AdvicePainting and decorating

Paint, paint and more paint

It’s amazing what a difference a tin of paint can make. And the beauty of paint is if you don’t like it, all you have to do is open another tin and paint over it. It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest home improvement projects, that can make a big difference to a space.

How to choose?

With so many colours to choose from you should never have to compromise on colour. It’s even possible to have your paint colour matched to your favourite household item, a plate perhaps or even a curtain fabric swatch. Homebase offer a Dulux colour matching service, they will scan your item and mix the paint to create a match while you wait.

If choosing a colour scheme overwhelms you, or your colour scheme track record hasn’t been great, a safety net is at hand: the Dulux Tailor Made Colour system is a fool proof way to ensure your colour scheme works.

Here are some inspirational colour schemes from Farrow & Ball.

When choosing a colour bear in mind the purpose of the room and light. Select a few colour options, paint swatches on the walls, live with them for a few days and see them in different lights. North facing rooms have the least amount of light, which can make them tricky to decorate, either embrace the lack of light and go for cosy, rich colours or opt for yellow tones to bounce light around the room. South facing rooms are far easier to dress as they suit both warm and cool shades.

The problem with paint

About 20% of paint is left at the bottom of the tin creating 56 million tonnes of toxic waste, just in the UK! To make things worse modern synthetic paint creates almost 30 litres of toxic waste per litre produced.

Traditional synthetic paint just isn’t environmentally friendly, it’s an eco no-no! The production of paint depletes non-renewable resources, it contributes to climate change and pollution, which is why we are all for eco paint. Earthborn Paints and Pots of Paint are eco paint producers who offer all the colours of the rainbow (almost) whilst limiting the damage to the environment when producing them, they even smell better than synthetic paints, oozing with fruit and plant extracts.

There are some own label products that rival the big brands, sometimes you wouldn’t even notice the difference, but sometimes it pays to pay more. Inexpensive paint, such as own brand paint from DIY stores, isn’t as thick as good quality paint, which means it takes more coats to get the same coverage – costing more in materials and labour. Cheap paint is a false economy as you’re likely to have to re-paint sooner because the life span of the paint wont be as long.

Historically authentic

Historically accurate paint colours and formulas are more popular than ever. Carefully researched paints from companies such as Farrow & Ball pride themselves on the authenticity of their paint, while other ‘heritage’ paint ranges are only influenced by colours from previous eras. Little Greene’s paint swatches indicate which period of history they are derived from, from Georgian through to the 70’s, which have all been certified by English Heritage.

Little Greene’s ‘Retrospectives’ range includes 32 authentic colours from the 1960s & 1970s – very psychedelic!

If your walls require a new coat of paint post your job on RatedPeople.com and we’ll put you in contact with up to 3 quality painter/decorators in your local area. Each tradesmen will provide you with a quote for your work, you’ll be able to read their online ratings and decide which tradesmen you would like to hire. Once they have completed your job make sure you remember to rate the tradesmen on their quality of workmanship, reliability and value for money.

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  1. 20% of paint is left at the bottom of the tin?! The production depletes non-renewable resources?! I totally agree, but rather than using “natural” paints, like clay or lime paints, which still take away natural resources and leave huge holes in the Cornish landscape, wouldn’t it be better to buy recycled paint!?
    Made from that 20% left over paint and then the tins (plastic and steel) are recycled as well.
    Check out recycled paint, its the better alternative.

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