Lea Goes To New York: What is Hi-Def paint?
Nesting Newbies was invited, along with a group of decor bloggers, to a special event in New York to learn about and experience hi-def paint and current color trends from Valspar, Lowe’s, and Nate Berkus. Lowe’s and Valspar flew Lea across the continent, from San Francisco to Manhattan, so she could experience the power of hi-def paint!
Who knew that there was so much to learn? Lea shares…
Forget the red carpet leading us to the event…We got the “red wall” treatment!
This happy handyman is smiling because Valspar’s Hi-Def paint rolls onto a wall surface and covers over everything–even black–in one, single coat. Wow, how impressive! They caught my attention at the first roll over that bold chevron stripe! I was all eyes and ears to learn more.
Lowe’s had some tasty treats for us–so nice and food always gets my attention–but what attracted me the most was the large scale graphic wall with blown-up Allen + Roth Valspar® Signature Colors® Paint chips.
The names of the colors are hip, fun and whimsical. My favorite color is teal, so of course, my favorite paint swatch is a teal-ish hue called “swizzlestick”. How did they know that I am a sugar fiend? Perfect!
Forget a bunch of talking heads…this event was experiential. There were mural painters creating original art by painting over life-size wall photo decals. What a cool idea!
They put all of us to work, too! We donned aprons and paint brushes for some hands-on practice while learning a few valuable tips from a Valspar paint guru. Did you know that the quality of the brushes will make a difference in the final result? Well, that was news to me, as well as finding out that Purdy paint brushes are the best.
He reminisced about a past island vacation and his adventure with snorkeling. He isn’t very fond of swimming with fishes (at this point, he really caught my attention because I feel the same way). He ended up going for it, and was glad he did, because the experience was amazing! The vibrant colors of all of the fish and other sea life that live beneath the water left a huge impression. As a result, he has new found appreciation for combining color. His realization? If a color mix exists naturally in nature, then never second guess whether it is a good combination.
Nate brought and displayed some of his “favorite things” for color inspiration, including a few palettes from the Allen + Roth Valspar® Signature Colors® Paint line.
We were given a paint challenge…even Nate participated (just look at that concentration). It was buckets of fun! : )
I had a moment to catch up with Nate one-one-one, and he was really relaxed, engaging, and very authentic. He made everything fun, lighthearted, and kept us laughing! After experiencing him off camera at this event, I am happy to say that I am an official Nate fan!
Lea Goes To Lowes: Seeing is believing.
Upon returning from the East Coast, I visited Lowe’s in San Jose which is just a few minutes away from my loft to see the Valspar paint display in person.
Whoa…there’s way more than I expected! It turns out in addition to the Allen + Roth Valspar Hi-Def Signature color line… there are several other Valspar Hi-Def Signature color lines at Lowe’s. Creative Ideas for Color™, Eddie Bauer® Home, Laura Ashley®, and Waverly®. OMG! Hundreds of colors!
Now that I have had my intro to Hi-Def paint and know I can get my paint projects done with a single coat, I am ready to throw on my overalls and paint my loft walls! Where to begin?
Painting Project 101: ValsparPaint.com is an online resource and perfect starting point.
ValsparPaint.com provides interactive tools and just about everything you could possibly want to know about paint. Features include:
Project planner- log in to plan one or multiple painting projects.
Idea Gallery- Need inspiration? Browse through the idea gallery to get inspiration for your project.
How-To Videos- Valspar created an extensive library of how-to videos for all types of painting projects. This is an invaluable tool for all of us visual learners.
Paint Calculator- This tool will be really useful for me, the newbie painter. I don’t have the slightest idea about how much paint I need. Here I can enter the dimensions of my project, select the color, and it will tell me exactly what I’ll need!
Virtual Painter- Check out what your room will look like in color. Just load the picture of your room and use their virtual painter tools to change the color.
There’s a cool video that teaches how to navigate the Valspar Paint site…a good starting point. Hmmm…I think this is where I’ll begin!
**While in New York, I met two standout decor bloggers face-to-face. Julie Thigpen is an Interior Designer from Southern California. Read her blog at Belle Maison 23 or visit her online store at Modern Chic Home. My other new-found-blogger-friend is Shani Gilchrist from South Carolina who writes as Camille Maurice.