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Give Your Kids the Room of Their Dreams!

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I know that Spring is traditionally the time to think about redecorating but this year don’t forget your kids. Don’t they deserve a special nursery, bedroom or playroom?

These days it is very easy to theme a room to meet the dreams of a child. There are plenty of themed wallpapers to select from as well as murals and posters.

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Grey Doesn’t Mean Dull!


cal decorators gloucester jan 19 blog

I am going to surprise you by saying that grey is not necessarily the dullest of colours for painting walls. In fact it can be quite inspiring.

These days grey is no longer associated with dull industrial environments, school toilet blocks or hospital corridors. It is quickly replacing beige, stone and earth wall and woodwork colours as the modern ‘go to’ colour.

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What is the Best Paint for Wood, Doors & Skirting Boards?

cal decorators gloucester december 18 blog

Now there’s a question for you. Which is best?

Gloss (shiny) vs Satin (satinwood or semi-gloss) vs Eggshell (flat matt)

Here’s a breakdown:

• Gloss – a shiny high sheen finish that is almost reflective in effect. Always popular because of its hard-wearing nature but other products also offer this these days. A drawback is that the glossy sheen will highlight any flaws and defects in the wood being painted.

• Satinwood or Satin – this is a semi-gloss finish, a midway choice which is not as reflective as gloss nor as matt as eggshell. A satin finish really enhances work on fairly large surfaces such as internal doors, especially those that are textured or panelled, giving a crisp, clean look.

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It’s Official – Less Than Half UK Adults are DIY Confident!

cal decorators gloucester november 18 blog

I have thought this for a while and now an official study has confirmed that fewer than half of the adult population are confident undertaking DIY projects in the home.

The study was carried out by Local Heroes, a home improvement and repair service backed by British Gas.

2,000 adults were involved in the survey and just 41% said they felt positive and confident enough to tackle DIY jobs around the home, preferring to employ a local tradesman to do the job instead.

There was a distinct divide across the country with only 37% of those in London, the South East and South West feeling up to the tasks. This compared to 47% in the North West who felt more able to get stuck in.

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New Farrow & Ball Colours

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As you know, I am a strong supporter of Farrow & Ball’s excellent range of paints. They have recently added nine new hues to their total of 132 different colours.

Each of them has a wonderful story behind them – here are some to whet your appetite.

• Yeabridge Green (No 287) – Yeabridge House is an 18th century Georgian farmhouse in South Petherton, Somerset. This colour was discovered on the walls when the original gun cupboard was removed. It is a vibrant, verdant green reminiscent of the lush Somerset grass surrounding the property.
• Cromarty (No 285) – for those of you who listen to the BBC’s Shipping Forecast, you will recognise Cromarty which takes its name from the Cromarty Firth estuary. It is the lightest shade in their Mizzle, Blue Grey and Pigeon range and is ideal for those seeking to find a colour neither too blue nor too grey.
• Salon Drab (No 290) – room names are a popular choice for Farrow & Ball. Salon refers to the outer room of a dressing room but is also reminiscent of a room designed for cultural and intellectual conversation.

Drab simply describes a colour lacking brightness. This shade is ideal for creating a mid-19th century feel whilst being cosy and even cocooning.

Check out all the new Farrow & Ball colours on their website here:

http://www.farrow-ball.com/discover-new-colours/content/fcp-content

 

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