Paint choices made simple

Are you struggling to come up with a cohesive theme for your next decorating project? Don’t worry, we know how you feel. The choices when it comes to design seem to expand dizzyingly every day, leaving you in quite a confused dilemma. One good place to start however is the colour of your wall paint. This may seem simple enough but any painter will tell you how choosing a few tones which work well together can really help when it comes to every other decision further down the line. Whether you’re doing exterior painting work or an interior painting job, a bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom, getting the colour right is essential! So let’s get onto those choosing tips.

Interior Painting

Starting with the inside of your property, it’s vital to pick colours which are right for the space and maximise a room’s potential. Interior painting designs and trends change frequently so keep an eye out for the latest look. Here are a few simple rules to follow:

  • Big colours in small spaces can work – pair them with lighter furnishings or select a ‘feature wall’.
  • Think about adjoining rooms – there should be some continuity throughout your house.
  • Use complimentary colours – a colour wheel pairs opposite colours which work powerfully together (e.g. red/green, blue/yellow).
  • Keep your possessions in mind – if you have a prized piece of artwork you know you’re going to display in the room, make sure it is complimented by the paint choice.
  • Consider your lighting – when you think you’ve chosen a shade, paint ‘testers’ both by the window and in a shady corner, so you know exactly what it will look like on every wall.
  • Think about the mood of the room (e.g. bedrooms should be restful/calm, dining rooms should inspire sociability).
  • Listen to your kids – if it’s a redecorating project for their bedroom, take their opinions on board – they’ll be the ones sleeping in there after all. But make sure they’re not going to grow out of it in six months and ask for a new design as if you’re their own personal painter.
  • Don’t be afraid to go neutral – beige is fine, honestly! And there’s just as many of these shades to choose from as there are reds, blues, and yellows so don’t worry! Just be sure to add some character to the room through your decorating and furnishing: without this, the room can look boring.

Exterior Painting

Your choices when it comes to exterior painting are the first thing friends notice when they visit and therefore judge you on. When you’re painting your house, garage, front door and window trim, all the colours need to be considered together. And don’t forget your neighbours will have to live opposite you every day of the week … Whether you’re an experienced painter or new to the game entirely, this is a choice you need to take time over. Here are some tips to make that process a little easier.

  • Front doors should be welcoming – friendly, bright colours which reflect your personality work well here.
  • Frames of doors and windows must compliment the main house colour.
  • Make sure your choices compliment your surroundings – plan around what you can’t easily change (stonework, paths, driveways, woodland, oceans).
  • Consider the architectural era and research contemporary styles.
  • A complete exterior painting job should be made of three complimentary shade: the main body (house/garage), accent colour (doors/shutters), and trim colouring (windows/railings).
  • Consider how the paint will change in different lights and seasons – you may hire painters in the summer but what will the house look like under lashing winter rain?
  • Test, test, test – colour swabs aren’t just for interior painting. Paint samples on north and south facing walls to help you judge the sun’s effect on the colour.
  • Stand back – remember, most people view your house from the road. What will they see?

So whether you’re planning an interior painting bonanza or sprucing up your house with a spot of exterior painting, we hope you’ve found these tips helpful and informative. Happy painting!

Paint your way productive

When it comes to selecting a theme for an office make-over, it can be hard to decide. Recent evidence suggests different colours have different effects on the way we work, think, and act. In order to get the best out of your staff, an interior painting project may be the way to go. This article takes a look at the different areas of office design to consider which research suggests may help your employees improve their productivity. Commercial painting is an important aspect to consider for any business, big or small, and hiring a competent painting specialist can help deliver the best possible finish.

Colour 

A significant amount of research attributes productivity levels to the colour choices of an interior painting project. Of course, the space must still be professional but bold and bright are not out of the question, as long as they are used in the right way. If you’re not sure about where to start, take a look at your logo and branding for a basic colour pallet. A cohesive, clear design theme throughout your space will look professional, inspire employees and boost the familiarity of your brand amongst customers.

Artwork 

We have art in our house which we find aesthetically pleasing, so why not in our offices too? Commercial painting doesn’t have to mean bare walls painted safe, boring colours. Interior painting can be enlivened and invigorated with some stylish pieces and a painting specialist can advise you on what styles and sizes would work best in the space available. Avoid cliché inspirational posters and instead take a look at your local art community. You could invite artists to exhibit their work for a period of time in your office, allowing them to gain a wider audience and offering you the opportunity to change your artwork regularly without investment.

Organise 

No one wants to work surrounded by clutter, so consider building storage into your make-over plans. Ask your painting specialist for clever organisational ideas which will compliment the commercial painting project. Remember, no matter how great your interior painting looks, if your desks are piled high with paperwork it isn’t going to make any difference to the way your staff work nor the feel of the overall environment. If you have to clear out your office to allow the painting specialist to work anyway, why not take that opportunity to go through all your files and paperwork and discard anything out of date or irrelevant. That way you can move into your newly painted office with a fresh start.

And finally, talk to your staff. After all, they’re the people who are going to be working in the space and their opinions matter. As was mentioned above, colours affect people differently and to find out which styles and shades they most like, you need to talk to them. Collaboration on any commercial painting project yields the best results for everyone involved and is vital for any interior painting in the workplace. Remember to ask the opinion of your painting specialist too as they will be able to offer insider advice. Go and get painting!