic. It’s best to stay away from all white in a nursery because it is definitely prone to stains! A white nursery is perfect for adding many pops of color to show emotion and personality.




Gray is intuitive and emotional. Gray has the tendency to promote sadness, which is the opposite of what you want in a nursery. If you want to use gray, use a warm tone and mix in some brighter colors.




Yellow is happy, energetic, lively, and cheerful. Brightness is great for a nursery, but use yellow with caution. Subtle shades of yellow work best.




You can’t go wrong with green – light or dark. It’s both calming and refreshing. It evokes learning and is serene. Green is a popular color option for any room in your home because of the emotions it provokes.


There are endless options for your little one’s first room and it can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Sleep is incredibly important for your newborns (and your!) overall health and wellbeing. Creating a perfect sleep oasis that is both in style and conducive to sleep is what we are here for. Enjoy every moment of this exciting time!


I’m sure you’ve been told to paint your bedroom cool tones for better sleep, but have you ever wondered exactly why? Yep, there’s psychology behind painting your sleep oasis in cool color tones.


For clarification on cool color tones, think light blues, greens, and lavender. In addition, you can’t go wrong with a completely neutral palette (whites, beiges, etc). Warm colors tend to increase blood pressure and heart rate, stimulate nerves, and activate stress. Yikes. However, warm colors are amazing (and suggested!) for other rooms in the home, but your bedroom is meant to be a place simply to relax and be at peace. Can I get a hallelujah?


So, what about these blues, greens, and lavenders make them have a calming effect? Glad you asked. Color Psychology is used every day by therapists, interior designers, and many other occupations. It’s an incredible working part of our brains.




Blue palettes promote coolness, calmness, communication, and reflection. All in all, blue is soothing and serene. The opposite of red tones, blue tones help with concentration and clear thought stimulation.


Fun fact: Blue is continually the world’s favorite color!




Green shades promote harmony, refreshment, rest, restoration, and peace. By green, think lighter shades of green.


Green is actually unique from other colors in the way it strikes the eye. Once green strikes the eye, it requires no additional adjustment making it restful. The less work the better, right? Most people associate green with balance (or money – ha!). Green is an ideal color to promote peace. Perfect for your sanctuary of a bedroom.




Purple is often rich and dramatic, making it not the best color for a bedroom created for optimal sleep. However, the light shade of lavender is ideal for your sleep environment. Lavender is mentally associated with relaxation, cleanliness, and healing. The color encourages calmness and a peaceful state of mind – what more could you ask for when creating your room for the best sleep?!


In case you didn’t know, lavender in itself is a natural remedy to help with falling asleep!


Sleep deficiency is a real issue, but it doesn’t have to be! Make the change today to transform your bedroom. Ridge Painting Company is the people to call for any paint job you have coming up! Let them create the perfect sleep oasis for you. I promise you won’t be disappointed. The right room colors, a quality mattress, and a good sound machine paired with some blackout curtains just might transform your sleep life.


A lot of people spend a great deal of time stressing over which colors to paint the primary rooms of their home. Choosing a paint color isn’t always easy, but it should be fun!


Paint colors can make or break a room. Sounds stressful, but it doesn’t have to be.


Have you ever walked in a room and automatically felt more calm, relaxed, hungry, or happier? It’s true – color psychology is a real thing. Knowing the effects of different colors on your brain can help sifting through hundreds of paint swatches become a lot easier and more exciting.


Knowing that color has an effect on your mood and emotions, the first step to deciding on a paint color is identifying the purpose of the room and researching the colors that appropriately fit its ambience.


Don’t let the research part get you down – we’ve already done that part for you! Now, let the fun begin.


The Kitchen


Warm is the vibe you want to go for in the kitchen. Warm colors work best in the kitchens because they are known to increase hunger. How cool is that? As if you weren’t already starving when you walked in, warm colors will make sure you have an appetite when dinner is ready.


This doesn’t mean you have to paint your entire kitchen deep red or orange, but some accents of warm colors should be what you’re going for.


Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Cavern Clay, is a great option for a tasteful warm color. We’re hungry just thinking about it!


The Living Room


Often times, this is the favorite room in a house. Living rooms tend to promote happiness and relaxation with family and loved ones. Many memories are made in a living room— watching movies, having deep discussions, or just napping. You want to choose a color that stimulates balance and comfort. Want to take a guess at the color?


Green. Yep, that’s right.


Some people are shocked to find that green is a suggested living room color. We’re not talking lime green walls, but a nice shade of green stimulates balance, harmony, and comfort. You want your living room to be welcoming and inviting to all guests, and most importantly helps you feel relaxed after a long day of work.


The Bedroom


Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. It’s important to create this room to be an oasis for sleep. You want to stick with cool tones that stimulate relaxation. Shades of neutral colors and blues are the best options. These colors are psychology proven to help you relax and feel at peace.


The most important thing to remember is staying away from warm, dark hues such as reds and purples. You also want to stay away from super bright colors like lime green and hot pink. This room should make you feel the opposite of your kitchen! You don’t want your bedroom to stimulate anxiety, but rather, sleep. Sleep is important for your overall health, and the colors of this room should be chosen wisely. A neutral colored room, minimal noise, and the right mattress are key factors to creating your best night’s sleep.


The Bath Room


Bathrooms are important, too! To no surprise, white is the perfect color for your bathroom. Everyone wants a nice, clean bathroom. White has a refreshing and clean ambiance that no other color can beat. If you want a pop of color, feel free to do that with decor and towels. You can’t go wrong with an all white bathroom.


Painting your home should be fun and should demonstrate your personality!  Ridge Painting Company are the people to call for your next paint job.

Painting is an easy way to improve your home. It is a cost-effective way to get immediate results. There are a number of ways that can benefit from repainting your home.


Increase the Value of Your Home

Painting the interior and exterior of your home will help increase the value of your home. It will also enhance the curb appeal of your home. If you plan on selling your home in the future, then this is a simple way to increase the value without spending thousands of dollars.


Hide Permanent Marks

Even if you are extremely cautious, it can be hard for you to avoid getting marks on your walls. It can be hard for you to remove stains and scores from the wall. Fortunately, you can hide the permanent marks with paint.


Boost Your Mood

The right colors can boost your mood. For example, if you paint your room red, then you will be able to raise your energy level. This can stir up your excitement. Red is an excellent color for the living room.


Yellow is a color that is great for the bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom. It is a cheery color. Blue is a calming color. Being in a blue room can slow down the heart rate and respiration. It can also lower blood pressure. It is excellent for the family rooms, living rooms, and kitchens. Additionally, white paint can make a small room appear larger.


Healthy Air Quality

It is important to breathe good quality air because we spend 70 percent of your time indoors. You can improve the air quality by painting with zero and low-VOC. You will also be able to minimize dust by painting different areas of your room.


How to Pay for It

There are several ways that you can pay for your paint job. Small loans can give you the cash you need quickly while staying fairly easy to pay off. This gives you the chance to do your project, while spreading the payments out over time. You can also sell some of the items that you are not using. There are many websites and apps that allow you to do this quickly and easily. You might not get the cash you need all at once, but you won’t have to worry about paying back the money. Additionally, you can get a side job to bring in some extra money.


Painting is a great way to improve the look of your home and hide permanent marks on the walls. You can also increase your home value and boost your mood. Healthier air quality is another benefit that you can reap from painting. Additionally, you can pay for the paint job by getting a small loan, selling unused items or getting a side job.


Ready to freshen up your home with new paint, but don’t have the time to do it yourself? Let Ridge Painting Company help! We provide top quality painting services at an affordable price and in a timely manner.

Do you have a bedroom that causes stress more than it helps you relax? If you do, you’re not alone. Stressful rooms are a common problem, and the design of your bedroom definitely plays a role in how well you sleep. In order to get your best night’s sleep, here are three helpful tips for making your room a peaceful sanctuary.


1.Paint your room


Neutral colors should be your go-to for creating a relaxing environment. Some great color choices are pale blues, greys, and creams. These color palettes produce soothing effects. Bright and warm colors are amazing for other areas of your home, but the purpose of your bedroom is for sleep and you want to make sure you create a calm environment. The goal is to style your room in a way that makes you want to crawl in bed as soon as you walk in and Ridge Painting Company will make sure you feel relaxed and at ease in your bedroom.

If you want a pop of color, consider using one or two decorative pillows along with neutral ones. Rugs are another great option for adding color.  As long as you stick with a calm pallette, it is easy to incorporate your favorite colors subtly in the bedroom.


2. Evaluate your bed


Many people do not want to splurge on bedding; however, your mattress is not something to skimp on. The average lifespan of a traditional innerspring mattress is seven to eight years. Your mattress might look okay on the outside, but it may be dying on the inside. Dr. Dominique of Alpine Chiropractic said 20-30% of patients report waking up in chronic pain relate the issue to a poor mattress. Not purchasing a quality mattress can cause serious health issues. It’s worth the extra money for better sleep and overall health.


3. Clear out the clutter


Have you ever walked in your room and felt more stressed than you did before you walked in? This is the opposite of how you want to feel to get your best night’s sleep. Studies have shown that clutter causes stress. Of all the things that cause daily stress, the very last thing that should is your bedroom. Take a day and remove the clutter and get organized. Your mind and body will thank you.

Bonus tip: Minimize outside disruptions by hanging up blackout curtains to block light sources and use a white noise machine to mask loud sounds in the night.

Quality sleep is just as important as diet and exercise. These three tips are a start to creating a room that you will not only love, but is better for your overall health.



When painting and considering interior design, a lot of people are hesitant about being too liberal with color. There’s a fear of clashing and creating a look that is gaudy rather than whimsical. With a bit of creativity, you can use color to your advantage and learn that it’s nothing to be frightened of at all.




Creating a beautiful color scheme in your home is all about making contrasts. If you’re unsure about applying bright colors to your walls, a good strategy is to paint them in neutral tones so that you can use contrasting brighter colors on your decor.


For instance, tan walls will pair well with eggshell blue throw pillows, and the heat of vermilion curtains and rugs will appear striking against a backdrop of white.


Painting your trim in contrasting hues can also give an otherwise drab room some personality. If you’re feeling adventurous, experiment with painting your walls in bright colors like yellow, blue and pink. In this case, neutral furniture would allow the walls to shine without clashing.




Decorating your home with intricate bobbles, furnishings, and fixtures is a great way to invite color into your life. Try visiting local thrift stores and flea markets to find cabinets, shelves, and tables at a discount. The beauty of thrifting is that you can take a piece of basic furniture and turn it into a statement piece with just a few coats of paint. In addition to colorful furnishings, consider the allure of a well-placed tapestry, curtains, and other upholstery.




An important step in the establishment of any great interior design scheme involves getting organized. If your home is cluttered, it’s easy for colors and patterns to get lost in the haze of objects. Consider what is most important to you and part with items you don’t need. While having pretty furnishings can heighten the atmosphere of your spaces, you can also have too much of a good thing.


Try investing in furniture that is attractive as well as practical. Furniture such as slide-and-store cabinets clear the clutter and make storage easy. If you have built-in cabinets or shelves, then sliding barn doors perfectly cover exposed shelves. Such pieces will hide any random odds and ends or supplies so that the colors in your room can pop and saturate the space properly.


When designing the interior of your home, remember to have fun and appreciate the beauty of colorful paint. Warm colors will give your home energy and emotion that will resonate with guests, while cool tones are excellent for calm vibes. Ultimately, there are no rules, so don’t be afraid to explore and be unconventional.