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We Do Commercial Decorating Too!

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I regularly talk about domestic decorating but don’t forget that we are also commercial decorators.

We have recently carried out some work for the Keir Group. Now you may know that they are a leading property, residential, construction and services group. They invest in, build, maintain and renew many of the places where we work, live and play, including sectors such as defence, education, housing, power, transport and utilities.

It was a real feather in our proverbial cap to be asked to do decorating work for them.

If you are in the Gloucestershire area and need some commercial decorating done, then do get in touch. We can handle any job, from a simple redecoration of an office to completely revamping an entire building.

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Farrow & Ball – Child Friendly Paints!

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I have talked before about my admiration for Farrow & Ball paints and wallcoverings. I really do think they are some of the best available.

It isn’t just the quality, but their whole ethos. They are passionate about conservation and using environmentally friendly materials. So much so that they now promote a range of child friendly paint.

Their 100% water based Modern and Estate ranges are certified child and baby safe in line with the Toy Safety Standards.

They are low in odour and low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) too. With their quick drying formulas they make the perfect child safe solution for painting cots, bedrooms, nurseries and playrooms.

They are even safe to use to paint toys so you can upcycle your children’s old toys with a bright new paint job and rest in peace as they carry on playing with them. 

Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion, Estate Eggshell, Modern Emulsion, Modern Eggshell, Exterior Masonry, Exterior Eggshell and Full Gloss have all been independently tested and approved to meet Toy Safety Standards (BS EN 71 – 3:1995 - Safety of Toys).

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Cool Colour Combinations for this Summer!

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I think we can just about agree that summer seems to be with us. That being the case here are some of the latest colour combination trends.

• Black & Metallics. Now, black may not be everyone’s first thought of a colour for the warmer months, but it is definitely on trend this summer, especially when paired with metallics. Copper, silver and gold all look amazing with black.

• Pale Pink & Baby Blue. Traditionally associated with the nursery, this colour combo is making a hit with adults too. They have subtle tones which mix well with fabrics such as faux fur.

• Hot Pink & Turquoise. If you are looking for something bold and bright then this might fit the bill. This combination of hot pink and turquoise shouts out ‘energy’.

• White & Rattan. White always says summer and it combines remarkably well with rattan. Think planters and storage baskets to get the idea.

• Peach & Yellow. This combo reflects and captures the essence of sunlight. Imagine a boldly coloured door and a throw rug.

• Purple & Turquoise. Another bold combination which works exceedingly well. The effect is remarkably cool.

• Blue & White. To finish a much more traditional summer combo. It gives a nautical theme and evokes Mediterranean memories.

If you are in Gloucestershire and are seeking a professional summer make over for you home, give me a call on 01452 540067. I’m sure we can come up with the right colour combination for you.

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Eco-Friendly Decorating Tips!

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I am as concerned as anyone about the future of this planet and always looking for ways to improve our environment. Often it is little things that we all can do to help bring about change.

Here are four simple tips to make your decorating and interior design more eco-friendly.

1. Environmentally safe paint. I am well aware of the dangers of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be found in many paints and lacquers. They release low level toxic emissions into the atmosphere and can affect out health and wellbeing. Always use low-VOC or VOC free paints as I do.

2. Buy vintage. Rather than heading for the large superstores to purchase your new decorations and furniture, why not keep your carbon footprint small and look at High Street alternatives. Plenty of classic vintage furnishings can be bought at second-hand, antique and charity shops. You also get the chance to use your craft skills by upcycling some pieces.

3. Change your window treatments. Why not follow the seasons? In winter it is natural to want heavy curtains at your windows to block out the cold air and they can help keep your heating costs down as well as improve your energy use. Switch to lighter drapes when the warmer, lighter months are with us for a brighter home.

4. Fill your home with fresh plants. House plants can have a massive impact on the quality of the air in your home. They take in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen soaking up harmful toxins and purifying the air around them. And they also look fantastic!

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Are You a DIY Procrastinator?

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I read survey results recently that revealed 95% of us suffer procrastination problems, putting off or postponing something we should be getting on with.

When it comes to DIY I think procrastination is totally understandable. A growing to-do list combined with the sheer enormity of the task ahead and the pressure to get it right can be a huge problem.

Here are some simple tips to try and get you over the procrastination hump and to crack on with the job in hand:

1. Take inspiration. Some people are naturally creative while others need help visualising how a project will look when it is finished. If you are one of the latter then check out the results of similar projects to yours. The website Pinterest is an excellent starting point.
2. Give yourself a timescale. Trying to fit DIY plans into a busy home/work schedule can be difficult. Aim to put a certain amount of time aside to do your job and stick to it. It also helps to let others know so they don’t try and interrupt you.
3. Gather your equipment. Get all the things you are going to need together in one place. This will help you plan a step by step process for your project.
4. Regular breaks are important. Make sure you attempt your jobs using a sensible bite-sized approach and take regular breaks.
5. Reward yourself. If you can defeat your DIY procrastination and finish your project then you deserve a reward! I’ll leave it to you to decide how large or small that reward might be.

Of course, if you really can’t face the thought of more DIY you could always get a professional in. Give me a call on 01452 540067 and I’ll be happy to discuss your project and options.

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