Lighting & Color

"But that's not the color I picked!" This lament is voiced all too often by homeowners about the paint colors which were selected from a color card chip in the paint store. After the paint dries on the wall, they are sometimes faced with disappointment.

Williams Professional Painting recommends a simple remedy to this common problem: switch on the lights and look at the color under the actual lighting in which it will appear.

We strongly advise checking and selecting color under the right light to avoid disappointment. If color choice is critical, color selection should be made under the actual lighting conditions of the space to be painted.

Not all artificial light is the same, and various types of lighting have differing effects on paint color. Incandescent lighting, most often found in residential settings, provides a totally different lighting environment to flourenscent lighting, normally found in commercial space. Special effect lighting, such as spot or track lighting very often distorts color. Even daylight can change the paint color, depending on the time of day.

Here are some tips on selecting the right color under various lighting conditions:

White and off-whites are the safest colors to use; they distort less under various types of light. Pale shades also do not undergo much change under different types of light and tend to remain true. However, both whites and pales have a tendency to reflect other colors. For example, a woman who had her entire living room painted in Linen White, insisted the walls were pink. The pink tone, in fact, was a reflection of the crimson wall-to-wall carpeting throughout the room.

Color should not be checked in an empty room. Since objects absorb and reflect color in different ways, color on the walls and ceiling very often becomes subdued and undergoes change by a room's furnishings.

If you do view a just-painted empty room, try to determine exactly how much of the wall surface will be visible after furnishings are reassembled in the space.

When using dramatic, daring colors, experiment first. Paint a sheet of poster board large enough to provide a true color reading and view it on the surface, under the lighting conditions for that space.

Color behaves entirely differently on a ceiling surface than on a wall surface. In most homes, the surface is being lit from below by floor lamps. Incandescent light reflected up to a ceiling makes the color on the ceiling appear much richer since the surface is reflecting light. If no light is hitting the ceiling, the colors will appear much darker and deeper. For example, a red ceiling when lit with incandescent lighting will turn to orange.

The gray-green family of color, including taupe, khaki, putty, sage and the historical colors are chameleon-like and will dramatically change under different lighting conditions, including daylight.

The look of a room can be intentionally altered with lights. Consider using atmospheric or mood lighting. A romantic look in the bedroom or dining room can be achieved by using pink bulbs. However, special lighting is usually not welcome in the bathroom/powder room when a true light is required for make-up and shaving. Also, avoid blue and green lighting in all rooms since they distort all colors.

While gloss levels can add richness and depth to color, the lighting under which they appear must be taken into consideration. Gloss levels of paint will impact on how color appears in certain light. The higher the gloss level, the higher the light reflectance, which means -- in simple terms -- more light will bounce off a wall painted with a high gloss finish than a flat finish.

Wash lighting will accentuate certain colors, making them richer. Placing recessed lighting fixtures in positions which wash over a wall will create light and shadow which add drama and depth to the surface while a spotlight, focussing on a fixed point on the surface, will create a hot spot and distort color.

For further information and assistance on selecting the right paint color under various lighting conditions, contact us and if we are unable to assist you we will direct you to a quality paint dealer who will be able to furnish you with more information.

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Testimonials

Our Happy Customers

Interior Professional Painting Alexandria, Virginia

Williams painted four rooms in our home, the entryway, and stairs. They also repaired plaster ceilings and walls and assisted with paint color selection.

We had a great experience. The estimator (Alvis) was efficient and knowledgeable. The designer (Lisa) who helped us pick colors was skilled at putting together color combinations that looked good and matched our tastes. The painters/plasterers (Santos and Carlos) did an exceptional job to make our home look like new. I even had a chance to meet Mr. Williams who was very professional and down to earth. My only (very minor) critique would be that the cleanup after the job was finished could have been a touch better.

C.R

A Review for Les.

Thank you Dave, if you wish, you have our permission to use photos of our house in use your promotional materials and I am also happy to give you a positive review/testimonial wherever you wish. In any case, please know I will recommend you and your team to our friends. Great doing business with you. We'll be in touch!


B.S.

Bien Hecho D2!

"Absolutely fantastic job…and the house is sparkling clean!...Everything looks perfect." Will be leaving a review on Angies' List, as well.


Mr. S

Exterior Painting at Bull Run Condominiums

Hello,

I wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the recent exterior paint job at my condo in the Bull Run, Winstead Place, Manassas, VA. I purchased my bi-level unit last July. While I loved the interior of my place, the exterior left a lot to be desired. The railing was essentially chipped cream and rust and the floor outside our doors paint was pretty much worn off. Much like deck. The top rail was cream but the rest of it was worn unstained wood. I was basically embarrassed to have friends come over due to the outside.

I spoke to “JB” several times during the process. He is extremely pleasant and professional, but moreover his work was excellent! Actually my neighbor texted me to let me know how great the decks looked. It is so nice to come home and not see chipped, rusted or worn looking exterior. I’m going to have my kitchen remodeled, but they don’t handle the painting, so you may be hearing from me soon.

Thank you


S.A

A review from a pleased client.

I would like to say how pleased we are with the work that Franklyn, Pablo, Jorge, and Cesar did for us.

We definitely will recommend your services (and already have).

Pls give our kind thanks to those individuals.

Thanks


D.S

Williams Professional Painting

Dear Mr. Williams

I would like to thank your staff, Milton Chavez, Lisa Reyes,Juan Maldonado and Eric Quinteros for their exemplary professionalism and outstanding work on my newly remodeled basement. Milton was totally up front with me every step of the way. He explained all additional charges which would be needed to remedy the newly discovered mold and to add crown molding which were not included in original contract. Lisa did a wonderful job helping me select paint colors. Juan and Eric arrived promptly every day, worked almost non-stop even when the temperature was an unbearable 106 degrees. I want you to know I will be putting my comments on Yelp and will be sending you a copy.

Again my sincerest appreciation for a job well done. I will be recommending you to my family and friends.

Sincerely,


L.L

Exterior Painting In Great Falls Virginia - Sr. Maldonado demonstrated his superior skills

Again, Sr. Maldonado demonstrated his superior skills in repairing the exterior of our house. His partner was new to us but his skills, too, were evident. This explains the excellent job they did.


David Nickerson

A Review for Ricardo Salas and Cristian

Ricardo Salas and Cristian just finished work at our house. Dave Williams and his staff has been painting our house for well over twenty years. Consequently, I expected a first rate job, and I was not disappointed. Ricardo and Cristain's preparation and painting were excellent. It was a complicated job involving two different colors, and they brought it off perfectly. They were neat and clean and completely protected other surfaces. That is why when I need painting done, I look no further than Williams Professional Painting.


A.C

Note of Commendation

Rick:

We want to commend Juan, Caesar, and Eric for the excellent paint job they did at our residence during the week of 14 November 2016. The crew did outstanding work in the painting of our upstairs hallway and adjacent entranceways and niches. Their attention to detail combined with their skillful application of unique color accents and faux painting techniques has given the area done a grand appearance. Their work is the reason why when it comes to excellence, we select Williams Painting.


F & C

We are happy to say that Ernesto and his team did a beautiful and professional paint job on our house.

We've lived in the Mount Vernon area for many years but this is the first time we've contracted with Williams Professional Painting. We are happy to say that Ernesto and his team did a beautiful and professional paint job on our house. His work was superior to any we've had done in prior years or we could have done ourselves. Ernesto was very polite and frequently asked if we had any questions or outstanding issues. We also want to commend your office staff on their professionalism and the pleasant way they handled questions. Congratulations to a top notch company and a job well done.


Kathy M.

A Very Happy Client

Hello,

I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I could not be more pleased with our experience with Williams Professional Painting. First, despite a small mix-up in the scheduling, Yanize was very kind, professional and understanding, and she immediately put me at ease and was able to very quickly resolve the issue (and I was so relieved that Williams was able to work within my scheduling needs). The interior painting work itself was beautifully done, and the painting team, Dagoberto and Carlos (along with Franklin on the first day) were professional, skilled, courteous and considerate. They arrived right on time each day and worked very hard, producing beautifully painted rooms. I felt very much at ease with them in our house and appreciated the attention to detail of their work. They really went above and beyond in their painting work, even patching up an extra small area that had some scratches. This was very generous and really stands out in my mind. They also worked hard cleaning up all of the painting materials and dust afterwards. In short, our experience with Williams was a wholly positive one, and I would not hesitate to use Williams again and will be recommending you to others. Thank you for making our home beautiful, and for making the process as easy and painless as possible.

(I should also mention that we enjoyed working with Jose, our estimator, who was also very professional and responsive, and I appreciated his advice on painting needs for our home.)

And again, I really can't say enough about how pleased we are with the work of Dagoberto and Carlos, and the whole Williams team. Thank you again!

(I will also be placing reviews on Angie's List and Yelp.)


S.S.P.

A Satisfied Customer!

To Whom it may concern:

Franklin just worked on our basement and did a wonderful job.Very professional and informative re: the drywall fix. We will certainly use his services on any of our future issues re: wall painting issues etc.. Highly Recommended!!AAA+ Grade!!

Satisfied Customer!!

Sincerely,


H.S.

Professional Interior Painting In Alexandria, Virginia

Ricardo and Pablo painted my master bedroom suite consisting of the bedroom, bathroom, and 2 walk-in closets. Ricardo was the foreman on a job in our house last year and he did a wonderful job; they did the whole basement. Because he did such a good job we requested him by name to do our master suite. Again, he did not disappointment us. The finished work is perfect, he does the best cut-in of any painter I have seen. My wife and I are both Realtors here, we see a lot of houses, and the quality of Ricardo's work is far better than most homes we see. He is courteous, respectful, works hard, takes extreme pride in his work, has a great attitude, is punctual and precise in his work. Clone him!!!

I copied my wife on the email so she can see the comments.

Warm Regards,

David

David Rainey, REALTOR

Your At Home Team

McEnearney Associates

109 Pitt Street

Alexandria, VA 22314


D.R

Williams Professional Painting

So pleased to have Dagoberto from Williams Professional Painting paint our family room! There was significant detail to the work and he did an amazing job. I really appreciated his professionalism and care in protecting our surrounding furniture and carpets. Thank you! Look forward to working with you again!


M.B

A review on foreman Ricardo Salas

Ricardo Salas did a very good job and also carried himself throughout the day in a very professional manner. Ricardo took the time to discuss the job and what the expectations and results would be.

Overall very pleased with Ricardo.


D.D

Work done recently on our deck

I want to thank you for the work done recently on our ipe deck. Ricardo Salas and Pablo power washed the deck, removing several years of tree drippings and grime, and then applied the new stain.They did a good job working around the white painted railings and pergola posts.The result is beautiful and the deck looks brand new. The workmanship was excellent and they clearly knew the proper way to apply the stain.

Thank you.


G.R

Williams Professional Painting

My painting project was completed today, 14 Sep 2016. I wish to comment on foreman Dagoberto's work.

I am very pleased with the end results. Mr. Dagoberto did an outstanding job. Thanks to him and Williams

Professional Painting service.



L.C.

A Painting Project

Dear Rick:

Dago and Eric just left. They did a wonderful job. I really love the way the bedroom looks and as for the guest bathroom, they were able to repair the plaster from the roof leak before painting the room and it looks great. I will definitely fill out a review for you and for them.

I also appreciate the help that Lisa gave us.

Please do not hesitate to give my name if people request a reference.

Best,



V.R

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