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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Tips for a Successful Painting Project for Your Home

by Regina Barnett

Painting is a great way to spruce up a home. Not only does it provide a chance to try different colours, but it also creates a clean and new finish. Here are some tips for a successful painting project.

Accent Wall 

You might want to add visual interest to a room with a bold colour, such as sapphire blue or emerald green, but be hesitant that it will overwhelm the space. In that case, you can limit the colour's dominance by applying it only to an accent wall, which you can pair with neutral shades in the rest of the room. White or cream on the trim and the ceiling will also provide visual relief. For a cohesive look, repeat the accent hue in softer shades for the furnishings to keep them from looking out of place.

You may wonder: which wall to highlight? One approach is to choose a wall with features, like a fireplace or a bookcase, that you want to emphasise. Alternatively, you can strategically place an accent wall to balance a room's proportions. In a long and narrow room, choose an end wall. Its boldness will visually draw the wall closer, making the room appear squarer.

Painting Trim

If you have crown moulding and trim in your home, you'll need to choose a colour for them. White or cream can give a fresh effect. If the wall is light in tone, the mouldings next to the ceiling could be painted the same colour. This will extend the upward flow of the wall, making it taller and giving the impression of a higher ceiling.

To hide scuff marks, keep the skirting boards a darker colour. A satin finish will make it easier to clean without being too shiny. Make sure, also, to match the undertones of the trim with the undertones of the wall, as even white, grey and beige have undertones. Thus, if your wall is cool grey, opt for a cool rather than a warm white.

External House Colours

You need to consider the style of the landscape when picking an external house shade. If your home is quaint and cottagey with a picket fence, you could opt for timeless light colours. Conversely, many modern houses involve dramatic contrasts in materials and colours, and you could go that route, pitting a strong charcoal hue against a segment of cladding in richly stained timber tones.

If you want to paint your home in a subtle neutral, you could add bold contrast with elements such as the front door or shutters, which can be easily changed in the future. Your painter can provide more ideas.

Contact a painter to learn more.