2017 is around the corner and many of the industry experts have already shared their take on trending colours for the next year. Painting has moved from a necessity to much more carefully planned process. For homeowners and those looking to renovate, here are 5 important predictions made by interior experts on what colours you should consider.
This shade of paint was widely used in ancient tapestries and is making a huge comeback in 2017. The grey blue palette carries a sense of dark coziness and mystery. Works best for spaces that have minimalistic décor.
Dark Green with Neutrals
Dark green shades open a room for a lot of creativity. You can create an accent wall or use a grunge finish to bring out a nature-inspired look. Complement your walls with wooden furniture.
Pastel shades bring a sense of space and playfulness to a house. These are perfect for well-lit spaces that are generally filled with friends and family.
Neutrals have been trending across Pinterest for much of mid 2016 and will continue to be in trend in 2017 as people explore more possibilities. Using a darker neutral under a lighter shade makes for spaciousness which is well complimented with neutral coloured décor.
White walls may not be the best idea anymore as homes and spaces are getting bolder with their choice of paints. An earthy mineral grey shade has been receiving much attention for its urban look.
A stencil is both the intermediate object used to create a pattern/image and it is also the resulting design created. Stencils can be thin materials such as paper, plastics, wood or metal with a pattern cut out, over which, paint is applied to an underlying object.
This method of creating art has been used widely by the famous artist, Banksy, to create politically motivated satirical wall and street art. His work is known for being subversive epigrams, carrying dark humour with graffiti execution in a unique stencilling technique.
Choose a stencil
Investing in a stencil has its benefits: they are reusable, easy to carry around and can be used on multiple objects/surfaces. You can either buy a stencil online, from a stationary store or get a custom-made stencil from many websites online. <insert example link>
Brush, roller, sponge or spray paint?
This depends entirely on how elaborate your project is. For massive stencilled feature walls, use a dense foam roller to cover big areas quickly. For smaller projects, stencil brushes do extremely well and give you more options like shading and blending. Sponges can be used to create textures that you may not get with a paint brush. Spray paints give you the closest finish to a “Banksy-styled” stencil wall. It’s fun to use and you can create good effects but make sure your room has good ventilation. For this tutorial, we are going to use spray paint.
Prep your wall
Before you start your project, it’s important to prepare your wall. A good foundation goes a long way. Read our article on how to prepare a wall for an art project to make sure everything is in order before you kick-start.
If you’ve ordered or picked up your stencil from anywhere, chances are, it is rolled up. Just place your stencil on the packaging paper and roll it in the opposite direction. Tape it and let the stencil stay rolled in for a day. Repeat the process until you get satisfactory results.
Fixing your stencil
Use small pieces of blue tack decorators tape to firmly stick your stencil in place. To achieve a more stable result you can use a repositionable spray. Spray a light coat on the back of the stencil and stick it in place. A Banksy stencil does not need a perfect finish, so do not worry about getting precise results. A little imperfection will give your work a lot of character.
Mask off surrounding areas
Spend a lot of time and enough attention to this part of the project. Use newspapers and masking tape to cover surrounding areas. Use a dust sheet for floor protection. Make sure all furniture has been moved so you can work freely.
Understand how spray paints work Use a gas mask at all times when working with spray paints. Do some test sprays on some empty paper to make sure your can is spraying well. If you are new to spray paints, take some time to spray close and far, lightly and heavily to understand the effects you can create.
At right angles, spray over the stencil in small bursts. Remember to never spray too close to the wall or over the same spot for too long. This will cause your paint to drip and over spraying will look messy. You may have to apply a second coat, so repeat the process.
If you have worked with stencils before, you can experiment with different effects. After filling in a coat, you can lightly spray on the edges with a different shade, or dab with a dense, circular, dry paint brush to give a neater, more controlled result.
Take off the stencil
The best part about stencilling is that you do not have to wait for the paint to dry. Carefully remove the surrounding newspapers and then the stencil to reveal your artwork.
Clean your stencil
Soak your stencil in soapy water till the water bubbles and the paint starts coming off easily. Stencils that are thin and delicate can be placed on a flat surface and use a sponge to gently rub off the paint. Acrylics will be slightly more difficult to clean than emulsions. Carefully rub off edges of paint that will not come off with the sponge. Larger stencils can be cleaned in a bath.
In 2009, archaeologists excavated one of the largest Viking age buildings, a royal hall in Lejre, Denmark. In order to reconstruct the 60 meters long, oval-shaped longhouse made of oak, archaeologists are digging deeper into the lives of the Vikings. While a lot maybe speculation, it is evident that the Vikings – from painting their faces to their shields and boats – loved colours.
Most believe that relics, uncovered over the years, might serve as hints to what colours the Vikings used to paint their buildings. A range of wooden objects have retained hues of white, red, black and yellow. Interesting theories were debated during the “Farverige Vikinger” (Colourful Vikings) seminar held last month.
Royal White Paint The wooden houses and the royal halls are speculated to have been painted white from the remains of clay with white chalk according to Josephine Frank Bican, a research assistant at the National Museum of Denmark. This would make sense as white houses would be visible from a distance, making suitable landmarks and a status symbol. Indoor and outdoor chalking would serve as efficient insulation and provide better indoor climate. The theory was debated as white houses would not make for good landmarks in a dark and snowy Scandinavian winter.
Vibrant Primary Colours
Both archeological findings and Norse sagas document the Vikings’ strong use of colours. Ships, equipment, shields and even sails were painted in strong colours of blue, red and yellow. The Osberg burial chamber was vibrantly decorated with colourful tapestries as Vikings were a celebratory people, who would always want to add a sense of aesthetic value to their surroundings.
The colours of your walls, which enclose you every day, play a part in human psychology – whether it is calming your senses, aiding in creativity or making a guest’s visit to your home more memorable. Moreover, paint colours and materials also have a functional aspect of positively or negatively, contributing to indoor temperatures. With the vast amount of information available, aesthetic evolution and design options, you can make the right choice for your home.
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It’s nearly the end of 2016. A lot of people would agree that this year passed away in the blink of an eye. Several short term goals were wrapped up and long term goals await fruition in 2017. What better way to bring back all that expended energy than New-ember renovations! For this month, we believe the colour you need is the energetic, optimistic and creative Yellow. We bring you five yellow wall paint ideas to explore your creative energy.
Black and Yellow
The highest contrast occurring in nature is that of black and yellow. Use the right shade of yellow paint and compliment it with black decor, furniture and wall pieces. For a room decorated with these contrasting elements, use white lights to bring everything together.
Ombre or Unfinished grunge look
Give your walls a painted feel of the sunrise. Choose your shade of yellow paint to create a warm, clear ombre effect that can be complimented with lighter coloured, minimalist furniture. Read our tutorial on how you can create your own ombre wall.
If you are not to sure about pulling off an ombre, try a grunge, unfinished look.
Yellow is a highly adaptable colour. Unlike most other shades, it’s rather easy to combine and experiment with this colour. Choose a bolder, heavier paint colour to compliment a bright yellow wall and a soft pink pastel for a softer yellow.
Your yellow wall can become a canvas to experiment with wallpapers. Use a lo-sheen paint to ensure your wall is protected. These acrylic paints are washable and will give you a longer lasting finish despite the experimentation.
Lighter, more neutral shades of yellow, such as an ochre, can bring out the best in your rustic decor and furniture. For houses that are decorated with bamboos, teak or wooden furniture, softer yellow paints are better suited than a vibrant energetic shade. At Deluxe Coatings you can create your paint as per your requirements!