Picking the right paint colour for your house can be quite challenging. Nowadays, stores have a lot of various colours for you to choose from. After coming back from the paint store, you may find that your walls are covered with new paint swatches. And, paint companies are producing new colours each year aside to add to the list of colour schemes, so choosing the wrong one is inevitable.

Choosing Too Bright Colours

Bright colours can sure add personality; however, too much brightness isn’t too good. Bright colours, when applied on small spaces, can be intense and make people feel uncomfortable. If you want to use bright colours on your small apartment, try to paint the walls with something more neutral and add colour in other places in your room like accent furniture or an artwork.

Following the Trend Always

Many homeowners want their house to have a strong personality, to stand out and not look generic. Although bright colours are a going trend for many years already, they have also been fading out because of over usage. When you see colour scheme that has been repeatedly been used, you may have to opt for something diverse. Today, a lot of people are rooting for soft and mild colours, which subsequently a style that is coming back.

Relying Solely on Swatches

It doesn’t matter if you have a good vision, holding a small chip into your wall will not help to give you an idea on how the whole wall will appear with the colour you’re holding. It may be bothersome; however, you must paint huge patches of various colour options on the wall to test them before you decide on the right colour.

Not Considering The Home Decors

Most designers suggest in picking fabrics and furnishings prior to choosing the paint colours. If you can get your hands on a handful of pieces before you paint, picking the right colours will be easier to do.

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Paint the wall or use wallpaper? Which is which? Don’t be confused; here’s a list of their benefits to help you decide:

Advantages of Wallpaper

  • Wallpaper can be applied to most surfaces like concrete, mud bricks, brick surfaces, prefabricated panels, plaster, and painted surfaces.
  • Applying and working with wallpaper is easy enough because it doesn’t need special skills or special materials.
  • It is easy to maintain. There are wallpapers can be easily cleaned using a damp cloth and there are those that can be cleaned with water and detergents. Since some detergents are strong, it is recommended to use water and ammonia in cleaning wallpapers. Simply mix a quart of water with a teaspoon of liquid or powdered ammonia.
  • Good quality wallpaper can last for a long time with the right care. In fact, it can endure for 15 to 20 years, without major changes in its appearance and colour.
  • And if you decide to remove the wallpaper or replace it with another design or paint your walls, it can be easily done.
  • They are low-cost but look attractive.

Advantages of Repainting In Victoria BC

  • The surface to be painted is much easier to prepare, particularly if a non-reflective paint is used, which is ideal for hiding any flaws, while wallpaper has the tendency to make flaws look worse, so adequate preparation is the factor.
  • As mentioned above, paint can help in hiding or concealing flaws found on the surface, though this will also depend on of the kind of sheen you will use. It is important to take note that paint with less sheen can easily hide flaws in surfaces. However, your will have to work much if you are going to use high-gloss and semigloss paints.
  • Generally, it is still much cheaper to use paint instead of wallpaper. Paint also tends to use less supply. With that in mind, both paint and wallpaper have many options when it comes to costing, so it is still probable to spend a lot on paint if you choose to use the high-quality ones, which will require you to hire a professional painter to do it, thus letting you spend more.
  • Aside from oil-based products, paint is much easier to apply once the surface is prepared. You just simply dip the brush or roller in the container and smear it on the surface. Just remember to apply thin coats of paint to make sure they won’t run.
  • There are a lot of paint combinations you can choose from. Apart from what the store can offer, you can also combine various paint colours to create more variations. Evidently, you cannot combine wallpapers.
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At Paint Works one of the most common questions we get asked is “How long does it take to paint the interior of my house?”. Painting your house’s interior is an effective way to preserve its condition and enhance its appearance. The right paint colour combination can make or break the ambiance of your abode. The painting work is relatively easy and can be accomplished quickly as long as you observe the necessary steps in preparing and painting the area.

The time needed to paint the interior of a house is determined by several factors, including how big the house is, how many will perform the work, work organization and the intricacy of work. These are some of the top factors to take into account in estimating how long the painting work will take.

Simple wall and ceiling painting with a size of 1,900 square feet under minimum preparation involved can be done in about five days, with three painters doing the job. If only the windows, mouldings, and doors are to be painted, you may spend three days to complete it.

However, it doesn’t mean that painting jobs can’t be done much faster. Any house interior can be painted within two to three days with the right number of people working and, of course, the right painting tools. Meanwhile, high-end paint jobs are more time consuming and generally takes longer due to the intricacy of the work it entails.

Painting is considered as among the easiest house renovation projects, which can be done easily by property owners during their extra time. In a standard room with the size of 12’ x 12’, its ceiling and walls can be painted in just 5 to 6 hours, assuming that the surfaces are in good condition and will need only two coats of paint while windows, baseboards, and doors will require 2 to 3 hours painting.

Doing the painting project yourself is another way to save some bucks, especially if you are on a tight budget. But, bear in mind, professional painters can do the work in a much faster time plus they have the right tools to do the job. If you want to get a high-quality painting work, skip DIY and hire a professional painter.

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One affordable way to freshen up the interior of your home is by painting some of the rooms and you may even decide on different colours. Whether this is your first time or you’ve done it before you want to wind up with professional looking results. We’ve listed 5 tips to help make the project go smoothly and paint like a pro.

  1. Remove furniture. While you might be tempted to pile furniture in the centre of the room it can make it a lot harder. Avoid the risk of spilled or spattered paint ruining wood or upholstered furniture by emptying the room into another area of the home if possible. If you don’t have a big enough space consider renting a container or storage unit until the work is complete.
  2. Protect floors. Area rugs can be rolled up and removed but you want to protect hardwood floors and wall to wall carpet with drop cloths. Professionals use canvas drop cloths or even better are butyl backed cloths that prevent any paint on the soles of shoes from being tracked through the house. Opting for plastic drop sheets that puncture easily and shift underfoot won’t provide the same level of protection.
  3. Remove wall hangings. Maybe you think it’s a time saver to leave wall hangings in place and paint around them. Not only is it time consuming to paint around paintings or clocks if they shift even slightly it’s going to show. Removing any paintings or clocks and store safely until you put them back in the room. If you decide on a new placement for hangings simply fill old nail holes and let dry before painting.
  4. Clean walls. Clean walls with mild detergent and water if you have heavier grime a solution of bleach and TSP is needed and remember to rinse well afterwards. Starting with a clean surface allows paint to adhere better and you’ll have professional looking results.
  5. Remove outlet and switch covers. Trying to avoid removing covers and you’ll wind up with visible brush strokes. Remember to remove all outlet and switch covers and be careful not to get paint on sockets or switches and not look like an amateur did the work. Use caution when these covers are absent if you have young children and replace them as soon as possible.

After reading through this list you might decide you’re not ready to attempt your own project and decide to leave it to Victoria house painters. In Victoria contact us at Paintworks for all those projects you may have been putting off.

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Has something inspired you lately, maybe all the great Fall colours or Summer at the beach has you thinking about changing the colour of some rooms in your home. To make the project go smoothly having the right supplies makes all the difference. Here are a list of some essentials to gather before you begin.

  1. Tape measure, you’ll need to measure the area you are painting to purchase. Nothing worse than running short and keep in mind a 4 litre can covers about 400 square feet.
  2. Stirrer, usually provided free of charge you’ll want to remember to stir before using to get consistent colour.
  3. Pouring spout attaching it to the paint allows you to pour with less mess.
  4. Drop cloths mean less cleanup later. Great to protect furniture and floors although canvas ones will allow any spills to leak through if you don’t deal with them right away. Rolls of kraft paper can be purchased or there’s plastic drop sheets that can be used over and over and better for the environment.
  5. Tape, taking the time to prep will save cleanup time in the long run. There are several different types even ones to use on delicate or newly painted areas.
  6. Ladder, if you’re even tempted to use a chair to stand on it’s probably wise to invest in a ladder. A multi position aluminum ladder folds to store in the smallest spaces and adjusts to use as a step or regular ladder.
  7. Roller tray with tray liners allow you to reuse the metal tray more than once.
  8. Roller covers often come packaged with trays, ones with a ⅜ “ nap work best for interior walls.
  9. Brushes you’ll need are a 1” brush for cutting in and a 2” angled brush to paint woodwork.
  10. 5 Gallon bucket for larger jobs mixing paint together for better colour consistency
  11. Small brushes for touch ups once all the tape is removed you’ll need to go around and do touch ups and a set of small artist brushes are ideal for this.

More time spent being prepared and organized makes the job go smoother and be less stressful. With that all taken care of you’ll want to visit your local home improvement store to decide on a colour if you haven’t already. For those who are not do it yourselfers or if you’d rather leave it to the professional house painters give us a call at Paintworks in Victoria.

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It may come as a surprise to know your response when asked your favourite colour can reveal things about you. That’s because often colour has a way of influencing the way it makes us feel. The premise is colour psychology and the idea that colour evokes an emotional, mental and even behavioural response capable of impacting our mood.

Our Victoria BC painters are aware of this aspect of the paint industry when working with clients to reflect the right mood. The feel may range from lively in the family room, formal and elegant in the dining room or a calm, serene bedroom. If you want to create a feel or mood when selecting paint colour here are some tips to follow.

Cool versus warm colours

The six colours on a colour wheel are split into warm and cool colours. Red, orange and yellow are warm and remind us of sunshine and warmth. The remaining ones green, blues and violet are relaxing and calm reminiscent of nature, water and sky with their coolness.

Start by determining the main function of the room and the feel you want the colour choice to evoke. Thoughtful use of colour can influence the way people feel, think and behave in that room.

Warm colour suggestions, the intensity of reds, oranges and yellows have a very energetic, warm and friendly feeling. Best used in kitchens, dining rooms, workout spaces, and yellow is nice in bathrooms just avoid too bright shades. Any of the warm colours work well in rooms where people tend to gather together.

The calm feel of blues is ideal for bedrooms, bathrooms or offices while darker shades of purple create and elegance in your dining room. Green with it’s many shades to choose from creates a relaxing mood for a bedroom, bathroom or in the living room.

Black is a neutral colour is useful to highlight other colours while white gives a contemporary, spacious feel. Both these neutral are ideal used as an accent colour.

Contact us today for more help for your interior house painting project.

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Buyers in search of a new home in Victoria BC consider location to be the number one priority. Next they check out the neighbourhood and the proximity to good schools if they have children. Buyers want an easy commute to work with any activities they enjoy close by. However even the perfect location needs great curb appeal and should never be underestimated whether you’re in the market to sell or not.

Yard maintenance is something homeowners take care of on a regular basis keeping lawns cut and raking leaves in the Fall. So while your yard makes a good impression how does the exterior of your home rate.

When it comes to how often the exterior needs repainting professional have differing opinions. Whether painting the exterior to sell, repainting every 4 to 6 years will keep your home looking good, still others will say 15 years is acceptable. The expense of repainting may tempt you to delay the project as long as possible. When you find your home’s exterior in need of paint in 5 years you might wonder what’s going on.

To answer that question a lot depends on which part of the country you reside in and climate conditions. Coastal areas like Victoria endure intense sun, salty air and sand, exposure to the elements more frequent upkeep is required. These homes may need repainting every 4 to 6 years and for beach homes as often as every year could be necessary. While the east coast endures strong winds, snow and warm summers homes may need repainting every 5 to 7 years. The more moderate climates in southern parts of the west coast will require less frequent maintenance that those on the opposite side of the country. Protected from conditions that the coastal regions experience such as wind, for homes located in the middle and northern parts of the country it could be 10 years.

Other variable affect the frequency of repainting for example the type of materials the house is made of as well as the quality of materials you use for the project.

What part of the world you live in and it’s climate conditions as well as the quality of materials are responsible for the wide range of opinions. Here at Paintworks we have the expertise to recommend the best products to protect homes in the Victoria region. If you have questions or would be interested in an estimate contact us today.

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One of the most cost effective ways to change your home decor is as simple as giving it fresh coat of paint. There are so many colour choices and suppliers are continually updating the selection. Painting the walls of a room a different shade transforms it and painting is an easy way to increase the value of your home. To save you painting and repainting Paint Works has compiled a short list of common mistakes people make when choosing a paint colour.

Paint Swatches

Basing your decision on something as small as a paint swatch can’t give you a clear idea of how a whole room will look. True colour can only be seen in the room you plan to paint with it’s lighting and in a larger amount of colour. Rather than covering your walls with paint swatches try painting poster board with some of your favourite colours. That way you can move then around the room under different lights and have a better idea of how it will look.

Consider Decor

When choosing a paint colour many designers suggest having some main pieces of the furnishings in place first. Then the paint colour can be chosen from the fabrics or artwork and finally pillows and curtains to tie the decor together. The last relatively inexpensive items can be changed out when you’re ready to change up your decor.

All colour Is Not Created Equal

Maybe grey is the colour you’ve picked for your living room but your decision doesn’t stop there. Grey like every colour has many undertones from green grey to beige grey to consider and why testing paint swatches is necessary.

Whether you’re painting one room or the entire interior of your home in Victoria BC, we have the experience to help you choose the right colour.

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Painting the rooms in your home can completely change the decor simply by choosing a different paint colour. It is one of the least expensive ways to add value to your home giving it a clean and updated look. After the hard work is done you’ll probably have some leftover paint that you may want to keep or dispose of. Here are some tips for proper storage and disposal of house paint.

Why would you keep leftover paint

Even if you are very careful slight damage can happen and especially if you have children running around. So the occasional touch up is going to be necessary or you may move paintings around and need to patch and touch up holes. Leftover paint can be used to paint furniture or even in art projects.

How to store leftover paint

You want as little air as possible in the can so it will be in good condition if you need it again. Start by cleaning the rim of the can then place a layer of plastic between the can and the lid. Tap the lid ( a rubber mallet is less likely to damage the lid ) then store the can upside down allowing the paint to create it’s own seal. Paint should be stored away from sunlight kept from freezing temperatures in your basement or a closet.

How to dispose of unwanted paint

Your leftover paint might still be useable so ask friends and neighbours if it can be useful to them. Paintworks recycles all unusable paint products at one of the convenient recycling drop off locations in Victoria BC.

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When you’re considering selling your home the colour of the exterior greatly influences the curb appeal of the home. Drawing the interest of potential buyers and creating a good first impression can hinge on something as basic as the exterior paint colour. This is not the time to indulge your own quirky colour choices as you want to appeal to a wide range of potential buyers.

At Paintworks we have a few ideas to keep in mind when choosing the exterior paint colour for your home.

Keep it Neutral

While your preferences may run to bright and bold this is the time to stick to more neutral colours. Beiges, light brown or light green are bound to be more attractive to more potential buyers. Consider the area you live in as well if you live in a Maritime village your choice of colour will be quite different.

Know Your Neighbourhood

The exterior colour of your home should fit with the rest of the homes in your neighborhood. If you live in an area of heritage homes like Oak Bay or Fairfield here in Victoria the choice of colour will be influenced the nearby homes. If you live in a small town in the Maritimes that will call for different colour decisions. You want to pick a colour that is consistent with the era your home was built as well.

Front Door

Don’t overlook the ability of your front door paint choice to make a statement all on it’s own. Be sure it fits the character of the neighbourhood and the style of your home and whether it’s heritage or contemporary will influence your decision.

We hope the above suggestions were helpful in making your colour choices. Still undecided? At Paintworks our house painters in Victoria can assist you or give a us a call when it’s time to paint your home’s exterior when you’re considering selling.

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