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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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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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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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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