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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.

Choosing The Best Colours To Paint Your Home

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There are a lot of different ways that you can pick the right paint for your home. Whether you are painting the interiors or exteriors, you’ll find that there’s a lot to consider. What does space need in terms if light – is a dark space that needs brightening or a large space needing a feature wall paint to help ground the space? Are you painting an exterior on a heritage home – for example painting a Queenslander?

The following guide will help you figure out how to get the right option for your interior and exterior. Choosing the best house painting colour can take a great deal of time. You could spend a lot of effort sorting through samples, looking at different styles, and in the end, still be unhappy with the final result. Make sure you don’t select the wrong paint colour.

Here are a few simple tips and tricks that will help you decide on the best paint colour for your home.

Don’t Rush Through The Process

The first thing that you need to take into consideration is simple, don’t rush through the process. It’s tempting to get an idea and run with it. Some people go with “gut instinct”, for example. But when they start to see the colours on the walls and on their exteriors, they do not seem to enjoy the final product. It’s best not to rush into anything, as the selection process can take a little more time than just picking out a “favourite” colour and then painting it on your home.

If your favourite colour is green, there are hundreds of hues to green to choose from. along with textures and finishes Take the time to paint samples on your wall – the sample never looks the same as on your wall. Get a colour wheel and see all the different hues of green, you can pick accents and trims from colour wheels. And then take this to the painter’s to mix for you.

Online Design Research

With the power of the internet, you can easily find pictures of different paint styles, design elements, and much more. Look at sites that are about design, paint, and have a variety of different tips, and tricks working through the various elements until you see something that inspires you. Finding inspiration online is not hard. You can easily find images through any major search engine, and then decide which is best for you.

Don’t just bookmark images, mind you. Take the images to your painter and they can advise on the best match. In the world of paint saying neutral off-white can be referring to hundreds of colours not just your idea of off-white.

Start With A Neutral Colour Point First

Don’t just go wild. It’s easy to get into colours that pop, and that looks amazing. Don’t go that far just yet. As you start to break down the options you have overall, take time to look into neutral solutions first. Focus on the simplified options from one colour, then move along the spectrum. As you do that, you will see that there’s a lot of whites, reds, oranges, browns, greens, and so much more than you can contrast, mix and focus on.

Just remember, a solid colour of blue, red, or any pigment can be contrasted into a neutral point that makes any room or exterior pop. However, start with neutral elements first, then move away from it depending on the look and style you want your home to have.

Get Samples and Paint Pots

As you look at various house painting designs and colours, make sure that you get samples. This is going to help you not only get a feel for how the colour looks in your space, but it will also allow you to look at what things appear like when they are dry. Choose any space that you want to paint, and just strike a few areas with your brush, and the sample paints. Then compare and contrast based on that.

As you use samples, you can mix, match, and invest very little in the bigger paint process. This is one way to test out a lot of options and before you invest heavily in any paint colour scheme. You may find that your best ideas, are going to come after you test a few paint solutions out first. Then again, you may go back to the drawing board if you find that the colours just don’t seem right.

Think of Furnishings and Accent Pieces


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If you’re stumped, or you perhaps want to get a little better feel for the colours that will make your home look great, focus on furnishings and accent pieces. When in doubt, get a few pictures of furnishings, then juxtapose them with the colours that you want to paint with. By doing this, you’ll be able to test paints and see whether or not it matches the furnishings that you want, and can see the visual design flow of any room. Thinking of furnishings and accents within your home will help you get the right paint colour.

The Sheen Helps With Choices

At this point, you should have a few ideas of what visual design flow you want. But don’t let this final note pass you. Focus on the sheen and finish that you want. You can find flat, flat enamel, eggshell enamel, satin enamel, semi-gloss, and hi-gloss are all paint finishes that will either make or break your paint job.

When in doubt, take time to look for a good paint colour catalogue. These will often have design articles and new products and colours. They can help narrow down your choice and usually provide great paint sample pictures.

If you still find it difficult to decide on paint colours – get a colour consultation. Often when you are hiring a painter they provide this service. If you are DIY house painting then you can pay for a colour consultation service or contact QPaint to find out more about your options.

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Top 5 Tips for Staging Your Home on a Budget 

Studies show that you increase the chances of selling your home by up to 5 percent if you stage it for potential buyers. Even if you are selling your property on your own and working with a very tight budget, you can still stage your property to make it look inviting and interesting for prospective buyers. Here are 5 budget staging tips to get you started.

Repaint with neutral colours.

If your home has rooms with loud or deep, dark colours, consider repainting them over with brighter, more neutral tones. Brighter and more neutral colours are safer compared with louder colours that may be polarising to some buyers.

At QPaint, we take this part pretty seriously. As you can imagine, our colour consultants are trained and accredited with major paint brands.

We can show you how your home could look. – Book a free colour consult today!

Add modern or relative lighting

Use brighter lighting fixtures, light-coloured curtains and open the windows.

All these let more light into the room and give the house and its rooms a bigger, brighter feel. Homes with ample space are always a selling point, especially for those looking for potential family homes.

Remove all personal items.

Neutral accessories make it easier for visitors to see the space as a potential home. You can help this along by removing personal items and mementos such as photos, trophies and the like. You can replace empty frames with generic prints to give living spaces a lived-in but less personal feel.

Empty storage spaces.

Storage rooms, pantries and cabinets should ideally be emptied out. You can leave a few items in there to play the image of functionality, but keep things to a minimum to showcase the amount of storage space that the property has. If you have an empty room, you can move items there and keep that room off-limits for the duration of the open house or just hire some storage space so that you can present the entire home.

Set up the dinner table.

Having a table set up gives the dining room a warm, inviting feel and plays up the idea of how it is to be living in that space. You can even go so far as having cookies baking in the oven for the full effect.

Staging your home for sale need not be a costly project, especially if you are selling a property with little to no problems. A few cosmetic changes and playing up the amount of space by removing clutter and other items can go a long way in creating a home staging that is inviting, effective, and very affordable. Try these tips out and see how your chances of selling your home improvement.

Need help with styling your home for sale? QPaint has over 30 years experience in painting and decorating homes in Brisbane.

Contact a QPaint colour consultant today.

Why Try Roof Washing?

In life, we tend to value stuff especially things that matter to us the most. That’s why we try to protect them as much as we can like the time where we got an insurance for our car or house.

And, having grown up in Brisbane, one of the most important things we need to protect are the houses and properties we own because they do not only house our families but also countless memories and our dreams. They house our first baby steps, our first home as a couple or our first investment property.

But, even though we clean them regularly, we tend to overlook one of the most important things: the roof.

Yes, even the roof needs some loving sometimes and if your roof has turned into a grungy green or mouldy black it may be the time to consider roof washing or restoration.

Roof washing will make your roof look clean and lively again and remove those icky dark spots caused by algae that makes it look like a horror house.

An uncleaned roof could devalue your property so it’s a good idea to clean off your roof when you’re trying to sell your house or buyers tend to undervalue it if it looks grotty or unwelcoming.

The icky black growth on your roof does not only make your house look like it’s from the 1920’s but also makes it as brittle as something that came out of the good old 20’s because it eats away on the organic parts. So if you’d like to make that roof over your head last longer you should try roof washing to clear them out and give your roof a longer life.

Another reason to try roof washing is that it helps to remove the moss and algae that absorb a lot of heat which in turn causes your home to be a little hotter. This could also save you a lot on those aircon bills.

If you want a more beautiful, longer lasting, and efficient roof then give it a good old clean by high pressure washing it. Because it’s not only the roof’s worth protecting but also those under it.

If you would like more information on how or the best way to keep your roof looking great, feel free to contact us anytime.

VOC Paints Guide – Part 6: Problems With Traditional Paint

Air Pollution in Brisbane Paint Products with High VOCs

More than 80,000 tonnes of VOCs are released into the atmosphere in Australia each year. And the paint industry contributes significantly to this amount. Paints are a major source of indoor air pollution too; traditional paints can make the indoor air a chemical cocktail which could be very harmful to the health. They continue to release VOCs even long after they have dried.

Studies have found that the VOC emissions from architectural paints exceed the combined emissions from a variety of industrial operations. VOC from paints emissions irritates eyes, nose, throat and lungs; greatly reduces the breathing capacity even in healthy adults and children; it also increases the vulnerability to infections leading to frequent hospital visits and admissions.

Another problem with traditional paints is the post-application wastage and its disposal. Traditional/conventional paints need a special treatment. In order to avoid adverse environmental impacts and render their harmless entry to the sewerage system. With climate change impact on our water resources, it is even more important that we reuse waste water. Water used in cleaning after use of natural paints can be used directly in gardens without fear of any harmful effects to any plant.

Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) began an initiative in 1997 to reduce overall VOCs in locally manufactured paints. APAS is the largest and most widely recognised paint scheme in the world. Currently, Australian standards allow maximum VOC concentrations of 5 grams per litre.

Other painting factors

Another aspect which we must consider after making our choice of paint is how to proceed with painting: would it be a DIY job or require professionals? Sometimes people feel that they can tackle the job themselves…after all how hard could it be to apply a simple coat of paint to the home? And yes it would be much cheaper to paint your house yourself… isn’t it???

What people do not realise is that the painting is a specialised job that is not only technical and time-consuming but also demands hard physical work as well. Doing it yourself would require a massive time commitment to complete a
high quality paint job. Squeezing a paint project into weekends can take months to complete. Not only this, lack of knowledge is another obstacle for the DIY painter. Since surface preparation and selecting equipments are specialised areas and it’s easy to make mistakes. Painting your own home might look like a great idea to save you money initially. However, the results achieved would not be that great and the job might need repainting much earlier.

Painting is easy when you don’t know about it, but very difficult when you do.

The investment you would make in hiring a professional painter will pay dividends in the long term by adding quality value to your home.

Guide to Low VOC Paints – Part 5: Pollution free paint

Guide to pollution free paint

No doubt a fresh coat of paint brightens up space. But that clean smell of new paint is actually the vapours released from the toxic ingredients of the conventional paints. These vapours are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Around 30 ingredients are combined to make the paint. And each of these ingredients needs to exist for a consistent and stable mixture. A study found that application and drying of paint release VOCs at a higher rate compared to other products indoors.

The extent to which VOCs can cause health problems actually depends on the toxic contents of the paint. Specifically, on its concentration and the duration of exposure.

The Australian paint sector comprises around 30 paint manufacturing companies representing its $2 Billion paint industry.  Paint manufacturing companies creates a larger scale of conventional paints.

About the Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

The good news is that industry is waking up to the harmful effects of paints on the health now. Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is a third-party certification system that reviews various products for their environmental impact.

A product is listed on the GECA database only after it has undergone a rigorous process of independent testing and assessment. Currently, there are at least eight paint products listed on its website.

The GECA assessment process also assesses paint on other health impacts like the level of carcinogenic substances in the paint and a range of environmental issues like the heavy metal content or the presence of ozone-depleting substances, also whether the packaging of paint could be recycled. The GECA label on a product is a good indicator of reduced environmental and human health impact.

Grams per litre is the unit measurement for VOCs in the paint. A standard off the shelf interior paint has a high level of VOC which is around 30-80 grams per litre for water-based paint and around 350-450 grams per litre for enamel oil-based paint. The Australian Paint Approval Scheme (APAS) considers a “low odour” and “low environmental impact” to be one that has a VOC level of 5g/L in the untinted wet paint. Also, as per Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), a low VOC wall paint has a VOC level of 16 grams per litre or less including tints. The VOC levels depend on the type of tint… darker tints have higher VOCs than lighter tints.