Colour Predictions for 2018

The year that’s fast approaching is going to be dramatic and bold. In the world of colour, that is. In fact, the bolder the better. There is no place for neutrals in 2018. Here are a few insights from the colour masters to help you decide how your home can change to welcome the colours of the new year.

Think bold, bright, strong colours. Make a statement with vibrant tones that have a playful feel.  Colours like canary yellow, lime green, citrus orange, peacock blue and fuchsia pink.

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The simple additions of geometrical shapes and diagonal lines can really take a bright feature wall up a notch. Stay within one colour family so you don’t overwhelm the room.

 

Also, back in 2018 is black and grey. Remember, black comes in a myriad of tones, from inky to indigo-infused to charcoal grey. Deep and dramatic, these will add intensity to your interiors like no other.

Classic lamp on black wall.

 

And finally, subtle retro, nostalgic, moody colours such as burnt rose, lilac, mauve and rich, opulent purple and green will also find a place in 2018. Although soft in colour they are strong in tone and can create a very revitalising look.

 

Happy 2018! And, Happy Painting!

 

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Brighten up your patio with Deluxe Coatings

We get so obsessed about sprucing up the rest of our homes all year round, we usually always ignore the back patio and come summer when we actually get the time to enjoy this space with friends, hosting barbies we find it is a holy mess.

Typically most ill maintained patios are boring to look at. Beige floors, walls and old furniture… sound familiar?

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Here are a few ideas to have your patio ready for summer get-togethers.

  • Since you are working on an outdoor space, chose any of our premium Exterior Paints & Primer.
  • You can choose to make a feature wall that complements or contrasts the rest of your house. To this wall you can later add metal or stone art work. Or even a vertical garden. Choose a bright happy colour for a feature wall like yellow or orange to match the vibe of the season.
  • You can paint the exterior doors that lead to the inside of the house. It’s a small element of fun that doesn’t involve painting a whole wall yet enough to brighten up the surroundings. Doors are usually white inside the house so painting the exterior sides in a bright colour creates a new look for the patio.
  • If your patio has wood elements such as timber railings, floors or pillars then a good polishing should be done to keep the wood healthy. Exposed timber takes a good beating and needs to be treated to prevent rotting. You can do the same for wooden patio furniture- either polish or paint after taking care of damages.
  • If you have metal outdoor furniture, then watch out for rust that creeps up in time… it always helps to paint your metal furniture timely. You can try bright colours like yellow or red (if it matches your overall theme – décor, upholstery, walls) or stick to safe neutrals like white that add character to all themes.

 

Happy Summer!

Beach House Maintenance Tips

Waking up to ocean breezes is the stuff that summer dreams are made of, but all the sun and salt in the air also means high maintenance.

Summer is almost here and there’s no better time than now to get your beach home ready for the season.

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Here are some things you must pay attention to.

Paint will protect your home from the natural elements, but even the very best quality paints need frequent maintenance in extreme conditions.

The sun’s UV rays break down chemical compounds in paint causing fading. It may not be noticeable until you compare a sun-exposed portion to a newly-painted or non-exposed portion. Dark colours are particularly vulnerable but even whites can yellow.

During a hot summer, you might notice the paint on your door bubbling or blistering. The problem is that when it does pop, the wood becomes exposed and should be repaired immediately.

The sun dehydrates paint over time and causes chemicals to rise to the surface. You may see a fine layer of white powder on top of a painted surface that looks like chalk. To delay this, remember you need to prime and use high-quality paint like ours.

Salt air can damage almost all metals. If the metal isn’t naturally-resistant (like copper) or powder coated for protection, it will need to be painted to protect it from moisture. It’s particularly important to keep any seaside metal clean and free from bird droppings. Sea salt is hard to see but wiping down metal railings with a slightly damp rag often can help.

Beach homes with stuccoed exteriors need diligent maintenance because once moisture seeps into a crack, it will travel to spots where the stucco’s bond is loose.  Ultimately, not only will the crack need to be repaired, but stucco may need to be chipped away to release the trapped water or dry out moisture. Usually, a bubble will appear to indicate trapped water.

Staining wood doors will keep moisture out, but the warm weather will wear it down. Expect to maintain a wood door annually regardless of how much sun it gets.

Homes within a few steps of the beach could realistically expect annual maintenance to painted surfaces. The most important thing to do is catch the damage early. In a coastal environment it is extremely important that the surface you’re painting or staining is prepped properly. All peeling paint should be sanded off to ensure complete removal. Look for signs of warping or rotting wood and replace if necessary.

Painting over damaged surfaces further damages the surface underneath as moisture becomes trapped in the wood underneath the paint. Also, the paint may not adhere to the surface as well.

To sum up, we’d say that with a little attention to detail and timely maintenance your dream house will stand the test of time.

Happy Painting!

 

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Paint tips to consider when selling your home

Getting your home ready to sell does not have to be a daunting task. With a little planning, your return on investment will be well worth it.

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The most economical way to make your home look fresh and attractive to potential buyers is by giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Exterior

The first thing a buyer will see is the exterior walls. It creates the first impression, so it is important you pay particular attention to the exterior and entrance of your home.

Your exterior paint should do the following:

  • Complement the other homes in the neighbourhood. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Reflect the character of the architecture.
  • Highlight architectural features you want to stand out. Example – French windows, pillars, columns, etc.
  • Hide features like drainpipes by painting them the same colour as the house.
  • Blend in with the environment – sand, stones, shrubs and trees in the area.
  • Make a home look bigger than it really is with the right colour choice. Lighter colours can help you achieve this, just as painting a big house on a small property a darker colour will make it more proportional to the size of the property.

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Interior

Colour is very personal.  Bright yellow may be your “happy” colour, but some potential buyers might find it too distracting. White can look cold and clinical to some. Feature walls appeal to only a few and they need to match with potential buyers’ home decor and ideas.

We suggest you play it safe with neutral shades that have much broader appeal, plus they never go out of fashion. Neutral colours are non-distracting and considered more friendly than white, a great background colour allowing potential buyers to imagine their own furnishings in the space.

Neutral colours don’t need to be boring. Earthy tones, like sand, create a warm welcoming feel. They are soothing and relaxing and work well with most other colours. They also add warmth and balance rooms with lots of stone, metal or glass.

Ceilings and skirtings painted white will frame the wall. If you want the walls to appear higher, then paint the skirting the same colour as the wall.

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Adding plants and green to your home will link it to nature, which is very trendy right now.

Call us to find the perfect paint colours.

Happy Painting!

 

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10 things to do with a single can of paint

A can of paint is usually 4 or 10 litres and costs approximately $45 and $90 respectively, but has so much potential.

Look at these fun ideas that are easily achieved with a single can of paint.

 

#1 Paint the rails of an old staircase in a bright, funky colour to add an element of fun.

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#2 Paint the ceiling in a least expected colour like grey – treat it as a feature wall.

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#3 Paint your window trims / frames a contrasting colour to the rest of your exterior paint to stand out on the entire street.

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#4 If you have a fireplace, brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint.

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#5 Touch up the door and floor trims in your child’s room for an instant face lift.

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#6 Paint your old window shutters (and railings) a bright colour to make them look new again and also to achieve a striking exterior look.

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#7 Re-do a piece of old furniture such as an old table or dresser in a bright, new colour to introduce a subtle, unexpected change.

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#8 Add depth to shelves in your study or home office by painting just the backs in a dark shade.

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#9 Re paint your bed frame in a bright white.

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#10 Paint only a couple of your kitchen cabinets (or your kitchen island) a different colour to break the monotony.

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Happy Painting!

 

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The most versatile shades for your kitchen

The kitchen is not just that room in the house where the food is cooked. It is the most essential room in a home as families spend most of their waking time in the kitchen and since it is the most used room, choosing the right colour is important.

Instead of choosing dark, dramatic colours which might become overwhelming in a few months, a simple, bright, yet comforting colour can make your kitchen the best room in your home.

Do not forget to take into consideration the availability of light that can change the appearance of your kitchen in major ways.

White

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What can be more comforting than the colour white? Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern one, the colour white results in perfection every time.

There are endless possibilities for one to explore with home décor like crockery, jars, curtains, chairs, blinds and so much more as everything goes great with white.

Ivory

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Ivory is the best alternative for white. It is equally soothing and bright and will make your kitchen look fresh and clean. Ivory also complements easily with most home décor choices and so it is a safe bet.

If you worry about white being too stark then, ivory should be your next choice.

Grey

Grey is the most underestimated versatile colour in the palette and should be a popular choice for your kitchen if you have enough natural light to boast of.  Grey can be combined with red, green or yellow for a bit of contrast.

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Add shades of green to give your kitchen a sophisticated look. You can do this with a mint or turquoise green feature wall.  This adds drama without becoming too overwhelming.

Another way to get a contemporary look for your kitchen is to have green walls with wooden cabinets.

Yellow

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Yellow in all shades are a welcome choice for kitchens as yellow perks you up and makes waking up to a cuppa in the kitchen an easy choice.

Since yellow is pretty neutral it can be used on all the walls and it will complement beautifully with most kitchen cabinets like bright white or light and dark wooden ones.

 

Happy Painting!

The pros and cons of choosing dark colours for your walls

It’s no secret that dark coloured walls are trending this year. Greys, purples, burgundies are adding drama and character to rooms all over the world. But at the same time there is criticism about going too dark.

We’ll weigh the pros and cons in this blog to help you make that important colour decision.

While some people choose deep, dark hues to give their rooms a warm and cosy feeling others might debate that these make a room feel small, stuffy or cave-like.

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We feel that that you shouldn’t let the size of a room stop you from using rich, bold colours as they can blur the edges of walls, creating an illusion of space. Use dark colours on the walls and choose lighter furnishings to balance the room.

Whether it’s a brightly painted chair or throw pillows on the sofa, placing a few bright-coloured accents in a dark room can redirect the focus to the forefront, allowing the walls to simply be a backdrop.

When using a dark colour on walls with a low ceiling, paint the trims the same colour to make the walls appear taller.

A simple trick like adding a mirror can also add the illusion of depth.

Dark colours can be difficult to touch up when damages happen or paint over if you change your mind.

We say, it’s only paint, after all, so at the end of the day its pretty low-risk and you can always change your mind.

There are plenty of positives to choosing the year’s trending colours and you shouldn’t let the negatives scare you away.

Start small. Just colour a single wall in one room or paint a smaller room with darker hues to experiment with the idea.

Happy Painting!

 

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How to choose the right roof colour for your home

Your roof is a huge part of your home’s exterior so it should complement your home’s architectural style and exterior colour scheme.

Start by thinking about how the look of your new roof colour could improve your home’s exterior.

Coordinate the colours of your roof with the colours of your exterior walls, doors, fences, gates, trimmings, stone, etc.

For example, a dark grey or black roof will look good with a white, light grey or blue house, while a brown, cream or beige house will match better with brown roof tiles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, yellow and other bright colours have more flexibility and can be matched with brown, grey, or black roof tiles.

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Dark colours make a home look smaller and light colours make a home look larger. This applies for both exterior walls and roofs.

If you want to make a statement pick an unusual colour combination like Burgundy but if you want to be traditional then play it safe with the usual shades.

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The colour of your roof can affect the temperature of your home and make a big difference in the heating or cooling cost of your home. Light coloured roofs deflect sunlight and help keep temperatures down in summer, while dark coloured roofs absorb heat and help homes stay warm in winter.

It’s always nice if your roof doesn’t exactly match or clash with your neighbour’s roof but be sure to check if unusual colours are accepted or if any Estate or Shire rules or covenants codes apply.

See our website for roof paints.

Happy Painting!

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How to paint a tiled roof

Painting your roof is a great way to add value to your home. While the job may seem daunting and not applicable to the DIY category, we want to assure you that if done properly and safely, it’s quite simple and easy and what is most important is to prepare thoroughly and use the right equipment.

Before you start painting, you need to clean your roof. High-pressure blasting is the preferred method. Make sure to remove lichen, bird droppings, wax or grease from the tiles, if any with the right chemical mixture.

While cleaning, check your roof for any broken or cracked tiles and replace them. If you see any damaged mortar around the ridge capping, remove the capping and apply new mortar and put the capping back in place. Start painting only after the mortar has dried fully.

Next, calculate the area of your roof and buy enough paint to apply three coats – one coat of Sealer/Primer and two coats of your desired colour.

The best and quickest way to paint a tiled roof is with an airless spray gun. Surface must be primed before applying one coat Acrylic Roof Sealer or Oil based Primer should that be required before applying two coats Deluxe Coatings Roof Coating.

Some facts about our roof coatings

Coating Type: Acrylic Resin based exterior gloss coating.

Application: Suitable for airless spray only.

Apply 2 coats of 100% Acrylic Roof Coat to specifications.

Coverage rate: 5 square metres per litre.

Gloss level: Approximately 80%.

Thinner: Water

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Dos and Don’ts

  1. Don’t paint when there is a rain forecast or when it’s raining and if it’s going to be a hot day, start early.
  2. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.
  3. Don’t use an airless spray on a windy day.
  4. Don’t work on the roof alone.
  5. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses and a hardhat.
  6. Make sure the ladder is on a solid, level surface.
  7. Wear a safety harness that’s tied to something sturdy.

 

Happy Painting!