Why hire a residential painter?

You may consider yourself a dab hand at DIY and if that’s true, you probably don’t need to read this article. But if you don’t have much experience with painting and you’re considering doing some interior painting work, we’d recommend hiring a residential painter. These professionals will not only ensure your job is finished to a high standard but they’ll complete it far quicker than you could on your own. Interior painting projects can be fun to design but after those first few strokes many of us get bored. So why not hire an expert and sit back and watch as your vision takes shape.

Depending on the scale, an interior painting project can be months in the making. All those style and colour choices to make, all those catalogues to flick through. And since you’ve put so much time and energy into it, you don’t want your subpar skills letting down the finished product. A residential painter can solve all your problems. And here’s how to pick one:

  • Call several contractors (for whom you have references from friends or family or the Internet) and meet them. First impressions are everything, remember!
  • Tell them what you want and see what their reaction is to your expectations – if you’re a perfectionist, make sure they are too!
  • Get estimates – cheap isn’t always best but be careful of getting ripped off too. Make sure the quote includes a full cost break down from the manual interior painting work to supplies.
  • Buy your own paint if you’re not happy with the recommendations – often residential painters will work with paint manufacturers or stores to try and promote a certain product: don’t compromise what you want because you’re being pushed towards a specific brand for a discounted price.
  • Get a contract and a guarantee – and don’t pay everything up front!

You may be undergoing interior painting throughout the entire house in order to put it on the market in the future. If that is the case, it’s a no-brainer to get a professional residential painter to do the job for you. Prospective buyers are not going to be impressed by shoddy DIY skills and in order to boost the value of your property, well executed interior painting projects are high on any real estate mogul’s to do list. Take a leaf out of their book and paint your house to perfection. And by you, we mean that trusty residential painter.

Although you may consider the cost of hiring a professional high to begin with, take a think about everything you’re getting for your money. True, they’re a business so of course they’ll be earning money. But they’ve also invested in their work. Do you have rollers, step-ladders, paint brushes, drop cloths (that plastic sheeting you cover furniture with), a roller tray, and various other piece of interior painting paraphernalia? No, exactly. But they do, and by bringing their own equipment, they’re saving you a hell of a lot of money on things you’ll, realistically, use once every ten years! Plus, as mentioned before, they can sometimes get a great deal on your paints for you!

So, to sum up, you should hire a residential painter for your interior painting project because they:

  • Are cost-effective
  • Save you time
  • Produce quality work
  • Know what preparations are necessary
  • Take safety measures
  • Clean up when they’re done

What more could you possibly want?

10 design tips for your living room

We spend a lot of time in our living rooms, so it’s a space which you need consider carefully when it comes to design. There are so many tips and ideas out there, meaning it can be somewhat overwhelming in terms of making decisions. Whether you’re a bit of a DIY expert and pride yourself as a good painter or you’re going to get a domestic painting service to assist you, here are some suggestions to help you transform you living room.

  1. Be inspired by what’s around you – if you live near the ocean, try a blue nautical theme. If your house is perched on the edge of a forest, go for greens. Bring the outside in.
  2.  Remember who’s using the room – if you have kids, don’t go for white! Patterns hide a multitude of sins (and spillages).
  3.  Consider the lighting – if natural light is limited, choose a paler paint tone. If you have a well-lit room, it may be able to withstand a darker tone without losing the sense of space. p
  4.  Add texture – domestic painting can be boring. All those flat surfaces. So spice things up a little with some natural wood, either in the form of picture frames, mirrors, or furniture itself. Alternatively, leather is another great way to bring some variety into the design. All these different textures will add depth to the room.
  5. Floors matter! – whether you want a cosy carpet underfoot or the elegant look of stripped floorboards, make sure the surface is both practical and fits well with the rest of the room.
  6. Be careful of patterns – if you have a patterned couch, any painter will tell you to avoid over-the-top wallpapers. Instead, keep the walls clean and crisp to accentuate the furnishings.
  7. Chose a centre piece – focus your design around one object. Traditionally this would have been a fireplace but now all our furniture points towards the TV. Either way, orientate your belongings to give them and the room a sense of purpose.
  8. Always think about your existing possessions – if you’re not artistic, ask your domestic painting service what colours will go well with the artwork and furniture you intend to use for the room. And this goes for existing features too, such as exposed beams or fireplaces which will need to be incorporated into the final look.
  9.  Neutral walls and vibrant furnishings – a cream wall will compliment that Moroccan rug you bought last year perfectly. Or that bright red couch you’ve had your eye on.
  10. Don’t forget the details – it’s just about the wall colour. Think about curtains/blinds, windows, doors, light fixtures and all the furniture as well. It all needs to come together in a cohesive way.

There are lot of decisions to make and you’ll be living with the finished product every day, so take your time! Remember, your living room should reflect the tastes of you and your family, not what the latest fashion magazine says is ‘in’ this season. Their editor won’t be sitting on your couch every evening. So take your time, play around with ideas, and maybe call that domestic painting service to ensure you get the perfect finish. Even an experienced DIY painter needs help sometimes!