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Paint colour trends for 2015

With summer now fast approaching its now time to freshen up your house. So here is the link to the colours to give you some inspiration.



Whats New


Did you know that there is a paint that cleans the air? Yes, it’s true.


Sto Climasan colour is an interior paint that continuously degrades harmful substances and reduces odours. This paint is ideal for residential application and is widely used in many heavily frequented commercial locations such as resthomes, hotels, restaurants, medical clinics, schools etc.


Just what does this air cleaning paint do? These revolutionary paints are ecologically friendly products which have the ability to keep walls clean by repelling dirt, bacteria, algae and fungus that can accumulate on surfaces whilst eliminating toxic odors from your rooms at the same time.



Why use eco-paint?

Since the environment and eco-friendly home improvement products have become a hot topic of late, it’s not surprising to find that eco-friendly paint has become popular. This type of paint is eco-friendly due to its natural ingredients and the method of its production. However, its appeal doesn’t stop there – conventional paint is in fact hazardous to our health; eco-paint eliminatesthis problem and is of better quality in terms of durability and aesthetics.

Health benefits of using eco-paint

Conventional paints contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which can be dangerous to your health both during the painting process and up to five years after the paint has dried. VOCs are thought to be so harmful that the World Health Organisation claims that professionaldecorators are 40% more likely to contract lung cancer. In short, the use of conventional paint is emerging as a serious problem, so eco-paint is becoming a necessity rather than just a choice. In fact the EU now are making paint manufacturers abide by certain VOC levels, indicating the danger they pose. It is fair to say that paint is not the only source of VOCs inyour home but you can eliminate the risk somewhat by beginning to use 100% natural materials and products such as eco-paint in your home.

Eco-paint and the environment

VOCs are not only damaging to our health, but are also damaging to the health of our planet. These toxic substances reduce the quality of the air and causing climate change. These VOCs are released during and after use of conventional paint and the production of these paints also results in large amounts of waste (chemical, non biodegradable and non recyclable) other than VOCs which use a vast amount of non-renewable energy in the process. By using eco-paints you are secure in the knowledge that these consequences will eventually be prevented and conventional products completely replaced with natural materials which do not have such a devastating price to pay in terms of the preservation of our planet.

How much does eco-paint cost?

Eco-friendly paints are more costly than traditional options, but the health and environmental benefits make up for this. In addition, eco-paint is just as durable and available in just as made shades as traditional solvent based paints.

Choosing the right colour!

Choosing the right colours for your painting and decorating project
If you are after a really special result with your painting and decorating project we recommend taking the time to select a colour scheme that you find appealing and that works with the area you have.
We have had great experiences using Resene colour consultants as they have a great sense of colours and are great for helping generate ideas that get you closer to the perfect paint finish!


Paul Walker Decorators

Painting your bathroom?

Fresh paint can enhance any room, but it can work wonders in the bathroom. Applying a light-colored paint scheme can “open up” the room and make it seem more spacious. Darker paint colors do just the opposite: add intimacy.

Aside from lightness or darkness, there are psychological considerations when choosing a paint color for the bathroom.

Tints and tones of yellow, orange and red, including some browns and tans, are “warm” colors, which tend to arouse and stimulate — helpful in the morning, but not at bedtime. Conversely, “cool” colors, especially greens and blues, are calm and relaxing, creating a peaceful spa-like ambience for a bath.

Warm and cool paint colors can also affect our perception of room temperature. Since we associate yellow and orange with the sun, we may “feel” warmer when surrounded by these hues, whereas a blue or green space can seem cooler. As a result, warm colors are often favored in colder climes, and cool colors in the Sunbelt.

However, color isn’t the only thing to consider when painting a bathroom. The typical bathroom is exposed to water, high humidity, and significant wear and tear. For that reason, it’s important to select paint that produces a finish tough enough to stand up to these conditions.

Until recently, that meant applying a coat of latex primer, followed by two or even more coats of top quality 100% acrylic latex paint. But today, there’s a quicker and easier way to complete your bathroom painting by using new “paint and primer” products.

Paint and primer products – also known as self-priming paints – are coatings with a dual personality. Like primer, they conceal the existing paint color, as well as many marks; like paint, they form a tough, colorful finish that is stain-resistant and washable.

Rather than taking the traditional approach by applying successive coats of primer, paint, and paint, you can usually complete a painting project with just two coats of a paint and primer product, thereby eliminating an entire application, saving lots of time and effort in the process.

To get the best result when painting a demanding area like the bathroom, it’s wise to choose a paint and primer product that will produce a semi-gloss or high gloss finish. The higher the sheen, the easier it will be to remove any marks or stains that may show up on the painted surface.

It’s also very important to choose a paint and primer product made with 100% acrylic, the same tough binder used in the highest quality traditional paints.

Paint and primer made with100% acrylic offers the best hiding and forms the most durable painted surface. These are especially important characteristics when doing bathroom painting.

If you want to give your bathroom an entirely new appearance this year, maybe all you really need is a colorful new paint treatment. It’s a quick and easy way to enhance and beautify one of the most important rooms in your home. 

If you don’t fancy attempting your bathroom yourself you can always contact Paul Walker Decorators.



3 weeks to emigration!

Well this year has totally and utterly flown in and it’s almost only 3 weeks till we depart these shores for New Zealand 🙂

We will take a two week holiday before starting our first project which is the exterior of the house I will be living in.

I also may have another job lined up and have to phone the client upon arrival!

So things are taking shape, now to enjoy last week and a half of the Old Course Hotel, before a month off 😉

Paul Walker Decorators