interior design

What is the best paint to use for skirting boards, doors, door frames and windows etc?

The product choices often depend on what existing finish is on the woodwork.

If it has been painted before there are generally three possible types of paint finishes to consider.

Oil based, Water based or a combination of the two products know in the trade as a Hybrid.

Oil Based.

This type of paint does have a better finish with less coats applied, however it will turn a shade of yellow quite quickly, it also take quite a long time to dry and has a very distinctive smell when drying and for a few days after application as it dries fully.

Water Based.

Decorators that are not experienced using water-based paints will tell you that it doesn’t cover as well as oil.

For some this may be true, however due to the quick drying times it is possible to apply several coats in a day, therefore reducing the drying times. Although extra coats may be required the major advantages of using water-based paint is the finish will stay the finished colour without yellowing, the drying times are reduced dramatically, there is next to no “new paint” smell. Ideal for people with allergies etc.   

Hybrids.

These are crossover products that have been introduced into the marketplace to encourage tradesmen etc. to move from oil-based paints to water based. When there wasn’t a great deal of quality water-based products available.

In recent years there have been a wealth of very high quality water based paints made available to the decorating trade and in my opinion these Hybrid paints are now a waste of time.

There are varying degrees of sheen level to choose from, Eggshell has the least level of sheen and Gloss has the highest sheen. Satinwood has a sheen level between Eggshell and Gloss. Each finish if applied correctly will look great and provide longevity.

The trend in trim paint seems to have moved in recent years, as more and more people are starting to use Satinwood rather than using the traditional Gloss finish. I personally believe that satinwood gives a more modern, subtle and pleasing look. It also holds it white colour longer and doesn't go yellow/cream as Gloss tends to over time.

Obtain at least three estimates for the work, also ask to see a copy of their Public Liability insurance.

Are You Thinking Of Selling Your House?

The one colour that can add thousands of pounds to your home.

 It’s common knowledge that, when you are planning to sell your home, it’s worth making the effort to get your house looking neat, tidy and attractive.

We are getting asked more and more by our customers to redecorate rooms before they place their homes up for sale.  It’s worth if financially in the long run as it can dramatically increase the final sale price of your property.

We kept getting asked “what is the best most appealing colour to paint our room” To be honest we didn’t really know. However we did the research and found the answer, no it’s not Magnolia or a shade of grey. There is one colour alone that can add thousands of pounds to your homes value.

That colour is Ivory.

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Ivory is timeless, classic, versatile and walls this colour have the power to make a home look more expensive, while at the same time providing a clean canvas for potential buyers.

Redecorating with this colour can also speed up the sale of a house, as buyers see the property as well-maintained. They can also move in quicker because they have a neutral space and don’t have to worry about immediate painting to cover the previous owner’s personal tastes.

Ivory acts as a blank canvas to furniture, artwork and accessories and automatically creates a feeling of space so buyers will feel as though they are getting more for their money.

But, whilst the off-white shade is clean and simple, adding a few pops of colour with your existing furniture and accessories help to make your home look characterful and homely.