DIY YOUR KITCHEN WITH THE EXPERTS

Have you got a kitchen that should have stayed in the 1970’s? It could seem like a daunting task to give it an update, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be an expensive exercise.  With a bit of planning, creativity and the fantastic range of products on offer from Paint Place, it is easy to give your daggy old kitchen a complete makeover without breaking the bank.  It’s just about choosing the right products, and colour combinations on all of your surfaces, for a fresh, modern kitchen transformation. Here are some step by step tips to get you started:

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DIY YOUR DECK WITH THE EXPERTS

Summer’s upon us. That means it’s time to slap on some sunscreen, dust off the outdoor cushions, grab a book (and a cocktail) and head to your deck for some chill time. But hold on – how’s the state of your deck? Fit for relaxing or in desperate need of a lift?

In our last post, we shared some of the signs your deck may be in need of some TLC. Basically, if your deck is patchy, weathered, mouldy or mildewy, it’s time revive your deck. Here’s our suggestions for getting your deck summer-ready.

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Now is the perfect time to give your home a colour refresh. With warm weather approaching and entertaining season almost here, freshen up of your living spaces or guest bedrooms and ensure you are ready for the holiday season. Whether you are going to tackle just one room, or an entire house, here are some useful tips to get you on track to creating a perfectly decorated space.
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WHAT COLOURS SHOULD I CHOOSE FOR MY ROOM?

Choosing a paint colour for your room is your most important decorating decision. Look at the aspect of your room and whether it is full of natural light, or darker and needing some warmth. This will determine the best type of colour to use. As a rule of thumb, use warm based colours in cool rooms, and cool colours in warm, light filled rooms.

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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT COLOURS ARE COOL OR WARM?

The Colour Wheel is an easy to use tool to choose the right colour for your home. It will show you the difference between warm colours and cool colours. Warm colours are reds, oranges, yellow and red violets. Cool colours are blues, greens and blue violets. This is the perfect starting point to putting together your colour scheme.

HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A COLOUR SCHEME?

An easy way to put together a colour scheme is by using a colour wheel as a guide. There are a number of schemes you can put together:

1. MONOCHROMATIC

Uses darker and lighter tones of the same colour. For example, deep Moody blue through to subtle off white with just a hint of blue.

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2. ANALOGOUS

Use 2-3 colours that sit beside each other on the Colour Wheel such as Green, Yellow and Orange.

3. COMPLIMENTARY

Use colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel. For example, Blue and Orange or Pink and Green. You can use these colours as accessory and accent colours to add life to a neutral scheme.

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WHAT COLOURS CAN I USE TO MAKE A  ROOM LOOK BIGGER?

To make a room feel bigger, try and choose a wall colour that has a cool undertone. Lighter shades are best. This will make the walls appear to recede. Try not to add in too many additional colours and ensure that you use a shade of white on the ceiling.

HOW DO I PUT TOGETHER A MOOD BOARD?

It is easy to put together a Mood Board for your home. Simply pick up a copy of the Paint Place Design Files which include a step by step Mood Board Kit to select the perfect colour scheme. Find images of rooms you love and furniture and accessories that you want to use in your room. Add them all onto your Mood Board.

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HOW CAN I TEST MY PAINT COLOUR?

It is important to test out a paint colour before using it. Decide which colour/s you want to use in your room and get your local Paint Place store to tint your free Sample Pot. Paint a large sample onto paper and hang it on your wall to see if the colour will work in your room.

WHAT COLOURS ARE POPULAR FOR INTERIORS IN 2017?

1) Blush- shades of blush such as New Look Samoan Sand

2) Deep Blues- such as New Look Blue Hour

3) Greys- soft Greys such as New Look Loft

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HOW DO I FINISH AND STYLE MY ROOM?

To finish and a style your room, look at adding layers of texture and pattern through cushions, rugs, throws and artwork. These will bring your room to life. Ensure there are visual focal points in your room such as the coffee table, mantle or couch. Then add in the final touch with fresh flowers or foliage.

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WHEN TO OIL, STAIN OR PAINT YOUR DECK

If your deck has been previously finished with either an oil or stain coating, it is recommended that you use a product that is compatible as this will give you the best result.

Here are a few tips on how to tell how your deck has been treated previously.

Oil: You will know if your deck has been treated with oil as oiling will not change the colour of your timber, hence it will appear natural in colour. If a timber is oiled and left too long, the timber will begin to turn grey in colour indicating it is time to re-treat the deck.

Stain: You will be able to tell if your deck has been stained as the wood colouring will appear blotchy when weathered. The other key sign to look for when distinguishing whether the boards have been stained is the stain will sit on top of the timber and not stain the sides of the timber boards.

Paint: You will be able to tell your deck has been painted as there will be no sign of timber colourings, instead a colour has been painted over the top. The paint may be beginning to chip or crack, indicating it is ready for a fresh coat.

HOW TO OIL, STAIN OR PAINT YOUR DECK

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Are you a fan of Hampton’s style? Do you love a casual, relaxed coastal vibe in your interiors? Do you often wonder how you can achieve that without investing thousands of dollars into expensive new furniture pieces?

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MAKE YOUR DECK LOOK LIKE NEW!

1. REPAIRS

Replace any boards that have rotted and change any loose screws or nails with new ones. Remove debris between boards with a putty knife.

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EASY WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR EXTERIOR

1. DO YOUR RESEARCH

Whether you are looking at selling your property or simply giving it a bit of a facelift, first impressions count. You need to ensure that your home has great street appeal. Firstly, you need to assess what your current street appeal is. Stand across the road and have a good look at your home. Better still ask a neighbour or friend to give you unfiltered feedback too. What works? What needs improving? What looks scruffy and what catches your eye? Do your research by taking a drive around your neighbourhood and making notes on homes that are well presented and appealing. What is different about them. If you need extra inspiration, visit real estate sites to see how homes in your area are presented. If you are looking at selling, remember that the first image people look at is the exterior. This will motivate them to either click on your property or scroll past it.

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