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Colours to Help Improve Efficiency & Productivity in the Office

For most white-collar professionals, around 40 hours of their week is spent in the confines of the office walls. Research suggests that the colours of office walls and surrounds can really set the mood for your employees’ day. Some colours make them feel calm, others energetic, while some just make them feel sad and anxious.

A study conducted by the University of Texas found that bland colours like grey, beige, and white in offices induce feelings of sadness and depression. Even when it comes to bold colours, the choice needs to be made carefully; colours that are very bright and saturated can be intense and overwhelming, promoting energy levels that are not conducive to collaboration and thoughtful work.

What colours do work for office environments?

Soft blues

Blue is a colour that generally signifies calmness. It’s great for promoting communication, efficiency, and trust. This colour is great for helping employees to focus on the task at hand and reduces the likelihood of becoming overwhelmed too quickly. However, you do want to be careful with the type of blue you choose. Having a shade of blue that is too bright and saturated can be distracting, and one that is too dark can make the office look gloomy.

Yellow

This colour is known for its optimism and youthful spirit — a great colour to inspire positivity and creativity. However, this colour can be a bit too stimulating. A great space to be painted yellow is your office kitchen and break spaces. It’s where employees go when they need a little breather, and this charming colour can help brighten their day.

Pastel hues

These soft shades are great especially if your office space has few windows, low ceilings, and not too much natural light coming in. Colours like peach, lilac, periwinkle, or mauve can go a long way in brightening up the office. Pastel hues are also known to induce a calming atmosphere and can help brighten up a space. Stressful office environments will do well to have areas painted with these lovely pastel shades.

Green

Since office workers tend to spend most of their time indoors, and under harsh fluorescent light, colours commonly found in nature are usually received positively. Green is also a colour that doesn’t cause eye fatigue — beneficial for those working longer hours and wanting to stay on top of things.

Get in touch with expert painters to help revamp your office!

The team at T Fisher Painters can help you with all commercial paint jobs. If you’re thinking it’s time to give your office walls a fresh coat of paint, contact us and we’ll help you get started.

The Best Colours to Paint Your Rental Property

Investing in a rental property can be a great source of income. However, getting those returns on investment takes time and effort, especially when it comes to maintaining the attractiveness of your property.

According to the Australian census, the percentage of individuals renting in Australia has been consistently on the rise. So, it is vital that property owners ensure they take steps to making their property desirable to potential renters.

One of the key features of any home is the colour of the walls; Colours have an enormous effect on the attitudes and emotions of individuals. Meaning just having the wrong colour can immediately switch some people off, despite other positives.

So, how do you stay on track and make good choices when it comes to painting your rental property?

Avoid Daring Colours

Bright paint colours can be a great feature wall in many homes. However, with rental properties, you get individuals from all walks of life coming to see your home. Daring and quirky colours might sit well with some but not with others.

You’ll find it difficult to reach a broader audience with bright yellows, oranges or reds, bright blues and similar hues. You want to ensure renters have the option of making the space their own so it can feel like a home. Bright colours can sometimes feel like you’ve already made the choice for the, which can out off a lot of individuals looking to rent.

Make Use of Neutral Hues

A majority of landlords tend to go with neutral colours as they appeal to a wider audience of potential tenants. Neutral colours like beige, grey and cream are very easy on the eyes. Dark neutrals can also be used if you would like feature walls without putting off renters. It’s better to use darker neutrals in confined spaces like a separate dining room area for a cosier feel.

The idea of using neutral colours/features should also extend to tiles, hardwood floors, carpets etc. as these colours tend to be timeless and can easily incorporate the ever-changing home deco trends.

Use High-Quality Paint & Ones That Don’t Show Dirt

Even when going with neutrals, it’s probably best to stay away from stark white walls as they tend to show every speck of dirt. However, you don’t have to stay completely away from whites and opt only for murky colours. You can choose to go with satin or semi-gloss paint as crayon, scuff marks and even grease can be easily wiped off.

Get in Touch with Experts

Painting can take up a lot of time and energy. With rental properties, it’s best to consult the experts like the ones at T Fisher Painters to ensure you get a good paint job.

Different Ways to Colour Your Kitchen

Many people tend to consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home. It’s where family and friends congregate, it’s where you make soul-soothing food that transcends time and space, it’s where memories are made, laughter is shared and there’s an ever-present scent of nostalgia.

Everyone designs their kitchen differently, and there’s many ways to use colour to reflect the values you want your kitchen to exude. T Fisher Painters asked three different people what their ideal kitchen would look like.

Cool Tones with Natural Wood

This kitchen is one that embraces a contemporary vibe. It has beautifully painted navy cabinets with pristine looking silver handles. There’s a lovely cool-toned island in the center of the kitchen with a timber countertop and cushioned barstools. The walls are painted a muted shade — maybe a grey, off-white or muted blue. This way it makes the cabinets stand out a bit better. There’s always fresh fruit on the countertop and little selection of herbs planted by the window.

Hamptons Style Kitchens

This kitchen takes on a style that is timeless especially with its use of beautiful coastal tones. There’s plenty of storage space with the grey cabinets lined along the walls and the island in the center of the kitchen. The walls are a crisp white with plenty of flowers and green plants to add character to the room. On the walls are wooden floating shelves that hold a beautiful set of coral-coloured plates, bowls and mugs. In this kitchen, everything is where it should be, and you’ll always find exactly what you’re looking for.

Vibrant, Warm Toned Kitchen

This kitchen is a mixture of warm and vibrant colours. The walls are a bright orange with the exception of the feature wall against the sink. That one has an eccentric-patterned wallpaper that will grab the attention of anyone in that kitchen. There’s a beautiful set of timber cabinets for storage and little trinkets placed everywhere. The floating shelves are filled with different plants, herbs and spices. When you walk into this kitchen, you’ll smell the aroma of your favourite food.

There’s no right way to colour your kitchen, but there’s many ways. Let T Fisher Painters help you express the heart of your home. No matter what colour you’re looking for, or what atmosphere you want your kitchen to have — we can work with you to give you the kitchen your heart desires.

The History of Paints

Every one of us love a bit of colour in our lives. Whether it’s in the clothes you wear or the colour of your bedroom walls. These colours we have today come from a long journey of innovation and human creativity.

Cave Paintings

Paints and painting have been dated all the way back to the Stone Age.

Researchers have found painting in caves across Europe, Australia and Indonesia that show pigment made from sap, berry juices, dried plants roots, charcoal, blood and many different minerals.

Iron Oxide pigments were seen to be highly valued as they create long-lasting paint. Pre-historic mining trails show that people have travelled many miles to get their hands on this mineral. Early artists also mixed these pigments with water, saliva, urine or animal fats to create a liquid paint.

Egyptians

In the Egyptian era, painters started painting on plaster which resulted in them using binding agents like egg, resin and beeswax to help the pain adhere to the plaster. Tombs made of limestone were also covered in plaster and there were six colours used to decorate them: charcoal black, red ochre, yellow orpiment, brown ochre, blue azurite and green malachite.

Greeks & Romans

The Greeks then developed lead white paint, which was the most popular white paint until the 18th century when artists started using titanium dioxide instead. Lead-based paints have a history of causing health issues for painters.

The Romans used similar painting methods to Greeks and Egyptians but had the added colour of vermillion red which was mined from Spain.

Mediterranean

Dyes made from plants were widely used in the Mediterranean region. Madder is used to create red, saffron, turmeric and pomegranate rind for yellow and indigo for dark blue. Other colours were created by mixing these primary colours.

Middle Ages

A new colour was introduced in the middle ages: Ultramarine which means ‘from beyond the seas’. It was derived from the Lapis Lazuli gemstone found in Afghanistan. It was as expensive as buying gold leaf.

15th Century

Oil painting was invented in the 15th century, when oil substituted egg as a binding agent in paint. This allowed for paint that dried slower, allowing artists to create more detailed work.

Trade, Industrialisation & Non-Toxic Paint  

Once trade routes opened in the 1600s, traders brought dyes and pigments from across the world. Creating more colours and learning more about different paint pigments. Following on from that, as science and chemistry developed, chemists discovered how to create artificial colours. Chemical processes allowed for the development of a whole range of colours.

In the 19th century almost any colour was easily accessible by the public and available for purchase at a relatively low price. And then in the 20th century, chemists developed non-toxic paint

Modern Day

Paint colours continue to grow, and we keep seeing new and different ways of incorporating paint into our lives. We now have glow in the dark paint and iridescent paint. Plus, there are many more safer options readily available.

T Fisher Painting is proud to say we are using non-toxic, environmentally friendly paint in all of our work. And we are more than happy to spread the joy of having art and colour on the walls of your home.

Finishing and Maintaining your Deck

Having Issues with Your Deck?

Whether it’s simply old and worn out or it’s been damaged by adverse weather or some other accident, there’ll be a time where you’ll need to repair your deck to ensure its longevity for your home. However, it can often be a bit tricky understanding the difference between paint, stain and deck coating, and how each can impact the appearance and durability of your deck.

Why Choose Paint?

If your deck is comprised of unsightly wood or you’re looking to have your deck compliment the colour of your house’s exterior, paint may be the best solution. Painting your deck will cover up any blemishes or marks in the wood completely and offers great UV protection. Paint also tends to be quite easy to clean and resists well against rot and mould than other products. However, because paint is susceptible to wear from heavy foot traffic, decks often need to be repainted, which is why many homeowners choose to paint their railings and stain their decks for a sturdy finish and good-looking results.

Stains and Coating

If you’re going for a rustic look with your deck or want to show off the natural characteristics of your timber deck, stains may be what you’re looking for. Stains are relatively easy to apply, come in a wide range of colours and show off the beautiful natural grain of your wood. However, like paints, you may need to reapply stains every year or so depending on the quality of the product and number of coats you applied.

Although deck coating bears a similar texture and thick consistency to that of paint, it boasts various benefits that will prove to make a difference to the longevity of your deck over time. While generally more expensive than coating or paint, deck coating is extremely effective for filling cracks and splinters in your timber, ensuring that you can walk around barefoot without fear of hurting your feet. Most deck coating is also slip-resistant and tends to last a lot longer than paint does, making it a viable solution for those looking for an option for their deck which is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.

Need some Professional Help?

Want your deck to stand out as the centrepiece of your outdoor entertaining area? T Fisher Painters are experienced in deck restoration and can make your deck look great regardless of what you choose to coat it with. Enquire today to find out more!

 

2019’s Hottest Interior Paint Colours

Can you believe we’re already a month into 2019? Only one more year until the 21st century leaves its adolescence and joins the adult world – which makes it the perfect time to touch up the interior of your home with a new paint job! Make sure you choose a colour which is fresh and modern and won’t look drab and outdated within a few years. Here’s our hot tips for the best colours for interior painting in 2019!

What does Pantone Say?

Pantone, renowned as the international body for standardised accurate colour communication between painters, designers, retailers and manufacturers, officially announced Living Coral as their colour of the year for 2019. As a warm orange colour with gold and pink undertones, Living Coral is reminiscent of vibrant natural surroundings, and feels both energizing and optimistic. While it may be a bold move to choose Living Coral as your interior paint, with the right furniture placement and a bit of confidence, there’s every chance it’d bring a whole new life to your house.

What about us?

Here at Thomas Fisher Painters, we consider ourselves a colourful bunch – after all, our work does revolve around colour! Here’s our picks for the best interior colours this year.

Off-Cream – Since hitting the minds of designers and decorators a few years ago, the minimalist movement has swept over the world and is carrying on strong into 2019. If you’re going for a minimal interior aesthetic, consider shades such as off-cream, beige and off-whites.

Terracotta – Going for an earthy mood with your décor? Don’t overlook the warmth and vibe provided by colours like Terracotta, Clay and Rust, bringing the wondrous colours of the desert into your living room for an astonishing effect.

Grey – Although some people shy away from it due to its often-overwhelming connotations, grey is an overlooked neutral tone that can do wonders to the interior walls of a property. Subdued tones and shades like cool greys and blue-greys can add soothing and contemplative undertones to rooms like studies for when you need a bit of inspiration.

Thinking of something else?

No matter what kind of colour you’re after for your home, we can help find something perfect for you. We’ve seen a resurgence in vibrant colours like citrus orange and greens in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms for a touch of brightness – get in touch with us to see if these colours would suit your home today!

Top 5 Ideas for Painting in Summer

With the warm season well and truly upon us, there’s no better time to give your walls a spruce up to shine throughout summer. Whether you’re looking to get outside and get your hands dirty or hire a professional to touch up your interior, it’s important to consider a few things before you start painting your house this summer. Here’s our hot tips for painting when it’s hot!

The early bird gets the worm

If there’s one thing the Gold Coast is renowned for, it’s the relentless sunshine we get – why else would it be called the Gold Coast? However, it’s important to remember that painting when the temperature is over 35 degrees can result in blisters and make paint dry too quickly, creating a rather unappealing finished product. If you’re painting your house this summer, try to do it before the brutal afternoon heat – set an alarm and get to work by 6am for the best results.

Stick to the shade

If you do need to paint throughout the day due to time or economic restraints, make sure you do it smartly. Follow the movement of the sun, and start on the east of your property and make your way around to the west by the end of the day to make sure you’re working in the shade as much as possible.

Prepare your surfaces

It’s always a good idea to prepare the surface you intend to paint before you go full Picasso. Scrape off blistered paint and remove any surface mildew, grime or foliage from all surfaces, and ensure they’re all clean and dry before you start painting.

Watch for the wind

Unfortunately, windy days do not make painting a breeze. Windy days often throw up dust, sand and other particles into the air, which can cling to your paint and create blemishes in the overall finish. Same goes for rain – it’s always best to avoid painting before and after rainy days to let your paint dry as best as possible.

Stay Hydrated

This one’s obvious, but so easy to forget. If you’re spending long hours painting outdoors in the heat, make sure you have a full water bottle on standby, and make sure you slip-slop-slap to avoid heatstroke or a nasty sunburn. You don’t want a simple painting job to turn into a visit to the hospital!

Can’t bear the heat? Get in touch with Thomas Fisher Painting for professional painting all year round.

Painting Tips to Spruce Up Your Kitchen Before Painting

Has Your Kitchen Seen Better Days?

If you’re like most people, you probably spend way more time then you’d think in your kitchen every day – after all, it is where the magic happens! However, with all the hot oil, steam and everything else going on while you cook, you probably don’t even realise how damaged the paint in your kitchen is. This month, give your kitchen a bit of TLC – use these tips to ensure your kitchen looks as good as the rest of your house before painting.

Choose Your Paint Colour and Finish Wisely

Obviously, it’s important to choose a colour that matches the other painted walls throughout the house for your kitchen, but did you know that paint colour also affects our appetite? Many designers tend to avoid using certain colours in kitchens, such as blue, black and purple due to their potential to numb your appetite, whereas whites, creams and earthy hues tend to reflect the food that we consume.

Similarly, choosing a suitable paint finish can make all the difference to maintaining the overall hygiene of your kitchen. Personally, we recommend finishes such as satin or semi-gloss for the kitchen, which should be glossy enough to be wiped down easily but also hide any surface imperfections.

Clean Surfaces Before Painting

Because of all the oil, grease, food residue and grime that builds up in your kitchen, it’s important to give your walls a thorough clean before you start any painting. Scrub the areas around your oven and stovetop with warm water and sodium phosphate for a hygienic result and smooth finish – you might need to attack some areas with a damp cloth or vacuum to ensure all the grit is gone before you go Picasso.

Cover Up

This is standard practice before painting any room or surface, but always remember to mask over the edges of any ceramic tiles, appliances or benchtops with tape before you or anyone else starts to paint. If you’re only touching up part of your kitchen, make sure it isn’t going to look glaringly obvious and stand out more than the rest of your kitchen does. Also, make sure you cover the floor up with newspaper or a sheet to protect from the dreaded drip, and if you’re simply touching up your kitchen cabinets or drawers, it’s always easiest to take them out or off their hinges to paint them.

Looking for a full paint makeover for your Gold Coast kitchen? Get in touch with T Fisher Painters today!

How to: Get Paint Out of Just About Everything

So, you’ve made a mess.

It happens to the best of people, especially when completing a home paint job. Even the most careful painters can notice drips, spills and spatters once the work’s been done. But don’t despair, if you get to the site of the spill early enough most damage can be fixed!

To make the clean up a little easier for you, we’ve outlined the most common places that paint spatters happen, and how you can clean them up as effectively as possible.

Carpets

It’s easiest to remove paint from carpet before it dries. Stop irreparable damage by using dry paper towels or old cloth rags to blot the spill as soon as possible. Never rub the spill – this will further rub it into the carpet instead of pulling it out.

For more stubborn spills, try blotting white vinegar or nail polish remover – do this in small patches to ensure no excess damage is done to the carpet.

Unfortunately, older paint spills and drips may need a professional’s touch.

Countertops

It can be pretty difficult to remove paint from countertops without causing damage. Trying to remove paint from your countertops should be done with caution. Start by applying a thin coat of olive oil to paint drops and rub with a dry rag in a circular motion.

If the spot is stubborn, wrap a rag around a plastic knife and scrape gently.

Wooden Surfaces

A clean rag paired with methylated spirits and patience can remove latex paint without damaging the wood beneath. Oil-based paint spills and spatters require mineral spirits, but never soak the wood as this can cause further damage.

Wipe thoroughly with clean water and let it dry. Sometimes the wood can get discoloured, so just use a wood finish repair pen to fix.

Plastic Furniture

When it comes to removing paint from plastic furniture, it’s best to proceed with caution because many commercial paint removers can actually melt plastic. So, the best course of action is to gently scrape away drips with a plastic putty knife, using vegetable oil to soften the paint. For stubborn spots, try nail polish remover or methylated spirits. Always do a small test patch to make sure no damage to plastic is caused. When finished, use warm water and dish soap to clean away any remaining solvent.

 Of course, spills and spatters can be avoided if you use a professional paint service. To discuss upcoming renovation project, get in touch with Thomas Fisher Painters today.

Paint v Wallpaper v Contact: Which is Better for Your Home Renovation?

Planning a spring-cleaning renovation blitz to your home? You might have found yourself scanning Pinterest or Instagram for ideas, coming across some decorative alternatives that you’re itching to try.

The walls of your home have a great advantage – if you’re a homeowner you’re able to change and transform any space however you’d like. However, with some interesting design “hacks” such as the application of contact paper as an alternative becoming all the more popular, we decided to outline the benefits and disadvantages of paint, wallpaper and contact, so you can avoid any disastrous DIY projects.

Contact Paper

You read that correctly – contact paper. This DIY task is becoming popular with the help of Facebook groups. Homeowners and renters alike have used it everywhere from kitchen backsplash, to redoing tired looking furniture and even for feature walls in the living room.

This has made us question, does this damage the wall underneath when it’s removed?

The possible risks associated with using contact paper in your home may outweigh the benefits. You risk the chances of the wall becoming discoloured or flakey. Not only that, but if applied incorrectly, or if you use poor-quality contact, then you run the risk of pulling paint up and damaging your walls.

If you like the look that contact gives a room, consider investing in some vinyl wraps and always research on how to safely and correctly remove it before putting it up.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is having somewhat of a resurgence these days. Offering fun textures and unique patterns, you can make an impact with an impressive feature wall, however it can be a bit trickier to apply, and not to mention much messier than paint.

The great thing about wallpaper is that it’s durable and will hold up to the wear and tear that comes with having a family, and many varieties are even washable. Since wallpaper is applied with an adhesive then high moisture climates, bathrooms and kitchens may cause it to peel from the wall.

Removing wallpaper can also be a tedious job, and really needs a good amount of patience and the right tools to do correctly. Proper care must be taken, or damage can be done to the wall, just like with contact application.

Paint

The options that paint gives you for your home are endless, and the entire job time can take a fraction of what wallpaper application would take. Tools and equipment are often cheaper too, giving you more money to play with for professional application.

The biggest con? When walls are damaged, scraped or hit and the paint can chip. When this happens, repairing and repainting will be necessary.

If you’d like to talk to the painting experts about your upcoming reno project, get in touch with Thomas Fisher Painting today, and we’ll soon have your property looking great.

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