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‘Paint Safe’ Initiative Launched!

march 18 blog cal decorators gloucester

I was interested to read recently about a new scheme called ‘Paint Safe’ which aims to promote the safe use of paint and provide best practice for decorators during preparation, application and drying.


The initiative is the brainchild of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) in association with the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) and the Scottish Decorator’s Federation (SDF). They have worked in close collaboration with the UK’s major paint manufacturers.

The first phase of the campaign was launched at the end of November at the National Painting and Decorating Show and focuses on decorative paints. A second phase promoting the safe use of industrial paints will be launched later this year.

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Survey finds Service put before Profits!

december 17 blog cal decorators gloucester

I was very interested to read the results of a recent survey which found what I have always maintained – good workmen value their reputation for good service over the money they receive for a job.

Last month Dulux Trade published the results of a survey of 500 decorators across the UK.  It looked at a variety of issues relevant to the industry, including time management, training and the value of reputation.

Over one third of the respondents (37%) said that they put doing a good job above maximising profit (7%) or finishing a job quickly (8%).  52% confirmed that they had worked outside their normal working hours to get an urgent job finished.

Training held great importance according to the survey’s results.  78% said they had received professional training and that making these credentials clear to their clients was of importance.  Three out of ten respondents said they invested in training for their employees to maintain their company’s reputation.

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Heart Wood – the Dulux Colour for 2018!

october 17 blog cal decorators gloucester

Dulux has recently announced that their colour of the year for 2018 is one called Heart Wood.

That’s all very well, I hear you say, but what colour is that?

Heart Wood can best be described as a delightful heather-grey.  Apparently it is intended to evoke the concept of a home as a sanctuary away from the pressures and stresses of life.

Dulux thinking goes beyond the paint itself and considers how the shade will sit with the objects, materials and textures of a room.  Heart Wood is thought to go particularly well with leather, velvet and warm toned woods such as cherry and walnut.  It is described as a warm neutral colour with plenty of versatility.

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Homeowners to Spend £35bn on Home Improvements!

may 17 blog cal decorators gloucester

I spotted a recent report that claimed homeowners in the UK are expected to spend around £35bn to upgrade their homes by the end of the year.

It might be a sign of the current political and economic uncertainty in this country or the sheer expense of moving home. 

Whatever the reasons, six out of ten British households will be spending money on home improvement and upgrade projects.

The findings are contained in a report by DigitalBridge who estimate an average cost of £1,500 for each individual project.

The majority of people (62%) intend repapering or painting walls.  The rooms that are targeted the most are the kitchen (25%), bathroom (24%) and bedroom (23%).

Of course not everyone is an expert painter and decorator.  If you are planning refurbishments this year why not get an expert in to do the job properly?

My company, CAL Painting and Decorating, have been carrying out high quality work in Gloucestershire since 2001.  Why not give me a ring on 01452 540067 for a free, no obligation quotation.

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Painting Classes that are Out of This World!

april 17 blog

I was fascinated to read of a new education programme launched by paint manufacturer PPG in partnership with the National Space Academy.  Their aim is to inspire young people to consider working in the space-sector or other related Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

Schools local to PPG’s manufacturing facility in Birstall were invited to taster sessions which explored the key role colour plays in space exploration.  The pupils conducted experiments including ‘How to Survive Re-entry’ where they designed thermal protection units to explain how spacecraft withstand high temperatures at high speeds.

The classes are aimed at school years six to nine and will feature practical experiments to help explain why certain colours are used most frequently in space projects.  One, for instance, is called ‘Why are NASA’s Rockets Painted White?’

There was nothing like this when I was at school and I find it all a bit exciting.

Getting back down to earth, I am still busily engaged in painting things that don’t travel at hundreds of miles an hour.  Do give me a call for all your painting and decorating needs in the Gloucester area.  I’ll give you a free quotation and hope to achieve lift off.

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Which Colour for What Room?

march blog 2016

Often I am asked to help with choosing colour schemes for rooms. In my book the customer is always right, although some are more right than others!


Here is a brief guide to what colours suit which rooms best:

Blue – this is recognised as a calming colour, perhaps promoting intellectual thought. As such it is ideal for a bedroom, bathroom, office or study. It can give a room a cold feel though.

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