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.

What is Undercoat and Primer? A brief Introduction

Undercoat and Primer are key components in the Painting process. Understanding how to use undercoat and primer will influence the finish of your project dramatically. Whether you’re painting a small internal or a large external project.

Here is a brief rundown on what undercoat and primer are and how to use them.

Acrylic Primer: used to seal bare areas before painting the finish coats. For example bare plasterboard walls or ceilings.

Oil Primer/Undercoat: used as a binding coat between glossy surfaces such as windows, doors, frames and skirting and your finish coats. Most paint jobs older than 4 years would generally have been painted in enamel paints. For example, repainting Enamel surfaces or bare hardwood.

Water based Undercoats: there are a few manufacturers that make a water based undercoat. Its best to talk to them and doing a test sample to check if it sticks. The key to these water based products sticking to enamel, is thorough preparation.

Note: if you want to check if you have enamel surfaces – get some methylated spirits and use a old rag and rub done the area to be tested. If the paint comes off its acrylic – if not its enamel. Be careful not to mistake paint rubbing off with old dirt.

If already have enamel painted surfaces and you have used the appropriate primer or undercoat you now have the option to convert from enamel to water based top-coat. The advantages are they are less smelly (low odour) and easier clean up paint – they are usually referred to as Acrylic Enamel. Not only are they easy to use you can wash up in water.

VOC Paints Guide – Part 4: The Benefits of Using Low-VOC Paints

The Benefits of Using Low-VOC Paints

  • Environment-friendly, as there are no lower levels of ozone formation due to paints.
  • The incidence of eye and respiratory irritation from low-VOC paints is uncommon.
  • Proven performance equal to that of traditional paints
  • No special equipment needed
  • Fewer emissions of smog-forming chemicals
  • Better indoor and outdoor air quality
  • These paints are ideal for commercial applications.
  • They are quick drying paints
  • Modern paints with low-VOCs are non-yellowing
  • Increased UV resistance, flexibility
  • Can be rated as healthy paints, as reduced toxins are good for everyone, may it be for kids, pregnant ladies or those with allergies and chemical sensitivities.
  • Good for our Earth as these paints help in reducing landfill, groundwater and ozone depleting contaminants.
  • Low-VOC paints show good results, in all spheres like coverage and covering flaws on previous coats.
  • These are water-Based and can be easily cleaned with the help of soap and warm water.
  • These paints off-gas little or no Hazardous Fumes. Therefore painted areas can be occupied sooner, without any complaints related to odour.
  • These paints are easier to clean and dispose of.

Types of non-toxic paints:

When you have made up your mind to go in for the healthy and clean alternative to paint your home, non-toxic paint is an ideal solution. While traditional paints often off-gas harmful VOCs into the air as the paint dries, but non-toxic paints contain very few to no VOCs. The amount of VOCs present in particular paints is listed on the paint container’s label. When it comes to choosing which non-toxic paint you would require for your home…there are several options which fall into three main categories:

1. Natural Paints

These paints are made up of completely natural materials. The ingredients for these paints include natural materials such as chalk, clay, natural latex, beeswax, earth and mineral dyes. Along with these natural materials like water, plant oils, plant resins, plant dyes and essential oils are used. Water-based natural paints have no odour, whereas the oil-based paints usually give off a pleasant fragrance of natural oils.

These paints are safest for the environment and the residents. Allergies and sensitivities to these paints are unusual. These natural paints are an excellent solution for the people with respiratory problems, children, pregnant ladies and those having allergies to the synthetic components found in most paints. These natural paints are prepared without using petroleum-based by-products, but they may still contain naturally occurring VOCs from their natural ingredients.

More of the pros of using Natural Paints

These are no doubt the cleanest and safest alternatives to common household paints, but there are fewer options of texture, finish, colour and durability in these paints. The harmful petroleum-based chemicals which are culprits of off-gassing VOCs create the bright colours and high-gloss finishes. So in spite of the fact natural paints are an excellent alternative but are not able to cope up with the harshness of the natural outdoor elements like rain, snow, freezing temperatures and extreme sun. These paints are particularly for indoor use and are ideal for the home with small children and pregnant lady.

2. Zero VOC paints

Zero VOC paints are any paint with VOC’s in the range of 5 grams per litre or less. Although some manufacturers claim these paints have no VOCs, it may contain colourants, biocides and fungicides with some VOC’s. Adding a colour tint to the paint generally brings the VOC level up to 10 grams per litre, which is no doubt quite low.

3. Low VOC paints

Low VOC paints make use of water instead of petroleum-based solvents. Therefore these paint off-gas VOCs much less than their solvent-based counterparts. These paints contain zero or very low levels of heavy metals and formaldehyde. As per EPA standards, the amount of VOCs in paints which are sold as Low VOC paints, should not exceed 200 grams per litre and in varnishes, it should not exceed 300 grams per litre.

But they do emit some smell until dry. For avoiding this problem, one should buy paints that contain VOCs less than 25 grams per litre.

VOC Paints Guide – Part 3

What are VOCs?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs or VOC) are a wide range of carbon-based molecules present in paint and many other substances. These are very unstable and we can’t see them. They evaporate under normal conditions, leaving their host and entering the air. In the air, they combine with other airborne compounds to form ozone.

VOCs in paint products

Basically, the “clean” smell of fresh paint is actually the off-gassing of these toxic petrochemical solvents or VOCs.

In paints, these solvents are released into the atmosphere as the paint dries after application. VOCs emitted by solvents that are found in most paints results in indoor air pollution.

VOCs are the chemicals that become breathable gases at room temperature. A release of VOCs is highest during and soon after painting and they continue seeping out for many years. According to Green Seal, only 50% of the VOCs may be released in the first year. Some VOCs are toxic when in large concentrations. Some cause allergies, though not in everyone, their effects vary, but can typically include:

  • Irritations – for example to the eyes and mouth
  • Respiratory problems
  • Neurological disorders.

Worst affected are the babies, small children, pregnant ladies and those having respiratory problems.

VOCs chemicals present in paint products

As per the Environment Australia Air Toxics website, VOCs commonly found in traditional paints are:

  • Acetone
  • Methanol
  • Benzene
  • Methyl ethyl ketone
  • Cyclohexane
  • Methyl isobutyl ketone
  • Dichloromethane
  • n-Hexane
  • Ethanol
  • Toluene
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Total volatile organic compounds
  • 2-Ethoxyethanol acetate
  • Xylenes

But the best part is low-VOC and no-VOC paints are also available in the market which can help us deal with this problem. The safety of the paint is a primary consideration. There are lots of paints available in the market today. Let’s learn more about them:

What are Low VOC paints?

Low-VOC paints as the name suggests, are the paints having reduced levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Low levels of VOCs are the thing which all green eco-friendly paints have in common. Low-VOCs mean low off-gassing of chemicals and low levels of smog-producing pollutants which causes air pollution. For opting on the low-VOC paints, you just need to buy the paints which are labelled as low-VOC paints, and in almost the same cost per gallon as traditional paints you can get indoor and outdoor applications and performance as good as traditional paints.

In part 3 we will be looking into VOC painters more.