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What’s hot in the world of colour 2016 :: Posted by: Admin on February 5th, 2016

What’s hot in the world of colour 2016

Every year different industries create a what’s hot in the coming year and what will be the latest trends. This is also true in the world of decorating and the trends in colour for the coming year.

So if you want to be ‘on trend’ in your decorating you will need to know the colour schemes and colour of the year.

Colour trends for 2016

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have come up with what they think the colour trends for 2016 will be, they do international research and have selected a range of colours they think will be on trend throughout 2016, this year it consists of a muted and sophisticated palette .

Colour palettes and colour trends for 2016
Quote from ColourFutures™

For 2016 we see a muted and sophisticated palette which centres on soft mid tone shades. The overall feeling continues to be warm, but with even greater subtlety. Bright colours have moved away from primary to something more interesting. Think coral, not orange; ochre not yellow and midnight, not blue. This is a friendly palette but with a dark, mysterious side.
20YY 36/370 colour of the year 2016
The theme consists of the following four colour palettes and colour moods:

Heritage & Future
Words & Pictures
Dark & Light
The Grid & Letting go

What is to colour for 2016
The colour of the year 2016 is…… 20YY 36/370 (also known as Cherished Gold).

“We have selected a gold influenced ochre which is both bright enough to attract attention and combines well with other tones. Gold and gold tones are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating.”

Quote from ColourFutures™

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
Dulux Trade website or here:
http://www.colourfutures.com and download the Colour Futures book(PDF).

Paint Calculator
If you would like to use the colour of the year (20YY 36/370) or any other colour you need to buy and need to work out how much you need to buy, use our FREE Paint Calculator.

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How to mix wallpaper paste :: Posted by: Admin on March 31st, 2015

How to mix wallpaper paste

Once you have measured up and bought your wallpaper paper, lining paper or ceiling paper you will need to hang it, to do this you will need some wallpaper adhesive to stick it to the surface you wish to cover. There are ready mixed and self mix pastes on the market, but which one to use?

Ready mixed or self mix adhesives

Some wallpapers recommend using a particular type of paste, this maybe the paper manufacturer’s own brand, a ready mixed paste or just a good quality paste such as a self mix one. Refer to the wallpaper manufacturers instructions or ask your supplier which paste to use for your paper.

Mixing self mix wallpaper paste

If you are going to use self mix wallpaper adhesive i.e. loose paste chips in a sachet you will need:

  • A clean bucket filled with the correct amount of clean cold water
  • A sachet of paste
  • Something to stir the paste

Wallpaper paste chart on box
Refer to the sachet or box as to how much water you need as this depends on the type of paper you are hanging, here is a picture of a paste box with a chart on:

Once you have the bucket of water, cut the top off the sachet of paste and stir the water vigorously as you tip the entire sachet of paste into the water. Stir for 20 seconds to allow the paste chips to dissolve, then let it rest for 90 seconds and finally stir once more before using.

How to mix wallpaper paste video

In this short video I show you how to mix up the perfect wallpaper paste.

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Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house :: Posted by: Admin on February 4th, 2015

House with for sale signs

Simple decorating tips that could help sell your house

If you are trying to sell you house you want people to see it at it’s best. You may need to do a little work to accomplish this. There are the obvious and cliché things such as coffee brewing, fresh flowers, freshly made bread but there is more that can be done. How is your decorating, a little work could be the difference between selling and not selling your house.

People may go for another house if the price is similar but less work is required.

What is in a colour

Colour plays a part in selling your house, maybe not always directly but even subconsciously people see colours. If you have bright colours for your woodwork or walls you may consider changing these to a more subdued colour scheme, to neutralise things if you like as this is more appealing to a buyer. If they think redecoration is needed they may want to reduce the asking price to compensate.

Make a good first impression

Exterior as well as interior need to be presentable, the exterior is the first thing any potential buyer sees. Peeling, flaking paintwork isn’t normally a good sign of what may follow. If your woodwork is rotten of render blown you may need to be prepared to drop the asking price if you want a quick sale. Don’t forget gates, fences and garage doors, they all should be looked at and sorted if required.

The kitchen is the hub of any home

The hub of any home is it’s kitchen. If yours is looking a bit tired or outdated? You obviously don’t want to start fitting a new kitchen units but you could always consider changing the kitchen doors and drawer fronts.

Replacing doors and drawer fronts is a good way to give the kitchen a updated look and a more desirable kitchen to buyers. This can be done a lot cheaper than replacing a kitchen and will give your kitchen a new lease of life.

A cared for home is a loved home

Show buyers you home is a cared for and loved home, potential buyers will feel that they are buying a good property and any problems that may of occurred you have fixed them well and they are not buying a whole lot of trouble.

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Can I paint over varnished wood? :: Posted by: Admin on September 27th, 2014

flaking paint off varnished frame

Can I paint over varnished wood?

This is a question that is asked a lot, and the simple answer is yes you can paint over varnished wood, but the preparation must be done correctly otherwise the paint can simply peel of or scraped of as in the following video.

In this video the door frames had been painted in the past over varnished wood, but the preparation hadn’t been done correctly and as there were new doors fitted and the door stops moved the frames needed painting, as you can see this is a good example of preparation not being done right.

How not to paint over varnished wood

A brief video showing what happens if you do not paint over varnish correctly.

How to paint over varnished wood

I wrote a blog post about the job you have seen in the video, you can read the post called can I paint over varnished wood?

In the blog post I go through each stage of how I prepared the varnished wood through to priming, undercoating and finally topcoating.

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