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21Feb
21Feb

Striped Walls are a good choice if you are wanting to add some interest to your space. You can either paint stripes yourself using coloured or textured / effects paint with the use of painters tape or if this is too difficult for you opt for striped wallpaper instead. You can have fun with stripes too and play it up a bit with the direction of stripes, thickness and boldness of colour. Striped Walls & Ceilings are also a very versatile as they compliment almost any decorating style and if done correctly can be very timeless and won't date easily. Stripes are also a great way to enhance nib walls or bulk heads as the lines of the Stripes will bring your eye to these features by creating their own artistic pattern within the lines and the different surfaces. Stripes and how they are applied can also create an optical illusion within a space. If you are wanting more feeling of height in your room, then opt to have your Stripes running vertically as this will instantly make your walls appear taller. Whereas if you want your walls to appear longer, then apply your Stripes horizontally to give more width too a space. And instead of running your Stripes for the entire length of your walls or ceilings, be creative and apply them onlyy to one section or have your Stripes running up your wall and then continuing along your ceilings. The options are really endless when it comes to Stripes, so play around and have some fun!

07Feb
07Feb

Copper is one of the very few metals that has a warm appearance to it and can instantly add warmth to a space. Metals have become a popular choice of material in both architectural and interior design as they work well with natural materials such as brick, stone, concrete and timber. Copper is also very versatile as it suits many styles from either ultra modern industrial to more classical timeless spaces. And Copper is pretty much used anywhere these days from walls, splash backs, exposed pipework, tapware, handles, light fittings and other fittings and fixtures including home decor.

And now you can create a Copper surface yourself using paint! Haymes make a paint in their Artisan Range which is made from Real Copper. Haymes Real Copper also comes with an Oxidising Patina so you can easily add that naural aged Patina look to your Copper paint finish. Haymes Real Copper is a water-based paint containing real copper flakes. It can be used both inside and outside, is suitable for most paintable surfaces and responds well to a variety of application methods.

See how effective the addition of Copper can be with these design ideas........

24Jan
24Jan

The use of Concrete has become quite popular in today's modern architecture and is being used for both interiors and exteriors. Inside Concrete is now being used as a choice of flooring, feature walls, ceilings and even as a material for benches in the kitchen or in the wet area. Outside Concrete is still being used for pathways and pavers and is now also being used for exterior walls and eaves. Both internal and external Concrete can be coated with a clear product for protection or even washed with a product such as Porters Concrete Wash to give some colour to the Concrete while still highlighting the texture of the Concrete.

Porters Concrete Wash is available in 6 different colours ranging from light to dark and you can control the intensity of colour depending on the technique used to apply the product. Porters Concrete Wash is recommended for interior floors and suitable for exterior masonry. It's just not suitable for drive ways or car parking areas. When used on interior flooring, it is suggested to apply Porters Clearcote over the Porters Concrete Wash otherwise it will gradually wear away, but can be refreshed when required.

Make your Concrete stand out with these ideas of how you can add a wash of colour to your Concrete.......

10Jan
10Jan

Gloss Enamel is far more hard wearing than your standard wall paint. Enamel paints are chip resistant so perfect for those high traffic areas such as architraves, doors, furniture, wall tiles and anything else prone to knocks and tears. Gloss enamels are more glossy than wall paints, making it the ideal choice when you are wanting high reflection to your surface. Just remember if you do have any surface imperfections such as dents or unever surfaces, these will be highlighted due to the high gloss.

Gloss Enamels are available in oil based as well as water based. Water based Enamels don't yellow or change colour over time like oil based do and water based Enamels are far more easier to apply and clean up than the traditional oil based Enamels. Gloss Enamel paint is suitable for both interior and exterior and is available pretty much in any paint colour so the options are really endless. And for something different, Gloss Enamels are now being applied to ceilings and walls for that instant shine and wow factor. To really create impact within a space, think about using a bright or bold colour for your Gloss Enamel. Colours always seem to look brighter and come to life more in a gloss, so go wild with your colour and shine.

Check out these ideas in how you can make your space shine with Gloss Enamel.......

27Dec
27Dec

Porters Stone Paint is perfect for those walls that aren't in perfect condition or if you are wanting to add some soft earthy texture to your exterior or interior walls. Porters Stone Paint does not streak or age like a lime wash, while still creating a soft appearance that comes with matt paints. Porters Stone Paint is available in a Fine finish and a Coarse finish.

Porters Stone Paint Fine contains particles of marble dust to help create an ultra flat finish, making it ideal for hiding surface imperfections. Porter Stone Paint Coarse is a little different as it's made up of particles of graded quartz and has a coarse texture similar to cement bagging, also making it ideal for hiding surface imperfections. Both the Stone Paint Fine and Coarse contain UV stable tinters for exceptional colour fade resistance and also have a durable finish to help protect against knocks and scratches. They are also both dirt resistant and low in odour.

Both the Porters Stone Paints can be tinted to most of the Porters colour range, making them adaptable for almost any style of interior or exterior. Porters Stone Paint is also easy to use and is self-priming on most surfaces making it the go to option when trying to create bagged render look yourself or trying to cover over any surface flaws.

Check out these ideas in how you can add some softness to your space with Porters Stone Paint........

13Dec
13Dec

Character Homes appeal to many because of their grand features and because they are a piece of architectural history. Just like exteriors of Character Homes, many find choosing paint colours for the interior just as daunting since there are so many features to choose paint colours for. However it doesn't need to be that difficult. The first thing is to work out which areas you want as a feature. If you want to highlight the character of the woodwork such as door frames, skirtings, mouldings etc, then you want to have these painted in a different colour (either lighter or darker) to your wall colour. And the areas you don't want to make as a feature, paint these the same colour to your walls.

It's easiest if you choose your wall colours first, and then woodwork last (if opting for contrasting woodwork) as this will give you an idea then how dark or light you need to choose for the woodwork as well as tone of colour. Many are now choosing to modernise their Character Home Interiors with "Ceiling White" being the most popular choice when it comes to ceiling colour and painting all ceiling roses and cornices in the same colour. The character will still be noticed as you'll still see shadowing in these areas which will make some areas look darker however the "less is more" approach is effective when trying to modernise an interior. And if you are really wanting your ceilings and features to really stand out, then think about painting your walls quite dark for instant impact and to make your features pop as well as highlighting the high ceiling height that comes with Character Home Interiors.

Check out these stunning Modern Character Home Interiors.........

29Nov
29Nov

Who doesn't love Summer?! And what better way to enjoy these warmer days and balmy nights than being outside in your very own Outdoor Kitchen! During these warmer months living and entertaining tends to shift more towards being outdoors as we want to make the most of the weather and the longer days. Outdoor Kitchens are perfect for the entertainer as it means you can still enjoy what Summer brings without having to miss out.

Outdoor Kitchen designs can vary from being very simple and basic to a little more extravagant with everything that any Chef would dream of. Outdoor Kitchens have become a second living space and are decorated accordingly with outdoor dining and lounging furniture. Outdoor furniture has come a long way and so too have outdoor fabrics making your outdoor spaces look more like interior spaces and with the same comfort and style.

Check out these impressive ideas in how you can create your own Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen......

15Nov
15Nov

Many struggle with choosing exterior paint colours for Character Homes due to the amount of features and areas that need to be painted. It's always easiest to start from the top (roof) and work your way down. If you have exposed brick or stone, this also needs to be considered when selecting paint colours as they need to compliment each other as well as still keeping these areas as a contrasting feature to the paint colours. It's always best to select your Colorbond or Powdercoat colours first before finalising your wall and woodwork colours as these colour ranges are limited and it will then make the rest of your colour selections easier as you'll then know tones and strength of colour to select. Colorbond colours are also a good starting point even for paint colours as they've been tried and tested for exterior surroundings and lighting. Also if you need to replace your gutters or need to select any gates or screen doors in the future you can choose the matching Colorbond colour without having to change your entire colour scheme.

Make choosing colours for Character Homes easier with these colour schemes........

01Nov
01Nov

With Summer around the corner there's no better way to cool down than being in your own Pool. Whether you like to go swimming or prefer to lounge around the Pool, Swimming Pools are the perfect way to wind down and relax. There's nothing more calming than floating in water. And depending on what you want to use your Pool for, you don't necessarily need to have a huge back yard as Swimming Pools can come in various sizes and shapes.

When selecting your Pool design, think about the feel and style you are wanting to create for your Outdoor Space as well as how you are going to use your space. If you want your Pool to be the real feature, then keep the rest of your colour scheme neutral to contrast against the Pool. If you are going for a tropical feel and going to add lots of greenery with your landscape, then think about having darker coloured fences or walls as your backdrop behind your greenery. Having a darker background colour will highlight your greenery and make it really pop. Whereas if you are going for a more lighter breezy coastal theme, then opt for white walls and light coloured flooring and keep your Pool colour as the Pop of colour. Whichever decorating style you choose, we have found some Perfect Pool ideas for any Outdoor Space........

18Oct
18Oct

Windows can really make a space. They are often a necessity in a room, but they don't always have to be plain and boring. If you are building or renovating, you can think about the shape and size of your windows and the impact they'll have in your space. If you want your interior to have lots of natural daylight and want to make a statement, then opt for oversized windows. If space is lacking on your side and you can only choose a narrow window, think about selecting a taller window to make the most of lighting and to make your space feel larger and with more height. Window proportions are also just as important as well as choice of material when it comes to window frames. Black window frames are perfect for modern interiors with an industrial feel about them and work well with exposed brick, metals, timbers and stone. If your space is more organic then opt for timber frames for that natural earthy feel, however just bear in mind that you will have to maintain timber window frames regularly by re-coating them with a stain or coating every year or so depending on the product you choose and the location of the windows. But if you prefer a more neutral scheme then look at using white or natural anodised windows so they blend in with your interior whilst keeping your space still light and airy. Be ispired with these Impressive Window ideas.........

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