5 perfect paint colours for kitchens

Just because it’s a functional room, it doesn’t mean that the kitchen can’t make a style statement. Actually, for many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home so choosing paint colours that suit your personality and reflect your decor style is important. Traditionally, kitchen decor has always centred around warm earthy tones and wood finishes. If you really want something different however, painting the walls and cabinets in bright, bold colours can look incredible. Here are just a few of our favourite house painting colours for modern kitchens: Traffic stopping red Nothing says wow like bright red. Depending on the rest of your decor and kitchen accessories, red in the kitchen can create any feeling from Parisian chic to ultra-modern. Electric blue Luxury house paint in bright shades of royal and electric blue are clean and contemporary without being clinical. Blue, no matter what the shade, is also calming and comforting if you want to create serenity in your kitchen. Emerald and mint As the colour of nature, green is a popular choice for kitchens. The modern update however calls for bright, fresh colours such as mint and emerald. When choosing a paint colour, avoid earthy greens as these can look dowdy and old fashioned. Sunshine yellow The warmth of yellow lends itself to traditional kitchen decor. Choosing bright yellows over muted shades makes for a more modern look. Tips for tiny kitchens If your kitchen is more of a nook than a room in its own right, bright paint colours can be very overwhelming. Consider using colour as an accent – such as to paint the back panels of open shelves or glass fronted cabinets. The same applies if you are nervous of taking the plunge with colour. Bright colour accents are a way to update kitchen decor without too much risk. If your kitchen is open plan, choose a paint colour that ties in with the decor in the main room to ensure continuity. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of luxury interior paint. For more information, please contact us...

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How house paint can help make small rooms feel larger

Many people are living in small spaces these days, but the problem with tiny rooms is that they often feel cluttered and closed in. Updating your house paint is not only an easy way of reinventing your decor, it can also be used to make small rooms appear larger. Take note of these house painting tips for making small rooms feel more spacious: White on white White will always be the number one interior house paint colour for making a room appear larger, as it creates the illusion of light and disperses shadows in small spaces. Painting finishes such as window frames and doors in gloss white acrylic paint enhances the effect, and is also stylish and modern. Soft and bright If all white is too minimal for you, then light, bright colours are your next best bet. Note that the key word is bright and not bold, as you want to create light and not overwhelm with too much colour. Good shades are soft pastels in green, blue or rose; or light citrus colours such as lemon yellow. If you want to include bolder colours in your decor, bring these into your accessories as accents – but don’t use them on the walls in a small space. Monochrome walls and trim When house painting, many people are tempted to paint trim in white and walls in colour to create a striking effect. However, too much contrast between the walls, window frames and mouldings visually breaks up a room and makes it seem smaller. When everything is the same colour however, the walls and trim recede, which in turn makes a room feel larger. Use good quality paint The quality of the house paint that you use also makes a difference when it comes to making small rooms feel bigger. Poor quality paint can leave a chalky, uneven finish that is very obvious in small spaces. Luxury house paints may cost a little more, but the end result is a far superior, smooth and even finish. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of interior and exterior house paint. For more information, please contact us...

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Painting Tips for Refreshing Your Home on A Budget

Looking for helpful painting tips in terms of sticking to your budget? Refreshing your home with a new lick of paint doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise. Here are money-saving suggestions from the experts to keep in mind: Store Your Brushes and Rollers in a Plastic Packet in the Fridge You can save a lot of interior house paint by ensuring that your brushes and rollers don’t dry out. Keep them moist by storing them in a plastic packet and keeping it in the fridge. If you don’t plan on resuming the paint job for a couple of days, you can even pop the packet into the freezer. Invest in Primer Yes, it may cost you a little extra to start off with, but it will save you hundreds of rands in the long run! Primer helps to ensure that the paint properly adheres to the surface onto which it is applied, and ultimately makes it last longer. You will also need less paint to cover the surface when using a primer as it allows for more even distribution. Buy Quality Paint Once again, it’s going to cost you extra now but will save you plenty in the future. Don’t be tempted to buy cheap acrylic paint. The chances are good that you will have to repaint a lot sooner than you’d hoped to! When your house paint is of a better quality, you will be sure to enjoy it for many years to come. In search of even more house painting tips? Perhaps you need help choosing a paint colour? Whatever your painting requirements, Warrior Paints is the place to be. Contact us today to learn more or to locate a store near...

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Five Bathroom Painting Tips from The Pros

Traditionally most bathrooms are tiled. However, the painted areas are easily revamped with a lick of paint. By choosing a paint colour in a bold new shade, you will be giving your entire bathroom a makeover. We rounded up some of our painting experts and asked them to share their top tips for painting a bathroom. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare Apparently saying this once is not enough! No matter what, insist on proper preparation for a successful finish. Fill cracks and holes, use a scraper to get rid of any loose paint. Take a close look, and sand any rough patched then wipe down with a damp cloth for a nice and smooth surface. This applies not only to bathrooms but to all interior house painting. What is rather specific to bathrooms is the possible presence of mould. It is a good idea to clean off any mould the day before you plan to paint so that the surfaces are thoroughly dry and the fumes are well gone before you start. Use diluted bleach solution for this. Cover Up To protect the rest of your bathroom from oil-based paint, protect all your fittings with tape, cover the exposed areas with plastic drop cloths, and remove all the cover plates. Our expert painters all shared the stress of losing screws from bathroom fixtures. They recommend you keep them in a zipped plastic bag as you remove them. Use the Right Paint Your best bet for bathrooms is to use a semi-gloss finish that is mould and mildew resistant. If you are planning to paint over the tiles, ensure that you buy the correct paint and primer. Equipment Use a mini roller (and tray) to make it easier to get into the nooks and crannies typical to bathrooms. “Keep rollers and brushes wet between applications by wrapping them in plastic wrap or aluminium foil.” Technique Step back every few minutes to check for drips that you may have missed, and smooth them out. Once a section has been painted, go back over it – in one direction – to ensure a smooth finish. For all your house painting requirements and more painting tips like these, please contact Warrior Paints...

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How to Calculate How Much Paint Your Room Needs

Hands up if this sounds familiar: You are diligently painting out the rooms of your home over the long Easter break. You and your partner may have spent a while choosing a paint colour. You have moved all the furniture, taped up all the edges, and covered the carpets with a drop cloth. The project is going rather smoothly if you say so yourself. Until… you run out of paint. How could that be? Let us have a look at how to calculate how much interior house paint you need. Estimate the Amount of Paint You Need When it comes to house painting, preparation is key. Prior to painting the interior walls, ceiling, woodwork, doors and windows of your home, you need to determine the amount of paint you will require. These calculations are specific for each surface you want to paint. Painting Your Walls To gauge the amount of paint you will need to cover the walls of a room: Measure the length of all the walls, and the height from floor to ceiling. Add together all the wall lengths and multiply that by the wall height. This gives you the room’s square meterage. Calculate the square meterage of each window and each door in the same way i.e. length x height. Add these up and then deduct them from your overall measurement. Use the guidelines on the paint container to see what the coverage is. Normally around 43 m2 per 5 litre. Divide the paintable wall area by 43 (the square-meter coverage in each 5 litre can) to find the number of tins of paint you need for the walls. Double the figure if the walls require two coats. Painting Your Ceiling To work out the amount of ceiling paint needed: Find the area by multiplying the length of the ceiling times its width. Divide that number by the estimated square meter covered per 5 litre to figure out how many tins of paint you need. Double if the ceiling needs two coats. Woodwork, Doors and Windows This is done in the same way. Remember though that the coverage may be different with non-acrylic paints. For all your house painting requirements and more painting tips like this, please contact Warrior Paints...

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The 2015 spring colour palette for interior house paint

Spring is upon us and it’s the perfect time to redo your home. Interior house paint is the go-to item for people who want to revamp a room or give their homes a face lift. We’ve listed some of the most popular colour palettes for Spring 2015 to give you the inspiration you need to make your home décor project a success: Greek colours Many of the top interior designers are using combinations of deep and light blues as well as ivory white and creams to create calming, rich interiors. This is a great colour combination because it works well with other colours such as greys and pinks. Autumn colours While many people expect to see a lot of floral and summery palettes during spring, colours like olives, grey and orange are being used to create warm, inviting atmospheres within homes. Turquoise, pinks and sunset colours This colour trend is basically drawing on the pastel palettes that we used to see in homes, restaurants and diners in the 80s. Aqua blue and deep turquoises are being paired with sunset type colours such as purple, light reds and oranges to create unique palettes which add a touch of shock and neon to a traditionally muted colour palette. 50 shades of grey We know everyone has had enough of the word play on the 2015 “50 Shades of Grey” movie, but grey is definitely hot and happening this spring. Interior decorators and designers are pairing lots of different light and dark greys to create unique, modern interior spaces. Warrior Paints supplies top of the range interior paint in South Africa. For more information about our superior paint brand, contact us...

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