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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Not all office have to be dreary and dull, with uninspiring colours and drab decorative features. There’s certainly something of a stereotype that large offices in particular are set up this way with another level of painting and decorating.
In fact, some studies suggest that some bright colours can inspire creativity, happiness and general productivity. While it depends on the nature of the work you are doing, there certainly seems to be something to this when you look at the offices for some of the world’s largest and most successful companies. Just like the below THREE
Commercial fitouts in Sydney & Melbourne are becoming the very norm even though fancy commercial office fit outs can be on the pricey side. Let’s take a look at a few of the styles that are popular at the moment. You’ll notice that the modern trend is to maximise natural length.
This is a good example of a modern office. While it may not be as over the top or visually impressive as Google’s offices for example, you can see that this has benefited from a decorators’ touch. For one thing, you can see that the decorator has looked to take advantage of the high quality natural light that is entering the room by painting the ceiling and some of the walls white. This heightens the natural light in the room, which can help to reduce stress and usually means happy workers.
This is contrasted nicely with the brown timber flooring (which also works well with the use of oranges splashed around the room) and colourful modern design furniture. Lastly, we can see the effect of the use of plants, whose presence is a positive in just about any office, no matter how it’s designed.
While this is a computer generated image, this look is quite common. You’ll again notice the large window and tall ceilings, which helps to create a relaxed and comfortable open space. Another similarity with the previous example is the importance of visible plants, or in this case, tree; having a little green around helps to lift workers’ spirits.
In terms of painting and decorating, we see here a more conservative, yet no less effective approach. Combining light browns, silvers and dark green shades helps to create a professional environment.
The theme in each of these images is the use of sunlight and it’s effectiveness when combined with light tones. We see the same in this image, however we wanted to highlight here how a feature wall can be used nicely. In this case, we have some rustic brickwork that contrasts nicely with the streamlined, professional appearance of the rest of the room. This shows us one of the more popular modern design features; the combination of whites painted walls with browns and timber flooring.
We’ve gone through just a few common stylistically elements that are getting more popular in 2016 for office fit-outs. Keep an eye on our blog as we’re often sharing ideas about painting and decorating. Remember that if you’re in need of commercial painting services or office fit outs in Sydney, Priority One Coatings are more than qualified to help you out!