Grey is the new cream, but what shade of grey you should go for is a dilemma that many of us have fallen down on! Dark grey, Grey Hints, Elephants Breath… When did grey become so complicated? And it’s not just shades of grey that are a problem, what about the type of paint you need to use, bathroom paint, wall and ceilings, premium, gloss, matt? Argh!!
Here is what Nicola in our office had to say about it all…
Upon entering the paint isle recently in my local DIY store it was overwhelming to say the least. The pressure on a single decision that would make or break the overall first impression of how I live to my friends and family was immense. I found myself trying to visualise the entire finish of my house whilst not being lured in to spending an absolute fortune… #onabudget
Dark walls are in… but can my house take it?
ANSWER: YES, but read up first! Any room can take any colour if done correctly. Deeper hues, while warm and cozy, can have the unwanted effect of making a room feel small or cave-like.
In a recent article by CountryLiving.com they spoke with Benjamin Moore; Colour and Design Expert who said "When using a dark colour on walls with a low ceilings, paint the trim the same colour as the walls. This hides the trim and makes the wall appear taller, place a mirror against the wall to add an illusion of depth."
What finish do I go for?
Casein Distemper, Dead Flat, Estate Eggshell, Estate Emulsion, Full Gloss, Limewash, Modern Eggshell or Modern Emulison?
ANSWER: Steer away from expensive paints that are made more complicated than needed so that you feel you are getting your monies worth.
B&Q Wall and Ceiling or B&Q Kitchen & Bathroom sounds simple enough to me and usually about a quarter of the price too… #WinnerWinner
Do I need to prep the walls?
Painted and wallpapered surfaces alike will need to be washed down before painting. The less dirt or grease on a surface, the better the final paint job will look. This step will also help to remove any scuffs, marks, grease, nicotine or wood-smoke stains and everyday finger marks that would otherwise require additional coats of paint to cover.
Here is how to clean your walls for painting:
Thoroughly dust the ceiling, walls, coving, skirting boards, door and window frames, and all remaining fixtures in the room. A long-handled dusting wand can help to make light work of this task as you'll be able to easily reach coving and corners without the need for a step ladder.
Prepare a diluted solution of sugar soap in a bucket, following the instructions on the packaging.
Using a large sponge, apply the sugar soap mixture to the wall and work into the surface. Sugar soap can irritate the skin, so make sure that rubber gloves are worn at all times when working with it. Leave the solution to work for a few minutes.
Refill your bucket with clean water and wipe the surfaces clean using a sponge or cloth. Try not to drip water down the wall and onto the floor as you work. #JobWellDone
TIME TO PAINT AND TRANSFORM!
What Colour Should You Paint Your Front Door?
Your front door is the entrance to your home and is seen by some as the entrance to your personality. It is where you can allow yourself to go a little wild with your colours..
Over the years I have seen pink, mauve, bright green (and I’m not talking about a nice shade!), metal like a bomb shelter and many many traditional white doors. So, what is the most common colour? Well taking away the obvious white yellow has come up as the most popular colour when people choose to re-paint their doors after all it is a place where you can express yourself with a colour that you wouldn’t necessarily use indoor.
Next time you think about changing the colour of your door why not consider some of the following colours:
- Pansy Pink
- Bright Yellow
- Ocean Turquoise
-Telephone Box Red
- Mysterious Purple
- Zingy Orange
- Kitchen Garden Sage
- Cosmopolitan Grey
- Or even Dark and Stormy Black!
Enjoy and keep us posted with your pictures!