How paint colour can change the perceived size of a room

Paint colour selection is extremely important as far as creating a feel or atmosphere in a particular room. That’s part of the reason colour section is so important, as it can be the difference between a room feeling comfortable or cramped.

Additionally, certain colours and lighting can give a room the appearance of being much larger or smaller than it is.

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A common homeowners’ peeve is decorating a small room in a way that makes it feel bigger. Generally, cool, light tones and shades are the way to go, not only because they make the best use of natural light, but because they have a receding quality that visually open a room up. Thus it is recommended that in smaller rooms, you maximise natural light as much as possible and avoid using multiple shades of paint. Using just one is ideal as it makes it difficult for the eyes to recognise the room’s edges.

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Sometimes large, long rooms can look boring and lifeless with long expanses of wall in one shade. Picking the right colours can help. Darker colours and warm shades on the most remote and distant wall can have an effect of making it seem much closer, especially if the walls adjacent (the longer walls) are painted in lighter colours.

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To make a low ceiling seem higher we suggest using the same bright colours on the walls and ceiling. This has an optical effect of blurring the lines somewhat between where the wall ends and the ceiling begins.

If you need more help on choosing the right colours for your space, we are happy to provide you with advice. Drop in to our store for a chat with a paint expert.

 

Happy Painting!

 

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A home owners’ guide to choosing colours

We all live in different types of homes. Apartments, villas, bungalows, beach houses… the list goes on. No matter how big or small our house may be we all want to make it feel like home. Which is why painting our house is often termed ‘labour of love’.

We have a few ideas to help you decide on a colour palette for your home based on the type of home owner you are.

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For your bachelor or bachelorette pad, experiment with a palette predominantly showcasing shades of grey. This neutral palette is the ideal base for smaller spaces like apartments and also for any kind of decor pieces like sofas, curtains, vases, blinds, rugs that you might tend to change often based on season or trends. Sticking to shades of grey allows for versatility with décor. Go bold with bright, contrasting colours for your décor pieces if you long for some colour.

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Moms and dads play multiple roles. Besides being parents, they are also cooks, cleaners, doctors, chauffeurs, interior decorators and more – this, on top of their regular 9-5 weekday jobs! At the end of the day, it is important to come home to a bright, happy, yet relaxing space. Bright neutrals for your walls will stand the test of time for all family homes as one can expect a lot of changes around the house with children and pets.

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Those who you who are lucky enough to travel for business or pleasure, often end up with souvenirs, tapestries and furniture from other cities, countries and continents. Since there is the high tendency that your belongings will continue to grow with each trip, choosing wholesome, earthy tones for your walls is a wise choice. This is another palette that will allow you to continue to add to your collections without any major clashes in colours resulting in your house looking like a circus tent.

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If you are design loving homeowner chances are you are very up to date with the current trends in the home decor world and find it exciting to embrace current and popular colours of the year for your home and match them expertly with your home décor or even find furniture and home décor pieces to transform your home into a catalogue worthy space. Look for the colour of the year in our selection of paints to add magic to your walls.

Happy Painting!

 

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How To Choose The Right Paint Colour

Are you contemplating painting your home, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Painting a house, a room, or even a single wall, is an easy DIY project to instantly give your home a fresh facelift. But, before you pick up a paint brush or step foot into our store, there are a few fundamental things to consider. Allow us to show you how to choose a paint colour you will love, that is perfect for your home.

Deluxe Coatings has hundreds of colours to choose from, and deciding on the right one can be a daunting task. Ask yourself these basic questions.

  1. Do you want your room to have a warm or cool vibe?
  2. Do you want your room to have an accent wall?
  3. Do you want to play it safe with subtle, classic neutrals?
  4. Do you want to stick with the current colour trends of 2017?
  5. Do you want a complete makeover or just a freshen up?

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First consider your furniture and decor. The tone of your flooring and other architectural elements like fireplaces or pillars and fixtures like cupboards or cabinets in your room should greatly affect the colour you choose for your walls.

For example: If you have dark wood floors, we advice a lighter tone on your walls to keep your space feeling bright, large and open. If you have light flooring, tiles or carpets, we say add some contrast with darker tones. Avoid matching colours for your walls and décor so that your space doesn’t become flat.

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Consider each of your rooms as part of the same home rather than separate units. Keep your colour palette consistent. This doesn’t mean that every wall in your house should be painted the same colour but that the colours you choose should be part of a cohesive palette and should work in harmony. Choose colours from the same family.

If you have or desire feature walls, then opt for similar but slightly lighter colours in adjacent rooms to create a seamless transition between spaces.

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Rooms with large windows that allow abundance of natural light in are every home owners’ dream. When choosing your shade, for bright rooms it is safe to say that the paint colour will likely look just as it is on the paint swatch in our store.

If however, you aren’t lucky with natural lighting in your home, remember that light bulbs can often affect the undertones of your paint colour. Test a sample of the colour of your choice on a wall in each room and observe it over various times throughout the day to see how each lighting scenario affects the colour. This is your surest test for colour.

 

Happy Painting!

 

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How to prep wooden windows for painting

When window frames are prepped correctly, your new coat of paint will withstand weather and natural wear for many years.

Invest in the following: 

  • putty knife/scraper
  • caulking gun
  • sandpaper – Medium to Fine
  • old toothbrush
  • ladder
  • exterior gap sealant
  • window glazing putty (linseed oil putty)
  • multi-purpose cleaner

Exterior wooden window frames require a significant amount of maintenance. Everyday weather conditions contribute to wear and tear that most commonly leads to peeling paint.

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Peeling paint is one of the most obvious reasons to start maintenance. Paint that flakes away leaves your windows more susceptible to weather damage.

The glazing around the window panes may need to be replaced too. It’s not uncommon for old glazing to loosen and chip away similar to old paint, especially on the tops and bottoms of each pane where rain water may run down and soak behind old glazing. Lack of glazing will result in loose glass panes and contribute to damaged windows.

Start by using a multi-use paint scraper to remove flaking paint from the wood frames and loose glazing from the panes. Also remove cracked or peeling gap sealant (it will often peel free from its surface).

Depending on the state of window condition you will need medium to fine sandpaper to, sand smooth the transitions between old paint and raw wood, and to prep the existing paint finish.

A well-sanded surface will ensure a smooth finish with the new primer and paint.

Check all of the hinges and the windowsill. If they are they dirty make sure they are cleaned thoroughly before you start painting. Use a dry cloth to dust the frames, panes and windowsill and then use a diluted soap concentrate and a small rag to clean all surfaces. Use an old toothbrush dipped in the soap to gently scrub around all hinges and along the edges of the glass panes in tight crevices.

Run a bead of exterior gap sealants anywhere that you removed it during initial clean-up, and pay special attention to the condition of the caulk along the inside edge of the windowsill. It’s important to keep that ledge sealed to prevent rain water from seeping in and rotting the window frame.

If window glazing repair is necessary, allow the wood between glass panes to dry overnight. Mix the glazing using a knife and apply small amounts to the edge of the pane at an angle. Compressing the glaze against the frame and glass minimizes the chance of water seeping behind the glazing and rotting the wood, also applying the glaze at an angle will allow water to run-off. Work slowly to achieve a smooth finish. The glaze will need to cure for a week on average.

Once this is done, all you need to do is primer and paint your windows.

Happy Painting!

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