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On-trend Homewares to Match a Freshly Painted Room

There are a few distinct trends going around in homewares and interior decorating at the moment. Some are call-backs to the 50s and 60s, such as mid-century furniture, or owning a record player for its aesthetic value, along with other retro paraphernalia. A huge trend of recent times is the minimalist movement, where people are decluttering their spaces in favour of a few simple statement pieces. If you have recently painted your home, it’s the perfect starting point to re-think your décor. Here are some on-trend pieces that you can choose to revamp your home interior style, and some paint colour suggestions to match.

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Geometric vase

Geometric vases have been cropping up in homewares stores of late, coming in many different shapes, sizes and colours, representing the utmost in modern chic and style. Fill with dried wildflowers or simply leave empty for that pure minimalist vibe. Grey, off-white, brown or other neutral, earthy tones are a good choice of paint colour with a geometric vase.

 

Circular mirror

If you have a small room that you’d like to make appear larger, a mirror provides the perfect optical illusion, and a large circular mirror is the perfect choice. Choose one with a jet-black frame for a dramatic contrast with the rest of your decor. A fresh white coat of paint can also assist in making a cosy room appear a bit more spacious, light and airy.

 

Macramé pot plant hanger or wall hanging

The perfect Instagrammable decoration, the humble macramé pot plant hanger or wall hanging are making a comeback in a huge way. The hanger gives the added benefit of introducing some greenery to your space to liven it up, and will go with shades of white, green or orange.

 

Mid-century sideboard

A mid-century sideboard is another spot to put your house plants, record player or geometric vase, and works well with burnt orange or green-toned walls.

 

Embroidery hoop as wall-hanging art

Embroidery as art is becoming increasingly popular, and there are so many different clever options to choose from on Etsy and otherwise. Quirky embroidery will go well with a bright splash of colour, such as teal or turquoise.

 

Sheepskin throw

A sheepskin throw lying lazily across an ottoman or comfy couch adds an elegant touch to any home. IKEA sell sheepskin throws in a few different colours for a reasonable price, and the natural texture of the pelt will match well with neutral paint colours.

 

If you’re looking for professional painters to give your home a facelift, then Thomas Fisher Painters are the people for the job. Get in touch with us today.

5 Tips for Your DIY Paint Job

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There’s so much to think about when you want to paint a building, and one question people always consider is; do you call in the professionals or do you do it yourself? There can be a lot to think about if you’re considering a DIY paint job, and if you don’t do it right, disaster could ensue! Painting a home or otherwise can be a time-consuming and tedious task…but it doesn’t always have to be. There are a number of tried and true DIY painting hacks out there to make the job easier, some that the professionals at T Fisher Painters make use of daily to create your new perfect and pristine paint job. Here are just a few.

Away with nasty paint fumes!

Does the smell of fresh paint make you feel a tad off-colour? Adding a few drops of vanilla essence to your tin of paint will diminish those unpleasant paint fumes and make the area smell delightfully like vanilla.

 

Make tin foil your friend

The thought of cleaning all the painting equipment can be enough to turn anyone off the thought of painting. To ease the pain, wrap tinfoil around the paint tray, covering it entirely. Once you’re done, carefully take off the foil, and simply throw it away, leaving your paint tray virtually clean. Too easy!

 

Prep the surface with a cloth mop

Dust and debris on walls provides a bad foundation for your new paint, and if you don’t get rid of it before painting, the end result could be disappointing. Use a cloth mop to get rid of all the nasties and achieve the best possible outcome!

 

Cleaning your paint brushes the easy way

Put your paint brushes in a jar of warm water with fabric softener to clean them straight after using. Otherwise, if the paint has dried and caked onto the bristles, place the paintbrush in a jar of vinegar to clean it, then rinse with warm water.

 

Prevent unwanted marks

If you’re painting a windowsill or similar, use Vaseline to provide a protective covering over screws or other hardware, so you don’t get any paint on them in the process.

 

 

If you think that it’s all a bit much to think of when it comes to painting – the prep, the cleaning, the effort and time commitment – call in the professionals to help! Take the stress out of painting your home, office or other building. Save time, money and tears and get in touch with T Fisher Painters to do the job for you.

THE BEST PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME TO COMPLIMENT YOUR NEW PAINTJOB

Once you’ve got a new paintjob, there are so many more ways to freshen up your home and enhance the new look. It’s not necessary to do something as drastic or costly as get a new lounge suite or dining room table. There are plenty of small ways you can provide that extra touch, and adding in a bit of greenery in the form of hardy houseplants is a great way to do it. Here are just a few that will thrive and brighten up your home.

 

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PEACE LILY

A peace lily is a beautiful glossy plant with an elegant white flower that will add a sense of style and class to your home. Not only does it offer a lovely splash of greenery, the peace lily also acts as an air purifier, filtering out nasty toxins from the air in your home and improving the health of your family.

 

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A bamboo palm is another with healthy beneficial air purifying qualities. An Instagram favourite, this proud plant will fit well into the modern home in a sleek black pot. If you have a coloured feature wall in shades of teal or vibrant orange, a bamboo palm will look perfect in front as a contrast.

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HAWORTHIA

Haworthia is a hardy succulent that will survive and thrive. If you’re one of those people who forgets to water their plants, this one’s for you. Haworthia is a little plant that has its own personality, and is compact enough to fit onto a bookshelf or mantelpiece to inject a bit of green into any room. If you fancy doing DIY, a great idea is to plant a Haworthia plant in a teacup or toy dinosaur with holes drilled in the bottom.

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SNAKE PLANT

This is another plant with personality. Looking fantastic in a white pot on a hall table or windowsill, their tranquil long green and yellow-streaked leaves are like a friend waving hello. This is another low-maintenance plant for the forgetful plant owner. Snake plants are also renowned for their air purifying benefits.

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ALOE

Aloe plants come in many different varieties with varying aesthetics. Some can be squat but cute little things, and others have long elegant tendrils.  Put them in a square pot for a modern home, and reap the medicinal benefits by pruning off an offset and using the sap for sunburn or other irritations.

Easy ways to refresh your interior design

You don’t have to spend a fortune to refresh your home. Sometimes you may get a little bored of your surroundings and giving your space a spruce in preparation for a new season can give your home a lift. Here are few simple, inexpensive ways to vamp up a room and give your home a new look.

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Colour your world

With the change of a season, slightly altering your colour scheme of an area in your home can give it a seasonal touch. By mixing up the cushion colours from summer pastels to some winter hues such as navy or maroon, adding a cosy throw on the couch and scattering around some candles to give the space an intimate glow, your living room will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

 

Add some art

A new art piece can be a welcome addition to a bland wall or gap in a hallway. By investing in a nice piece of artwork, this can revamp an area and give it new life. A striking art piece can also provide as focal point for a room and give it a touch of character and class. Look for something classic that you really like, it’s something you will have to look at every day so choose carefully!

 

A new lick of paint

It’s amazing how repainting a room can make it look brand new. Why not refresh a room such as the bathroom or kitchen with some new paint? These areas experience wear and tear with water damage and humidity that can cause paint to peel. Or perhaps you can add a feature wall to a bedroom to give it a new design? The possibilities are endless. Mix up the colours to change a room’s vibe and keep it looking fun and fresh.

 

Update your hardware

Most people don’t realise that updating an aspect of your hardware can transform the space and even make the area look brand new. By replacing door handles on cabinets or a dresser can take your space to the next level. Replace an old door or add a polished or crystal doorknob to a bedroom door and see the space instantly lift.

 

At T Fisher Painters, we are committed to helping you achieve the look you are after with our quality painting services for residential, commercial or industrial projects. Call us today for more information.

How Often Should I Paint My House?

Getting your house repainted is an easy, simple and affordable way to revamp your home. Transform your indoor and outdoor spaces today with a new splash of paint that will refresh your surroundings. To determine how often you should repaint certain sections of your house, it’s important to consider the specific area and what it is used for. Depending on the space, timings can vary significantly as some areas of the house will wear and tear more easily and need a bit of extra love.

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The walls in these areas see a large amount of wear and tear due to the fact that they are spaces which are often frequented. More often repainted than any other space inside a house, its likely you will repaint this area every 2-3 years. As hallways are often the first thing a visitor sees when they step into your home, it is important to keep this space looking clean and fresh. A new lick of paint could make all the difference!

Kitchens and Bathrooms

As these spaces are busy rooms that people will often frequent, they need to be touched up regularly. Both kitchens are bathrooms are susceptible to water splashes and damage, so you should make sure the paint you use in these rooms can be washed regularly. Bathrooms can be problematic due to humidity and moisture often created in the atmosphere, which can cause paint to peel. Touching up your kitchen or bathroom with some new paint every 3-4 years is a good idea to keep these spaces looking fresh.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms should be pretty low maintenance areas and shouldn’t need as frequent painting. An exception is of course a children’s room, where the walls can become dirty easily from colouring or spillages of liquids or other sticky substances. A creative idea could be too turn one of the children’s walls in their room into a chalkboard by painting the wall with chalk board paint. This then allows them to draw on a wall and express themselves while hopefully leaving the others alone. The reality is that where small kids are concerned, you will probably need to re-paint their room every 2-3 years, at least until they grow older.

Living and Dining Rooms

These areas should last longer and can probably be repainted every 5-7 years. Even though these rooms are used often, contact with the walls is reduced and can be protected by larger furniture which means the paint generally stays intact. If you would like to change the décor and style of the room, painting every five to seven years is common.

You can contact Thomas Fisher Painting today for more information on their services, working across residential, commercial and industrial spaces.

Get a Professional Look

When running a business or professional environment it’s important to have the right look for your interior design. One way to ensure this is to choose the right paint colours and textures for your space to create the atmosphere you are wishing to project. This can be different depending on what the space is – for example, the colour palette of a café could be very different to an office or boutique store.

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Your beautiful products can fall short if not placed in the right context. Much of your brand image and personality is created by the interior of your shop or boutique, and its décor should reflect the style and design of your products. This will create a synergy between your product offering and the environment customers are in, thus creating a stronger brand for your business.

For example, if you are running a high-end clothing boutique shop with monochrome coloured clothing, you décor should reflect this sleek look. Use shades of black, white and grey paint to emphasise this simplicity. If you have a toy shop, you may perhaps wish to incorporate more colour, and even a patterned feature wall to reflect a fun and bubbly energy.

Restaurants & Cafes

The same can be said for a hospitality environment. When walking past a new café or restaurant, many potential patrons will judge if the place will have nice food or not by the look of the inside. If the décor is interesting and eye catching, this may grab their attention and they may venture inside to see a menu. Create a stylish and hospitable atmosphere with a range or paint, wallpaper or decorative finishes to give your establishment the look you are after. Re-painting the walls can give a café a fresh look and could be the simple make over you were searching for.

Office space

The décor within your office can greatly affect the atmosphere, culture and even potentially the work ethic of your employees. If your office is drab and boring, you will make your employees feel like coming to work is a chore. By creating vibrancy and enthusiasm with colour through paint, wall decals and interactive boards such as chalk boards or bulletin boards, you will encourage interaction with your staff and make the space a bit more exciting.

Thomas Fisher Painting offers painting and decorating services to a range of commercial businesses, always striving to create the look you are after. Visit them today.

Feature Walls: How to Do It Right

Creating a feature wall is an interesting and inexpensive way to liven up any room and give it a personality of its own. This can be a bright coloured wall that pops, or an ever so subtle alternative shade to the rest of the room, simply providing some texture and depth. it is totally up to you and you can determine which type of feature wall will suit your home depending on the surrounding décor and style.

Types of feature walls

There are a variety of feature wall styles to choose from and picking a type that suits your room’s purpose and desired atmosphere is imperative to the interior design of your home. Read through a few of the ideas below to see which may be applied to your space.

Using wallpaper for a feature wall means you can get really creative. Whether it’s just a simple pattern to create texture, a vintage pattern or a detailed image or print of a scenery, the possibilities are endless with wallpaper. Incorporate lots of colour or alternatively go for a more neutral palate depending on your objectives.

For a dramatic effect, using a strong block colour as a feature wall can make any room stand out. If you are choosing a bold colour, it is recommended you keep the furnishings and other elements of the room quite simple and neutral in colour to not be overpowering to the decor of the room.

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A kids room is a great space to incorporate a feature wall as these rooms should be fun, colourful and vibrant. You can take more risks in your kid’s room that you perhaps wouldn’t in other more neutral rooms of the house. Pick a wall and create a fun pattern or stencil design, or perhaps even get a colourful image painted on it.

A master bedroom is also a good space for a feature wall as you can really emphasise a section, such as the wall that the bed is placed against, to create a focal point in the room.

Choosing the right painters for the job

It’s important to have the right painters whichever type of feature wall you choose. A creative design and vision can be nothing if not executed properly, with skill and precision. Contact Thomas Fisher Painting today for more information on their services which include working across residential, commercial and industrial spaces.

 

 

The Psychology of Colour: Paint Your Home Happy

It’s well known that colour can affect your mood, but do you know what each individual colour means and which emotions it can trigger? This is important to know and think about when choosing the colours to paint certain rooms of your house. We’ve had a look at assorted colours and which rooms in your home they are most suited to given the atmosphere you are trying to create.

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Blue is said to slow respiration and heart rate, proving to be calming and relaxing. Often recommended for bathrooms or office spaces, it is also considered a colour that encourages productivity and focus. Make sure you balance blue with warm hues or fabrics so it doesn’t feel too cold. Combining blue with warm neutral tones is best.

Green

Perfect for the bedroom, green is considered the most restful colour for the eye. Promoting comfort and togetherness, it can also be well suited to a family or living room. Green can also be used as a calming colour for decorating, and is ideal to incorporate into a bedroom.

Yellow

Yellow is the happiest colour and is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms to encourage light and to celebrate the joy of sunshine. It is energising and uplifting, but is not a good choice for a main colour scheme. Try and use it in pops of colour rather than in multiple large items such as on walls, on a couch and on surrounding décor combined. This can be overwhelming and in large amounts, yellow has been proven to cause frustration and anger.

Red

Red has been known to raise a room’s energy level. Often used to stir up excitement, it is the most intense colour. Red also looks great at night under lamplight, and will create a stylish and elegant atmosphere. It is ideal for use in dining rooms or living spaces as it can encourage interaction.

Purple

Often associated with luxury and creativity, a purple in its darkest hue such as an eggplant can give a room depth. This can be created using accessories and statement pieces. Lighter hues of purple such as lavender or lilac are perfect for bedroom walls to create a sense of restfulness.

Orange

A very energetic colour, orange is a perfect colour for a gym or work our room as it incites motivation. It is therefore not suitable for a bedroom or place of rest as it can be too distracting and stimulating so try to avoid orange in these rooms.

For more advice on paint colour choices or to find out more about our services, contact Thomas Fisher Painters.

 

The Benefits of Using Professional Painting Services for your Business

interior-design-828545_1280If you’re involved in the running of commercial or industrial operations then you may appreciate the importance and value placed on the appearance of your business premises. The presentation of your workplaces’ interior and exterior, projects an image of your business to your customers, suppliers, or clients. This is why it is important to get your decoration right, and the best results are often achieved by experienced professionals.
 
Apart from improving aesthetics, there are many other benefits that your business can get from having its buildings painted by a painting service, as can be seen below:
 
Hiring Professional Painters Saves time and Money

Every business has to keep an eye on the bottom line, and time is a precious resource that also contributes to the success or failure of a business. In the same way, hiring professional painters to decorate your business premises saves you time and money in the long run. Painting services such as Thomas Fisher Painting will have a team of experienced staff and state of the art technology that allow them to get the job done correctly.
 
Getting your painting project done right the first time ensures you save money on corrections to botched jobs, disruption to productivity, and the time that goes with it. From a purely commercial point of view, using painting services would be the best path to take for any business looking to repaint their buildings.
 

Improved Efficiency and Productivity

Professional painting services have the experience and know-how to achieve the results you want and help to improve the efficiency and productivity of your business. From marking out pedestrian and vehicle lanes in a warehouse setting to painting your customer-facing office or store, a good paint job has the potential to give your business a new lease of life. Professional painting not only helps to improve how you work, it is a good way to improve safety at your premises as well.
 
A fresh lick of paint improves the look of your building and projects a responsible and caring attitude to the customers and clients you deal with. Most importantly, even staff can be motivated when a company invests in its workplace, while safety or directional markings help to reduce incidents as well as improve efficiency and productivity.
 
A great paint job goes a long way in showing staff, customers, suppliers and potential clients that you mean business while projecting your company’s best image. There are also safety benefits in addition to improving how your business operates, therefore such an important task deserves to be left to the professionals. As if that were not enough, painting services such as Thomas Fisher Painting also save your business time and money so why not consider hiring them for your next commercial painting project!

The Benefits of Using a Top Quality Paint

Whether you are repainting your own house or are employing someone else to do it for you, the temptation to buy cheap paint can be strong. Although you may save a lot of money in the short term, a cheap paint isn’t always the best option. It won’t last as long, will be difficult to clean, and can be hard to apply. Going for a more expensive, higher quality paint will ensure that problems are kept to a minimum. Some of the benefits of using high quality paints include:

They are easier to clean!

High quality paints tend to be easier to keep clean and shiny for a number of reasons. They often contain anti-mould or anti-mildew agents which will protect the paint if it is applied in any kind of moist environment. They catch less dirt, and things won’t stick to them as much. Better paints tend to have ingredients designed to prevent dirt from sinking into the wall itself, which means that you can usually clean them with a simple wipe. If you want something which is super easy to clean, then go for a Teflon based paint: the super slippery nature of Teflon will ensure that any dirt or grime wipes straight off!paint-1936787_1920

They are easier to apply!

If you have ever painted with cheap paints, then you will understand how frustrating and difficult to use they can be. Unless you are a very skilled painter, you will probably be left with ridges and/or an uneven coating. However, more expensive paints are generally smoother and are very easy to apply, even if you don’t have a lot of painting experience. More expensive paints also tend to splatter less when you are painting. This reduces mess and makes it easier to paint properly, saving time and work (and indirectly, saving
money!).

They are easier to maintain and repair!

Most high quality paints are much tougher and more resistant to general wear and tear such as fading or damage from washing. This means that maintenance becomes a breeze, and needs to be performed less frequently.

It is usually possible to touch up areas painted with high quality paints quickly and easily. Since they fade less and don’t tend to change over time, touch-ups can be done easily and can be blended into the old paint job properly. on cheap paints: go for a more expensive option and save yourself a lot of problems!

 

 

 

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