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HOW WEATHER CAN AFFECT THE LONGEVITY OF YOUR EXTERIOR PAINT?

It’s already been more than five years when you last painted your house with those beautiful eye-catchy trending colours. However, does it look the same now? Obviously not, the glossiness of the colour has already faded, and the colour looks dull now. Right?

Well, anyone who has owned a house for years will know how fast the condition of exterior paints worsens. Moreover, the main culprit that ruins the condition of exterior paints is THE WEATHER.

Humidity, temperature and wind are the three main factors that play an important role in affecting the longevity of your exterior paint. So, if you are planning on painting the exterior of your home, keep these three factors in mind.

HUMIDITY

Have you ever seen anyone painting their home during the rain? Definitely not! However, there are still people who choose to paint their house in the rainy season and eventually suffer. There is a reason one should not paint their house in the rain and that is humidity. It’s obvious, if it is raining or there’s much humid in the atmosphere, the paint will take more time than the usual to dry. Moreover, over exposure to rain can worsen your paint faster. Also, make sure the surface where you are painting is not wet or damp otherwise the paint cannot be well placed on that surface which will ruin the results and your hard work. Typically, low humidity can help get the maximum benefit from painting.

TEMPERATURE

The varying changes in temperature can cause the paint to extract and contract which will eventually lead to cracks on the painted surface. Moreover, overexposure to UV rays which is common in extremely hot weather ruins the binding agent and pigments of the paint causing it to fade more quickly. Low quality paints are more exposed to sunlight. While cooler temperatures allow for less drying time. If you paint in severe cold temperatures, the results may be similar to what you incur when the surface is overexposed to UV rays.

WIND

One of the biggest problems of wind is that it dries out paint too quickly. As a result, the integrity of a paint can be compromised. Moreover, if proper time has not been given to the paint to settle down completely on the surface, it starts to crack shortly after the application. While painting, wind may also carry sediments and dust that gets mixed into the paint and applying the contaminated paint will definitely deteriorate the condition of your exteriors.

Though it is difficult to estimate which weather condition is perfect for paint application, consulting a professional would help you to get out of the situation. Always remember the favourable weather conditions can enhance the results of your paint job but applying paint in a bad weather can affect the aesthetics as well as durability of your paint.

So, the next time you decide to paint the exterior of your house, make sure to choose high-quality exterior paint and get the job done by a professional in favourable weather conditions to yield best results.

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Best and Worst Paint Colours for Your Home’s Resale Value

It is no secret that certain colours can make a great design statement, but there are also colours that can degrade your house’s value if not used properly. We all understood the fact, selecting right colours for your house is a complicated task as a wrong shade and imperfect colour balance can ruin the whole view of your room.

The research says, “the paint colours of our home have the ability to affect its sale price”. So, it is advised to mindfully choose the paint colours that not only beautify your home but increase its asking price in the market at the same time.

Here, we are sharing some paint colours that home owners often choose to create a minimalist look but instead end up lowering their home’s value with these choices.

SLATE GREY

Though grey colour is trending nowadays, not all greys are the same. For instance, using dove or light grey hues in a living room may help maximise it value but having your dining room walls coloured dark grey can take a toll on the interior visual appeal. Moreover, dark shades like these make a space look smaller than it actually is, which can turn down the house’s value amongst buyers looking for spacious, big homes.

OFF-WHITE/ EGGSHELL

Watching off-white colour listed here may seem a bit contradictory because white belongs to the neutral palette and you can’t go wrong with neutrals, right? Wrong!

According to top interior designers, painting a room white isn’t always a bad choice especially if the space has plenty of natural light coming in. But a small, dark room painted off-white colour may feel dead and off-putting. What’s more, off-white walls may feel dull and faded-like they haven’t been painted for a long time.

TERRACOTTA

Incorporating shades of orange and brown might be a good way to add fun and vibrancy to a home, but most buyers find such shades offending to the eye. Terracotta is one of the least liked and preferred colours in homes and reaction of this colour from buyers is not so welcoming.

DARK BROWN

This colour has been considered bland and don’t resonate well with the buyers. Studies have shown that using dark brown hues in bedroom and bathrooms can significantly lower the sale price of a property.

Colours that can create a positive impact on your home’s sale price

Now that you are aware of some colours that can reduce your home’s worth, it would be a good idea to learn about hues that can actually add bonus points to your home. Here’s a list of paint colours you want to use in your home to enhance its value.

PURPLE

If you choose to paint your dining room with the pinch of purple colour be it mauve, eggplant or lavender it will definitely enhance your dining experience. It adds a sense of calmness while increase your home’s appeal.

YELLOW

If you want to raise your house’s asking price without having to add any extravagant accent, it is recommended to colour your kitchen with creamy or wheat-coloured yellow. It is one of the most south-after colours when it comes to remodelling kitchens.

TAN

Paint your bathroom with oatmeal colour or beige shades and see the difference in its visual appeal and, of course, your home’s worth.

GREEN

Focus on light green hues or earthy greens, the pick isn’t shabby as it is the third best colour that promotes sleep. Moreover, people who have used green colour in their bedroom reportedly said they feel positive around this colour especially when they wake up.

Though, it’s completely up to you how you wish to decorate your home with your personal style, if you are constructing your house for selling purpose, then you should keep these points in mind.

Besides, seek assistance from professionals who will use quality professional paint in your home that not only are aesthetically pleasing but also keep your house shinning for longer.

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5 Things To Keep In Mind While Painting Your House

So, it is festive time and your “home sweet home” desperately calls for a revamp. There are so many things you could do; add a few luxury decor accents to your living room, replace the old furniture with new swanky fixtures and give the entire kitchen a modern overhaul.

But then you realise you’re on a budget and all these amazing makeover ideas can burn a whole in your pocket. After much thinking and research, you come to a conclusion that painting your dwelling is feasible option for you.

Painting Your House

 

Congrats! Because not only will painting your house rather than incorporating luxury additions and replacements will save you thousands of dollars, but it will also add to the durability and overall value of your property.

Hiring a professional paint service is the best way to achieve a seamless look through painting. However, here are a few aspects you want to consider before your house gets the treatment.

#1. Prime your walls:

Many home owners overlook priming as part of wall preparation before painting and think of it as added effort and waste of time. It is high time that you understand the importance of priming the walls of your house before painting. Priming helps in smoothening the wall’s surface for a better and rich finish, making it visually more appealing than a wall with bumps and bruises. Priming also helps the actual paint stay longer and the colour to come out more beautifully.

#2. Quality of the Paint:

Quality of anything we use reflects our personality. The home we live in is styled according to our taste and preferences. Therefore, it is very important to use good quality paints to appropriately and indirectly reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Remember! A low and dull quality paint automatically conveys oldness. Further, who likes those inevitable cracks in the freshly painted walls? Thus, it is important to use quality paints that can prevent walls from cracking up.

#3. Colours and Textures:

Many a times people shy away from experimenting with textures or bright colours. While whites, beiges, greys and pastels are evergreen colours and soothing to the eye, sometimes you just need a change. Painting one of the walls a bright, dark, or rich colour not only makes it look attractive, but also adds to the design and appearance of the whole room. Similarly, you can play with textures.

To complete the look, you can add curtains, cushions, paintings, furniture, rugs and artefacts that compliment your theme. While this trick will surely turn heads and fetch you umpteen compliments, it comes with a disclaimer; choose your complementary textures and colours wisely. And remember, too much of anything can spoil the feel and the look.

#4. Health and Environment:

More important than the house are the people living in it. Many professional paint companies use toxic chemicals in their paints that are harmful to people. It can cause irritation to the eyes or even disastrous long-term diseases. It is very important to use good quality paint that is environment-friendly and uses no or at least less amounts of these harmful chemicals.

#5. Don’t forget the exteriors!

Everyone works towards an eye-catching interior, but for a complete and vibrant look one must never leave out the exteriors. The outer walls, roofs, and surfaces are just as important. As they say, ‘first impression is the last impression,’ our exteriors convey the first impression to our home.

That’s it! So, the next time you decide to paint your home, keep these things in mind and you’ll love your home more than ever.

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3 reasons why you should get your roof painted right away!

First impression is the last impression. Whether going for an interview, to deliver a speech, or to meet a client this mantra is employed in order to put our best foot forward. However, when it comes to our houses, we often neglect this fact. We invest time, money, and effort to design and decorate our interiors, but often overlook the exterior of our abodes. But not anymore!

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Here are three reasons why you should never skip painting your roof.

  1. It strengthens durability and beautifies your house.

Painting your roof serves as an immediate remedy to brighten and bring to life the dull and withered roof tops. Since the roof is time and again exposed to sun, wind, rain, corrosion, etc., it is vulnerable to normal wear and tear to physical damage. A high-quality roof paint increases durability and thus will help you save money and the trouble of regular coatings.

  1. Prevents leakages.

Modern technology has facilitated the invention of durable high-quality paints that prevents cracks and, in turn, prevents leakages. So, bid a goodbye to all water leakages and cover your worries with a coat of fresh paint.

  1. Maintains temperature.

Since all of us live in different geographical zones, we are faced with different climatic and weather changes. So as to maintain a comparatively balanced temperature inside our houses, we need to get our exteriors on point. For this, architects recommend thick walls for some places, and thinner for others. The type of roof – high, low, flat and slanted, everything contributes in maintaining the temperature. An easy solution vis. a vis. these structural changes is to choose the right type of paint. Many companies now offer paints that reflect or absorb heat, and thus if used wisely, it can help you maintain the level of temperature you like.

Henceforth, keep these points in mind to make sure your exteriors are as aesthetically appealing as your interiors!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Creating a Feature Wall

Has your home started feeling monotonous?

A feature wall can work wonders for your interior design. A much-needed design element for any home interiors, a feature wall offers opportunities to pull focus around a space and enhance the visual appeal of your existing setting.

Interior Design

Here are some dos and don’ts you should consider before creating a feature wall to make sure the results turn out well.

Dos

  • Do create a balance in your colour scheme. Follow the timeless design rule 60-30-10 to put together your colour scheme. Use lighter shades across 60% of the space to provide a striking base to the overall setting while creating a contrast with brighter complimentary hues around the other 30%. The rest 10% can be used for little details.
  • Do explore your options. Many people stick to only colours when it comes to creating a feature wall. While colours are an easy and quick way to spruce up a space, feature walls provide countless opportunities to experiment with more than just colours. There is a plethora of wallpapers and texture coating finishes that can help you add desirable impact to your feature wall. For example, mosaic/tile textures can add a playful yet luxurious touch to a focal wall while wood textures can help pull off a rustic look. Likewise, embossed wallpapers can add a dimension and can also hide imperfections on your focal wall. Glossy wallpapers, on the other hand, create a modern, rich and sleek setting.

Don’ts

  • Don’t choose a wall to highlight on a whim. The wall you choose to feature should ideally be the space where your eyes are naturally drawn first when you enter the room. You can go for a wall with a fireplace or a wall in the dining space. The wall behind the TV or the headboard in a bedroom are also great for highlighting. In short, your feature wall should be the focal area of a room with more visibility and exposure than the rest of the space.
  • Don’t overwhelm the wall with too much of everything. A feature wall is sure supposed to stand out and be the centre of attraction, but you don’t want to mess with the overall aesthetics of a space in an attempt to create an eye-catchy feature wall. Instead of over cluttering the wall with too many accents or colours, decide on a theme and have only select accessories that go with the theme, feature on or around your wall.
  • Don’t ignore the overall personality of your abode. What is your home’s current theme? Do you have a neutral interior that calls for an embellished feature wall? Or does your home feature flamboyant furnishings and bold colour palettes that might coordinate well with a subtle accent wall. Considering the personality of your home will only help your decision and choices for the better.

While you keep these considerations in mind, remember that a feature wall doesn’t necessarily have to be high impact. Sometimes, a solid texture finish or a delicate render can be enough to add much-needed interest to any space. Before you choose your featuring colours and elements, it is important to decide whether you want a striking change or a simple yet elegant upgrade.

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Planning to Sell Your Home? These Exterior Paint Colours Will Boost Your Home’s Worth

Just like you pick the best interior paint colours to make your indoors reflect your style statement, the hues that feature on your exteriors have to be intriguing.

The exterior paint colours you choose can make your abode the talk of the neighbourhood, either in a good way or a bad way. Besides, if you are planning to list your house for sale any time soon, nothing can increase your home’s worth like fresh exterior paint.

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That being said gets inspired from these smart exterior colour choices that offer instant curb appeal to any house.

White

White coloured exteriors evoke a sense of timeless elegance and heritage. White exterior walls serve as a background to colourful accents and a bright surrounding.

Complementary colours:  White exteriors look best when coupled with aqua and ivory shades.

Greige

A seamless blend of grey and beige; greige is taking over contemporary homes like it is meant to deserves to feature across every exterior. Shades of greige blend with natural surroundings to infuse warmth and grace into an otherwise boring entryway area.

Complimentary colours: Blends seamlessly with brown tones and blue shades.

Cypress Green

A harmonious shade of green with a tint of grey, cypress green helps to create a serene and calm exterior setting.

Complimentary colours: Cypress green walls are a perfect complement to a butter yellow or pure white trim.

Mustard Yellow

Though most people would better prefer yellow for interiors, mustard yellow coated walls can induce a sense of happiness straight away, which can be a positive aspect for your potential buyers.

Complimentary colours: Natural brown trim or accents can give a subtle uplift to mustard yellow outdoors.

Grey

Homes with their outdoors painted grey tend to capture elegance and sophistication.

Complimentary colours; A front door painted shades of navy blue-turquoise with grey walls can earn a premium price.

So, that’s it. Go ahead and showcase your personal style with these colour inspirations. Whatever colour your pick, be sure to hire a professional paint contractor to bring the best out of your choice.

 

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Reroofing your house? Consider These Important Aspects Before You Get Started

For most home owners, roof may not be a priority in the list of home renovation projects. In fact, many would not even consider inspecting their roof until they have to place buckets and pans at different places in the house to catch water seeping through the ceiling.

Reroofing of House

Know that roof is an essential feature of your home which needs as much care and attention as any other part of the house. That said, ignoring your roof when it needs a replacement or repair can jeopardise the safety of your property and inhabitants of the house.

Here are some vital considerations to keep in mind when reroofing to ensure a rewarding outcome.

Your roof is more than just the shingles

Though shingles encompass a large part of the roof, they are not the only part that requires attention or treatment when it comes to reroofing your house. There are other components including roof deck, ice and water shield, underlayment, starter strip, ventilation system, flashing and more that need equal TLC being parts of your roof system.

Tear off or overlay?

When getting your roof redone, you have two choices; tear off the original roof and get an entirely new structure or simply add a new layer over the existing shingles.

Technically, it is always a better idea to strip away the old roof, which provides you a clean space to install new durable shingles while adding to your home’s worth.

However, if you are on a tight budget, you can consider adding a new layer of shingles on the top of the exiting roof. This will greatly reduce labour costs and give you a new roof in less time. But be aware that the overlaid shingles may not last long and can also weigh down the top of your home, which could be a problem if your home is not structurally sound.

Choose the right materials

Replacing the roof is a big project which will need you to invest a significant amount of time, money and effort. So, you want to make sure you install a roof that you don’t have to worry about at least 20 years.

Your roofing contractor may suggest different types of materials depending on your location and exterior themes in the neighbourhood. It may be tempting to opt for cheapest materials, but remember that the materials you choose can make a great difference to the durability and maintenance costs of your roof.

Is it the right time to reroof?

Just as there are tell-tale signs which indicate it’s time to repaint your bathroom walls or remodel your kitchen, there are indications that imply your roof might need to be replaced. These signs include staining and peeling exterior paint, cracked, missing or curled shingles, excessive amounts of granules in the gutter, water stains, attic leaks, sagging rooftop and aging roof.

It is important to check your roof at least once in a few months for leaks, damaged shingles or other signs mentioned above. This will not only help you determine whether your roof needs a repair or replacement but also save you a lot of damage (interior and exterior) and money in the long run.

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Things Your Potential Professional Painter Wants You To Know

While inveterate DIYers may not hesitate to take up their own home painting project, every home owner would hire a professional contractor to paint their home at some point in life.

Professional Paint Contractor

A professional paint job certainly offers significant advantages over a DIY undertaking, which makes it more of an investment than an expense.

However, there are many home owners who would still have a lot of hesitation and questions about hiring a professional painting contractor. We reached out to some professionals and got to know about things they want their clients to know and understand, which will definitely eliminate most of your doubts about a professional paint job.

We know when you only get in touch with no intension to hire us

Many home owners tend to contact different painters around their area not to compare their offerings, prices and quality but to get free advice and ideas to do the job on their own later.

Know that they are professionals, and they would not like to offer their valuable advice only to hear that you can do it on your own or get it done by some other service provider for a lot less.

We care about your home and assets

A professional yet reliable paint service provider realises that they would be working on your valuable possession. They understand your concern about your property and assets getting damaged in the process of painting. So, they do their job with utmost safety.

A responsible painter puts in significant time and effort into prep work to make sure your belongings remain secure and intact before and during the process.

Do not compromise quality for money

You will find many professional service providers offering the same service at cheap prices. But remember that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.

You can sure hire a cheap painting contractor to save a few bucks but then you can’t expect a seamless job. It’s easy to think that anyone can paint, so why not save your money and hire a new, amateur painter around the street. But before you does that know that a premium painter would not offer you just a service but a much-needed assurance of safety and quality.

You need to do some work too

While a premium contractor usually takes care of pre-work, you can’t leave all of it to the painter. There are tasks you need to do as the home owner to make sure your home is painter-ready.

For interior painting, remove switch plates, outlet convers, remove any stains and spots on the wall to be painted and move furniture and any objects that get in the way of painters. For an exterior paint job, trim shrubs and trees around the house to provide clearance for hassle-free painting. Also cover plants and shrubs around walls with plastic sheets to spillage and damage. Scarpe peeling or flaking areas of the surfaces for seamless paint application.

Still confused if a premium contractor is worth the investment? Consult with an experienced paint contractor and get to know how a professional service can make a difference by the professionals themselves.

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Interior Painting Hacks: Paint Colour Inspirations for Small Kitchens

So, you’re dealing with a tiny kitchen.

You implemented varied storage solutions and tricked out the drawers, cabinets and the island with proven space-saving tricks. It worked a bit for your storage and cooking space, but the kitchen still looks small and an expensive remodel to stretch your kitchen doesn’t seem like a feasible option to you.

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That’s where paint colours come into perspective.

When chosen and applied strategically, paint colours can help to virtually extend the confines of a small kitchen and make it appear spacious yet intriguing.

We have laid out some paint colour ideas for small kitchens which will help you to provide the much-needed lift to your tight-space kitchen without having to shell out on a major overhaul.

Pick whites

For someone who has no idea which colours would work for their small kitchen, white is a go-to option. It reflects light and creates a sense of space while making the walls recede. Moreover, painting your cabinetry, drawers, countertops, walls and the ceiling white can help to smoothen the edges, nooks and boundaries and create a visually cohesive design that works to keep your kitchen feel bigger.

How about neutrals

Not only are neutral hues known to visually enlarge a space but when combined with soft contemporary tints and shades of earthy tones, a neutral colour scheme can make for an inviting interior by adding warmth, depth and character to your kitchen space.

Incorporate soft hues of greys, beige, whites and browns into your kitchen to bring in subtle elegance and sophistication while creating an appearance of a spacious kitchen.

Utilise low-contrast shades

A low-contrast colour scheme goes a long way to create the illusion of space and depth. A small kitchen that uses same hues throughout along with minor variations of light colours, makes your eyes glide over varied surfaces to find a place to settle, tricking you into thinking that the room is larger than it actually is.

So, to make your cramped kitchen look spacious, try to keep your countertops, cabinetry, trims, backsplash and walls in the same colour family while incorporating little variations of the selected colours to avoid monotony.

Putting it all together

You may not be able to practically increase your kitchen space without a major remodel, but these paint ideas would definitely help a lot if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make your small kitchen feel and look bigger.

Furthermore, we would recommend that you seek expert advice on the matter to make informed decisions for your kitchen design. A professional paint job, on the other hand, would also make a big difference to your kitchen aesthetics and appearance.

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How to Choose Paint Colours to Create a Cosy Environment in Your Home

Nothing compares to the feeling when you get back to home after a long day to unwind in a warm, cosy space in your home that just makes you feel right.

Paint is an easy yet effective way to set the tone and atmosphere of a room as you want it. By paying attention to the psychological effects of various paint colours, even a cold and uninvited room can be turned into the most intimate, comfy space.

Paint Color

Get inspired from the following paint colour ideas to up the much-needed cosiness factor in your home.

SUNNY WARMTH

  • A soft, elegant shade of yellow on the ceiling can give a comfy, welcoming feel to an otherwise neutral room.
  • Whether you opt for a soothing whipped-butter shade or pick a vibrant lemon tone, a splash of sun-touched yellow in your room can bring the cosy side up.
  • For walls painted yellow-apricot, add dusky lilac or spring green trim.
  • For pale-yellow walls and ceilings, go for ivory trim.

HUES OF GREY AND BROWN

For a room to feel cosy, paint colours don’t necessarily have to be from warm pallet. When reflected in multiple shades around the room, cool and quiet shades can also help to create a sense of intimacy and warmth.

  • Paint the walls between wooden plank floors and a white ceiling, grey. To bring out the deeper version of the walls, incorporate a pewter-coloured upholstered sofa and a sisal rug under the sofa to compliment the darker shade of the brown wooden floor.
  • To present some more shades of grey and brown in the room, consider adding walnut or maple end tables in front of the sofa, charcoal bookcase around the corner and wooden picture frames on the wall. If there’s still room for a few shades of the same colours, you can place a small wooden table behind the sofa holding a white lamp with a ceramic base.

RADIATE WARMTH THROUGH RED TONES

  • Fiery red walls reflect warmth and comfort while creating a dramatic look.
  • Accommodate elegant antiques and imposing white bookcases with enamelled red walls and ceiling and gilded white trim.
  • For an extra dose of warm elegance, add velvet upholstered sofa with brocaded chairs featuring geometric patterns.

Go ahead! Incorporate these paint ideas to create the ultimate snuggle zone in your home to unwind and let all your stress out. Moreover, do give your walls a fresh coat of render before painting them any colour to bring the best out of your paint colours and make it last longer.

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