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Choosing colour

As light and environmental conditions can alter the way a colour appears, it’s important you try the colours you’re considering in the environment you intend to use them. Using test pots, paint each colour on a large sheet of white paper or card, and hold it against the walls in the rooms you’re looking to paint. Test it at different stages of the day, to gauge how varying light affects the appearance. 

When deciding on a colour for the outside of your home, consider the areas that won’t be painted, such as your roof, aluminium joinery and any brickwork. Factor in these elements when choosing a colour. 

Cool tones and similar colours make a space appear large, while warm colours and contrasting tones make a space feel smaller and more intimate. 

Use contrast to create interesting spaces. Try blending warm and cool colours, light and dark tones, smooth and textured surfaces.

Avoid using bright colours in bedrooms. Instead, opt for cooler tones to create a relaxing environment conducive to sleep.

Principles of colour

Blues are cool, calming and relaxing, create a tranquil ambience, and enhance the sense of space in a room. 

Reds are bold, dynamic and warm. Reds symbolise passion and vitality, and can be used to create a dramatic feature. 

Greens are fresh, relaxing and restful. The range of greens available means they can be used in both contemporary settings and more traditional spaces. 

Browns are relatively conservative, representing reliability, stability and earthiness, and are great for creating a ‘homely’ environment. 

Yellows radiate warmth and make a room appear brighter. Yellows can enhance feelings of optimism and wisdom. 

Orange tones are vibrant and fun, creating spaces that encourage laughter and exuberance, and decrease tension. 

Pinks can be subtle and inviting, or bold and dynamic. Similarly, purples can create a sense of calm, or be plush and dramatic.

The right paint for your space

• Durability – Today there is a range of speciality products on the market that provide a washable paint surface in high traffic areas. Avoid using very dark colours or very light colours, employing mid-tones to help hide fingerprints and marks. 

• Ceilings – Choosing a water-based enamel for ceilings in areas like bathrooms and kitchens will help repel moisture.

• High Gloss – Using high-gloss paint throughout an entire room can be over-powering. Instead, keep it primarily for features and highlights like doorframes, trims and skirtings. Durability and ease of cleaning

While most manufacturers have developed all paint finishes with good cleaning qualities, a general rule is that the shinier the paint finish, the better it will stand up to washing and cleaning. Contact us to help you select the correct finish for each room.

Kid-Friendly Finishes

When painting children's rooms, many painters recommend using a washable acrylic or low sheen enamel on the walls and semi-gloss for doors and mouldings. These finishes are formulated to better withstand repeated cleanings

High Gloss Looks

Rather than choosing high gloss paint for a whole room; use it sparingly in select locations, such as doors and trim. Remember though this finish tends to really point out any surface imperfections.

Ceiling Paint

For better coverage, we recommend tinting your ceiling white for coverage.