How to Paint Radiators and Vents

Painting a hot radiator can affect the quality of the paint finish, so make sure that the radiator is turned off and completely cooled down before you start painting.
• Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to remove any dust and dirt from the radiator. You will want to use a wire brush to remove any loose rust on the radiator. These areas should be primed with a latex rust inhibitor primer like Benjamin Moore’s Acrylic Metal Primer.
• Although you can use a Hi Heat coating to paint the radiators, it will limit your color choice. Most premium quality interior latex paint will withstand a temperature up to 180° F, so you can use the same paint that you used on the walls or trim. Painting a radiator the same color as the wall will help it blend in with the wall.

1. Begin by placing drop cloths under and next to the radiator to protect the floor.

2. Replace old, cracked caulk by filling the cracks with new, premium-quality caulk before you start priming.

3. Next, use a soft cloth and mild detergent to remove any dust and dirt from the radiator.

4. Use a wire brush to remove any loose rust.

5. Rusted areas should be primed with a latex rust inhibitor primer.
For best results, ALWAYS READ THE PAINT CAN LABEL. Professionals read the paint can labels to get the paint manufacturers’ most up-to-date information and instructions on the use of each specific paint. Every paint is different, and the labels provide important information, such as the average coverage area per gallon, drying times, number of coats needed, and surface preparation requirements. The labels also give specific safety information that should be carefully adhered to.
Painting the Radiator

1. Generally, a brush is the best application tool but depending on the size and style of the radiator you may also be able to use a small slim-jim roller along with a brush.

2. Start by painting at the top, working your way to the bottom.

3. Don’t paint the valves, as that could make them difficult to open.

4. Allow the paint to dry for at least 24 hours before turning the heat back on.

Go for the charm with these curated picks that create a Southern look in all its gracious glory

Outfit a Southern Plantation-Style Home — Paint to Porch Furnishings.

With their gracious porches, well-proportioned rooms and rambling grounds, Southern plantation-style homes in the U.S. have a lot to offer. Whether you are renovating a historic Lowcountry home or simply feel inspired by classic Southern style, this guide is here to help. Curated picks including paint colors, lighting, cabinetry and more make decision making a breeze — so you can spend more time relaxing with that tall glass of sweet tea on your front porch.

Bring on the energy — with red on its exterior, your home can stir up excitement in any setting

When to Paint Your Home Red.

Energetic, lively and the color of good luck, red can excite and enliven a home’s exterior. Whether it’s traditional red brick, a more earthen tone — like Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite Cherokee Red — or a more electric hue, red makes a home jump out and announce its presence.

Historically, red was the color of choice for many Swedish country barns and farmhouses. The pigment originated at Swedish copper mines and was found to be an excellent wood preservative. It’s likely that the color became popular for barns and farmhouses in the U.S. due to an influx of Swedish immigrants and the color’s popularity in 19th-century Sweden.

A San Francisco Bay Area artist’s sun-drenched home doubles as her gallery and studio

When Memories of Home Are of Paint and Linseed Oil.

Artist Marie Van Elder has always made her home integral to her work. She uses it as a studio, workshop and gallery. The walls are filled with work by her and by her artist friends, and the largest room in the house is her studio space. The rooms have been rearranged as the family has evolved, but the art has always been part of every room. “In a way the art has been part of the house as much as the house has been part of the art,” she says.

Van Elder’s daughters grew up around her art and “would come home from school and go running to see what I did that day,” she says. And they would sometimes work beside her on their own projects. Although Van Elder uses one room primarily as her studio, she says, “Frankly the whole house has been used for art: the kitchen counters, the patio, the garage for art classes for kids, the attic for storage and all the walls for exhibition space. My daughters will tell you that the smell of linseed oil is the smell of home.”

Choosing Stone Floor Tiles for Your Bathroom

Designing your new bathroom starts with your choice of floor tiles. The colour and texture of the floor sets the tone for the room, determines how long you’ll spend cleaning it, and has implications for the safety of everyone using it.
Natural stone tiles have been a major trend for bathrooms over the past few years, and their unique, beauty looks set to stay. One difference we’re seeing of late is the size of the tiles. Less grout and more stunning stone beauty is the order of the day. They’re easier to clean and a striking design choice.
OK, so you’ve made your decision to use stone tiling – but what kind should you choose? Here’s our handy guide to finding the perfect natural flooring for your bathroom. We’ve taken a close look at the three most popular choices: marble, limestone and travertine.
The Lustrous Warmth of Limestone Floor Tiles
What could be more perfect for your bathroom than flooring made up of sedimented seashells? Limestone has an understated elegance, and it’s a perennial favourite for bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural, lustrous warmth, the soft, open pore structure of this mellow stone could be the choice for you.
• Advantages of Limestone Tiles – it’s extremely durable flooring; if carefully maintained your limestone floor could last for ever. It’s easy to cut which makes it a flexible material to work with and its matte, textured finish makes it non-slip. Limestone tiles also tend to be cheaper than marble or travertine flooring.
• Disadvantages of Limestone Tiles – the porous texture of limestone means that it needs to be sealed regularly to prevent staining and dust accumulation.
Limestone bathroom floor tiles will stay looking good with just a regular wipe-over using soapy water.
The Elegance and Striking Beauty of Marble Floor Tiles
Light, neutral colours are favoured at the moment, as they make small rooms look larger. The uniquely veined patterning of marble floor tiles has inspired artists and adorned palaces ever since the Romans first popularised it. Now it’s a stylish contemporary choice that reflects natural light and enhances the sense of well-being inspired by your bathroom.
• Advantages of Marble Tiles – every tile is unique and the patterning is naturally formed. If you’re planning on fitting underfloor heating in your bathroom, marble is a great thermal conductor, so you’ll be cosy in minutes. Finally, the high polish on marble cannot be matched by any other stone.
• Disadvantages of Marble Tiles – there is always the danger of scratching and staining with stone flooring – regular sealing is a must. The shiny surface also increases the risk of slippage.
Marble bathroom tiles require only the lightest of touches to look good; regular wiping with soapy water will keep your tiles looking pristine.
The Warm, Earthy Tone of Travertine Foor Tiles
This is fast becoming the most popular stone floor choice where the design seeks to emulate the colours and warmth of Mediterranean culture. Travertine is a derivative of limestone and it’s characterised by natural pits and voids which gives every tile a unique patterning and texture. These tiles come in a range of colours through cream, tan and ochre.
• Advantages of Travertine Tiles – there’s no waiting for these tiles to ‘weather’; the texture and colouration provides an instant ‘lived in’ look to your bathroom. They have a non-slip texture and are extremely durable – given regular cleaning and sealing. This is probably the most flexible of stone tiles, they can be easily cut to fit awkward spaces.
• Disadvantages of Travertine Tiles – these are the most expensive of the stone tiles we’ve reviewed. Regular sealing is necessary as they susceptible to staining and discolouration otherwise.
Soapy water is all you need to keep your travertine floor looking as good as new.

Beautiful stone floors afford your home a timeless beauty, and they last for as long as you need them to. DirectStone Ltd polishes, seals, maintains and restores stone floors, to bring the full power of their beauty out.


Ignore the instinct to go with white. These colors can show your house in the best possible light

Crowd-Pleasing Paint Colors for Staging Your Home.

When prepping your home for sale, one of the most important tasks is giving your walls a fresh coat of paint. The standard advice from most real estate professionals is to keep them neutral with shades of white. But as a home stager and an interior designer, I prefer to take a more stylish approach.

Remember, the overall goal of home staging is to make each room feel fresh, inviting and neutral enough so that prospective buyers can imagine themselves living there. That doesn’t have to translate, however, to bland, boring and devoid of style. Sometimes white can work, but a greater concern is making sure the room doesn’t look too stark. These elegant, crowd-pleasing neutral paint colors can help you stage your home to perfection.

Here’s proof that a little bit of fun color can add a whole lot of flair to your house

Choosing Color: See 1 Cute Home in 3 Exterior Paint Palettes.

I’ve done countless exterior color consultations in my professional career, and yet the dramatic change a new color scheme can bring to the outside of a home never ceases to amaze me. As part of a new series on exterior color palettes, we’re taking existing exteriors and, through the use of rendering software, trying out a few color options. Paint color palettes are included here in case you see something you like that you want to re-create on your own abode.

Be a cheer leader with this color that captures the sun and radiates a warm welcome

When to Paint Your Home Yellow.

Thinking of making your home’s exterior color evoke summertime and sunshine? Then consider yellow. Ranging from soft and earth toned to more electric and brash, yellow serves a home’s exterior well. Whether they’re set off by winter’s snow and gray skies or summer’s green landscape and blue skies, yellow homes make their presence known.

I find that the color yellow is best used for traditional-style homes. From the more ocher yellows of stuccoed exteriors on Tuscan villas to the bright, almost neon palette of some 19th-century exteriors, yellow keeps a home warm, welcoming and cheerful.

So let’s leave white to those most rational and platonic of home styles, such as colonial and modernist, and explore using some joyous yellow.

The colors in this Netherlands home are picture perfect, with paint, furnishings and accessories to match a beloved piece of art

A Single Painting Births a Home’s Whole Palette.

Netherlands interior designer Sonia van der Zwaan-Barrigas and her husband loved a painting by Portuguese artist Mario Rita so much, they chose their color palette and furnishings to complement this one beloved piece.

Whether there’s only an inch left or your paint can overfloweth, these household painting projects will get your creative juices flowing

Budget Decorator: 25 Fab Projects With 1 Paint Can.

When it comes to getting the most bang for your decorating buck, there is no question that paint reigns supreme. But if you really want to make the most of your purchase, try stretching that can of paint by using it in a number of smaller projects. Whether you are starting with a full can or are wondering what to do with the last few drops, there is sure to be something here to inspire your next project. These 25 creative painting ideas include something for every room in the house.