Awesome video review and testimonial from Pete the Plumber Calgary. Pete is a great guy that we’ve had many opportunities to work with both on commercial and residential projects. Thanks for the shout out Pete! Catch Pete Sunday mornings on CTV at 10am, where Pete and his friends show you ‘how to’ tackle all your plumbing problems. Harding’s Painting. (403)254-4726

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I just watched a video this morning with @grantcardone and it reminded me of everything that’s wrong with this world. At Harding’s we respect family because we are one. All of our contractors and our Licensees, we’re a family. ________Remember to take time out for your family. Family is why we do what we do @hardingsservices. By doing the hard work and trying our best to meet our clients needs, it provides for my family and many others in our organization. It provides a service(s) to our clients making it easier for them to ditch the DiY and free up time for their families, it improves their homes and lives to help add to the quality of their lives with their families. The saying goes work hard and play harder. We agree, just make sure you take the time to play with your family too! Time is one thing you never get back. @deanbrody #favsongtime

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I had been a believer in post secondary education. Get the degree, get the degree! My father instilled to my brothers and I that we were not to work in the trades. He’d say go to school, stay away from working in restaurants (even though we ere involved in ownership of 2) and that White Collar work was commendable. He was not wrong but he was not right either.

I am a people person, so I found myself drawn to restaurants. Hanging out there, working there and finally making a career in them. As life happened and I transitioned into building restaurants my passion for building brought me closer to the typical trades of carpentry, electrics, plumbing, painting etc..  I built a lot of great relationships with these trades people. Relationships that have stood the test of time. Reliable, trustworthy and down to earth people who I now call friends.

I started to notice a decline in restaurant franchising because of the costs associated with it. I quickly realized that trades was a great route for franchising. That lead me to Harding’s, an opportunity to work daily with these people I admired so much and help take their small businesses to the next level. There has been a decline in ‘work’ effort in recent years and yet the trades continues to get hard working men and women busting their butts to put food on the table. And they do, very well I might add. Margins that some trades are seeing are far better than typical businesses. Your overhead is lower, your labour is already skilled and product cost is very reasonable with great markup potential. In short, franchising in trades is where its at.

I recently watched this TedX Talk with Mike Rowe, from Discovery Channel’s – Dirty Jobs. I was so wrong about him. I assumed he was a Blue Collar grunt chosen from his trade background. I was pleasantly surprised to find him eloquent, very well educated and inspiring. His belief in trades and his experience gained from working along side of so many hard working trades people is spot on.

A career in the trades is commendable, there is no shame in it and a lot of money to be made in it. Don’t sell yourself short and play yourself long on higher education and the massive debt that can go with it. Take a look at the trades!

We all have our favorite colours, but have you ever noticed how certain colours make you feel a certain way? That’s the premise of color psychology – the idea that colours evoke emotional, mental and even behavioral responses, and, therefore, can impact our mood.

Cool vs. Warm Colours

On a simple color wheel, you will find six basic colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. When you divide the wheel in half, you divide it into cool and warm colours.

Warm colours include:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow

Cool colours include:

  • Green
  • Blue
  • Violet

Warm colours have an association with sunlight and heat. Therefore, they create a warm, lively, energetic and inviting space. On the other hand, cool colours remind us of nature, water and sky. Therefore, they bring out a calming, relaxing and peaceful feel.

To use the psychology of colours in making your painting choice:

  1. Determine the primary function of the room.

What will the room be used for? What activities will take place in that room? Who will be using the room and how do you want them to feel?

  1. Pair colours that convey a mood that matches that function.

In this way, you can guide people into thinking, feeling and behaving in a way that matches the intended purpose of the room.

Now that you understand how color psychology is used to make paint color choices, let’s look at the psychological effects of eight colours and what rooms they work best in.

Warm Colours


Red is the most intense color, bursting with energy. Studies have found that it can increase adrenaline, raise blood pressure and speed up your heart & breathing rate. It’s a great choice if you want to stir up excitement and lively conversation in a particular room. It is also chosen for dining rooms because it can increase metabolism and, therefore, appetite.

Red works best in:

  • Dining rooms
  • Living rooms
  • Other rooms where people gather


Yellow is associated with the sunshine, therefore, it stimulates warmth and happiness – when done right. Soft yellows work best to convey a cheery, uplifting and fun tone. However, bright yellows or an overwhelming amount of yellow in a room can cause frustration and anger. For example, studies found that babies cry more and people are more likely to lose their temper in yellow rooms. The solution – pay attention to the shade you use, the amount you use, and consider it in combination with other colours rather than dominating the color scheme.

Yellow works best in:


Orange combines some of the traits of red and yellow. Like red, orange is an energetic, enthusiastic and exciting color. Like yellow, orange is a warm, friendly and welcoming color. This makes it a good choice for some of the same rooms listed above, and some people also like it as an exercise room color because of its ability to help you get moving.

Orange works best in:

  • Kitchens
  • Dining rooms
  • Exercise/workout rooms

Cool Colours


Blue reminds us of natural elements – the calming light blue sky and the tranquil blue waters of lakes and streams. Its calming effects are said to slow down respiration and heart rate as well as lower blood pressure. The relaxing effects of blue are particularly felt with lighter shades; darker shades of blue can trigger feelings of sadness.

Blue works best in:

  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Offices


The abundance of green found in nature makes this color evoke feelings of growth, renewal and rebirth. Green is a mix of blue and yellow – so it combines the cheerfulness of yellow with the calming effects of blue. It creates a mood of relaxation and tranquility and is believed to

help relieve stress.

Green works best in:

  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Living or family rooms
  • Any room where you want to promote comfort and calming

Violet (Purple)

A combination of red and blue, purple can take on different forms depending on the shade that you use. In lighter shades, it works similarly to blue – evoking feelings of relaxation and rest. In darker shades, it takes on some of red’s energetic notes, creating a dramatic and sophisticated feel that is associated with luxury and royalty.

Purple works best in:

  • Bedrooms (lavender)
  • Dining rooms (darker shades)
  • Any room you want to stimulate creativity
  • Any room you want to make appear more luxurious


So far we have discussed the main cool and warm colours on the color wheel, but neutral colours can also impact mood and emotion. Here’s a look at the two main neutrals – black and white.


Black absorbs all light, so it represents the absence of color. This gives it a feeling of mystery and secrecy. You can use it in your paint colours to create a dramatic look or to add elegance. It is best used in small doses, though, because too much can convey a dark and melancholy mood.

Black is best used for:

  • Accents, not the main color
  • Highlighting other colours and bringing them to life (as in the above picture)
  • Giving depth to a room


In contrast to black, white reflects light and is therefore the presence of all colours. It represents purity, innocence, and wholeness. White can give your space an open and airy feel, even giving the illusion that there is more space in a room than is actually there.

White is best used for:

  • Creating a modern or contemporary feel (especially the kitchen)
  • Creating the appearance of more space
  • Accenting other color choices

Color psychology gives us insight into how certain colours impact mental, emotional and behavioural responses. It can, therefore, be used to guide paint color choices so the colours you use in a particular room help it achieve a particular mood, goal or function.

Use the guide below to help choose paint colours for your next interior painting project and you’ll find that your choices have a direct impact on how people feel and experience your home.


It has been almost 6 months since I started with Harding’s. It’s been an adventure so far and a learning curve to some aspects of our business. I love a challenge and have tackled it head on but what I expected to be a challenge, forging relationships with our team, hasn’t been a challenge at all! Our team has made me so comfortable, it’s been like going home for Christmas.

We just had our Christmas Party this last Friday. I had the opportunity to get back to my roots and make all the food for our team. It was a ton of work and a ton of fun. We have a great group of people that make up the greatest Residential and Commercial Improvement Company in Calgary.

Congratulations to Lazslo Szabo on winning Rookie of the Year, Beatrix Lucza and Rony Mosstou for winning Craftsmen of the Year, Roberto Morales for Winning the Customer Choice Award and to the partnership or Matt Whiteley and Matt Rachul for slaughtering the Business Builder of the Year Award.

Matt Rachul, Rob Hilditch, Matt Whiteley

Rony Mosstou

Laszlo Szabo










It’s been a fun few months at Harding’s, rethinking what we are and how we adapt to an ever changing market along with the needs and requirements of our clients.

With that in mind we’ve made some big changes! First, the name, we are now Harding’s – Your Improvement Company with all of our same great services and a few more added for fun! Second, the logo has changed to reflect our new name. A simple, direct approach to let you know exactly what we are at a first glance. The new logo will be rolled out digitally as soon as possible and over the coming months on static materials. 

We look forward to continuing to serve the Calgary area, not only as Calgary’s premiere painting company but as your choice in all home and commercial improvement projects, as well as all of your cleaning requirements.

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I am coming up on 3 months in my new role at Harding’s. It has been a learning curve, a sharp one sometimes. When I left my previous employment, I had a mourning period, a period where the family we had created there was no longer my ‘family’. I didn’t think that I’d find that so quickly with my new colleagues and new friends with Harding’s.

Over the last couple of weeks as things start to fall into place and relationships are forged,  the one thing I thought wouldn’t happen so quickly, has happened. The group is starting to feel like family. It’s the people, it’s always the people. We have a great group of them, a great group of licensees that care about their clients needs and wants, their dreams and ideas for their homes and their improvement projects.

As ‘we’ take Harding’s into the chapter, this is the group that I have faith in to stand by me and our clients to make this company not only Calgary’s total home maintenance and improvement choice but soon, Canada’s home maintenance and improvement choice. When you choose a Harding’s division and licensee, you’re making a choice about perfection, caring and integrity. ‘We got this’ for you!


Rob Hilditch, proud manager guy.

Every once in awhile you come across someone or a group that is so passionate for their craft, that you just have to share it. This is the one of the many things like I enjoy about my new position as President at Harding’s. Our entire team of Licensee’s has a passionate dedication to their craft and to our clients experience.

After 16 years in the franchise business, I chose to tackle a different realm altogether. I think my previous role(s) have prepped me perfectly for this job. My passion for my own craft and the mastery of it drove me to find a role where like minded people could collaborate together to build upon a great foundation like Harding’s. Harding’s started in Midnapore, Calgary in 1996 by Dalton Harding. Dalton grew the business to include many painters that were passionate about the mastery of their own craft. Today we have grown to 9 residential painters, a commercial painting division, a cleaning division, an exterior cleaning/maintenance division along with ceiling texturing, renovations and a professional handyman service.

Many of the painters that started with Dalton have stayed “on board” (haha, a little joke about my past) and bought into the business that they now task me to operate. I look forward to many years of growing and learning the Home Improvement businesses we have established.

Check out one of our licensee’s talk about his passion here.

Rob Hilditch, President of Harding’s