Painting 101: What Every New Perth Homeowner Should Know

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Making the decision to invest in a new Perth property is an exhilarating milestone in anyone’s life. Along with it comes the opportunity to tailor the space to your personal preferences, creating a sanctuary perfectly matched to your design ideals. 

One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by incorporating a fresh coat of paint. To help you get started on the right note, we have created this comprehensive guide.

Understanding Paint Finishes

Before you head out to your nearest Bunnings, you must understand that the type of paint finish you select can dramatically alter the overall look and feel of your home. The most common types of paint finishes found in WA include flat matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss.

Matte finishes offer a non-reflective appearance, ideal for hiding minor wall imperfections and delivering a soothing ambience perfect for bedrooms or living areas. Eggshell and satin options offer a slight sheen, making them more durable and, therefore, suitable for high-traffic areas like corridors and kitchens. Semi-gloss and gloss finishes are highly reflective and durable, used predominantly for trims, doors, and damp rooms such as bathrooms or laundries.

Selecting the Right Colour Palette

Choosing the right colour palette can be a daunting task but fret not, Hammer and Brush offers stellar colour consulting services and are well-versed in helping homeowners choose colours to match their aesthetic goals. Apart from your personal taste, factors such as room size, lighting conditions, and the purpose of the room should guide your choice. 

Read more: The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Paint Colours with a Perth Colour Consultant

Light, neutral colours typically make a room seem larger and more inviting, while darker hues offer a cozy, more intimate ambience. A trending approach is incorporating earthy colours such as green, terracotta, and sand shades inspired by Perth’s stunning landscapes. 

Preparation is Key

An integral part of achieving a professional paint job is the preparation stage. Start by cleaning your walls with sugar soap to remove any grease or dirt. Patch up dings or nail holes with filler and smooth them down with sandpaper. Do not skimp on this step as it can significantly impact the end result, leaving you with a paint job that lasts longer and looks top-notch.

Read more: How to Prepare Your Perth Home for Painting

Choosing High-Quality Paints and Accessories

Ever heard of the saying, “You get what you pay for”? This rings especially true when it comes to paints and accessories. Invest in high-quality paints that promise superior coverage and longevity. Brands such as Dulux, Taubmans, and Haymes, all available in Perth, are known for their premium offerings.

Alongside, a good quality paintbrush, roller, and drop sheets will make the application process smoother and cleaner. While it may seem costly upfront, overspending a tad here will save you from the headache of frequent touch-ups and repainting in the future.

Hiring a Professional Painter

While it may be tempting to “do it yourself”, certain painting tasks are better left to the professionals. Intricate tasks such as painting ceilings, trims, or exteriors can have a significant effect on your home’s overall appearance. If not executed perfectly, could take away from the property’s charm.

Luckily, Hammer and Brush boasts skilled professional painters who can deliver a flawless paint job, saving you time and ensuring a fantastic result.

Finishing Touches

Aside from a coat of paint, some other simple ways to refresh your new home include, repairing or replacing your skirting boards, having your eaves maintained, or adding a stunning wooden deck for those delightfully hot summer afternoons in Perth. 

Whether you’re painting an entire house or just sprucing up a room with a fresh coat of paint, understanding the fundamental principles of painting will ensure your home blossoms into its full potential. Contact Hammer and Brush to begin transforming your new home into a space you’ll love.

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Kevin Hallam

Kevin Hallam

Kevin Hallam is a master carpenter with 27 years of experience. He and Carolyn formed Hammer and Brush in 2012, a company offering a range of carpentry and painting services in Perth, Western Australia. Kevin and Carolyn, who have been together for 27 years, are joined by their two sons in the family business. Besides their trades, Kevin and Carolyn enjoy a range of outdoor activities, such as boating and caravanning. They have lived in Western Australia for the past 14 years and now call it home.

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