Our favourite non-neutral colours

Picking a paint colour is hard, and we are no strangers to that fact. Our customers are constantly seeking advice on the right shades as they are often sceptical about trying shades that are not in the neutral palette.

We have put together our list of ‘go to’ non neutral paint colours that we have tried and tested – and loved.

This deep, intense, and modern, and yet totally classic shade of blue is perfect for small rooms or big ones too. It has the most perfect amount of green in it, so it’s not purple-y.


This teal shade is perfect for those who can’t decide on green vs. blue as it appeals to both colour preferences.


This versatile and soft pink is just the right shade without it becoming a baby pink or a bright magenta. It is in between a coral and a bright pink, which makes it the perfect adult appropriate shade.


Doors are usually always painted in neutral shades but we found that colourful doors can be more fun and attractive. Don’t be afraid to give yellow or red or blue a try.


Chocolate brown is an unlikely shade for bathroom walls but we think this shade is not only versatile but grows on you.


So, which ones are your favourites or are there any we forgot to include that you like?

If you have any colour recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Happy Painting!



Colours that boost home prices

When you are ready to sell your home, you know it’s time to slap on a fresh coat of paint before listing your property. But, how do you decide what colour is the right one and will attract prospective buyers?

Specific colours can boost a home’s selling price. At the same time, certain colours can put off buyers. Here’s what we found.

Colour makes a big impact on buyers and though trends keep changing it is good to know that certain colours never grow old and are most favourable with would-be buyers.

Front doors can really make an impression on prospective buyers. Doors painted shades of navy blue, dark gray or charcoal have found to be more appealing.


Usually grey or beige for exterior walls are more appealing to buyers than white.


Soft grey is the most appetizing colour for kitchens. This allows more room for further personalisation by the new owners.


Prospective buyers are attracted to light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal living rooms.


Light-grey neutrals proved to be the most popular paint shades in bedrooms and dining rooms.



When it comes to the bathroom, think clean colours like whites and creams.


Happy Painting!

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Getting rid of mould

Black mould or any other mould for that matter is harmful.  Fortunately, there are many different ways to get rid of this household menace.

Most of these solutions use everyday household products that you probably already have.  Please remember, the rule of thumb for do it yourself mould removal is if the mould is 10 square feet or less in size.  If it is larger than that, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

 Kill Mould with Bleach

Probably the most thought of solution when considering how to get rid of mould.

Bleach-Water Solution (1 part bleach to 16 parts water) for non porous surfaces.

Bleach-Detergent solution (1 part household detergent, 10 parts bleach, and 20 parts water) for porous surfaces.

Spray or apply with a rag. Wait five minutes, and then scrub with a hard brush but be careful not to scratch or destroy the material that you are trying to protect.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

Bleach is toxic so keep the room well ventilated when applying.

Get Rid of Mould with Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural alternative to bleach or other strong chemicals.  It is not toxic.

Distilled white synthetic vinegar (straight, not diluted with water).

Spray or apply with a rag. Wait 10-15 minutes, then spray or apply again and scrub with a hard brush. Be careful not to scratch or destroy the material that you are trying to protect.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

Strong odour, but will dissipate in a couple of hours.

Banish Mould with Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a convenient solution to mould problems.  It is inexpensive, helps prevent future mould growth, and deodorizes.

Baking Soda-Detergent Solution:  1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon mild liquid detergent

Baking Soda-Water Solution: ¼ to ½ tablespoon baking soda to 1 litre water.

Spray area thoroughly and wipe with rag or scrub with appropriate semi-abrasive brush.  Wipe away.  Spray lightly again with the baking soda-water solution and dry thoroughly.

No strong fumes or odours, non-toxic, and safe for the environment.

No more Mould with Borax

Borax is the best solution for permanent mould removal.  It is natural, inexpensive, and doesn’t produce toxic fumes.  It is also effective at killing germs. It is safe to use on all materials, both porous and non-porous.

1 cup of Borax to 4 litres of water

Apply the solution carefully without using too much on any porous material that absorbs water, as this will saturate the material and cause other moisture problems. Scrub area with rag or somewhat abrasive material, such as a scrub brush. Wipe area clean and dry the area.  No need to rinse the area because borax inhibits any new growth.

Don’t consume, otherwise safe.



How to make black, white and grey interiors work

If you’ve been told that black, white and grey are boring colours and would make your interiors look dull, think again. These are the top trending colours of 2018 and when used right can really make an unforgettable impact and add perpetual calm and class to a room.

Look at these design ideas that are easily replicated in your own spaces.


White doesn’t only help to make small rooms look larger. Using white with a touch of light grey can make large spaces like this look grander.


Do you see dull? We see character. Make a minimalist style statement with greys and whites.


Whether your home is modern or contemporary, all white walls teams with beige and other neutral colours will aid in making your home look bright and new.


All white kitchens will never go out of style. Not in this century, any way!


You don’t need colourful furniture or home décor accessories to make a style statement. Combine black and white to suit all seasons.


Black walls are here to make a bold statement this year. Try it in at least one room of your home.


Pristine white interiors are a top choice for small offices across the world.


Grey is making a huge comeback in restaurants.

Consult us for 2018’s paint trends for your home, office, restaurant, store, etc. We are here to help you pick the right colour. Happy Painting!



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.


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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Using colour therapy in your bedroom

Want a good night’s sleep?

There are many little things that you can do to ensure you get your much needed rest, such as painting your bedroom walls the right colour. Find out which colours to use in your bedroom to help you relax and recharge after a busy, stressful day.

The right “colour therapy” in the bedroom will make a visible difference to your day and life.



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People with blue bedroom walls tend to get the best night’s sleep and wake up feeling positive and happy. This is due to the calming, cooling and relaxing qualities of blue, which are said to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and help combat headaches. Choose sky blues or navy blues. Electric blues are more rejuvenating and invigorating.



White is associated with peace and tranquillity. Its simplicity helps to clear the mind and refresh the soul. Avoid very bright whites which can lead to headaches. Choose soft whites which are very relaxing and calming for the mind, body and soul.



Green is a balancing colour that soothes and relaxes us both physically and mentally. There are so many shades of green – bright greens are invigorating. Soft and dull greens like moss green or olive green are recommended for the bedroom to make it more calming and relaxing.



Pink is emotionally soothing and calming. It relieves the feeling of loneliness and depression and brings an air of optimism and happiness. Choose this colour for your bedroom to create a positive atmosphere.



Yellow is a bright, uplifting colour which also stimulates the mind. This is a popular colour for the bedroom as it creates a great space illusion. But, too much yellow will have your mind working overtime, so it might be best to stick to soft buttery tones if you want to get more rest.

Colours can also be added to your bedroom with furniture, decor accessories and bed linen to complement the colour of your walls. 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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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


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


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


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


#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.


#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.


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


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


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


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.



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 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 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.


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 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!