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“Fail to Prepare & Prepare to Fail!”

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It may be an old cliché but to my mind, when it comes to decorating, it is spot on!
Prepping a room for decorating is the major factor that separates a professional decorator from an amateur. An amateur is prepared to cut corners to rush to get a job finished. I and my fellow professionals will always take my time to get it absolutely right.
Here are some of my tried and tested prepping methods.
1. Remove the furniture. It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many people leave furniture in a room and try and paint round it. You are virtually guaranteed a disaster. If you do have a piece of furniture that just will not fit through the door, place it in the centre of the room and ensure it is properly covered up and protected.
2. Protect floor coverings. If you are leaving your carpet or floor covering in the room whilst the work is being done then make sure it is properly protected. I don’t mean putting a few sheets of newspaper round the outside of the room either. Professionals always use specialist drop-cloths, either canvas or butyl-backed. Plastic sheeting is cheaper but watch out for tears and splits.
3. Take items down from walls. The curtains need to come down for a start, but too often amateurs are tempted to leave items such as paintings or wall clocks in place and attempt to paint round them. Chances are it won’t work and in any case the cutting in is likely to be time consuming.
4. Clean the walls and surfaces to be painted. Why bother when you are going to paint them anyway? Because clean, smooth surfaces will provide a professional finish.
5. Remove switch plates and the like. Trying to cut in round switch plates or similar outlet covers will inevitably leave visible clumsy brush strokes or paint on the covers. Professionals always remove them.
6. Use good masking tape. There will be mouldings and trim that you cannot remove. Make sure you tape off any such areas before you think about opening a tin of paint. Use professional painter’s tape rather than the household variety. It may take more time but the result will be worth it.
7. Create a staging area. You really don’t want to be lugging gallons of paint around a room. That is asking for trouble. Set up an area in the centre of the room or even just outside it to pour paint, keep open cans and store and clean brushes and rollers.

I can guarantee that good prep helps me provide an excellent service and I have the testimonials to prove it!

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Best Paint Colours for Every Room!

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I recently spotted an article on The Spruce website proposing the 9 best colours for painting each room of your house. They even supply a bit of psychology to back up each of their choices.

1. Best for Kitchens – Yellow. A yellow kitchen will increase your motivation and enthusiasm. It can also boost your appetite.
2. Best for Bedrooms – Deep Blue. Blue walls are believed to give off a sense of serenity and protective feelings.
3. Best for Dining Rooms – Warm White. A warm white will evoke a welcoming and inviting feel to your dining room.
4. Best for Busy Entryways – Silver. Silver will give an unemotional feel to a hectic entrance or hallway.
5. Best for Busy Spaces – Light Pink. Pink is recognised as a soothing colour, ideal for busy areas where you need to be reminded to relax.
6. Best for Gender Neutral Nurseries – Bright Green. Ideal for a child’s room as it promotes calmness and a feeling of nature and balance.
7. Best for Home Gyms – Bold Red. The colour is believed to boost physical performance, making it ideal for this type of room.
8. Best for Craft Rooms – Lavender. This is an excellent colour choice for sparking imagination, hinting at the mysterious too.
9. Best for Home Offices – Citrus Orange. Orange is recognised as a motivational colour making it highly suitable for home offices.

I hope you find this inspirational. If you are looking for professional painter and decorator in the Gloucestershire area, do give me a call on 01452 540067.

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We Do Commercial Decorating Too!

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I regularly talk about domestic decorating but don’t forget that we are also commercial decorators.

We have recently carried out some work for the Keir Group. Now you may know that they are a leading property, residential, construction and services group. They invest in, build, maintain and renew many of the places where we work, live and play, including sectors such as defence, education, housing, power, transport and utilities.

It was a real feather in our proverbial cap to be asked to do decorating work for them.

If you are in the Gloucestershire area and need some commercial decorating done, then do get in touch. We can handle any job, from a simple redecoration of an office to completely revamping an entire building.

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Farrow & Ball – Child Friendly Paints!

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I have talked before about my admiration for Farrow & Ball paints and wallcoverings. I really do think they are some of the best available.

It isn’t just the quality, but their whole ethos. They are passionate about conservation and using environmentally friendly materials. So much so that they now promote a range of child friendly paint.

Their 100% water based Modern and Estate ranges are certified child and baby safe in line with the Toy Safety Standards.

They are low in odour and low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) too. With their quick drying formulas they make the perfect child safe solution for painting cots, bedrooms, nurseries and playrooms.

They are even safe to use to paint toys so you can upcycle your children’s old toys with a bright new paint job and rest in peace as they carry on playing with them. 

Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion, Estate Eggshell, Modern Emulsion, Modern Eggshell, Exterior Masonry, Exterior Eggshell and Full Gloss have all been independently tested and approved to meet Toy Safety Standards (BS EN 71 – 3:1995 - Safety of Toys).

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Cool Colour Combinations for this Summer!

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I think we can just about agree that summer seems to be with us. That being the case here are some of the latest colour combination trends.

• Black & Metallics. Now, black may not be everyone’s first thought of a colour for the warmer months, but it is definitely on trend this summer, especially when paired with metallics. Copper, silver and gold all look amazing with black.

• Pale Pink & Baby Blue. Traditionally associated with the nursery, this colour combo is making a hit with adults too. They have subtle tones which mix well with fabrics such as faux fur.

• Hot Pink & Turquoise. If you are looking for something bold and bright then this might fit the bill. This combination of hot pink and turquoise shouts out ‘energy’.

• White & Rattan. White always says summer and it combines remarkably well with rattan. Think planters and storage baskets to get the idea.

• Peach & Yellow. This combo reflects and captures the essence of sunlight. Imagine a boldly coloured door and a throw rug.

• Purple & Turquoise. Another bold combination which works exceedingly well. The effect is remarkably cool.

• Blue & White. To finish a much more traditional summer combo. It gives a nautical theme and evokes Mediterranean memories.

If you are in Gloucestershire and are seeking a professional summer make over for you home, give me a call on 01452 540067. I’m sure we can come up with the right colour combination for you.

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