Home' Special Magazines : Hastings Special Contents Painting and decorating is
an exciting aspect of the
renovation process, giving
home owners a chance to
explore fresh colours and
design ideas within their little
piece of paradise.
However, like any project, it is important to
get a good grasp of all the issues involved
and have a plan established before starting
It is important that your walls, flooring,
furniture, cabinetry and any other
components work together, using colour
palettes is a good base to start with,
ensuring your home isn’t left looking patchy.
Look for neutral tones as well as vibrant
contrasting colours for feature walls, if
Modern homes typically use neutral, light
shades on the walls and ceilings, with a
darker tone for floor coverings and cabinetry
and splashes of deeper colour throughout
the home. Don’t limit these splashes to fixed
aspects, such as walls. Utilise cushions,
table centrepieces and linen as it is a lot
easier to change these aspects of your
home as trends and your tastes change.
Don’t use extreme colours if you are re-
selling, as these may limit the number of
potential buyers, and ensure you choose
light colours for small or dark rooms, making
them appear larger and brighter.
To add a point of difference, some painters
create feature walls – selecting one wall
(usually the largest) and painting it a
heavy or vibrant colour in stark contrast to
the lighter, plainer colours on other walls
throughout the house.
This technique can look great in
entranceways or lounge areas, but avoid
using a feature wall in every room of the
Before reaching for the paint brush, consider
replacing your wall linings first.
New wall linings will give you a fresh
surface to work with, giving you a more
professional even finish. It will also give you
the opportunity to install insulation, repair
or alter your plumbing and wiring and save
much of the hard work of stripping and
preparing old surfaces.
Whether you have a fresh start with new
wall linings or are working with existing
ones, firstly check and prepare the surface
you are about to paint. Make sure it is free
of imperfections, dust, mould and other
remnants. Wall linings, plaster and some
wallpapers will need to be sealed before
painting. Check with your local paint supplier
before embarking on your project as there
are different sealers for different purposes.
If you want to create a textured effect, most
paint stockists also have a wide variety of
wallpapers, some of which are designed
especially for painting over. These papers
have an embossed effect which will show
through your paint as a texture. However,
effects can be made in the finish of the paint
using a variety of tools or methods such as
Make sure to consult your local paint shop
or hardware store for the wall covering
appropriate to your project.
Kitchens, bathrooms and laundries will need
a paint specifically designed for areas prone
to moisture and dampness.
Although it is recommended you consult a
painting professional for any painting and
decorating project, DIY painting applications
can be performed if careful attention is paid
to detail and the project is well researched.
Before embarking on any painting project,
pay careful attention to safety. Paints, paint
preparation, cleaning products or dust
resulting from your work can be dangerous
if inhaled, consumed or exposed to the skin
or eyes, so make sure you keep yourself
protected from contact with these products
and make sure the area to be painted is well
Stop immediately if you feel ill, light headed
or have a headache. Make sure you read
all safety precautions and know how to
administer first aid to someone who has
suffered exposure. Take particular care
when using a ladder and keep children
well away from the area, ensuring painting
materials are kept out of their reach. Older
homes may have lead based paint on the
walls so make sure you take the correct
precautions before removing this type of
A newly decorated home will
cheer you up and brighten
your surroundings; in fact it is
amazing the difference that a
fresh coat of paint can make to
the rooms in your home.
Although you can change the look and
atmosphere of a room just by changing the
colour of the walls ad ceilings you also need
to choose paint to suit the surface.
By using non-toxic products with low
emissions, you can make your home
healthier for yourself and your family.
Consider natural paints and finished for
bedrooms, hallways and living areas,
and water-based acrylic or water-based
enamels for wet areas such as kitchens and
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