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How to Choose a Colour for Your Feature Wall

So, you want to incorporate a feature wall in your home, but you’re not sure if your chosen colour will create the right atmosphere. Feature walls are a great design tool for giving your room depth, so it’s important to choose a colour that doesn’t make the space seem smaller than it already is, while also staying away from colours that will only be on trend for a short time (remember the rust red feature wall trend?).

We’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing your feature wall, and if you ever feel stuck, remember you can always call on the team at Thomas Fisher Painters!

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Do – Choose a Neutral Colour Tone

Feature walls are used to create depth in a home, and are a great design tool for any DIYer. Using neutral tones, such as charcoals, silver greys and beiges, or muted earthy tones, will enhance your existing space. A well-chosen feature wall colour will give your room a certain ‘WOW’ factor! Try and stick with a subtle colour palette so you don’t create too much colourful chaos in your room.

 

Don’t – Choose a Wall at Random

Pick a wall in your room that will become the focal point – such as where the mantel or tv sits. The eye should be drawn to the one spot, and if you’re creating more than one focal point in your room the eye won’t have anywhere to rest.

 

Do – Pick a Colour That Complements the Rest of the Room

Whatever colour you decide on should complement the rest of the room. You might want to choose a bold and bright colour, but it might clash with the smaller accents in the space.

 

Don’t – Choose an Overcrowded Room

If your chosen room already has a lot of furniture, photos hanging on the wall or decorative accents, then painting a feature wall will add another level of chaos. Either chose a less crowded room for your feature wall, or cull the amount of clutter so the feature wall can do its job – to highlight the space.

 

At Thomas Fisher Painters, we love helping people bring their design dreams to life. Whether you’re interested in incorporating a fresh feature wall in your home or if you’re ready to take a step towards a full paint renovation, then our expert team are the people for the job. Get in touch with our team today.

Eco-Friendly Tips to Keep in Mind When Doing Your Next Renovation

Are you planning on a complete home overhaul soon? Have you got a renovation for a room that you’re just itching to start? With a lot of focus being on environmental care these days, we thought we’d put together a few handy tips to keep in mind for when you start on your next home improvement project.

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Invest In, or Borrow, Good Quality Painting Supplies

Renovating can be expensive, so it’s tempting to cut costs wherever possible. Unfortunately, many choose the painting supplies as the area to cut costs on. If you spend a little extra on good quality painting supplies, they can last you for many years – so long as you take care of them. If you buy better quality brushes and rollers, you’ll end up with a better-quality paint job and you won’t have excess materials that you’ll have to throw out after every time you paint a room. Reusing is a very important tip to keep in mind to avoid unnecessary waste.

Reuse What You Can!

If you have paint leftover from any of your painting jobs, it’s important to try to reuse it before you dispose of it. Do you have any other jobs around the house that need to be done? Any pieces of furniture that need a bit of love? There’s always something that can be done with leftover paint! If you can’t find anything, you can always consider donating paint or paint thinner to a furniture refinishing store or a community group nearby.

Store the paint properly

If you don’t have any jobs that need doing around the house but think you might in the future, storing the paint correctly after use is important. How many of us have gone into the garage and found endless tins of old half-used paint? Not anymore! Keeping paint at the right temperature is essential to making sure you can use it in the future. Like a cupboard or a basement where there’s no chance of moisture getting into it.

Properly Dispose of Your Leftovers

If by chance you do have any leftovers and you can’t keep it, you should dispose of it straight away. If there is a small amount of paint left, leave it to dry out in a well-ventilated area before throwing the tin away. Never pour any old paint down the drain or the gutter as this is only harmful to our waterways and animals.

 

Of course, if this is too much to keep in mind, it’s always a good idea to call a professional painter who’ll think of all this for you! Call the team at Thomas Fisher Painters for a quote today!

The Top 5 Classic DIY Kid’s Painting Projects

Are you looking for exciting and fun ways to entertain the kids this weekend? Sometimes it’s important to let them get their hands dirty – this helps them get in touch with their imagination and their creative side and keeps them entertained for a good while!

While you’re getting creative, it’s a fun idea to paint with different tools – look for things laying around the house going unused. You can try some of these activities using a sponge, toy cars, paint rollers and their hands.

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Secret Messages

An oldie but a goodie – and we all remember doing this as kids! All you need is a stack of white paper, white candle sticks, watercolour paints and some paintbrushes. Get them to write a ‘secret message’ or draw an invisible picture on the paper with the candlestick and paint over it with the watercolour paint. They’ll be so excited when their secret message comes up! You can even start drawing pictures using the candlestick and more colours to create a beautiful work of art.

 

Straw Painting

This one’s a lot of fun – but make sure everyone sits down if they start to feel dizzy! Using watercolour paints are a good idea because they’re much easier to clean up. Just drop a few different colours on a piece of paper and use the straw to blow them around the surface as fast as possible.

 

Rainbows and Scrapers

This one is a little bit different. What you need is sturdy paper, paint, and thin cardboard. You can make your scraper tools with the cardboard and some scissors – cut the cardboard into rectangular pieces that are easy to hold. Cut some notches along one side of the cardboard. Now it’s time to paint. Dollop some paint on the paper and use the scrapers to move the paint around the paper. This gives you a lot of different shapes and patters and you can keep adding paint as you go!

 

Finger Painting

There’s a reason why this one is a go to for everyone. This helps children really get creative by using their imagination and hands. There are no limits to finger painting – and kids rarely get tired of it because it’s so fun and messy! Just keep an old smock or t-shirt handy, a sink nearby, and lots of floor protection ready.

 

Handprints and Animals

This involves paint and drawing. Paint your hand, a sponge, bubble wrap or anything else you can think of and use it on a paper. Then get them to draw an animal or creature around the painting with a black marker.

 

At Thomas Fisher Painting, we take our painting seriously. But we’re always up for a bit of fun, especially when it comes to at home activities – and we hope you have fun with these too!

Inspiration for Decorating Your Child’s Room or Nursery Walls

You child’s room is an important sanctuary for them. It will be where they learn, create, play, dream, imagine and grow. The environment you create for them here will be something that they remember for years to come and provide so many treasured memories of their childhood. The atmosphere that is fostered here is crucial, and the décor should be conducive to all the activities that a busy young person gets up to. One way to provide them this perfect setting is to decorate accordingly. Here are a few ideas for decorating your child’s bedroom walls that will inspire them to be the best they can be.

 

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If you’re feeling a little bit creative and have some time on your hands, doing a stencilled border for the top of your child’s bedroom wall is a great way to add a bit of character. Whether they love dinosaurs, trains, butterflies or anything else, you can choose a stencil to suit.

 

Chalk Paint for Creative Play

Painting one wall in your child’s bedroom with blackboard paint is one of those things you wish your parents had done when you were young. Teach them the alphabet or any other lesson with the board. Provide them with hours of entertainment and encourage their creativity in drawing with colourful chalk.

 

Brilliant Bunting

There’s so much quaint and cute bunting out there to decorate your child’s bedroom with. Find something handmade at your local makers market, on Etsy, or get crafty and make some yourself!

 

A Feature Wall

Simple but effective, a feature wall is something that will brighten up their room and their life. Choose their favourite colour, be it yellow for happiness, blue or green for tranquillity, red for creativity, or any other vibrant colour to match their unique personality. Plus you can get them involved with the painting so they can be proud of the work, too!

 

Colourful Prints and Pictures

It doesn’t matter where their interests lie, there’s a colourful print to match. If you have some photos or pictures they’ve drawn that are especially fun, get them framed and hang them in the bedroom.

 

Shelves with Knick Knacks

Install some shelves or wall boxes to store and display their favourite toys, knick knacks or photos for a wonderful aesthetic and practical idea.

 

At Thomas Fisher Painters, we’re professional painters who can help when you want to paint your child’s walls. Give us a call for a quote today!

The Freshest Colours for Welcoming 2018

As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 with open arms, it’s a time for new beginnings. This can come in many different forms, from implementing a New Year’s Resolution to starting a new job, doing renovations, diet or overhauling your wardrobe. A new coat of paint in your house is a fantastic way to start off the year, especially if it’s in an entirely fresh colour. Here we have the hottest colours to choose for painting your home in 2018.

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Go Neutral for Zen and Calm

It seems like these days, as a contrast to the stresses of everyday life and work, people are becoming increasingly conscious of slowing down and leading a mindful lifestyle. We forecast that 2018 will be the year of Zen, so go for soothing neutral tones in your home.

 

Beautiful Botanicals

As well as appreciating relaxation much more, there’s a definite trend of going back to nature, with so many people opting to have plants in their homes, or taking day trips out of the city to national parks on their weekends. In keeping with this trend, botanical hues are the go. Try shades of olive, deep forest or lime green, to go back to those plant or floral feels.

 

Pretty Pastels for Peace

If you’re a Wes Anderson fan or you just appreciate a soft palate, pastels provide a fitting aesthetic. Try baby pink, yellow, blue or mint green for your living room or bedroom, for a dreamy feel to come home to every day. It’s the perfect choice if you want to recharge.

 

Elegant Earthy Tones

Earthy reds, browns or oranges offer a grounding effect for any home, especially if you live in the city or suburbs. Pair with natural woods and other textures, or dried wildflowers in a vase to bring a room together.

 

Sunny and Bright

Bright yellows, vivid oranges, popping greens – these are all fabulous choices for a room in a modern home. Alternatively, if you have an older home and you want to give it a bit of a new lease on life, you can paint a feature wall for a fun vibe. It could just be the change you need as a mood booster.

 

At Thomas Fisher Painters, we know paint and we know colours. Get in the experts to help with your home or other building painting, and get it done right with us today.

The Best Murals and Frescos in the World

Painting a room is a great project, especially to freshen up a space, and there are so many creative ways to do it. Whether it be a feature wall or a mural, if you have the skills for it you can achieve it. There are some murals and frescos around the world that are truly works of painted art, modern and classic.

Here, we take the chance to appreciate a few of them.

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The Sistine Chapel Ceiling, by Michelangelo

Perhaps the most famous fresco in the world, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City was painted with biblical scenes by Michelangelo in 1508, and has survived hundreds of years to be appreciated by people to this very day. The most famous panel is the Creation of Adam, depicting the creation of man by God.

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Banksy’s Spy Booth

Cleverly painted around a telephone booth, Spy Booth by Banksy portrayed three trench-coated spies surrounding the booth and staking it out, complete with their spy equipment. The mural was destroyed in 2016, but existed in Cheltenham in the UK.

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Everyone is Searching for It, by Millo

Located on two opposite buildings in Milan and encompassing a whole side of both, the impressively-scaled mural shows Millo’s signature red, black and white. The two figures of a male and female on the separate buildings tell the tale of love, loneliness and hope in a vast sprawling city.

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Ceiling Fresco in the Stift Melk Monastery in Austria

This heavenly biblical scene was painted in 1736 by Paul Troge, and exists in the library of the UNESCO heritage listed Benedictine Stift Melk Monastery in Austria.

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Murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland

These murals depict the turbulent political and social past of the country, with colourful messages from various historical events. There have been almost 3000 murals documented, some being replaced by others over the years.

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The Golden Age of Grotesque by Sepe

This surreal and bizarre mural by Polish artist Sepe represents the greed of modern capitalist society. Sepe is a well-renowned artist in the legitimate, as well as the underground, art world – with exhibitions in galleries across the globe.

Although we can’t help you create the next Sistine Chapel-esque masterpiece in your home, at Thomas Fisher Painters we can paint your walls with style and flair. Get in touch with us if you need your house or building painted, and we’ll create a paint job that you can enjoy for years to come.

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.

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