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Cool Colour Combinations for this Summer!

cal decorators gloucester june 19 blog

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!

cal decorators gloucester may 19 blog

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?

cal decorators gloucester april 19 blog

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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Check Out our Glossary!

cal decorators gloucester march 19 blog

You may not be aware but I have prepared a glossary of terms used in the painting and decorating business.

Here are a few of the more unusual ones that you may not have come across before:

• Alkyd – an oil based paint made from a synthetic resin rather than natural oils
• Distressing – a method of giving something an aged appearance, such as staining and also known as antiquing
• Flogger – a long haired paintbrush used to create the dragged paint effect and look
• Grinning – occurs when paint has been applied too thinly and the darker surface of the original paintwork shows or ‘grins’ through
• Knotting – use of a shellac based solution to seal knots in wood prior to priming
• Low tac – this describes types of masking tape with a very low adhesion making them easy to remove without damaging the surface
• Muraspec – leading designer and supplier of commercial wallpaper, available in narrow, medium and wide widths
• Size – the thin adhesive applied to walls which then seal the surface before wallpaper is hung
• Stippling – a technique whereby paint is applied using just the very tip of the bristles of the brush
• Thixotropic – materials with a gel like consistency so that they do not drip or run
• Wet and dry paper – waterproof abrasive paper made with silicon carbide particles glued to the back, used wet to provide a very smooth finish.

To see our full glossary, CLICK HERE!

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Give Your Kids the Room of Their Dreams!

cal decorators gloucester feb 19 blog

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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