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02Jan
02Jan

Modern Moroccan

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Ball

Moroccan Design style is all about colour, texture and geometric shapes. Moroccan Style gets its inspiration from the Moorish Designs from the East as well as the shapes and colours of the sand hills found in the desert. Moroccan Style is all about luxury and this is shown in lush rich coloured fabrics, intricate and ornate pieces of furniture which are generally low to the ground and brass, copper and silver metal accessories. Geometric designs are also a very strong feature of Moroccan Style and these strong geometric designs are often found in tiles used for floors, walls, furniture and in small alcoves.

Check out these luxurious ways in how you can add Modern Moroccan to your space.......

19Dec
19Dec

Porters Original Lime Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Ball

Porters Lime Wash is a unique exterior lime based coating made with natural pigments to help create a soft weathered patina.
Think of buildings in Tuscany, Portofino & other regions throughout the Mediterranean - all of these are generally coated with Lime Wash.

Porters Lime Wash can be applied to cement render, bagged brickwork, concrete, masonry blocks, unglazed bricks, mud bricks, sandstone, off-form concrete, tilt-up concrete panels and most absorbing building stones. Porters Lime Wash is perfect for painting cement and terracotta pots.

Check out how effectively you can create a soft weathered patina with Porters Lime Wash........

05Dec
05Dec

A great way to enjoy the sun this Summer and without being out in the sun is in a Sun Room. Sun Rooms are an easy room addition as most of the time you can add an extra space to your home without having to actually build - a verandah can easily be turned into a Sun Room.

Sun Rooms are also a great way to bring in the outdoors and without having to be out in the weather - you can enjoy the outdoors all year long! You can either treat your Sun Room as an addition to your interior by having it flow on from the room next to it or make it part of your exterior and decorate it similar to the outside of your home. If you want to bring the outside in, then think about using lots of glass to focus on the greenery outside and so it feels like your Sun Room is part of your outside space or like a glass house out in the open.

Check out these impressive ideas in how you can enjoy the sun this Summer in a Sun Room......

21Nov
21Nov

Organic Modernism is a very popular decorating style where modern clean lines meet with organic materials such as natural timbers, stone, bamboo, burnished metals, concrete, cotton textures and leather. The natural materials help balance out the modern clean lines, giving this decorating style some warmth while still keeping sleek and ultra modern. The approach of "less is more" is still apparent in Organic Modernism when it comes to furniture and decorating, but at least with this decorating style interiors are a little more inviting and cozy instead of feeling stark and sterile like some other modern decorating styles.

Check out these ideas in how you can use this raw and earthy decorating style of Organic Modernism in your space.........

08Nov
08Nov

Porters Chalk Emulsion paint makes upcycling pieces of furniture a piece of cake! Porters Chalk Emulsion is easy to use, is self-priming on most surfaces including bare timber, previously varnished or painted furniture and can be applied in different ways to achieve various looks. And the best thing is that it can be tinted to pretty much any Porters paint colour!

Check out these ideas in how easily you can upcycle pieces with Porters Chalk Emulsion.......

24Oct
24Oct

As the house block sizes are becoming smaller and smaller and many are choosing to live in the city, garden and back yard sizes too are decreasing in size with Terrace Gardens becoming the "norm" when it comes to back yards and gardens. It can be surprising just how much you can fit in a small space when it comes to garden and entertaining ares. Just because you may have a Terrace Garden, it doesn't mean you need to miss out on style and space. We have found some impressive ways in how you can make the most of your Terrace Garden.

10Oct
10Oct

Timber Veneer is back and it is being used in almost any room and surface. Timber Veneer is more useful than solid timber as the decorative uses are far greater since it can be used in many more applications than solid timber due to its construction. Solid timber can sometimes warp and is a lot more heavier than Timber Veneer, limiting the uses for Solid Timber compared to Timber Veneer.

27Sep
27Sep

Mediterranean Style is all about simplicity with a slight minimalist approach, however still with some warmth and an earthiness about it. This decorating style is named Mediterranean as the aesthetics are the same from decorating and architectural styles found in Southern Europe countries.

18Jul
18Jul

Are you finding your space is lacking some interest? Then why not add Herringbone!? This versatile pattern can be used in many styles and in many ways from flooring, walls and furniture and can be created using various materials such as tiles, bricks, timber and pavers. And if you are wanting to create more interest, then think about using slightly different toned timbers or tiles and stagger these amongst your Herringbone for even more variation and pattern. Or if you are wanting to go more plain and want your Herringbone to be a subtle feature with a less is more apporach, then opt for keeping it all the same colour. It'll still bring a three dimensional feel to your space compared to a painted feature wall and without looking too busy and over powering.

04Jul
04Jul

Lime Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love mixing a bit of old with a bit of new and want a paintable texture for your wall, then look no further than using a Lime Wash Paint! Lime Wash will instantly give your wall some depth with variation of tone and texture, creating a soft feature within your space.  The great thing about using Lime Wash paint is that it can be tinted to almost any colour, making it very versatile with many decorating styles. Lime Wash can give your contemporary space some warmth and interest or can give a classical space a real tuscan / Parisian feel.  You can also play around with the application to achieve the texture you want.  And if you need your wall to be wipeable, a matt wall sealer can be easily applied over the paint for extra protection.  Porters make an interior Lime Wash paint - Porters Interno Lime Wash which can be applied to most suitably prepared plasterboard, plaster, masonry and previously painted surfaces.  Check out how adaptable Lime Wash can be to any interior with these ideas........

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