The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Home

The Perfect Christmas Gift for Your Home

Paint Your Home Merry

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…time to paint your home! With 2019 coming to a close and Christmas and New Years fast approaching now is the time to lock-in and book a house painter for the holiday paint projects that need doing! We start to book up quickly for painting services at this time of year so contact us asap to secure your spot! 

During the holiday season, it’s common for people to catch up on the projects they have been thinking about all year. Sometimes our clients want their jobs finished in time for hosting family and friends over for Christmas dinner, other times it’s completing the work over the New Year period. 

So put your home on the ‘nice list’ and give it a gift you can enjoy for years to come!

Here are some gift ideas;

Feature/Accent Wall

This is a fantastic way to makeover any space in your home. Adding a fresh colour to a single wall or hallway will change the interior feel of the room, and gives you a base to change up the colour palette of the furnishings in the room. Our painters are experts in prep work which is vital to any interior painting, but especially to feature walls. You can DIY a feature wall but any slight mistake in cutting in or paintbrush strokes will stand out. That’s why it can work out cheaper for a professional painter to do the work and it will always be quicker than any DIY. 

Why not paint a few feature walls, some popular colours for 2020 as listed by Dulux (we are Dulux accredited painters) are beautiful muted nature colours inspired from lush greens, rainy greys and driftwood browns. These types of natural colours painted on feature walls bring not only a fresh look but a calming vibe. Perfect for painting walls in bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge rooms. And then you can add more dimension to the interior makeover with new furnishings like pillows and linen. What a great way to bring cheer in the holiday season!

Epoxy Garage Floor

Epoxy is a garage flooring solution that looks great and is extremely durable. It is becoming more popular as people are starting to use their garages for multi-purposes not just as car parks. For example, putting in a work out space or home gym in your garage over the Christmas holidays or just making your garage look better and have the potential for more than just one use. DIY epoxy garage floor must be a popular google search term because our clients always tell us they looked at DIY options first. But as we advise them – getting a professional to do the job means a better finish and look. Plus it is not an expensive project. 

It’s a great time to get Epoxy flooring over the New Year and Christmas as often people have time off work and can clean out their garage ready for the job. It is a simple and quick job for our experienced painters and Epoxy floors take little time to dry. We recommend 3 days for the best result. 

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Timber Deck Staining or Restoration

Are you planning on hosting some Christmas or New Year celebrations at your house? Call us now to book in before the holidays season and get your deck holiday-ready with a fresh stain or restoration work. Don’t leave it too late, it’s the prep work that takes the longest for deck staining and these last few weekends before Christmas start to get very busy people. You will find yourself busy enough without having to add deck sanding to your list. Take some stress off by getting in the professionals! We will get it done fast and make sure it’s perfect. 

The stain needs time to dry so make sure you get it done at least a few days before any parties. We book up quickly in December for these types of deck restoration jobs so secure your booking now.

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Interior House Painting

Perhaps it’s more than just a feature wall your home needs, has it been a long time since your home was painted? Are your walls covered in grime and yellowing or flaky paint? Or do you want to renovate your home with a fresh coat of paint? Book a house painter now and get the interior of your home painted whilst you holiday over the New Year. 

Qpaint has operated in Brisbane and the Gold Coast for over 40 years and we are a trusted company. You can rely on us to look after your home and get the paint job done beautifully and on time! Relax on holiday whilst we paint your whole home. And we can keep you updated as much or as little as you like! 

It’s so much easier to have your home painted when you and your family do not have to be living in it. For our painters, we do not mind either way, but it is hard, especially with children for homeowners to live in the home during a big paint job. So why not call us and get a free in-home quote for interior painting and we can discuss your options. One of our senior painters will come to your home for the quote, so you can get all the advice and assurance you need! 

Book Now 

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Complete the home renovations you have been thinking about all year or putting off all year! Get them finished in time for Christmas and give your home and yourself the best gift this Christmas. 

6 Tips to Maximise Smaller Outdoor Spaces

Should I Paint My Home Before Selling?

Spring is upon us and it is a great season to sell your home, traditionally homes sell faster at this time of year. Make your home sell even faster with a fresh coat of paint, this will make your home look better and cleaner but most importantly more appealing to buyers. It’s best to paint your home just before real estate photos take place which is usually a few days before it hits the market. 

Staging your home may seem like hard work but it will help to sell it, a new coat of paint on targeted spaces like the exterior or kitchen and living rooms go a long way to make your home look so much more appealing. If you do not know where to start but do know you need a lick of paint then follow these tips. And of course give us a call for advice and quotes, we can complete the job asap so as not to affect any buying or selling timeframes in place already. Get your home market-ready with our professional painting team!

Speak to Your Local Real Estate Agent

Walk through your home with your real estate agent and get them to point out areas that need attention. This will help you spend money on the right areas and not waste money on staging that will not make an impact but just lighten your wallet. The real estate agent is familiar with your area will know what buyers are looking for. They are also an impartial party to yourself, often we cannot see with a buyers eye in our own home. What we love or have overlooked for years, like the flaky exterior paint on the window trims or our red feature wall in the living room may not be overlooked by a buyer. Plus they can help you narrow down areas to focus on, so before you repaint your entire home and add feature walls to every bedroom seek advice on what to concentrate on from your real estate agent. 

Focus on the Kitchen

Kitchens sell homes, so make sure yours looks the best it can. This does not mean renovating your entire kitchen, simply painting cabinets and tiles will make the space look sleek and modern. If you have an attached dining room or living room paint these walls along with your kitchen walls to tie in the areas and make the space look larger and modern. 

Select Neutral Paint Colours

This is also something your real estate agent probably advised you on the walkthrough. Buyers do not want to see your interior design vision but want to imagine their own. Painting with neutral paint colours means they can envision their ideas in your home. Another benefit of neutral paint colours is they present well and can make your home feel larger and more spacious. Brisbane and the Gold Coast homes in the sunny weather look amazing with a fresh coat of neutral paint and sunlight streaming through the windows. 

Exterior Painting

Buyer will see the exterior of your home on arrival, it will form their first impression and can go a long way in making up their minds on buying your home. If your homes exterior paint is flaking, patchy or generally looking tired this is an excellent area to spend money on to sell your home faster. People especially buyers imagine this as a big job and expensive but it can be done quickly and help add value due to not having the home sit for too long on the market. And compared to your home’s value it’s a small investment. If your home is a Queenslander, exterior paint is very important as its a major drawcard of these beautiful homes. For brick homes, look at your gutters, window frames and the front door, with a new coat of paint on these the look of your home can be changed drastically.

Deck Maintenance and Restoration

Cast an eye over your deck, verandah, timber screens, timber balconies and timber railings. These areas are used daily and suffer from wear and tear, making them look tired and worn. Spending some money on these areas will help your home stand out to buyers, as they will see the attention paid to the area and know your home is well maintained. We can provide deck sanding, finishing, repair and maintenance to your decking or verandahs. Let the buyers envision themselves relaxing on the deck with a drink in hand – not sandpaper in hand!

Touch Ups

If your home does not require a full painting facelift, look to areas that need a touch-up, ones that will stand out if not addressed. Fix any scuffed walls and trims, stain your deck and think about power washing your exterior. Our painting team can perform paint maintenance jobs like these, and it will take very little time but make a big difference.

Settle on the Size

So after all these tips, we do advise that Yes –  you should paint your home before selling in the Brisbane market. But it’s the size of the job that you need to understand, is it a touch-up, kitchen facelift or a new exterior paint job? Whatever the case, you can count on Qpaint to do the job on time and to a high standard that is required for selling your home.

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The Meaning of Colour – What Does Paint Colour Say About You

We see many different house paint colours, whether its an exterior white paint or dining room painted red, every client selects their paint colour based on personal preference. How much do one’s emotions and personality dictate how they select paint colours? At Qpaint we regularly paint the exterior of beautiful Queenslanders and the interiors. Our Brisbane customers looking to refresh their home with an interior paint job love the selection of paints we offer. Personal taste is usually reflected in peoples colour choice, and just like emotions, colours have different meanings.

It helps to understand how colour meanings and their social psychology is tied together when thinking about a new paint colour.

Red 

Known by most as the colour of romance and passion, red also signifies confidence, ambition and determination. The colour red signifies self-confidence and is an energizing colour. It can promote people to put ideas into action and stimulates brain activity. Red is also associated with strong emotional feelings such as arousal, anger, compassion and the colour even promotes the release of adrenaline when people are exposed to it. Appetites and smell senses are heightened in the presence of red also. Rooms that can benefit from red paint might be kitchens and dining rooms.

 

Yellow

Yellow is an optimistic colour and people who love this bright colour are optimists that want everyone around them to feel happy. Bright yellow is an energetic colour, brimming with happiness and warmth. Paler yellow shades represent wisdom and intellect, the colour helps concentration and critical thinking. Colour psychology says yellow is a colour that helps depression and can even bring on a hungry appetite. Yellow paint colour may be a great choice for kids bedrooms, study/office areas and kitchens.

Blue

Blue is a tranquil colour and for those that consider blue a favourite, it means they are optimistic and a bit of a dreamer. Associated with responsibility, relaxation, loyalty, justice and communication, blue in all its shades can have many effects on people. From improving decision-making skills and promoting productivity, this colour is great for workplaces and home offices. The colour has been proven to even lower blood pressure and decrease rapid breathing. Use blue paint in rooms that you want a relaxing vibe in such as bedrooms, bathrooms and family rooms.

Green

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A colour strongly associated with nature, green is a healing and protective colour. People who love green are calm and centered often drawn to healing professions. Hospitals employ green to have a relaxing effect on patients and like blue, green also lowers blood pressure, anxiety and depression. Green interior paint is a good choice for bedrooms, living rooms and home theatres. Dark green shades denote wealth and power, and are great for financial offices like banks or real estate offices.

Pink

Pink is a colour of celebration and if you love pink it says you have a strong compassion for others. Light shades of pink promote a calming feeling and are associated with sweetness. Very pale pink can bring on lethargy and confusion, so should be avoided in rooms used daily.  Colour psychology tells us that pink is calming, reassuring and can decrease feelings of aggression. A colour that represents unconditional love it is great as an accent colour with white in girls bedrooms or guest rooms.

Purple

This colour is representative of magic, royalty, romance, theatre and peace. Purple is good in art spaces or preschool aged kids spaces as it promotes creativity, imagination, and kindness. Studies have also proved the colour purple relieves migraine tension and suppresses appetites.

Black

Black is thought of as mysterious and secretive, and people who love black are known to make decisions based on emotion, not logic. Black combined with white is a great balance as white brings light and openness whilst black accents balance this with its sharp definition and protection of negative energy (according to the colour meaning experts).

Gold

Gold is a colour that thanks to earth’s precious gold metal is associated with wealth, prestige and ambition.

Silver

Silver is also a prestigious colour but rather that the opulent and outwardly prestige that gold brings, silver is more introspective. People who prefer silver are thought to be quiet and thoughtful of others.

Understanding colour meanings and psychology can be a great tool when deciding on what colour to paint rooms. Our team at Qpaint have a wealth of experience in interior painting, we have painted with every colour of the rainbow! Mixing and matching colours can not only look great but maybe even with the employment of colour psychology techniques get your kids to sleep easily at night!

 

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Ideas for Painting Kids Bedrooms

Choosing paint colour and theme for a child’s bedroom requires some thought and consideration. It is not just about a colour scheme, you should take your child’s personality into to account as well. Hiring a recommended Brisbane painter like Qpaint will also make sure the finish is perfect. We can help show you the most popular paint colours for kids rooms and get the job done with perfect finishing to please the fussiest child.

In selecting a paint colour to think about the space, the bedroom needs to create a calm and serene atmosphere; especially for children. Sometimes people want to be creative and imaginative but worry the room will be too busy and not present a calm environment. Smart interior design planning will ensure this doesn’t happen. And a kids room is one of the best rooms in the house to experiment with paint colours and designs.

Paint Colour Ideas

Our painters have painted numerous children’s bedrooms over the decades and common colours include;

  1. Green – forest or jungle theme
  2. Blue – sea or sky theme
  3. Light purple or pink
  4. Grey – space theme
  5. Yellow – sunny theme

And within all of these colours is, of course, is variations on shades and finishes. But these paint colours can be used as the base for the theme. And interior decorations like lamps, linen and furniture can complete the look.

Brighter Colours for Younger Children

Studies show that babies and young children respond to bright colours. Bright colours have a positive impact on the development and mood of infants and toddlers. The brighter the better! But when covering the walls it is best to select the right bright colour, a bright red room, for example, is not going to induce a sleepy baby! A bright blue on the paint wheel can be many, many different shades and our painters can show you some great selections.

We can recommend low VOC paint for your kid’s bedrooms as this will be the safest paint to use. Organic and water-based paints are generally selected for kids rooms and make sure your kid’s health is a priority. Along with low VOC paint, you need a pint that is durable and survives wear and tear. Speak to us for advice on how many coats of paint is needed to make sure you can wipe off stains or spills on the wall.

Paint Colour Schemes and Finishes

A great idea to add warmth and character to a kids room is using a mix of complementary paint colours. A grey base and warm red accents or a beige base and pink accents are two popular colour combinations for younger kids rooms. Using an experienced painter can make sure the look is professional and painted immaculately.

Apart from the paint colour the finish or sheen needs to be chosen also, we recommend either a satin or semi-gloss in kids bedrooms as they are the easiest to clean.

Kids bedrooms should be a fun space that also creates a calm atmosphere for when its time to sleep. Choosing the best paint colour for a kids bedroom will give it a personality that can be further built upon with furniture and interior decorations. Contact us at Qpiant and we can come out to your house and let you know a price and show you paint selections. Get started now!

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Prepare your home for Winter

Queensland avoids very cold temperature in winter unlike out southern state neighbours. But it we still get rain and occasional winter storms, so preparing the exterior home for Winter is still a good idea. You can do a lot inside your home and outside your home to prepare for cooler weather, more rain and possible storms.

Getting the Outside Ready

This is where you can do the most to prevent damage to the exterior of your home. Good prep is the key. Plus it also a good time for yearly inspections you should make on your home to keep it in good nick.

  • Clean your gutters and check the roof drainage is working correctly
  • Repair any roof leaks
  • Replace any broken tiles
  • Check any trees close to your home that may snap in strong winds
  • Repair and paint any exterior walls
  • Check decking and balconies for rotting wood and deck restoration work
  • Inspect windows for leaks and seal any gaps

Interior Painting

Painting the inside of your home during the winter months can be a cheaper option. With outside weather being unpredictable and painters being unable to paint your home if it is raining, then painting the interior can be a great idea. Plus, painters will often offer a reduced rate during the winter months so speak with your local painting company.

Why not take the time now to spruce up your homes interior, as during rainy periods you will be seeing more of it! Plus a warm bright newly painted feature wall can bring a sunny mood to your home during the cooler months. And lying in bed during the rain in a cosy newly painted bedroom brings bliss! If you want to paint the exterior of your home do so before Winter as it will be completed quicker than in the Winter. Our Qpaint team books a lot of work leading up to Winter and we advise you to contact us to book your spot!

Fire Safety


Queenslanders don’t need heaters often so when Winter rolls around and brings lower temps, people may get out their heaters from storage. Check them over before use and make sure they are in safe working order. Check your smoke alarms and test them. Also make sure you have a fire plan and that everyone in the household knows it.

Be Ready for Storms

Put together an emergency kit in case of severe storms and blackouts. Have it easily accessible and pack it with torches, candles, batteries, first aid kit, blankets, and if you have one a battery powered radio.

Interior Blinds

Use blinds and curtains to maximise anytime the sun is out and open them to let it shine in, Conversely you may want heavier curtains or draw your curtains more than usual to keep heat in when using your heating.

Floor Coverings

It’s common for Queensland homes to have tiles or floorboards, but in Winter it’s a good idea to cover areas with rugs to make them warmer underfoot. Plus tiles and wood floors to not hold in any heat, so rugs will help to do so.

Service and Clean Air Conditioners

It’s recommended air conditioner filters be cleaned or replaced each Winter. Keeping the filter clean means your air conditioner lowers energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Plus during summer nobody like to turn off air condition unnecessarily. Doing prep in Winter means no worrying in Brisbane’s humid Summer!

 

 

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Painting and Interior Design Tips for Office Spaces

Interior design in a workplace starts with paint colours and finishes. The first step is to select a colour palette and decide on the interior tone of the room. The largest spaces are the walls and flooring, so getting it right in colour choice matters. Often large corporate companies pay an interior designer to make these choices but this is not a realistic option for a lot of businesses. So the following design tips and tricks can help when designing an office or workspace.

Choose a Paint Colour First


Where to begin is often the first issue, it can seem overwhelming when looking at a large space like an office and know where to start. Looking at paint colours will actually help guide the overall interior design process. This is because you can use the paint colour as a base for all other colour choices, like carpets and furniture.

The paint colour choice for offices should be tied into the type of business run in the space. For example, a financial office is likely to be better served by cool, light paint tones and a digital media office can be a little bolder with more warm and colorful tones. If you workplace has a brand or logo then take this with you to paint supplier or have it on hand when looking at paint swatches. It may be that the foyer or a feature wall is painted in bolder colours and the rest of the office in cool neutral tones. But they all need to work together. Take a look at a list of paint colours that work well together. And keep your brand colour in mind.

Decide on a Colour Scheme

There are three main colour schemes to design an interior from. Decide on a colour scheme and select your paint, floors and furnishings around your colour scheme.

1. Monochromatic Colour scheme

This is referred to as a basic colour scheme design, but that does not mean basic in looks. It simply means using variations of one colour. Taking one colour and displaying tones and shades of the singular colour. It is an uncomplicated design that gives of a relaxed and professional vibe. The uniformity created from monochromatic design lends itself very well to workplaces and also makes the process simpler when selecting colours and furnishings.

Monochromatic colour scheme can also be a black and white design, which is a timeless and elegant design suited to many different businesses. Think crisp white walls, dark carpet and black office furniture. This also works with most logos and brand colours as black and white will not clash with any colour.

2. Contrasting Colour Scheme

A contrasting colour scheme is using two colours opposite on the colour wheel. For example red and green or purple and yellow. Often graphic designers employ this colour scheme when designing logos. Now it is not usual to see a workplace with yellow walls and purple floors! But this can colour theory can be used with accent walls or accent pieces. Your paint colour decision in contrasting colour design needs to match warm or cool colours. For instance it may be a cool mossy green paint in meeting rooms, the foyer and lunch rooms matched with cool brown taupe walls throughout the rest of the office.

A warm contrasting paint office design may be a warm golden yellow contrasted with a warm magenta hue. And this could be a light shade of magenta on the walls with some feature walls in the foyer of golden yellow.

Harmonious Colour Scheme

This refers to three colours on the colour wheel that are next to each other. As the colours are neighbours to each other the look creates cohesion and harmony. If you want to have some colour in your office but still keep it clean and professional then this colour design scheme is great because all the colours will work seamlessly and not clash. The scheme brings a flow and can be easily worked into furnishings and decorations.

Colour Psychology in the Workplace


Is the the use of colour effective in increasing productivity through influencing staff? It is proven that colours influence moods and reactions in people. So why not use this theory to help your business goals!?

The following are examples of common colour schemes in workplaces.

Red

Bold and intense – red certainly invokes feelings in people. It actually causes physical symptoms such as increased heart rate and induces hunger. Think about popular takeaway chains and you realise how many incorporate red into their design. Red is great for workplaces that want high energy and productivity. It is also thought to create an illusion if time passing quicker. These qualities can make red a great colour for call centres and sales offices.


Yellow

Sunny and bright, yellow is aligned with innovation and positivity in the world of colour psychology. Think of yellow for create workplaces like advertising, the arts, hairdressers, architecture firms, fashion and publishing. It can also be used to foster an innovative environment in meeting rooms and training rooms in workplaces. Used well in shops, yellow creates a happy environment for customers and a warmth to the space. Which can keep customers browsing for longer.

Blue

The intellectual one in the colour world, blue is known to stimulate the brain. And with blue being so prevalent in the world, think skies and seas, blue is very effective for inducing certain feelings just based on what shade of blue is used. A strong blue is used to bring better concentration and a lighter shade of blue will bring a tranquility through actually triggering the brain into a more tranquil state. If your workplace needs concentration and a calming environment then blue is perfect. Associated with security and trust, blue is popular for financial institutions, doctors, dentists and science industries.


Green

The colour of nature, green is a colour of balance and peace. But if it is a bright shade of green then it is more stimulating. So for workplaces that would like to create a calming environment then green is the answer. For example medical centres, massage therapists, chiropractors etc. Green is often the colour used by environmental agencies and infrastructure planning workplaces. And this is because if greens association with nature and earth.

Black

In colour psychology black is aligned with authority, strength and durability. A strong colour that is also associated with high end and expensive products. It must be used with a deft hand, as too much black in a space will feel oppressive and rigid. Black works well in in a contrasting colour scheme, so with a white monochromatic design. A serious statement colour, used well in workplaces that aim to present elegance and authority.


Remember to speak to professional painters like our team at Qpaint for help in designing paint schemes. We live and breathe paint and colour is our workplace!

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Epoxy Garage Floor Painting – Get a Better Result with Professionals


Putting down an epoxy coating on garage floors is a great way to resurface the floors and give them an up to date look. Plus it such a durable surface that the Epoxy coating will last for decades. But if it is not applied correctly then the benefits will go to waste. It’s a good idea to hire professionals to apply the epoxy surface as then you can be assured the job is done right.

A common thought is that epoxy is a paint but it is much more than simply painting your garage floor. Epoxy is actually a bonded surface. Epoxy is a two chemicals – epoxide resin and polyamide hardener mixed together. An epoxy paint is latex acrylic based with a bit of epoxy added to it, this is not true epoxy. Which is why getting professionals in to do the job means you won’t waste money on inferior epoxy fakes.

Epoxy is scratch and dent resistant making your garage floors durable and long lasting. So while DIY epoxy painting may appeal, you will save more money over the long term with professionals using real epoxy and specialised epoxy application tools. Also when you get in professional painters the two part epoxy coating can be installed properly. And faster than a DIY epoxy floor.

Fixing DIY Epoxy Mistakes



At Qpaint we use the best suppliers for epoxy and our products are much better than your common epoxy store bought options. Sometimes we have been called to fix clients DIY epoxy flooring that has chipped and even lifted with exposure to a few months of car tyres. We resurface industrial spaces and carparks with epoxy, so your garage will be a piece of cake! Hot tyre lift is not an issue

An epoxy surface is a non slip surface, so if you use your garage as a home gym or workshop this is a great feature. It also a fantastic flooring option for home business garage conversions. If your concrete slab is uneven we can do grinding prep work which means the floors are even and ready for the epoxy coating.

 

Often our clients have called us to install epoxy garage flooring just because they like the look and it helps keep their garage in order.A lot of new homes these days are built with double garages, getting an epoxy coating means the garage is used more effectively. After all it is a large footprint of your floorplan, make the most of the space. Whether its for keeping a neat appearance or making an easy surface to sweep out sand and dirt from surfboards and bicycles. Or using the space as a mix of car spot and home gym.

 

Professional Guarantee

 

We know ‘how to apply epoxy flooring’ can be a often searched subject on the internet but getting a professional also brings certain guarantees. For example a guarantee of the work itself which won’t come with a Bunnings purchase when you try DIY epoxy. Also the application of the coating effects its look. Having a professional complete the job brings

benefits like the right tools for prepping the garage floor and applying the coating itself. Sometimes even new slabs have dents and sections that need grinding and filling. But if your concrete floor just has spider veins or small issues these will be covered by the epoxy surface without any prep needed.  

 

Epoxy is Not a Paint

 

As epoxy is not a paint instead of drying it cures. When the two parts are mixed it causes a chemical reaction that starts the curing process. During the curing process polymer structures harden which is what gives epoxy its durability and strength. As opposed to inferior epoxy paint which only contains a bit of epoxy mixed in. Epoxy bonds directly to the concrete flooring and is a surface itself, not just paint on a surface.


Epoxy is a topical sealer which actually makes it anti-dust. Much of garage dust comes from the concrete surface, a fine concrete powder that continually sheds. So not only will your garage look shiny and amazing, it will keep so much cleaner! No more dust covering cars and tools or being walked into your home.

In the end it’s obvious to us why DIY epoxy is not better than professional Epoxy painters. We advise if you decide to go ahead with DIY epoxy to make sure you get the right product not epoxy paint. Remember its a surface application that bonds to concrete not a painting the concrete. You are not simply painting the floor, you are installing a new surface that if done correctly will look amazing and last decades. Invest where it counts and get a professional to install epoxy on your garage floor.

Make your Home Cooler with Simple Painting Tricks

Make your Home Cooler with Simple Painting Tricks

Beat the heat and keep your air conditioning service bills lower with a some simple painting tips and tricks. We have several techniques perfected during our decades of running a Brisbane painting company. The most obvious is working with the theory that dark colours attract the heat and light colours reflect the heat. But it’s the how and where to use this colour heat theory in your home that matters. Used effectively it will make your home cooler in the summer heat.

The best area of your home to use a light paint colour is your roof. The is the largest exposed area of your home. Directly facing the sun and absorbing its rays, your roof makes the biggest impact on the natural cooling of your home. Finding a way to lessen the solar radiation that heats the roof and transfers into your home is a great cost effective saving. And it doesnt need to lessen the exterior look of your home either. White and light colour roofs look fantastic, especially when matched with flattering trims and gutter colours.

Heat Reflective Membrane Roof Paint

At Qpaint we also have an insider tip that we use every time we paint a clients roof. We use thick roof paint with a heat reflective membrane. This heat reflective paint actually prevents 90% of infrared rays penetrating your home through the roof. Plus it stops 85% of ultraviolet rays and heat. These rays are what makes the build up of solar heat in your roof and external walls. It is why your roof can still transfer heat even after the sun has set. In warm climates like Queensland, we do not need to trap in the heat to warm our homes. Batts and insulation work by slowing down the transfer of heat but doesn’t stop it from coming in from the roof. By using heat reflective membrane paint on your roof you stop the heat in the first place.

Even by just using a lighter colour paint like a white it is proven to reflect more heat than a dark coloured roof. Combined with a specialist heat reflective membrane paint and you will significantly lower your energy consumption costs. Which is particularly relevant to Brisbane which usually has over 250 sunny days a year.

Exterior Paint

The exterior paint colour of your home also matters when trying to keep your home cool. First of if you choose a light colour roof then it really matters to match your exterior paint colour. Dark colours absorb more than 70% of the sun’s radiant energy which transfers through the external walls and into your home, increasing the inside temperature. But white paint will work to reflect the heat away from entering through the walls. If you do not like white exterior paint then choose a cool paint colour. Make sure you tell your paint specialist that is the cool spectrum of colours you are wanting so they avoid the warm versions if the colours.

Cool Paint Colours

  • Light greys
  • Lavender
  • Green
  • Aqua
  • Lilac
  • Mint
  • Cool neutral colours – taupe, beige etc
  • Cool nature colours eg stone and pebble

The colour pallette wheel for cool colours is vast, you are not limited to just the white section. At Qpaint we also use specific exterior paint made for climate and weather effects. We can help you decide on the main colour and suggest trim, gutter and door paint to make your home look amazing. And stay cool!

Interior Paint to Keep your Home Cooler

Psychology plays a part in how a colour makes you feel. So not only can you make your roof and exterior actively work to cool your home, you can ‘feel’ cooler inside your home with cool paint colours. Sitting in a warm amber or red room during a 40 degree humid day isn’t going to make you feel cooler, in fact even with air conditioning on, the psychology of warm paint colours can make you feel hotter!

Plus it can be jarring to enter a home that is painted int a cool exterior colour and then be mismatched on the inside with warm paint colours. Cool paint colours tend to be more matte based but there is no reason you can’t select a cool gloss paint if you like it. On your ceilings it’s best to use a cool white paint, most painters will have a paint that is actually called ‘ceiling white’. Your ceiling plays a big part in transferring roof heat so make sure you get the right colour.

Save Money

So in conclusion it’s best to get your roof professionally painted, as it will benefit your energy consumption bills for a long time. It may be a bigger outlay to pay professional painters but they will save you money with insider tips and tricks. We know how to paint a Queenslander to make it naturally cooler in Summer. Plus give you access to specialist paints like the ones we use at Qpaint. And remember if you can go bold on your front door exterior paint, if you really want to make a statement. This is not going to have a big impact on your homes overall natural cooling ability.

 

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Deck Restoration Tips

Cleaning and restoring your deck keeps it in top shape and avoids expensive repair work. In Brisbane outdoor decks are exposed to harsh weather such as heat and humidity. These elements can cause decks many issues. Deck maintenance is much easier when it’s undertaken often and with proper care. DIY deck restoration is much easier when you break the process into steps.

1. Inspect for Damage

Look for wood rot where the deck is close to the ground and more exposed to moisture. One easy way to check for wood rot is to to push a small screwdriver into the wood, if it goes in easily then this wood needs to be replaced. Make note of where the deck stain has weathered badly. This is probably where it receives most of the sun and UV rays. When you stain the deck make sure to put a few extra coats on this area. Look for any dents and scratches on the deck that may need sanding before restaining. Lastly check for rusty nails or screws that need replacing.

2. Deck Cleaning

Timber decks need great care when cleaning and you must use a cleaning agent specifically designed for cleaning decks. The right cleaning agent will effectively remove the abrasive dust and grit that sits on top of the deck. Removing this abrasive surface will stop your deck from further wear and tear. A deck cleaner combined with a pressure wash should be enough to clean your deck. If your deck has not been cleaned in over 12 months, a professional clean may be the best option.

If its a deck that has not undergone restoration work before, them you may need a different cleaning agent to remove old paint or stain.

3. Deck Sanding

Sanding your deck is the most important part of deck restoration. As it is the step that prolongs the life and look of your deck for the future. The best time to sand your deck is on a sunny day, and not when rain is forecast. If you have a belt sander go ahead and use it or alternatively a sanding sponge is fine. Have protective gear on like a dust mask and gloves. Double check to make sure you have removed all the rusty nails etc and then go for it.

Sanding your deck will remove all the peeling deck stain, clean any mildew and thoroughly remove layers of dirt and grime. Meaning your deck is primed for maximum stain penetration. Plus allows the woods grain to look its best after staining.

4. Deck Staining

This is where you will bring out the best in your wood and highlight its grain and colouration. And of course protect it from the weather and daily use. The most important part of staining or oiling your deck is consistency. The stain must dry evenly otherwise you will have a patchy looking deck. Don’t rush this step, it should take you the longest out of all of the restoration steps. For the best deck staining look get applicators and brushes made from natural fibres and they transfer the stain onto the deck the best. Deck oil is a protective coating for the wood and the oil on the stain moisturises the wood stopping it from drying out. When you select a deck stain it’s best to take into consideration the type timber you have and how often your deck is used. And of course how you want the deck to look, a dark stain or wood colour stain.

Start by coating the ends of the deck boards first and make smooth long strokes. Stain two boards at a time. Do not be heavy handed with each coating, it’s better to have thin coats as they will dry evenly and look the best. Wait at least five days for the deck to dry and make sure it is not used during this time. And then stain the deck again.

Qpaint Deck Restoration

If your deck needs a lot of work or you simply don’t have the time to do the work yourself at Qpaint we are professionals and are experts in deck restoration work. Simply give us a call and we can give you a quote and timeframe. Often our customers tell us how much quicker we are than DIY jobs. Plus we have all the right tools!

Interior Paint Colours for 2019

On Trend Interior Paint Colours for 2019

If you are looking to re-energise your home with an interior makeover and want inspiration for fresh on trend 2019 paint colour – check out our latest 2019 update. Not only can we recommend the latest interior colour trends but help with which colours work best for accent colours or can be the main wall colour for your home.

Most paint brands have released their new 2019 range, and they have moved away from last years edgier palette of modern red, black accent and metallics. To more calming nature inspired colours and muted pastels.

Hazelnut

This colour is warm and comforting, plus it is great for bouncing light off walls to make the room appear bigger. Coming in creamy shades, a lighter hue can be painted throughout your home or pick a dark hazelnut paint colour for an accent wall. Hazelnut interior paint is likely a replacement to the popular grey hues of previous years. The colour will never go out of style and doesn’t clash with existing furnishing.

Muted Pastels

Pastel hues in muted, chalky tones make great interior colours for kitchens and bathrooms. They work well in concealing scuff marks and everyday grime. With a warm tone this paint colour makes a great pairing with minimalist interior design. Muted pastels will feature strongly in the ‘new’ white kitchen look. The tone and hue match perfectly with marble backsplashes and bring kitchens an up to date look that makes a statement without overtaking the whole look. It acts as an easel to the canvas, holding up the main design features and complimenting the overall look.

Muted pastels are a fantastic choice for people that want a new and different look but do not like bold colours. Pastels will be stylish for many, many years and give your rooms a fresh look without overpowering them.


Lilac Grey

Grey will be a perennial favourite for interior paint colour and in 2019 it gets an update with lilac hues. The lilac grey paint colour brings warmth and makes a moodier tone than previous starker grey paint tones. It works well as a gender neutral paint and looks stylishly modern in any room.

Again with 2019 minimalist interior design trends, lilac grey paint works well as a backdrop paint. Being a warm tone with cheerful subtly. Interior designers always love working with greys and we expect lilac grey to be a strong contender for the most popular paint colour of 2019.

Dark Greens

Dark, rich green paint colours are the bold choice of 2019. Used in the right way this colour makes a great accent wall. Rich, dark and moody this on trend paint colour gives a space the feel of luxuriance combined with the healing warmth of nature. Interior designers refer to these statement colours as a foundational hue to centre a space, and take inspiration for furnishings from the colour.

This colour can also be referred to as a rich hunter green and should be used in well lighted, large spaces. As the strong colour can overwhelm smaller spaces. Make sure you are test this colour on your wall to ensure you love the look.


Blues

This 2019 interior paint colour trend works well for those that prefer a more traditional style. New blue paint hues come in many shades, charcoal blue, grey blue, pale and ice blue, all of which work well in rooms as a subtle backdrop. The new blues interior colours bring a soothing, gentle feel to a space. Meaning this colour can be used for a lot of spaces and not overpower the area. The trick is to avoid a nautical blue look, as this will date your space. So avoid painting darker blue paint in small rooms. Stick with muted, lighter blues and you can’t go wrong.

Mustard

Similar to dark green paint, mustard should be reserved for accent and feature walls. Interior designers also favour this muted gold mustard for an amazing trim colour. The deep mustard paint is great for introducing a pop of colour and whimsy to a space. Mustard interior paint adds depth and can be used to highlight any special art or furnishings. This wall paint requires careful thought and planning to what space it is introduced to. Make it the focal accent and keep it contained to one wall or two for maximum impact.

Mushroom

This take on brown is nothing like the mousy browns or orange browns from the 70’s. Once again nature has inspired this 2019 paint colour. This paint colour is gender neutral and is timeless in appeal. What makes it great is if you want a unique but traditional look this colour is for you. Mushroom paint colour is a mix of browny beige with grey. The color is warmer than taupe and brings more mood and character to a space. But still stays in the background not overpowering the area.

Mist

Mixed from a blend of muted green and blue pastels with a lilac grey undertone, mist is the new white paint colour for 2019. Mist interior paint is great for base colour of your home. It can be painted in all rooms and works well to cover daily grime and marks. An updated version of white interior paint, use Mist for a refresh of your home.
Pewter

Pewter interior paint works well as an updated version of beige paint. Bring a rich warmth to your walls and create a blank canvas to decorate from. Pewter is going to be a strong colour trend for interior design, not just in paint but in furnishings and decor. The shade works well with most hues and if you can go dark for a feature wall ot light for the entirety of your home.