SCAM Alert!!!

So it’s 7:30pm on this quite Monday January 23rd 2017.  We at PG PAINT & DESIGN had settled for a relaxing evening after a long day’s work just like the rest of the great folks in the City of Ottawa.  Phone Rings…..  She says her name is Rachel and she’s from “Ontario Water & Health Safety Services” (of course she had to repeat it 3 times cause it wasn’t coming through clearly, not because i’m deaf but she mumbled it every time.

a glass of tap water from houses in ottawa
A glass of tap water from our Ottawa Homes. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun Newspaper Article of March 2015

So i pretended to listen 🙂

She continued to tell me that our City of Ottawa water is not being filtered. It is at extremely high levels of chlorine and other stuff that i kind of started to tune out because i just had a gut feeling this was a scam. Especially since I had not heard local Ottawa news or read anything in the local Ottawa newspapers lately.  You’ll find that Both the Ottawa Citizen and the Ottawa Sun had put out articles the are listed at the end of this post. I have to admit I just haven’t had the time to read them 🙂

As a fellow Ottawan I felt the need to put this out there and let others know because there is so much scamming out there and we need to all protect ourselves.

So the phone conversation goes something like this:

Pina from PG PAINT & DESIGN on the phone taking a call

Me on the Phone 🙂 🙂 🙂

She says: We have our team out in the K2E 7M8 area tomorrow and wondered what a convenient time would be to have one of the guys stop in and check your water.  He’ll watch you run the water from your kitchen tap and then test it.  Right there and then I thought THIS CAN’T BE REAL!!

So of course I told her there is no convenient time tomorrow because I need to research what she was talking about first.  Since I had not heard anything regarding this from any of the news sources here in Ottawa.  So she tells me to go to the Health Canada website and look up “Drinking Water Chlorination”.  Then she asks me again about what the good time would be for someone to come by tomorrow.  I told her that Absolutley NO TIME was good.  I would google everything first.  So she said OK then do your research and hopefully we can call you back again.

So first i googled “Ontario Water & Health Safety Services” and all that kept coming up was Scam, Door-to-Door Water Testing is a scam.  There is no “Ontario Water & Healthy Safety Services” not that i could google anyway.  So then I went to Google and typed in the Health Canada Website and typed a search for drinking water chlorination just like she told me to. You can read everything at the Health Canada Website articles  There was no warning or anything I could find, if you do I hope you’ll let us know or at least the City of Ottawa and our Mayor Jim Watson.

We sincerely believe our water to be safe here in our city of Ottawa otherwise we would have heard something from our city officials and FOR CERTAIN Health Canada would have put out warning for all of us.

So please take note and don’t get caught opening your door to these scammers

Write this PHONE NUMBER 613-225-1441ONTARIO WATER & HEALTH SAFETY SERVICES” on a piece of paper and put it near your phone to remind you to either not answer the call or remind you to NOT OPEN THE DOOR to anyone claiming they are they to check your water.

If you get any of these unsolicited calls or someone just shows up at your door without the proper City of Ottawa I.D. Badges please report then by calling our Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222.

The Ottawa Sun Article can be found by clicking here

The Ottawa Citizen article can be read by clicking here

It’s important we all look out for each other. Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you found it useful please share it with your family and friends so that they too can be protected and aware of these scammers.

Pina from PG PAINT & DESIGN thanks you for reading our blog post
Till next time




Paint Colour Psychology

Ever wonder why many hospitals are painted in a green or blue paint colour?

It’s believed that the colour green offers a feeling of freshness like outdoor nature and the feeling of hope.  When green is used in combination with blue it offers a relaxing atmosphere.  Kind of makes it a little easier when you’re not well and stuck in a hospital room for days.  If nothing else the paint colour can be soothing.

the colour green
The Meaning of the Colour Green

Paint Colour Psychology

On November 25 2016 we published an article regarding Colour and your Personality which tells us how and why you choose a certain colour over another.  Whether for your wardrobe, buying that new car or for your house painting project, they are a reflection of our personality and outlook on life itself.

Paint Colours to choose for house painting that define your personality
Paint Colours define your space with personality

What is your Colour Personality

Understanding Paint Colour Psychology

How can you use the paint colour choices you make to help you achieve the look and feel you’re after in your home decor scheme.

Next time you drive thru or go into a restaurant notice how there’s a lot of Red and or Yellow colours used.  The Colour Psychology here is that the bold and bright cheery colours tend trick your mind into making an impulsive decision to buy.  They have a certain power to persuade you and give you that determination to buy.

Using the Paint Colour Psychology for your House Painting Project

When considering taking on a house painting project, whether it’s a DIY or you hire a professional painter take a few of the following tips into consideration when choosing paint colour.  Let the personality descriptions behind the colours be somewhat of a guide to help you achieve the look and feel you want for your home.

Paint Colour Psychology
Paint Colour Physcology

Entryway/Foyer – Painting a a Shade of Grey or any other neutral shade in your entrance gives you that calming and relaxing feeling the moment you walk through your front door. Cozy it up with warm accessories such as a front entry table, a table lamp, some silver or deep coloured accessories.  Cream colours also blend nicely.  If you use dark wood in the table or other accessory it will make a bold yet welcoming statement.  Throw a bowl on the table to catch your keys or phone when you walk in.

Front entrance foyer table bowl to catch and organize keys and coins
A catch bowl for keys change and phones helps contain odds and ends. photo courtesy – White-Plaid /

Kitchen – Many of our clients choose a neutral colour for their kitchen, whether it’s a gray, blue or taupe, because most times the kitchen blends with the family room and if it’s a full open concept home then all the rooms interconnect and it’s hard to pick different colours for each room, although it can be done.  Most often the same colour is used just in a lighter or darker tone to the other room.  Some say the best colour for kitchen is white, which gives the feeling of purity and cleanliness. On the other hand black and red are not highly favoured as they tend to flare up tempers in the kitchen.

Bedroom – The color of your bedroom is a personal thing and also depends on the age of the individual using that room.  Take for example a nursery would be a soothing space in a light green, or silver-blue hue. These colours tend to make it neutral for either a boy or girl.  If the room is for a toddler you can make a dark coloured blue painted wall with either lighter shades on the other three walls or paint the ceiling a cream colour.  These paint colours can grow with the toddler well into the tweenage years.  Same goes for a girl’s room.  Pinks, Purples blend perfectly with grays and they are colours they can keep till their tweens too.  Subdued hues of greens and blues promote rest. Green also creates a peaceful calm and encourages learning.

Dining Room – Blues, Greens, Greys all go perfectly in the dining room as they all promote conversation.  Apparently many restaurants use these colours because they stimulate the palate and appetite.

Bathroom – Paint your bathroom in light shades of greens, blues, pink or white.  These will provide you with the feeling of calmness where you can retreat at the beginning and end of each day.  Black and or Grey make perfect accent colours.  Bathrooms are considered one of the important rooms in your house as it is usually the first one you enter each day and the colours in that room make all the difference in how your day will start

Paint Colour Samples

Choosing a Paint Colour
Benjamin Moore Affinity Colour fan deck from the benjamin moore website

Go to your local Paint store or ask your personal painter in Ottawa  to give you or show you paint colour samples.  Together or independently you can select the perfect paint colour for your home.  Your professional painter will assist you in choosing. You can pick up colour chips at the paint store, bring them home and stick them on the walls for a few days.  Let the morning light shine onto them as well as the evening interior lights, this way you can see the difference between the daytime and nighttime hue of the paint colour. Visit our Paint Colour Consultation page for more information and description on paint finishes

Read our article on the Relevance of Light and Paint 

Paint Colour and how light affects it The LRV
Light Reflection changes the colour of how your paint may look

More tips on Paint Colour psychology

Green is the colour of Hope, Fresh and Clean. Green and blue combinations offer a relaxing atmosphere. Yellow is the colour of Patience and Tolerance, it is said that those who choose this colour have a positive outlook on life in general. Orange is the colour of Creativity, it enhances studying or getting work done in your home office. Red is the colour of Romance. Did you also know it says you have Power, are Impulsive, Ambition and Determination. You can be very Persuasive too. Purple is the Colour that shows off the Charismatic, Sensitive type.  It also shows that you either possess or aim to achieve money and power.  Peach is the colour of those in Love, love to be social and are thought to be very Lucky. Pink is also the colour of affection.  It shows the softer and kind hearted side of you. It’s perfect for a little girls room usually, most often times when used in painting and decorating a girl’s room it’s usually in a hot pink, bubble gum pink or cotton candy pink.  When used in a grown up space the tone and hue of the pink colour is subdued with a hint of grey to bring out the more sophisticated adult look to your space or room.

Gray Colour brings balance to everything. So when considering it as a paint colour for a living room, dining room or family room, think of it as a calming and relaxing colour that is a perfect backdrop to bringing balance with other colours you may add to your colour scheme.

Dark Blue Paint Colour is Authoritative and Successful.  Consider an accent wall when painting say your home office, family room or even the bedroom.  Get more information on how lighting affects the paint colour

In the end choose the colour that makes you feel most comfortable. Of course we are always available for a painting and colour consultation.

You can also find more information and tips on our articles for house painting tips to ensure you get the best looking result possible for your DIY painting project.  If you’re looking to hire a professional painter contractor in Ottawa, we’d love to help.  Simply visit us at to schedule a paint estimate.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Call PG PAINT & DESIGN house painter in Ottawa for all your painting around the house
Till next time


Home Renos and TV Shows

Home Renovations

We all enjoy watching the famous tv shows on Home Renos and improvements. But do they really portray the what it’s really like to live through a home renovation?

stairway paint colour and entrance and foyer repaint
picture source = house beautiful .com

We found this article on how some of the TV shows are put together and what they do and do not show behind the scenes of real home renos. You’ll find the link at the bottom of this post.


Painting or repainting your house is one of the least expensive ways to upgrade/improve your curb appeal and the value of your home.  Whether you’re just moving in to a new house or your putting up for sale in the Ottawa Real Estate Market, painters can help you achieve the look your are after with paint colours.  See the article on what home improvements or renos are worth investing in your home

Of course we all know that we can’t believe everything we see on T.V.

It’s obvious to all of us that there are time constraints as well as promotional factors that affect the way certain home decor, renovations and home improvement shows are run.

You’ll find some great house painting tips if you’re planning on DIY it or you can book with a professional painter in Ottawa .  If your budget allows hiring a professional provides you the stress free and affordable home improvement you’ve been thinking about doing.

Call PG PAINT & DESIGN house painter in Ottawa for all your painting around the house
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Although, i must say i’m still a huge fan of all of them. I enjoy getting ideas on what’s trending in paint colours, interior home decor and design, accessories for interior decorating and more.

So the link below is from the real website and it goes into further detail. You be the judge as to whether you’ll still watch the shows in spite of the not so accurate portrayal as described in the link. Opinions expressed on the link from realdaily . com are not those of PG PAINT & DESIGN Ottawa House Painters.

Source: 5 little ‘lies’ HGTV has been telling viewers that affect the market big time





What is your Colour Personality

What is your Colour Personality?

Do you ever wonder about why you choose certain colours lets say for fashion, in the car you buy or the paint colour you choose when painting your house.

We all know that colours are a big influence on our decisions for making choices.  The colours we chose say a lot about our personality and your outlook on life itself.  Take for example someone who melts for the colour yellow.  That individual is thought to have an optimistic and energetic personality while the individual who tends to choose the colour purple might be more of a gentle, reserved and mellow person.

Which colour best describes your personality from the list below.

the colour orange
The meaning of the colour Orange

Playful, high energy and kindhearted best describe someone who loves the colour orange.  It is believed that they enjoy an active lifestyle. The colour also reflects their caring, warm and giving spirit.  Someone with this personality makes a great friend and a good listener.  It’s also believed they enjoy being the centre of attention and therefore make great public speakers.  A few words that describe the orange personality are: Playful, Energetic, Generous, Openminded.

the colour blue
The meaning of the colour Blue

Sincere, kind and sympathetic are a few of the characteristics of the blue personality.  Sensitive, calm and the love of being around tranquil blue waters gives them that connection to the great outdoors.  Being surrounded by the beauty of nature brings balance to their lives amidst the chaos of the outside world of which they tend to stay far away from. They are hopeless romantics and believe in hope, faith and the good in their hearts to spread the love and joy to others by doing good on a continual basis.  A few words to describe the blue personality are: Idealistic, Romantic, Loyal and Empathetic.

the colour red
The meaning of the colour red
Passionate, dominant and ambitious is the colour red personality trait. They are filled with ambition and direction and are 100% confident of themselves and their goals in life.  Firecracker is a commonly used word to describe the red colour personality.  They are a no-no-nonsense type of individual who is not afraid to voice their opinion.  As strong willed and determined a red might be they have many friends but are only close with a small few.  They are committed and loyal to friends and family.  A few words to describe the red personality are: Passionate, Ambitious, Confident and Determined.


the colour yellow
The meaning of the colour yellow

Yellow best describes an optimist. This personality is an idealist and very practical.  They are caring and responsible individuals who would do anything for a friend or even a stranger if possible. It is believed they thrive on being generous, kind, responsible and trusting.  They are not pessimistic or negative and believe in the Karma of being kind, thoughtful and generous to all, will bring them the same.  A few words that describe the yellow personality are: Responsible, Faithful, Helpful, and Sensible.

the colour purple
The meaning of colour purple

Artistic, creative dreamers describe the purple personality characteristic. Those who fit this profile are very emotional and sensitive.  Their minds are always curious and imaginative.  They enjoy their solitude where they can be creative in their passions. Whether it may drawing, painting or writing their creativity is bountiful.  Gentle and peaceful traits of the purple personality makes them trusted and compassionate friends. Words to describe the purple personality are: Charismatic, Sensitive, Gentle and Supportive.

the colour green
The Meaning of the Colour Green

The love of nature and endless curiosity of the world and people around them.  The green colour personality characteristic best describes those that are extremely grounded in who they are.  Highly intellectual, yet very sarcastic and have relationships with only those who truly understand and appreciate them for who they are. Words to describe the green personality are: Powerful, Intellectual, Curious and Introverted

As we can see those that fit the colour personality characteristics choose their colours wisely and with deep thought.

Perhaps this is why some of us choose certain colours when we buy a new coat or dress, a new car or even when choosing a paint colour.  See how you can accentuate your house, room or space with colour.  If your hiring a painter in Ottawa you can also ask about paint colour consultation and which paint sheens are most suited for your particular project.

So which colour best describes you or someone you know?

Call PG PAINT & DESIGN house painter in Ottawa for all your painting around the house
Till next time Ciao for now Pina G.






Supporting Local Ottawa Humane Society

Supporting Local Ottawa Humane Society

Thanks to everyone who has followed and liked our Facebook Page. In honour of our 1000th Facebook Fan for  PG PAINT & DESIGN  we are thrilled to have made a donation in honorarium of Micheline Sabourin who was our 1000th fan.

Thanks for being our 1000th facebook fan for PG PAINT & DESIGN

We reached out to Micheline and asked her to chose a charity of her choice that we could donate in her honour a $25.00 donation. We are thrilled and honoured to be supporting our Local Ottawa Humane Society

We love animals, in fact we’ve had Scoobie our Cockatiel for over 16 years now. We hope our small contribution helps an animal in whichever way the society deems fit.


We appreciate all our facebook fans, google page followers, pinterest pinners, houzz community, twitter followers and we thank you Ottawa for supporting Local Ottawa business such as ours.  Stop by and visit our website PG PAINT & DESIGN


Fall Home Decor Ideas

Fall Home Decor Ideas

Looking for Fall Home Decor Ideas.  Decorating and Painting are a perfect combination to change things up around the house.

brown painted bedroom
Source House

Painting in shades of pumpkin, rust and maple as in the picture above are a perfect combination for any room in the house.  Repaint your guest bedroom in a soft brown and accessorize with some light colours in a maple shade and add  in some rust or pumpkin orange for that punch of colour.  The paint colour will last for years and then you can simply change the accessories for any season of the year with different colours.

Kids room paint ideas for repainting
Source House Beautiful .com

Beautiful Rust or burgundy paint colours in this kid’s bedroom or study.

painted mudroom, orange paint in a room
Source House Beautiful .com

Nothing says welcome back from that walk, school or work when you walk into this brightly orange painted mudroom.

Fall Home Decor Ideas
Source House

Another way to spice up your space with paint colour.  The Benjamin Moore Paint in Onyx used on the stairway railing and steps makes for an attractive addition to the rust painted walls of this entrance and foyer area of this house.

Read some of our helpful articles on tips on how to choose paint colours.

Find your favourite paint colours, visit to schedule your next house painting in Ottawa.  We look forward to hearing from you.  If you need help with the colour choices we’re here to help.

Call PG PAINT & DESIGN 613-656-5865 house painter in Ottawa for all your painting around the house
Till next time

Ciao for now

Pina G.


Light, Reflection and Paint Colour

Light,Reflection and Paint Colour

LRV which is Light Reflectance Value.  It is the amount of light reflected or absorbed by the paint applied on the wall or ceiling surface.

Paint Colour and how light affects it The LRV
Light Reflection Value and Paint Colours Source: photo Google Images

The reflection of light, whether from natural or artificial sources changes the colour of how your paint looks.

Choosing colours is mostly based on how the paint colour makes you feel. Does it set the mood for comfort, tranquility, modern, contemporary or classic home decor.  Although homeowners usually base their choice of paint colours on a personal basis there is a scientific one as well.  Many professional painters, homestaging, home decor, interior designers, colour consults and even real estate agents will often advise or recommend using the base of LRV.  Watch the video below for more information on how you may want to know the LRV  before painting your house.

A useful video that explains What You Need to Know About LRV and all the relevant factors to consider when choosing paint colours and the lighting in the rooms.

If you’re planning on doing your own house painting or redecorating you may want to take some of the professional tips shared in the video.  Make a smart move by checking out a rooms LRV is a great starting point to help you choose the right paint colours.

The Light Reflectance Value (LRV) can usually be found on the labels of paint cans or paint chip samples.


choosing paint colours


You can also find more information and tips on our articles for  choosing paint colours  and house painting tips to ensure you get the best looking result possible for your DIY painting project.  If you’re looking to hire a professional paint contractor in Ottawa, we’d love to help.  Simply visit us at to schedule a paint estimate and a paint colour consultation.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Read ourhouse painting tips and advice from PG Paint & Design
Till next time Ciao for now Pina G