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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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.

Blue

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Green

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!

DIY Creative Paint Ideas for a Teenager’s Room

Presenting, six simple yet fun paint ideas for a teen’s room that are so easy to do. You could even get your teen involved (Good Luck, with that!).

Decals

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Use coloured washi tape to make simple decals/patterns on an empty wall for instant transformation. You can use bright coloured tape or just black on a white wall. Make simple patterns such as crosses, stars, dots, snowflakes if you are planning on filling an entire wall with patterns. All you need is tape measure, washi tape, pencil and scissors. You should start by marking your wall with tiny dots using the pencil. You can try by placing them around 5-6 inches apart so that it doesn’t look too crowded. Also do not make the decals too big – about 2 inches should be ideal size. If on the other hand you are only adding a wall feature to a particular section of the room then base the size of the washi tape art on the wall you are highlighting. These can be peeled off when your teen is bored of the trend and they can also be redone seasonally as this costs little or nothing to do.

Broad Stripes

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Add stripes of fun to a teen’s room for just the right amount of fun.  To do this all you need to do is cut out broad strips of chart paper about 10-12 inches in width and paste it from the floor to the ceiling in straight lines. Or painter’s masking tape can also do the trick. Then colour only the exposed wall sections in a colour of your choice that contrasts or complements the base colour or the room decor. Once the paint has dried, remove the paper strips. Best part is you can also make a few stripes broader than the rest or paint vertically instead of horizontally. Just use your imagination.

Polka Dots

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Add spots of colour to a teenage girl’s room with polka dots. For this project all you will need is a circle stencil or a circular sponge. You don’t need to make all the dots a single colour. You can use a gradient of colours from pink to magenta to lilac and purple.  Make sure you place the dots equidistant from each other so that the wall doesn’t look off balanced. You can use a pencil to marks the spots and measuring tape to measure the distances. You can choose not to cover the entire wall and only highlight one section of any one wall to complement the furniture or maybe even a lamp.

Silhouette

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Create a head board silhouette for just a hint of fun in a fussy teen’s room. You can follow a generic theme or choose an idea that they feel strongly about. It could be an outline of the world or a city skyline. All you will need is a pattern that can be traced on to the wall, a flat brush or think permanent market and a steady hand.

Pin Stripes

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Create a riot of colour with a pin stripped wall. To start, you will need to buy syringes for each colour you are using. Fill a syringe with about 5ml of paint and after you have secured the floor with plastic sheets, start from the ceiling and slowly push the paint out of the syringe and allow it to drip down on the wall. The lines will start out thick at the top and eventually thin down towards the bottom. Some lines will run down straight and some might merge with the others but it will create a wonderful unique pattern and effect.  If you have some left over paint it can be recycled or else just invest in small cans of various colours.

Handwriting

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This idea not only adds a personal touch but also a lot of character without much fuss. Choose a sentence that is quirky or inspirational and start by writing it out with pencil from top to bottom. To ensure that you are writing in straight lines, use masking take to make horizontal lines across the wall above which you can write. This can be peeled off at the end. After you have finished, review and make changes if needed. Then go over the pencil writings with a flat paintbrush of a permanent marker to complete the look. Use black on a white wall for an classy effect.

 

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 avoid exterior paint disasters

Cooler and colder weather is soon going to set it and this might be the best time as any to start and complete your outdoor painting projects.

Go about them the right way and you’ll be treated to years of problem-free paint. Here’s our advice.

home-1689859_960_720Properly prepare the surface. Good surface preparation is essential if you want to avoid cracks, blistering, flaking and peeling paint. Before you apply the finish coat, make sure the exterior surface is clean and sound, with no loose or peeling paint, and prime any and all bare or unpainted wood or metal. All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, etc. Loose, powdery or chalky surfaces should be brushed down thoroughly and sealed with a solvent based primer e.g. Deluxe Coatings Super Seal.

Invest in our top quality Acrylic Based Exterior Coatings. Assuming that the surface has been properly prepared, the best protection against bad paint jobs is to use a top quality Acrylic Based Coating. This type of paint adheres well to the surface, yet is flexible enough to expand and contract with temperature variations making it extremely tough, durable, and long lasting. Investing in top quality paint is not as expensive.

Visit our store to get the quality exterior paints. Deluxe Coatings exterior paints are suitable for use on multiple types of surfaces including gyprock, hardwall plaster, brick, cement, cement render, galvanised iron and timber.

The best quality painting tools allow you to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint, offering maximum protection from weather woes. Choose brushes with split bristles of multiple lengths that are packed tightly together. And, when working with acrylic paint, be certain to use brushes and rollers made of synthetic material, which will hold their shape better.

Paint only in moderate weather conditions. Most coatings form the best protective film when it isn’t too cold or too hot outside, and when the wind isn’t excessive. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.

Happy Painting!

 

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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