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.

(Benjamin Moore Co.)
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The reason we always turn to Williams Professional Painting first

Bryan spent two days painting and doing repairs in our family room . The door jamb was heavily water damaged and he had to remove the old plaster and rusted metal supports and replace them. He replaced water damaged woodwork and repainted everything. The work was perfect. The jamb looked like new and all the work was neat and clean. In addition, Bryan was friendly and extremely professional. His work easily met the high standards I have come to expect from Willliams. He and the men like him are the reason we always turn to Williams Professional Painting first.


R.S

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Good morning,

We just wanted to let you know what a wonderful job Carlos and Fidel did on our recent paint job. They were punctual, polite, and very helpful. The outside trim and inside entry look beautiful, and the repairs they made both inside and out are great. Thank you so much to both of them!

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T & J

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Hello,

We are writing to express our thanks to Dagobarto for doing such a wonderful job painting the room we plan to use as a nursery for our new baby.

The prior paint job was not great and he did a fantastic job putting on the new color and trim, as well as cleaning up the mess that was already there. He was prompt, attentive, and professional and my husband and could not be happier with the results. The nursery looks fantastic.

Thanks again and we will certainly consider your company for paint work, and of course recommend your business to others we know.

Thanks,


P. & D. A.

A Professional Painting Project

Arturo and Daniel both are quite professional and pleasant. I also want to compliment Williams' customer service staff. I always try to compare three vender quotes, and one of the key aspects is the excellent customer service by all that I come I contact. Williams Painting has always been a pleasure to work our projects.



J.S

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I wanted to let you know that Ricardo Salas did an “Excellent” paint job at our house. He was very professional and courteous. We will definitely be using you in the future.

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S.A.S.

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.

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V.R

A very pleased client from Alexandria, VA

Dave,

Les did outstanding work - looks brand new. He went out of his way to research the exact match on paint, and also astutely noted that he probably needed to ensure the paint work he did after refinishing the seams coalesced with the balance of the hallway paint. I am very pleased, and you would be too. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


N.P

Review on a Recent Work

I just wanted to write and say what a nice job Walter and Gino did at our house this past week.

They were very pleasant to work with and have around.

I was very happy with the work.They were extremely focused on making sure I was happy with everything and took extra care to make things perfect.

I would happily have them back again and want to thank you for sending such a great crew to my home!


K.P.

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This is just a quick note to let you all know how happy we are with the paint job that Richard Salas did on April 4, 2016. He showed up on time and was very polite and professional. He made sure I was happy with his work and did a great job cleaning up before he left for the day.

Thank you!


M.S

Williams Professional Painting

Hi Milton:

We were very happy with the work done by the crew. They were very careful and thorough. I appreciated that they made sure all the windows opened and locked after they finished. Bryan and Daniel (and Edwin earlier) were great! I've already recommended your company to two families - and will continue to do that if anyone's looking for this type of service. I also appreciated the way the office kept us informed as we went through all the delays due to rain.

Thank you very much for such good service!

Regards,


D.C

Very responsive in their communication with us.

They provided an accurate estimate, purchased paint and other supplies, painted about 3/4 of the rooms in our house, moved all furniture and replaced everything as they found it, cleaned up and were very responsive in their communication with us.


L.G.

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

Williams Professional Painting

We were extremely pleased with the quality of the work done in our condo and with the professionalism of the team that worked on our project.

Thank you


E.D.

We will definitely call Williams Professional Painting for any future work!

Dagoberto and Ernesto just left our house where they repaired and painted a kitchen ceiling and master bathroom ceiling, both jobs were exceptional! We are impressed by their skills and attention to the finest detail. They left both rooms spotless and perfectly replaced all furniture. We will definitely call Williams Professional Painting for any future work!


D & A

The workmanship and professionalism of Williams Professional Painting

"The workmanship and professionalism were outstanding. They command a premium price; but they are worth it. I would not think of calling another painting company. We have used them twice."


H.J

They arrived at the promised time

I am writing to let you know how very pleased I was by the work done by Ricardo Salas and Rodrigo on June 14, 2015. They arrived at the promised time and both worked very hard to do a superb job despite the heat and humidity. The carpentry repairs were at the 3rd floor level, as well as much of the painting and, in my eyes, the results are excellent.

Thank you for providing such courteous, experienced and skilled tradesmen. I will definitely recommend Williams to friends and call on you again when needed.

Sincerely,
Sharon Burke


S.B

A Review from Washington, DC

Ricardo and Cesar were fantastic. Prompt, professional, and kept me informed at every step. Please let their manager know.


J.K

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