How to Paint Your Home – A Homeowner’s Guide

14Jun
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One of the most important factors contributing to a property’s value, as well as buyer attraction, is a house’s colour of exterior and interior. A unique and elegant colour helps your property to stand out from the rest. Recently, real estate agencies have been focusing more on the painting and decoration of a property; not only because of the aesthetics but because it can add significantly to your property value. Each house is unique in its decoration and style. So before you begin painting the interior or exterior of your residence, several points should be considered.

  1. First, decide your mood. Everyone’s taste is unique and it’s ok to have differences here. After deciding whether you want cool, warm, bright, cheery, subdued or any other reflective theme, choose your paint accordingly. The place you want to paint is also an important factor. Your painting theme should match the interior design and furniture already there.
  2. Lighting plays a vital role in how your interior looks, and understanding the lighting and LRV of your room is a must for choosing the right colour. For the exterior too, you have to choose carefully. Take the colour palette of your surroundings into consideration, as you certainly don’t want your property to be the bizarre one in your neighbourhood. An effective use of colour on the exterior of your home can have a tremendous effect.
  3. If you are confused or finding the process difficult, then you can always seek professional help regarding colour selection. Most reputed residential painting service companies in Australia work closely with a colour consultant who can help you choose the right colour for your home. 

 

When it comes to hiring someone for the paint job, it’s better to hire a professional painting contractor. Nowadays, it’s quite difficult to find the right painting company; one who will meet all of your criteria. There are several measures you should take into consideration before hiring any interior and exterior house painter. Professionalism should always be preferred over cost-effectiveness. Some companies may offer you an unbelievable price but, please keep in mind, better results come with better investment. Chances are, cheaper companies will hire unprofessional or undertrained employees. Their standard of work could be disastrous for the appearance of your house.

 

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Some points to consider before hiring residential painters:

  • Hiring an experienced house painter with a diverse portfolio is always a good idea. A professional painting company always provides well-trained and highly experienced staff. They have a reputation to keep.
  • You need to choose a painting service who is flexible and available at a convenient time for you. It is better to select house painters with weekend and night-time availability.
  • Accreditation represents professionalism or quality of service, so it’s good to hire painting contractors who are accredited by reputed bodies like Dulux or MTA.
  • Another important factor is whether the painting contractor carries insurance; like public liability insurance, home warranty insurance, worker’s compensation insurance etc. Also, the house painters must comply with be Work Health and Safety Compliant.
  • Always provide or specify that the painting contractor uses quality paint of a reputed brand, as well as quality tools.
  • It is more beneficial to hire a painting and decorating service that works closely with a colour expert. Most reputed companies have one.                                 
  • Always hire professionals who meet, or indeed exceed, painting industry standards. 

 

Painting your property is not an easy task; you need to plan beforehand and consider several factors like colour selection, hiring the right residential painting company and cost-effectiveness. The interior or exterior colour of a property represents your unique choices and sense of creativity. So, decide carefully!

 

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4 Tips On Choosing the Right Colour for Your Home

05Nov
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Choosing the right colour to paint the interior or exterior of your house can often seem quite tough with so many colours, shades and brands on offer. But picking the best fit for your home will be very important in both the long and short-term. There are several factors to take into account before making your final selection.

The main fear that people have is picking the wrong colour and repaint everything all over again. As we provide residential and commercial painting services in Sydney, we have worked with many clients who have faced this problem and found that by outlining some of the elements that will affect the way your paint looks can easily solve this problem. To help you avoid some of the biggest pitfalls of repainting, below is a list of key points to keep in mind – 

Choose The Lights Wisely

The different lighting you have in your home can vastly affect the way your paint looks on your walls. Bright red walls could look fantastic in natural sunlight but can feel claustrophobic with a dimmer lamp or ceiling light, conversely, a fantastic grey colour could end up too dark in an already dim room. To properly select the correct colour, bring a swatch into the room and see how it looks with the lighting there.

Keep The Colours Close

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It’s important to have a coherent look and feel to your house, rather than feeling like one room after another has a completely different mood. Consider how your paint will work with the other rooms of your house – how will it integrate with the colour scheme you have already implemented in other rooms.

Furniture Selection

Furniture is a huge part of creating the feeling of a room. But many of us make a big mistake not considering the type and colour of the furniture before painting the rooms. If you have big, dark pieces of furniture; it’s often a good idea to opt for a light wall colour which will give the room more light. It will also make the room look more spacious.

What Colours Say About Your Room

Choose colour palette

Everyone knows that white walls will create a feeling of more space in the room. Darker colours will give you the feeling of being in a smaller enclosed space. But it’s also important to think about how other colours will make your room feel. Reds and pinks will lend warmth to the room while blues will give a calm, cool feeling. Greens are said to give a feeling of tranquillity and health while purples are relaxing and yellows are energising.

You are much more likely to end up with something you love if you keep these factors in mind. It’s always a great idea to swatch a little bit of the colour on your wall and live with it for a time before you finally go ahead and paint the whole room. When in doubt, you can, of course, hire a professional who will be glad to guide you through the colour selection process.

 

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3 Ways You Can Save Money When Working With a Painting Contractor

30Jul
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Like most trades services, there can be a big difference between providers. Some will be cheaper but perhaps provide a lower quality service, others will be pricey but are worth it if you have the budget. Others, unfortunately, strike out in terms of quality and price, meaning you simply don’t get what you pay for. But if you are conscious of your budget, there are certain things you can try to help you save on the bottom line.

Preparation

A big part of painting is preparing the rooms, which does take up quite a bit of time. A poorly prepped paint job can be a waste of time and resources in many cases, so it’s always important to carefully clean and make sure the surface is in a suitable state to have paint applied to it.

Often, the contractor will need to do some professional prep work regardless, but if you can handle some of it for them beforehand, you may find that you reduce your labour costs. Chat to the painter when they’re quoting you and see if you can come to an agreement of some kind. If for example you are working with a paint maintenance provider on a monthly basis and you have a cleaner that is keeping the surface in the best possible condition all year around, the painter may not need to spend as much time prepping, thereby cutting their costs.

Providing paint and/or equipment

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Again, this will depend on the kind of painting contractor you’re working with. You’ll find that some are particularly flexible ongoing commercial work if you are able to provide some of the tools, paints and primers. Painters will often charge a little more for sourcing this equipment and if you’re saving them time you may be able to get the same work at a slightly lower rate. Keep in mind if you’re working with a sole trader or smaller company, you may have more leverage in this discussion if they need to go out of their way to provide you with the equipment needed for the job.

On the other hand, some painters simply won’t commit to a job unless they’re painting with their own equipment and paint, mainly due to the warranty. Ultimately, it just comes down to being honest and talking it through with your provider.

Choose carefully

Particularly when it comes to commercial and strata painting projects, the best advice anyone can give you when it comes to saving money is ultimately to find a quality painter that’s going to get the job done better than anyone else. Often, this will cost you more as an initial investment, but when you look ten years down the road, it’s almost always the case that you would’ve spent less overall in upkeep.

Choose painter carefully

This stresses how important it is to do your homework. Research painting contractors in Sydney online, check out other projects, ask for referrals and chat to their past clients. What awards has the company received? How long have they been in business? At the end of the day, saving money is about finding value. If you’re looking for long term value for money, then proritising quality over all else should be your number one concern.

 

These considerations can help you save money in the long run when you’re searching for a commercial painting contractor. It’s also worth checking with friends and similar businesses to yours for referrals, which are often the way good value for money painters find work. For more information or to speak to a commercial painter you can trust, get in touch with Sydney’s Priority Coatings today.  

 

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