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Rock The Coat

Articles From Issue 14

A fresh coat of paint can give any area of your home a dramatic facelift, but it can be tricky to decide which colours will suit your space. Emma Phillips speaks with marketing manager Mark Fury from Wilko Painting about how to pick the best paint finishes for the interior and exterior of your home.

When it comes to breathing some life back into your home, implementing a new and exciting colour scheme is a popular way to go. “A new coat of paint can freshen up a room and completely change the atmosphere,” says Mark Fury. “It can also brighten up a room and make the space appear larger.” But how do you know which hue will suit your space? For a stunning finish that will make your four walls exude style and sophistication, take your time in considering the many factors involved. Read on as Queensland Home Design + Living investigates the key considerations you’ll need to make for a beautiful, long-lasting result.

PICK YOUR PAINTER

With the help of a professional painter, you can successfully transform any room into a modern-looking space with a warm and inviting atmosphere. If you’re considering painting the interior or exterior of your home, speak to a professional before making any commitments. “A professional colour consultant will know all the right questions to ask, and can make the suitable recommendations for your property,” says Fury. An industry professional will not only give invaluable advice, but they will also help you understand why colour choices are so important to the look and feel your home. “You should not take choosing your colour scheme lightly,” advises Fury.

“If you don’t like the end result, you will have to live with it for the next seven or so years, or waste money on repainting earlier than anticipated.” It can be difficult to decide which company to hire when painting your home. Most of us want someone reputable, who will provide honest and trustworthy advice while keeping your best interests at heart. Fury recommends checking that your painter is fully insured and licensed by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), so you’ll know whether you are working with a professional company that meets industry standards.

QUESTION TIME

With the help of an experienced painter, a fresh lick of paint can be an opportunity to make an exciting change in your home. Firstly, Fury recommends asking yourself whether the colour that you’ve selected is something that you instinctually love. Also, does it match the existing flooring in your home? For example, if you have rich timber floors, light-coloured walls will create a light and inviting atmosphere, whereas a dark hue might enclose the space and make it appear smaller than it actually is. Also check whether your colour choice will complement the natural lighting of the space, and think about the mood you want to convey.

For example, lavender hues are calming and relaxing, which might be perfect for your living area, while blue tones encourage productivity and could be ideal for your home office. If you’re having trouble answering the above questions, then take advantage of your painters’ wealth of knowledge and discuss with them what you want to achieve in your selected space.

THE PERFECT PALETTE

Creating visual appeal throughout all areas of your home largely comes down to the relationships between the colours in each room. You’ll need to consider whether the colours should contrast or complement each other, as well as the tones used in your furniture. “You don’t necessarily want every room to be painted the same colour, though you want some cohesion,” Fury says. “Paint manufacturers usually organise colour charts so tones and shades on the same vertical line complement one another.” These charts can be very useful in discovering hues you may not have considered, and checking whether they’ll fit harmoniously into your palette.

TREND ALERT

Selecting paint colours based on current trends will likely end in regret. Fury recommends choosing a colour that you personally like, rather

than one that’s popular on Instagram this week. “Trends change,” he says, “whereas your taste in colour will most likely be the same in seven or so years.” Selecting a neutral paint colour is a wise choice, as finding complementary décor will be easy. With a neutral backdrop, you’ll have greater flexibility in adapting your furnishings in accordance with changing trends and personal preferences.

BRIGHT LIGHTS

According to Fury, it’s important to consider the strength and warmth of the natural and artificial lighting that’s used in your space before selecting your paint colour. “The colour will look different depending on the light it is exposed to,” he says. Keep in mind that natural lighting manipulates colour depending on the time of the day. If there’s a particular colour you have your heart set on, but you’re unsure of the impact lighting will have on it, speak to your colour consultant, who will be able to guide you in the right direction.

NEIGHBOUR FRIENDLY

The exterior of your home should be just as inviting as the interior, and you’ll need to take into consideration the aesthetics of neighbouring properties when creating street appeal with your colour choices. Be mindful that

extensive use of a bold colour may look out of place alongside your neighbours. Remember that every home is part of a wider environment, and your colour choices will not only impact you, but also those living around you. According to Fury, it’s especially important to select a colour to suit your surroundings if the homes on your street are close to one another.

SETTING THE BAR

High-quality paint products should be used to ensure a long-lasting finish. A professional painter will know which brands to use to ensure your home looks beautiful for years to come. “One of the products we recommend is Dulux Weathershield,” Fury says. “It’s a durable option with good UV protection, and self-primes on most surfaces, which saves time on preparation work.” Updating your colour scheme is a fantastic way to create beautiful and cohesive areas throughout your home, without spending too much of your savings on expensive renovations. With the necessary experience, tools, attention to detail and premium paints on hand, a professional painter will be your best friend in ensuring you achieve a high quality of finish that will keep your home looking immaculate, inside and out!

Images courtesy of Wilko Painting