Thursday, June 28, 2012
Jim Fogarty's palette for Dulux has the colours of nature -- not only the classic neutrals of sand and stone, but also the brighter shades of flowers and fruits. Fogarty's paints are developed with outdoor rooms in mind, but they can look terrific indoors as well as on the veranda.
Think about Zeftron, the rich blue-green, with Shell White in a kitchen or bath. Think of a bedroom in Monastic, a soft lavender, with Timeless Grey accents. Timeless Grey would also make a dramatic living room with Charcoal Wash for an accent wall.
The video below shows how to use the Design Stone effects paint.
If, as you watch this video, you begin to feel that it would be smarter to bring in a professional, you're right. Special effects paints aren't for beginners; you can spend a lot on the tools and paints, put in hours of time and effort, and still end up with poor results.
If you're in Sydney, Sydney painters Courtney & Wise are the Master Painters you should call for challenging painting jobs.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
We like a bright white kitchen. Nothing looks cleaner or more classic. But if you're a busy mum who spends much of her life in the kitchen, you might want a bit more colour that that.
This year, one of the favourite looks is mint green. It's a cool, fresh colour for winter, but it's charming with pastels in the spring, as well. Green is not a neutral in colour theory, but it's a natural fit with most other colours. The example here is from House Beautiful, and the touches of mint green certainly tone well with the chrome and the dark wood, as well as the white walls.
Another example, from Apartment Therapy, uses mint for cabinets and woodwork, along with white tile and cream paint. White, silver, and other cool shades emphasize mint green's chilly freshness.
In this example from Kitchen Clarity, minty shades are mixed with deeper blue-green for a much bolder look. Mint can also pair with pink or yellow for retro charm, with natural wood and sisal for a classic look, or with deep plum accents for a more modern take.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
The idea behind an accent wall or focus wall sounds good: paint most of the room in a good neutral tone, and let one wall have a pop of colour. This way, you get the excitement of a new colour without an overwhelming dose of strong shades, and you can change it easily as trends change.
So often, though, a room with a focus wall ends up looking small, choppy, and unfinished. How can you make your room look good with an accent wall?
- Strong contrast can look great, but it's certainly the most daring choice. A chartreuse or orange wall in your otherwise white room will definitely be eye-catching, but a caramel-toned wall in a biscuit room is easier to pull off. Colours with similar depth or degree of darkness, or in the same colour family, will be easier than a very strong contrast.
- Use the colour elsewhere in the room. Pull the hue for your accent wall from the fabric of your soft furnishings or from an art object elsewhere in the room, and bring it in further with decorator touches.
- Have the wall professionally painted. Perfect edges and a crisp finish will keep it from looking as though you started painting your room and gave up after one wall.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Do you ever wonder how it can be that paintings are still around from hundreds of years ago, and yet you have to get your house painted every few years?
It's simple to keep your paint looking great for years or even for centuries. Follow these simple steps:
- Keep light away from your painting. This is the most essential step, since light fades paint. Extremely low lighting at all times preserves paint well.
- Keep the temperature and humidity very steady. It's best to keep your paint in a cool, dry place with very little fluctuation. For example, the way the earth cools off at night, causing dew to form, is very bad for paint, as is rain, snow, and wind. Don't let your paint get involved with weather at all.
- Don't touch your paint. Acids and oils from human skin are bad for paint. It's best to protect your paint from all organic substances, including people, dogs, and plants.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Getting ready for a painting and decorating job might seem like a small thing to you. Maybe you've had a painter stroll around your place and give you a number off the top of his head, or jump right to work and figure things out as he goes.
They're doing it wrong.
At Courtney & Wise, we check every part of the property. We take thorough notes, and samples of all the materials.
This way, we know everything there is to know. We know exactly what we'll be doing on the job -- and so do you. When you get a quote from us, there are no surprises.
Our process also lets us see why your previous paint failed. There are many different kinds of paint failure, some caused by shoddy workmanship or poor quality materials, and some caused by environmental conditions or structural damage. Looking closely at the previous paint job and the materials at your building allows us to make the best choices for your future.
No paint lasts forever, of course, but we want your new paint job to look as good as possible for as long as possible. Matching the right preparation, paint, and procedures to your specific needs lets us ensure a good outcome for you.
By the way, when you compare quotes, make sure you're comparing apples to apples, not a thorough quote to an off the top of the head number. Feel free to ask another painter what they'd charge to do the job the way we do. Than call us at 0412 287 887.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Two women were chatting in a shop:
"You don't see much red."
"No! Lots of pink, but not much red."
"Plenty of pink! I don't know why they have so much pink."
"I always like red, but I guess they think it's winter, people won't want red."
"Well, I like red."
A casual conversation, but it makes a real point. Red is a classic colour. In languages which have only a few words for colours, red is always one of the colours that has a name. Red will never be so completely out of style that nobody wants it.
And yet, these ladies were looking for fabrics for home decorating, and couldn't help but notice that there were few choices in red.
Pink is trendy this season; red isn't. One result of that fact is that more goods are available in pink and fewer are available in red. The women hadn't noticed that pink is in style, but they had noticed that red was scarce.
If you notice that your favourite colour is hard to find, it may be that it's out of fashion this season. What can you do about that?
- Ask. When red is out of style, there will be fewer shades of red paint on hand in shops, but paint companies will still be making red paint. The shades below are the ones Dulux is currently offering in its gallery of reds -- some of them might more accurately be called orange, pink, brown, or even lilac, but there may be at least one shade that appeals to the red lover.
- Go custom. You can always have a paint colour custom blended to your taste. Find something -- even if it is a picture of a strawberry -- that shows exactly the colour you have in mind, and have your paint blended to match it.
- Go neutral. You probably have some accent pieces in that favourite hue of yours. If you need to paint and your top colour isn't trendy, go with great neutrals and get the colour from soft furnishings or accent pieces. Check antique stores or op shops for retro treasures in your shade.
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Thursday, June 7, 2012
If winter feels a little dismal, think about bringing the garden inside with a burst of colour.You can do this with paint, certainly (see our last post for ideas for bringing a shot of bright colour into any room), but you can also choose a bright cushion, loose cover, curtain, or poster. Make it big and bright, with floral or leafy patterns, and you'll instantly feel that spring is on the way... or will be.
This works well in a neutral space. If your walls are biscuit or grey and your main furnishings are in natural wood or conservative stains, you can mix up patterns freely. Try to choose colours that are all at about the same level of intensity, like the dreamy cushions in the photo, or which use the same basic colour scheme in a variety of patterns.
Patterns with varying sizes work well together. One big, lush, floral can be partnered with small leafy patterns or little chintz flower designs. Bold florals also work well with checks and stripes.
Bring plants in, too. Just think of a happy spring green focus wall, a sofa covered with hydrangea printed chintz, and some healthy ficus or ferns in pots. No one could feel gloomy in a room like this!
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bold colours are the style this year, but not everyone can really enjoy tangerine walls or an ultramarine ceiling. How can you bring big, bright colours into your decorating without feeling overwhelmed?
Here's a trick that works -- paint those bold shades into small spaces:
- The edges of shelves.You can even use multiple colours on a shelving unit for a controlled yet festive look.
- The back of a shelving unit or cabinet. Leave the shelves themselves neutral or natural and get a pop of colour behind the books or dishes.
- The risers of stairs. Neutral walls and stairs with a great colour on the risers looks stylish without creating stress.
- A focus wall. A large living room wall in solar yellow or cockatoo blue might be too much, but a smaller wall in a foyer, powder room, or kitchen can look fabulous.
- Mouldings and trim. This small areas have to be taped off and then painted carefully with a brush, but they're a great place for a strong contrast. If you get tired of it, you can repaint with a small quantity of paint, but think ahead. Choose a lighter bold colour and keep a darker, more subdued one in mind. Covering bright yellow with deep blue is easier than starting with scarlet and trying to cover it with biscuit.
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