These 5 things are making your home look outdated

There are many things that can make your home look old-fashioned and outdated – from décor to the design of the house itself. However, perhaps surprisingly to some, paintwork can contribute as much as anything else to making your home look old. However, this is easily fixed, as all you need then is new interior house and exterior house paint to bring your home into the modern era. The interior features you can fix with luxury house paint Old paint – paint that is flaking, peeling and discoloured Interior stucco walls in with bubble pain effect Painted walls with wallpaper combos – especially the flowery designs Solid harsh white walls with no softening pigments Paint Colours colour palettes that dominated the middle decades of last century Paint colours that ‘age’ your house Pink. Who would paint their walls pink? Have you looked round you? Baby, dusty or salmon pink houses were all the rage from the 50’s to the 80’s. They are everywhere. They just don’t look as garishly pink as they once did. Choosing a paint colour for exterior house paint these days will almost certainly be exclusive of the colour pink in any form. Cool pastel palettes with grey undertones. There’s nothing really wrong with the colours, but today’s luxury acrylic house paint offers better pigments that can create a far warmer look and feel. Bright solid colours. These are fine for nursery schools, but not your home – not for interior, nor exterior house paint. Orange and green were particularly popular at one misguided time, and, unless you want to keep your home as a shrine to the late 60’s and70’s, you will want to repaint these rooms around the time you throw out the brown speckled carpets. Paint effects from the 60’s and 70’s Remember bubble paint? Unless you are living in a ‘hacienda-style’ home with archways, you need to get rid of this effect, scraping the underlaying ‘bubble’ layer away. Walls that contrasted with painted cupboards, frames and lintels. No, not anymore! You can have complimentary colours as part of a carefully selected palette, but directly contrasting solid colours went out with The Grateful Dead – especially the ones in brown and orange. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and interior house paint and exterior house paint for the perfect updated interior paints for your home. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and we can make house painting a...

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How to create a warm colour palette for your home

With so many interior paint colours to choose from these days, painting the interior of your home has never before offered the creative outlet that it does now. So, why stick to one colour for all your walls when you can create a ‘colour palette’? There are plenty of painting tips to help you get the look you want, as the days of reverting to standard off-white or ‘eggshell’– the colours that go with everything – are long gone. Paining tips for choosing interior paint colours It’s a well-known and accepted fact that colour effects the mood of a room – and indeed, your mood. So-called ‘cold colours’ include pale blues and greens and bright whites, and ‘warm colours’ include browns, reds, orange and yellow. However, you can’t just go painting the inside of house in the ‘warm colours’ and expect to create the right mood. You are more likely to create colour clashes and end up with the sense that the rooms are smaller. This is the last thing you want unless you really do want to make a large room seem smaller and cosier. Using colour wheels and swatches to create colour palettes This is where colour palettes come in. You can use paint colour swatches and colour wheels to choose four of five colours that complement each other to create the look and feel you want. A general rule of thumb when combining colours is that they don’t consist of clashing colours (colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel). Others are to stay away from solid primary colours, consider size of the room, your décor scheme and to also take into consideration the direction from which light enters your room. This importance of this point can be illustrated by the effect of an off-white paint with an orange or pink pigment in a room that gets late afternoon sunlight. The sunset light will pick up the otherwise ‘unseen’ pigment, transforming the light in the room and the feel of it with startling effect. The ideal ‘warm’ colour palette Having considered the above, start looking at colours with red, rose, orange and yellow pigments – concentrating on an off-white base with these pigments and restricting the use of darker colours to bedrooms and living areas that get a lot of light. Other good colours, depending on your décor, include the ‘earth’ tones – ideal for African-style lodge homes and cottages. With these ranges in the mix, house painting has never been more of an adventure! Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and painting tips, as well as supplies for creating the perfect warm interior look in your home. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint, acrylic paint and painting...

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Why does my paint peel, crack or bubble?

There are important differences between interior house paints and exterior house paints. Not knowing the differences and using in interior paint on the outside of your house, you will get peeling, cracking and bubbling – particularly on exterior walls that are exposed to direct sunlight. Although you do get some ranges that can be used for both interiors and exteriors, many of the best polymer-blend acrylic house paints are now highly specialised, increasingly requiring the use of specially designed paint for different applications and surfaces. So, if are you tempted to use that unfinished tin of interior house paint to brighten up an exterior wall, read on: Exterior house paint Exterior house paints are designed to withstand sun, rain and mildew. They are also specifically designed to adhere to exterior walls and surfaces such as stucco. This is all achieved through higher concentrations of resins, pigments and other ‘preservative’ additives in the paint. Very importantly, exterior house paint is fairly ‘flat’ and porous. This is not something you can see, but it’s important because it allows moisture to escape from the wall instead of bubbling under the paint. Interior house paint Interior house paint is usually finer in texture and therefore more delicate than exterior paint, with design elements focused more on subtle colour effect with less pigment. Another important aspect is lower concentrations of air pollutants. Interior house paints are also designed to be more resistant to sharp marks and abrasions. Theoretically, you can use an exterior paint inside, though you may get more air pollutants from it, it’s really the other way around that you want to avoid. Other reasons why your paint won’t adhere or degrades There are other reasons why the fresh paint on your wall or other surfaces may look good for a few weeks before it suddenly starts to degrade – to peel, crack or bubble. Lack of surface preparation e.g. the application of a primer if required Damp walls Painting over old paint instead of scraping it off completely Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products, and we’ll be happy give you painting tips and help you choose a paint colour for your interior wall and...

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Decorative painting tips, inspiration and ideas

There are no limits to what you can do with decorative painting, but inspiration and creativity are not enough, and if it’s your first foray into decorative painting, you need to brush up on some painting tips. Decorative painting can be a lot of fun, provided you are properly prepared from the start. It’s also worth the time and investment to add character to rooms, or value and good looks to furniture and homeware. There are so many things you can do with decorative painting, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the various paint effects that you could employ, how to achieve a certain effect or look, and some ‘do’s and don’ts’. There are too many to cover here, so let’s start with a few of the most important painting tips: Top painting tips for decorative painting Choosing a paint colour: Always use a colour chart to plan your colour combinations. Sketch out your design on paper first, and if you are a first timer, keep it simple. If you are going for an intricate design, draw it out on the wall first with a pencil. Invest in some good quality artists brushes for fine work. Choose matt acrylic paint for decorative designs as shine may alter the final look. Make sure that you have all your tools ready before you start. Let your expert paint supplier advise you on which paints to use for which effects and on which surfaces. Equally important is the advice you’ll get on what and what not to use, where and why. Even if your design is not intricate, it’s important to get advice on the right interior house paint for your decorative project. Finding inspiration and ideas There are thousands of sources for inspiration and ideas on decorative painting. Start with your bookstore. The hobbies and crafts section is sure to have a range of publications full of inspirational ideas and point-to-point instruction on technique and painting tips. Pinterest is a great website for inspiring painting ideas and if you find something wonderful you need advice on achieving, you know what to do next. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for decorative painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best house and decorative painting products, and we’ll be happy to help get you started on your painting...

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3 Painting Tips to Prevent Mess, Mishaps and More!

From accidental drips to unfortunate spills, painting a room can often be a messy business! Luckily, with the help of these three painting tips from the team at Warrior Paints, it definitely doesn’t have to be… Aluminium Foil is Your Friend One of the best things to have on hand when house painting is aluminium foil as it can be used to prevent plenty of the un-pleasantries often associated with the process. First of all, if you’re not keen on having to wash out your roller pan every day, simply line it with aluminium foil before filling it with paint. You can also use it to protect door knobs when painting on doors – just wrap it snugly all around them and VOILA! Grab a Bucket A 19 litre bucket will do the trick when house painting with the help of a ladder. Simply place your can of paint and brush inside the bucket and use paint-can hooks to hang them. There’ll also be plenty of room in the bucket for your rags, putty knife and paint scraper, making it much easier to avoid messy paint spills. Use Some Masking Tape One of the most common painting tips is to use masking tape to avoid painting over areas that you want to keep clean. However, it can also be used to stop paint from getting into the groove at the top of your paint can. It’s less messy, and you’ll be saving paint in the process. When it comes to interior house paint, very drop counts! Are you searching for more helpful painting tips? Perhaps you need assistance when it comes to choosing a paint colour or finding the right acrylic paint for your project? Whatever your needs, you can count on Warrior Paints to lend a helping hand. Contact us today for more...

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