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.)
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

Interior Painting Project

Bryan Pinto, one of William's foremen, and his team showed up early the first day and performed their work with efficiency and care. The team finished the job promptly and did excellent work, carefully executing detailed carpentry work on crown trim and painting as high as the peak of our four story town-home. Very impressed with their work and would hire again.


Z.W

We wish again to bring to your attention the excellent work done by Juan Maldonado.

Rick:

We wish again to bring to your attention the excellent work done by Juan Maldonado with the painting of one of our bedroom, walk-in closets and exterior carpentry work.Although both jobs were small in scope, Juan completed them with the same attention to detail and technical proficiency as he demonstrated when he painted our Family Room.

He effectively and rapidly adjusted to all unplanned occurrences and without complaint.He consistently exhibited the traits associated with a true professional in his field and a sincere commitment to achieving customer satisfaction.


C.C

A Review for an outstanding job.

Amy,

Please see my post on Facebook. Bryan and Daniel did an outstanding job for us today and we couldn't be more pleased. Thanks again for the outstanding job.


H & M W

Exterior Painting. Great Falls, VA.

Dear Williams Painting,

I want to let you know what a great job Ricardo Salas and Fidel did on my recent exterior painting project. Their work was excellent and they were very professional.

They checked with me to make sure the paint colors were correct and kept me updated as to where they were in the project.

I am a member of Consumers Checkbook and I will be happy to give your company a glowing review at the next annual survey.

Thank you so much, I will certainly be contacting you soon for more projects,

J.N.


J.N

A Review for Williams Professional Painting

I'm happy with the job and appreciate the professionalism of all involved.


B.R

Williams for painting and carpentry

I have used Williams for painting and carpentry on numerous occasions and have found them to be invariably professional, friendly and totally dedicated to assure you are content with their work. I highly recommend them!!


G.C

Thanks for the good work - you are truly "professional"!

Franklin and his crew (Carlos, Jorge, JB, and Daniel) did an outstanding job painting the exterior trim on our house.With it raining almost every day this month, they managed to get the work finished by staying until after 7pm on clear days and working all day one Saturday.The work quality was excellent, they respected the interior of our house and always wore foot protection, and they kept us informed about when they were coming and when they couldn't due to the weather.They were very professional and committed to getting the work done and done right.Our thanks to the entire crew!We definitely will recommend Williams for any painting job and will use them again on our next (hopefully interior) painting project.

Thanks for the good work - you are truly "professional"!


P. & C. M

Thank you for an excellent staff and for quality work!

Milton,

I wanted to send a quick note this evening to let you know how happy I am with the exterior painting work. The guys finished up tonight, working very late in order to complete everything before the heavy rain starts early tomorrow, and the house looks fantastic!

I also want you to know what a terrific team you have, so professional and always gracious. They worked meticulously each day (I don’t even think I saw them eat lunch!), and they were always ready to explain anything they were doing whenever I asked questions. My experience with your company has been wonderful and I look forward to working with you again early in 2017 to complete my interior plaster repair and painting project.

Thank you for an excellent staff and for quality work!


P.T.

I'll be sure to recommend this company and the services of Rick and Bryan to all of my friends.

I cold called Williams Professional Painting while searching for painters for my new condo in DC to obtain a quote. I was able to promptly talk to Rick Williams on the phone and he was extremely responsive and reasonable. I told him I recently purchased a condo and wanted to repaint everything prior to moving in. He sent an estimator out to my condo. The estimator, Jose, showed up on time and was extremely courteous, even removed his shoes prior to entering my condo. He took measurements of the rooms and recommended different types of paints for the rooms. I discussed with Rick that I needed the job done in two days and he said it wouldn't be a problem. His crew led by foreman Bryan arrived on time and was also extremely courteous and professional. Their #1 priority seems to be getting the job done correctly. Some of my paint colors were rather dark for accent walls and although my contract said 2 coats of paint, Bryan used 3 coats to ensure that the accent walls were painted properly.

Rick's team kept their word and finished my project in 2 days, even though it required bringing in a few extra painters, they still did not lapse their deadline. In the end, I am glad I hired Williams Professional Painting and did not take on this task myself or hire hourly help to assist me to paint. I'll be sure to recommend this company and the services of Rick and Bryan to all of my friends.


A.P

The final result is beautiful

Ricardo Salas was the foreman on the two man crew that repaired extensive damage and painted my house this week. He arrived to the minute on time, and worked with discipline and skill all day every day. He went above and beyond to make the work perfect..even painting the tiny ceiling space above the huge window near the ceiling. He was polite and courteous.He is one of the finest workers I have ever seen at my home. The final result is beautiful. Thank you.


L.H 6/10/15

Exterior Painting Washington, DC

Dear Rick - A quick note to thank you for extraordinary work on my garden wall on 33rd Street. In particular I'd like to compliment Jose and his team for doing a beautiful job on time and under budget -- all without disturbing our tenant or neighbors! I will most definitely work with you guys again the next time we need help with our house.

Regards,

Brian


B.H

Williams Professional Painting

Hi Dave and Lisa,

Jennifer and I want to thank you both very much for the great painting job that transformed our house to this century (Jennifer's words:)

Dogberto and Jorge did a a fantastic job with all the wall/ceiling preparation, attention to detail, painting, and daily cleanups.We appreciate all they did for us.


J.G

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

A Painting Project in Sterling, VA

Hi Rick, everything looks wonderful! Your crew was super nice and clean too! Thanks again for getting me in earlier. I really appreciate it. I'll be giving your name to everyone I know who needs a painter and drywall repair.

Thanks again!


M.L

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

Thank you for another job well done.

Just want to let you know that my husband and I are very pleased with the carpentry repairs done by Juan Maldonado and the painting done by Adalberto and Erik. As usual, all work was done in a professional manner. At the conclusion of the job, our outdoor furniture was moved back into place and the remaining paint was labeled, boxed, and placed in our garage – all we had to do was enjoy!

Thank you for another job well done.

Sincerely,


S & G

Professional Painting in Springfield, VA

Dear Rick,

Thank you so much for standing behind your company and replacing a door in the back of my garage. Gustavo was very pleasant to work with and seemed to have a good knowledge of what was needed to make my door work and appear as it should.

Thanks,


L.M

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