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Megan Thome

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An Easy Way To Get Your Building Up To Code: Photo Luminescent Paint

Posted by Megan Thome on May 5, 2019 10:34:00 AM

Is Your Building Up To Code?

In the wake of tragedy, the New York City Department of Buildings created the World Trade Center Building Code Task Force to reevaluate current building design, construction and operating requirements for high rise office buildings. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks the Task Force brought together experts from public and private sectors as well as survivors of the attacks to review the codes in relation to high-rise office buildings and determine where safety improvements could be made.

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Topics: Design, Technical

4 Benefits of Multi-Color Specialty Paint

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 15, 2019 10:46:00 AM

4 Benefits of Multi-Color Paint


There's a time and a place for flat eggshell paints, but there are far more benefits to choosing something a little different. Multi-color paint has many benefits that can help bring designs to life. Let's look at the top 4 benefits to choosing a multi color paint.

Check out our Multicolor LookBook here.

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Topics: Design

Specialty Paint Challenge

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 15, 2019 10:36:00 AM

Designers Love A Good Challenge

Right? Here you go: 

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Topics: Design, Technical

15 Examples of Great Commercial Interior Design

Posted by Megan Thome on Apr 2, 2019 10:35:00 AM

Commercial Interior Design


We all have our favorite examples of great commercial interior design, projects that inspired us to become interior designers, but sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zones a little and do some digging. What’s going on in the commercial interior design industry? Here’s some of our favorite examples from recent years, and links to get more information on each project.

Download our interior design process guide here for great commercial interiors.

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America's Favorite Pieces Of Architecture

Posted by Megan Thome on Mar 1, 2019 10:37:00 AM

Is it ever a bad time to be feeling patriotic? We think not. We decided we'd check out what some of America's favorite pieces of architecture and design were and share them with you. A little tour of the great U.S. of A., shall we?

It turns out, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) researched this in 2006 and 2007. They interviewed over 2,000 members and asked them to identify their favorite structures across the USA before doing a survey of the general public to narrow down the list. In 2007 they announced the results for their 150th anniversary, listing the top 150 highest ranked structures. You can check out that full list of 150 right here.

Let's take a deeper look into the top 5 structures on the list.

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Topics: Design

4 Ways Specialty Paint Can Save You Money

Posted by Megan Thome on Feb 1, 2019 10:38:00 AM

1. Don't Replace, Repaint

Replacing Can Be Costly (And Wasteful)

Replacing old outdated and dingy looking tile can be costly, and not to mention, terrible for the environment. Sometimes being environmentally friendly is also wallet friendly! Avoid adding to the landfills by ripping out all that old tile and simply paint over it instead. It's amazing how environmentally friendly paint can be. Specialty paint can update old tile and make it look great again! This will save you time and money on your overall budget.

2. Enhance Block Walls

Create An Inviting Space

Look, we all know block walls are ugly. As much as we'd love to just end their existence, sometimes there's no way around it. Block walls will always be a designer's nightmare, but specialty paint sure can improve that nightmare! If you have to learn to live with this problem area, instead of going through the added expense (and time) to cover them up and install drywall, make them a beautiful and inviting space by painting over them with a specialty paint. A multi color specialty paint in particular can give more dimension and texture to block walls to make them feel more warm, natural and inviting. 

3. Protect High Traffic Areas

Specialty Paint To The Rescue

The most expensive part of paint is the application. Material expense? Not an issue. Did you know that 75% of the project cost is labor?! If you figure out the ROI for using a paint of lesser quality for your project, you end up spending more due to the expense of labor (repainting year after year). You can download our ROI guide right here to see the breakdown. This is especially important to note in high traffic areas where regular paints won't hold up to the daily wear and tear (and won't hide those scuffs and stains on your walls) and will need to be repainted frequently. Specialty paint is more durable and will hold up to the daily wear and tear while hiding all those scuffs and stains, saving you money on repaints and repairs.

4. Don't Close Down For Repaints

Save Time And Money

Many businesses (especially healthcare!) can't afford to shutdown for repaints, touch ups and updates to their walls. How do they keep their design and walls looking fresh without losing money by shutting down for application? Specialty paints can save you money in this situation in a variety of ways. If you've specified a specialty paint that's durable, chances are it's going to survive in these high traffic areas and save you from having to repaint or touch up at all - this is obviously the desired situation to be in! Some durable specialty paints are also roll able, which is another ideal situation for businesses that don't want to or can't close down, since you don't need to close off areas when your method of application is roll applied.

Figure Out Your ROI

When starting to look at your project it's important to note that not all paints have the same ROI. Specifying a cheap paint might sound like a good idea, but as we pointed out above, there are many ways in which a "more expensive" specialty paint will save you money. Download our ROI right here to see the data on how specialty paint can save you a good chunk of change.

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Topics: Design, Technical

Designing High Traffic Interiors

Posted by Megan Thome on Jan 2, 2019 10:44:00 AM

High Traffic Commercial Spaces Vs. Your Design

Finding products that can meet the demands of active commercial interiors can be a challenge. And don’t get me started with the issues you face when working on really high traffic interiors. Airports, lobbies, emergency rooms and schools all place very high demands on your designs. Visually, the place might be perfect, but have you chosen products with the integrity to stand the test of time, or will they wind up costing your client more and more for frequent touch ups and repairs?

Check out our high scrubs guide right here to help you decide what is best for your design project.

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3 Big Benefits Of Designing With Specialty Paint

Posted by Megan Thome on Nov 1, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Designing With Specialty Paint

When you’re getting your design boards ready for the project you’re working on, often enough paint is your last decision. So why would you consider specialty paint? You’re in a pinch and need to get this project ready for presentation, you don’t have time to muddle about which paint is better than the other.

Let us spell out some of the benefits of using a specialty paint vs. any other run of the mill paint you see splashed everywhere.

Specialty paint has TONS of benefits.

Get your guide on high scrub paints here.

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Topics: Design

The Dirt On Scrub Ratings

Posted by Megan Thome on Oct 17, 2018 10:46:00 AM

Scrub Cycles

Performance is a critical part of the equation when evaluating Earth-friendly paints yet it is often overlooked. Low VOCs, low odor, plant-based, all natural, derived from magical rainbows - we’re familiar with all the other criteria, but how should we factor in the durability of a paint? 

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding scrub scrub ratings lately. While having low VOCs, low odor and being environmentally friendly are important qualities to look for in a paint, so is the scrub rating. The truth of the matter is, if you're specifying a product with scrub rating of 300 scrubs, it's simply not going to hold up to the daily wear and tear and you're going to find yourself repainting all. the. time.

Do you need a high scrub paint? Get your own handy decision guide below to walk you through selecting your paint.

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, testing a paint’s durability requires something a bit more objective. The durability test method that the paint industry agreed upon is American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D2486 Scrub test. In this test, dried paint samples are repeatedly scrubbed with an abrasive brush until the surface of the paint deteriorates. This determines the number of “scrubs to failure”. The higher the number, the more durable the paint.

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Topics: Technical

Fall 2018 Interior Color Trends

Posted by Megan Thome on Sep 28, 2018 1:40:15 PM

Fall 2018 Interior Color Trends

Fall forecasts are out for Fall 2018 interior color trends and we've fine tuned our selection to the latest and greatest that Zolatone has to offer for the current trends. From a rich bordeaux to a much more surprising pick for Fall, scroll through to see our picks for the new (and our favorite!) season.

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Topics: Design

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