Should you paint before or after you move house?

Should you have an opportunity to paint the interior of your new home before you move in to it, standard, practical advice would be to ‘do it’. It would save you a great deal of inconvenience, and you’d be moving into a new home with that enticing ‘freshly painted’ smell. Then again, you may not really know what you want until after you have moved in, and you have got to know the house better, what it needs and how light plays through the house. Interior house paint is more than just paint While it may involve some extra inconvenience, time and mess, it’s better to wait until after you have moved in to your home to repaint your interiors. Unless you are going for fresh white, off-white or eggshell throughout, it’s worth the time to explore the options offered by the huge range of interior paints now on offer. It could transform your living space beyond your wildest dreams. If you are planning to redo your interior design at some point after occupation, it is certainly is better to wait to be able to choose a paint colour, or combination of colours, that will go with the furniture and suit the rooms. With so many luxury house paint palettes available, you’d be wasting an invaluable opportunity to create the perfect interior by opting for a standard ‘pre-occupation’ house painting job, however tempting that night be. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for painting your new house. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting...

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Painting tips: How to repaint your baseboards and trim

Often overlooked when it comes to interior décor and house painting, your baseboards and trim, those humble strips of wood that sit at the bottom of your walls and around your doors, have the power to transform a room with very little time and effort! Take a look at these painting tips for a quick and easy home makeover: Step 1: Clean. Baseboards and trim seem to have a knack for accumulating dust and dirt, so make sure they’re nice and clean before you even think of applying paint! Step 2: Tape. To stop paint bleeding onto your walls, apply tape along the wall itself, where the wall and baseboard or trim meet. Press it down firmly to make sure there are no bumps or bubbles where paint could creep underneath. Step 3: Cover. Tape plastic sheeting to your floors and make sure they’re flush with the bottom of the baseboards to prevent any paint getting onto your carpets or wooden floors. Step 4: Paint. If you’re simply giving your baseboards and trim a quick refresh and touch-up, then one coat of paint should be enough. Of course, if you’re painting a new colour, you will probably need at least two coats to ensure even coverage. Step 5: Strip. Remove your tape while the paint is still wet. Pull at an angle for best results and perfectly crisp edges. Keep a piece of newspaper nearby to roll the tape onto and then simply bundle the whole lot into the bin for a no fuss, no mess solution. Step 6: Enjoy. Whether you’re going for a crisp, fresh, white trim or you’re tempted to splash out with a bit of colour, sprucing up your baseboards and trim are a quick, easy and cost-effective way to breathe new life into a room! For more painting tips or advice on choosing a paint colour, contact us today! Warrior Paints have a wide range of interior house paint, acrylic paint and luxury house paints for you to choose...

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5 New Year’s resolutions for homeowners

It seems unbelievable that January is already here… and with the New Year comes those dreaded resolutions. While getting yourself to the gym more often may be high on your list, consider these painting tips and add them to 2017’s New Year’s resolutions:   Exterior paint work The outside of your house should be painted regularly, once a year if possible, to keep your home in good condition and prevent weather damage to the exterior. Choose a paint colour in a warm neutral such as beige or cream as this is easier to clean and does not weather as badly as pure white.   Windows frames and doors When performing painting maintenance, don’t forget the windows and doors as these can be subject to the most weather damage. Sand down old and flaking paint or varnish and cover with a couple of coats of exterior varnish or acrylic paint suitable for exterior use.   Interior paint work If your interior house painting needs an update, make 2017 the year to do it. Interiors are best painted in warm neutral shades that can easily blend in with any colour scheme – from pastels to brights. Choose a luxury house paint for your interiors to ensure the best paint job, most economical use of paint and a long-lasting finish.   Bathrooms and kitchens These areas require special attention:  the presence of water can cause damage or mould due to damp. Speak to someone at your local hardware about treating damp and prepping walls in these areas before you paint.   Add a splash of colour If you’ve always been more conservative in your choice of paint colours, make a New Year’s resolution to take a colour risk and add some bright accents to your decor. An accent is just that – subtle and eye catching – it doesn’t have to be a colour explosion. Consider painting one wall in the house as a bright feature, or painting the front door in a bold colour to contrast with the neutral exterior.   Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of luxury house paint suitable for interior and exterior use. For more information, or painting tips, please contact us...

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Our top colour forecasts for 2017!

Now that 2017 is upon us, creatives from all over the globe are gearing up to explore all the exciting new painting colour trends that the year will offer. Home decor has become more paired down over the past few years and we’ll be seeing more of the same, with interior house paint colour choices being the determining factor in design and style.   Here are our painting tips for interior and exterior house paint colours in 2017:   Ethnic brights Warm red, sunset orange, sage green, turquoise and of course ochre (and other shades of bright yellow) will be popular interior paint colours this year. If you’re not comfortable using bright colours throughout the house, go neutral but paint certain walls as features and incorporate textured decor accessories such as cushions, rugs and carved frames in bright accents.   Monochromatic slate The monochromatic trend has been updated for 2017 to focus on shades of cool blue, slate, grey and white. This is a very sophisticated look, inspired by technology, that blends in well with metallic design features. If you like the monochromatic look but find that it is a little cold for you, choose a paint colour such as bright orange to use as a minimal accent for added interest and warmth.   Warm neutrals Neutrals will always be in, season after season. This year, white is out and warm neutrals such as light cream, beige and browns are in. The look is very natural and organic, with colour brought in using plants and other natural features. Warm neutrals combine very well with the ethnic brights mentioned above. Using neutrals throughout the house is a great way to ensure longevity, as accents can be updated every year for a whole new look.   Choose a luxury house paint from Warrior Paints for a high-quality finish that will last several years. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of acrylic paint suitable for interior and exterior use. For more information, please contact us...

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How to update your office space with luxury interior paint

More ore than skin deep The humble paint job is one of the best ways to update an office space. From the factory floor to reception, from the boardroom to, most importantly, your office, the way you use colours can have a massive bearing on emotions, creativity, and even productivity. Studies have found that insipid grey, beige, and white workstations produce feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. On the flip side, men felt equally miserable in purple and orange surroundings. Not only does colour affect our emotions, it also impacts our productivity, for better or for worse. Calming blues and greens are low-wavelength colours which improve efficiency and focus, and promote an overall sense of well-being. So if it’s happier, more effective workers you are looking for, green and blue acrylic paint is a wise choice. High-wavelength colours such as red and orange are active, intense and alarming at times. Seeing these colours increases heart rate and blood flow, making them ideal for occasions where you urgently need to attract employees’ attention. Mid-wavelength yellow, meanwhile, is viewed by colour psychologists as representing optimism and innovation. Yellows are best used in work environments where creatives such as writers, designers, and developers work. Touchy feely Not only does choosing an interior house paint in a happy hue boost output and creativity, the finish of the paint you choose can also transform an office space. Because a matte finish doesn’t reflect light, it’s the best choice, when house painting, on textured walls and to hide any imperfections. As it’s harder to keep clean, it’s not ideal for high traffic areas. On the opposite end of the spectrum, using a glossy paint on your walls contributes a glam feel by adding a hard and shiny finish. Luxury house paint is an outstanding way to create an optimal environment for your workforce. By using one or all of these painting tips, you can turn a dull office into a lively, productive place. For more information on how we can help you transform your surroundings, please give us a...

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How luxury paints add texture and elegance to modern home design

The importance of paint in modern home design is that it forms the basis from which all your design elements (furniture, pictures, ornaments) are drawn together to create a unique and exciting space. Traditional white walls can seem luxurious if paired correctly with a boldly coloured piece of furniture, or an elaborate piece of art, but often people do not do this and it can look rather bland or boring. Deep and bold colours used on walls, fabrics and accessories give the modern home a more expensive feel, but you must be careful to balance it off with less vibrant tones and textures. If you are a bit pensive about committing a wall to an extremely vibrant colour, you can use high gloss paint in a rich, deep colour on the doors to add a bit of wow factor to your rooms. Need help choosing a paint colour? Textured paint effects can create a truly unique and expensive look in your home. Random overlapping rectangles, using varying shades of the same colour can create a luxurious modern look, where the rectangles overlap, different shades and colours are created. Note it is important to practice this effect on a sample board until you are satisfied and then proceed to copy the design onto the wall. Another effect which can be easily achieved is the shimmering stripe effect. To create this effect, tear strips of masking tape and apply them to the wall. Next choose two complementary glaze paint colours and paint between the masking tape. Stencilling is another inexpensive way to create interest in your home. Simply choose a stencil design and a contrasting colour to your base coat to add a little bit of elegance to any room. There are a myriad of ways you can utilise luxury paints to add texture and a personal touch to the interior or exterior your home, whether it is simple elegance or your personal taste in bold and exciting colours. Contact Warrior Paints to get started on creating a space that you can enjoy and share with...

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