Discover An Amazingly Simple
Yet Effective way to Rejuvenate your San Francisco
Many older apartments in San Francisco
have special charm and appeal not always found in some of the
more modern apartments. The problem is how to camouflage the
tell-tale age signs of an old apartment with out spending a lot
of money. The solution is modern painting techniques used
exclusively by San Francisco Painters and designers.
One of the most noticeable age signs is
cracked walls. Expensive replastering is unnecessary when a
texture paint is used. The heavy consistency of texture paint,
fills small holes and cracks and completely hides patches and
scares. The rough plaster-like finish is most attractive and
blends with every type of decor.
Another decorative dressing for wounded
walls is multi-color paint, which produces a pattern of two or
more color combinations in one painting application. This
colorful coating is particularly suited to old-fashioned
kitchens and bathrooms. While enamel has often been recommended
for these rooms, a multi-color finish will be even more
eye-catching and will divert attention from old appliances and
Multi-color paints also come in color
combinations containing gold or silver flecks. These more
formal patterns will enhance the living room, dining room or
bedroom. All multi-color patterns are durable as well as
attractive. The random color design helps to hide dirt smudges
and surface irregularities.
One problem of the old-fashioned
apartment is the long hall which leads to all or most of the
rooms. This often can resemble a bowling alley lined with
doors. To make a hallway brighter and more cheerful and to
eliminate the dull pattern of door after door after door, paint
door panels in a bright color that matches the interior of the
specific room. This will create interest for the hall and add
another decorative touch to each individual room.
Ceilings in the old San Francisco
apartments are usually quite high. If this feature pleases you,
call attention to it by painting the ceiling white, or a very
pale tint. However, if you would prefer the ceilings to look
lower, paint them a deeper color than the walls. The ceiling
does not have to be a lighter or darker version of the walls. A
completely contrasting ceiling is most effective in many
When floors have gone beyond the scraping
and waxing stage, latex floor enamels can work magic. They dry
rapidly and come in a multitude of colors, including the
natural wood tones. It's colorful and handsome to paint the
floor to match the rug or the rug border. Of course, a black
floor is very good looking. Paint it any color you like, but by
all means paint it. Nothing is more unattractive than dingy
Finally, there are miscellaneous features
of the old apartment which can be greatly improved with paint.
Take the aged overhead lighting fixture that looks dull and
dingy, Instead of trying to camouflage it, paint it a bright
eye-catching color. Make it an interesting part of the room's
Radiators should get the opposite
treatment. Nothing could be attractive about these objects.
Paint them to match the wall behind them. Never paint them a
different color or with one of the gold or silver metallic
coatings. This would make them stand out like sore thumbs, and
the metallic coatings tend to reduce heat output.
Always paint the woodwork to match the
walls unless the trim is particularly decorative. In the latter
case, painting it a contrasting color will make the trim an
integral part of the wall treatment.
Rooms which open into each other should
be decorated in harmonizing colors. At San Francisco Painters
we never treat the two rooms separately. They will look far
more attractive when treated jointly, using the same colors for
both. This doesn't mean that the color schemes must be
identical, Not at all. But do use one of the accent colors of
the first room as the predominating color in the second. This
color harmony is very pleasing.