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Feb 13, 2018

The Dos and Don’ts of Picking House Paint Colors

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Choosing colors for your home’s interior and exterior paint can be intimidating and overwhelming at the same time. You may have all the inspirations you need, from magazine images to pinterest posts, but still feeling lost when it comes to putting those ideas together. Let these simple dos and don’ts be your guide for your repainting project, and have the confidence to put together a color palette that would look nice for your home.

Interior

Do consider the floor color

When choosing a paint color, we have the tendency to ignore one of the largest surfaces in the house and overlook its existing color. The wall—the largest surface you have at home—will only look good if its color complements the floor color. Therefore, make sure to consider this portion of the room when picking an interior painting color palette.

Don’t ignore the existing decor in the room

Just like the floor color, the existing colors scheme of your decor should matter when picking home paint colors. Your artworks, furniture, rugs and carpets, and other elements inside the house, especially those that are seated next to the walls, should be considered when deciding on interior home painting colors.

Do learn what warm and cool colors are

Being able to identify a color’s temperature will make it easier for you to decide. If you have ever tried bringing a color swatch or decor in neutral color that doesn’t seem to look right on most hues you currently have—which is quite unlikely for a neutral shade—then it probably is because of the color temperature.

Don’t skip sample tries

When your initial color decision is done online, your paint hues are only as accurate as the resolution quality of your monitor. If you are in the paint shop, you are seeing the colors under their lighting condition. And even if you are holding a paint strip against your wall or taping it on the wall, it still won’t give accurate results of how a particular color would actually look like when painted. Your best bet? Properly sampling the paint. Paint a small section of your wall with the paint color you want, so you’ll be able to see how it would look like under your home’s lighting and next to your existing home decor and colors.

Do stick with neutrals

We are not saying avoid colors altogether. Colors add interest to the room, but identify first which element of the room you want to standout. If you want it to be the walls, then go bold with your choice of color for wall paint, and leave the floor, ceiling and decor in neutral shades. This will help balance out the aesthetics of the room, and ensure that there is nothing too much going on visually in the space.

Don’t take sheen for granted

You might think a subtle sheen won’t do any harm to your home’s interior look. But mind you, the type of sheen can either accent or camouflage flaws. Here’s a guideline for the different paint finishes.

  • Matte (Flat): No shine at all. This finish is perfect for areas with low traffic, like the bedroom. Also ideal for ceilings and in areas where there’s lesser chances of getting stained of scratch, since this type of finish is not as easy to clean like the other types of finishes.
  • Flat Enamel: Almost no shine, but easier to clean than the matte finish. Also ideal for low traffic areas.
  • Eggshell Enamel: Has a bit of shine and is ideal for moderate traffic areas. In case of mild stains and scratches, you can just a damp cloth to wipe them off.
  • Satin Enamel: Has more sheen and works perfectly in high traffic spots with presence of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Semi-Gloss Enamel: this finish is shiny but isn’t glass-like. This is the type of paint you want for the trims and cabinets, or anywhere else with high moisture.
  • Hi-Gloss Enamel: Super shiny! This gives off a glass-like gloss and is ideal for highly used surfaces, like the railing and some furniture.

Do create a color theme for your interior

This does not mean you have to paint the entire house with only one color. We mean consider how each room of your house would look together if all doors are opened and you are able to see the interiors all at the same time. If you prefer to play safe and go for one color, try to play with shades. Go a few shades darker or lighter in a room. Go for the darkest shade in the middle wall and lighter shades on the rest of the walls. It’s a great way to add interest and depth to the room.

Don’t get overwhelmed, call a professional!

There may be endless of color choices, but if you work with a professional painting contractor like Ideal Colors, decision-making will be much easier for you. If you are going to tackle a repainting or redecorating project soon for your home or office, call Ideal Colors to help you create a color palette that suits your home, personality and style.

Now that you know the dos and don’ts of picking house paint colors, keep collecting those inspirations and consult a painting professional for the best colors to paint your home.


Feb 13, 2018

8 Brilliant Tips for Decorating Work Spaces

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A well decorated office promotes productivity, which is why it is essential for offices and any work spaces to choose the most appropriate paint colors and decorations to set a productive work environment.

Before starting the decorating process, start by deciding on the color palette of your painting. Whether it is your own home office or an office with several employees, here some decoration and painting tips to help create a space conducive for productivity.

  1. Let More Natural Light In

If possible, every room of the office—of even better, every employee—should have access to some natural lighting. Eight hours every day under fluorescent lighting is not healthy for anyone. Explore other lighting options, like compact fluorescent light (CFL), which closely mimics matural lighting. You may also paint the walls of your office with cream or super pale yellow, so when the light streams in from the windows, the walls will reflect the light and brightens the office naturally.

Also, it helps to provide your employees with indirect lighting options, such as through lamps and other lighting fixtures. Indirect lighting is much more soothing to the eye than overhead lighting, so make sure to consider that as well.

  1. Add a Splash of Vibrant Hue

It’s amazing how the colors of the walls can affect your productivity. According to psychologists, colors greatly affect the mood and the productivity of people, which is why it is important to choose the colors of your office wisely. When deciding what colors to paint your office, keep these colors in mind:

  • Blue is often associated with intelligence, connotes communications, efficiency, trust and calmness.
  • Green symbolizes balance. It is also associated with balance, harmony and rest.
  • Red gives an impression of power, energy, strength and aggression.
  • Yellow exudes optimism, emotion, extroversion, creativity and confidence.

While it wouldn’t be very pleasing to paint the entire office with just one color, adding a pop of these colors to plain white walls can help stimulate everyone’s productivity. If you are renting the space, make sure to check with your landlord before starting the repainting job.

  1. Invest on Physical Comfort

Your employees spend most of their time every day at their desk—sitting on their chair in front of a glaring computer screen. Focus on providing comfort in every work station to keep your employees happy and productive.

Poorly designed work environment can cause an increase in workers’ compensation claims due to health problems. Not to mention is kills productivity level of employees, too. While it’s not really necessary to spend a thousand dollar for an office chair, find more office furniture options that are designed to help with people’s health and comfort.

  1. Consult Your Officemates

Deciding alone for the office décor and painting is not a one-man project, since you are not the only one occupying the office. You will be surprised of some of your officemate’s suggestions and actually be glad that you asked. They can help point out the weakness of the workspace and provide solutions to alter them.

A change in the environment also affects the morale and mood of everyone existing in the space. Involving them ensures that the improvement will benefit them as well.

  1. Get Some Art Pieces

You have the freedom to paint the walls with whatever color you like, but it may not be enough to make your office look interesting. Artworks on walls are an excellent way to spruce up plain looking spaces. You can get a art painting piece or anything framed to add visual interest to your office walls.

  1. Use Storage Spaces Effectively

If you have traditional file drawers in the office, make sure you are using them effectively. It would be practical to have your drawers right next to your desk., but be sure to only get enough that you’re sure you can use. Many of today’s companies rely so much on cloud storage to keep their files instead of the traditional filing cabinets and drawers.

  1. Be Cost Effective

Like any other project, redecorating and repainting an office always comes with a budget. This will encourage you to find a reasonable and efficient method. Although you need to get this done within the allotted budget, do not skimp on quality. You can scrunch a bit on décor, but do not compromise your painting quality for a cheap price. Your office paint should last long and look excellent at the same time. Using low-quality paint will only cause you to repaint more frequently.

  1. Talk to a Professional

For decorations, offices are usually minimalist, so you can have your own take on this matter. But for your office’s interior painting, it’s always ideal to ask for professional advices.

For the best painting advice, call Ideal Colors in Singapore. Their skilled and professional painters will give you tips and educate you of what’s best and what’s not for your space. They can also provide you with an estimate of the entire project, as well as how much paint is needed, for free! They can also help you decide which color to use in what area and what colors you need if there’s a need for blending to get the color you want.

Keeping all these tips in mind will help you save from unnecessary expenses and help you achieve the best outcome in a much lesser time.


Feb 13, 2018

10 Signs it’s Time to Repaint Your Home

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Repainting your home may sound inconvenient, but it is easier than you thought. It is a good investment as it extends the good looks and the integrity of your home.

The paint is your property’s first line of defence from external elements and one of the first things that guests and potential property buyers will notice. When the paint fades, peels or chips, it simply means you need a repainting job. But other than that, here are a few more tell-tale signs that your home is in dire need for a fresh coat of paint.

  1. Hardened Caulk

Caulks are designed to contract and expand with your house. As you property is exposed to varying weather conditions, caulking will eventually and naturally lose its elasticity. When the beads are already resistant or feels hard when you press them down, it is likely the best time to call Ideal Colors for re-caulking and checking for damage.

  1. Chalking

Being exposed in extreme weather conditions also breaks down the paint over time. Before the paint starts cracking and flaking off, it starts to chalk first (a fine powder that easily rubs off on your hand). Chalking also happens if a low-quality interior paint is used or if the paint’s top coat was applied too thinly. Eventually, chalking will cause fading of paint color and reduce the protection of the home.

  1. Flaking or Cracking Paint

Usually, cracking and flaking happens after chalking. You will start to notice cracks with edges that are about to peel off from the walls. The most common causes of flaking and cracking paint are low-standard paints, not priming the wood before painting, overspreading or overthinning the paint and painting in windy conditions that cause the paint to dry too quickly. Cracking and flaking paints needs to be repainted right away before it lets moisture and rain finds their way into the wood underneath the paint and saturate it.

  1. Faded Shade

Extreme sunlight can cause fading, and dark colored paints are much faster to fade than the paler ones. Fading of paint on the shady parts of the house, however, could mean that there might be a problem with water intrusion or the vapour barrier. Look around for mysterious stains on surfaces. If you don’t find any and can’t pinpoint the source of the problem, it’s best to call an expert.

  1. Peeling Paint

If the siding of your wood has not been repainted ever since, the paint in the front and back sides will start to peel off because of sun exposure. Not only does it look bad, but it can also cause damage as the rain is expected to penetrate the wood, causing it to rot. Check for any signs of peeling, especially around the trimming and underneath the eaves. If you see signs of peeling, call Ideal Colors for a repainting job.

  1. Wood Rot

Sections of softness and decay have to be addressed immediately. Otherwise, it will spread to the healthy fibers of the wood, creating an even larger problem. Maintenance and treatment of wood is necessary. And, of course, to top it all off, you need to prime and paint the surface to preserve the repair.

  1. Blistering

Bubble tends to form under and in the paint film due to moisture and heat. Heat blistering takes place when painting the surface under harsh sunlight, overheating the paint. Moisture blistering happens when water gets into the surface of unpainted area, causing the paint to bubble and peel. The paint gets separated from the surface due to the migration of the water from the interior side of the wall or due to application of paint on a damp area. Moist blistering also takes place after latex has dried, if exposed to high humidity, rain, moisture or dew.

  1. Mildew and Algae

Black and gray spots on surfaces of your home can be algae and mildew caused by poor ventilation. Leaving it untreated can cause your paint to crack and flake off, allowing moisture and water to seep into surfaces like woods. If this happens, the moisture will rot the wood and encourage the growth of mildew and molds.

  1. Outdated Colour

Many times, houses were painted in colors that were popular at that time, without considering how the house would look like through the years. Repainting your interior with classic, or even under trendy color scheme, will give your home an updated look. Check out magazines and the internet to draw some inspirations on the freshest color palettes for modern homes.

  1. If It’s a New Home

Usually, painting contractors apply a coat of paint over pre-primed surfaces. That layer of primer will help minimize warpage, but not enough to prevent shrinkage and swelling. If you have just acquired an old home, plan on getting a repainting job within a year. Re-do the painting and make sure to prime every surface properly. Especially if the property is more than a decade old, you need to have it repainted soon. 

Most houses need to be repainted every 10 years, but the most appropriate timeframe depends on the materials used and the climate of the region. For example, traditional cladding needs to be repainted every five years, while cement fibreboard can do away with 10 or more years without repainting job. If you have any painting job for your property, whether residential or commercial structure, have it done by experts from Ideal Colors in Singapore. 


Feb 13, 2018

All About Paints: The Different Types of Paints Safe for Your Home

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Painting is more than just decorating your interior and exterior home walls. In fact, it serves the important function of protecting your home surfaces and minimizes damage caused by various external elements.

The painting process, therefore, is more than just slapping a coat of colorful paint and never minding it again until the next repaint. It matters (a lot!) to plan on the type of paint, number of coats and the combination of paints to use on a certain surface at home, while also considering the weather and environment conditions and that the paint would last for as long as possible.

PAINT TYPES

Base Coat

Since you want your decorative paints to look good and last longer, perfecting its base coat is crucial. For interior walls, a combination of primer and first coat is your best option.

  • Primer

Used on uncoated surfaces, the primer protects the surface beneath it and provides a smooth and even base for the next coats to be applied. Most primer paints can be applied on walls with a sprayer and are available in oil-based and water-biased variants.

For exterior woodworks, professionals prefer using oil-based primer paints. Masonry and plaster surfaces are commonly primed with latex paint diluted in water, which is called a mist coat. However, the use of stabilizing primer may be required if the surface is very powder or flaky. There are also other types of special primers for surfaces like melamine and tiles, which can also be used as base for traditional paints.  

  • First Coat

This is a special paint formula meant to be used to help with the opacity of the finishing coats. A coat or two of first coat may be required before topping it with decorative finish for more vivid outcome.

Professional painters advise that a pale first coat should be applied underneath a pale-colored finish coat, and a dark first coat for dark-hued finish coats. While oil-based first coats are more suitable for interior surfaces, exterior first coats also come with this variant as the oil helps the paint to last longer when exposed to different external elements. If using water-based first coat, experts recommend applying multiple coats to provide the surface with even coverage.

Finish Coats

After applying the base coats, you are ready to paint the walls with decorative finishes.

  • Flat

This one is a latex-based type of paint that is more commonly used on ceilings and walls. Other types of this finish coat are matt, dead-flat matt, silk and water-based eggshell. Some formulas, however, contain vinyl to help with the longevity of the paint when applied on walls. 

Flat finishes are also used on siding fixtures, help cope the surface with moisture and is available in rough and smooth texture. To get an even coverage, you will also need to apply multiple layers of it.

  • Eggshell

A more durable variant than flat, eggshell provides a slight sheen to its appearance. When purchasing, so be sure to check the exact degree of shininess as the intensity varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Commonly used on interior wood surfaces, it serves as an alternative to semi-gloss finish paint. Eggshell finish is also used on walls where hardwearing finish is applied for easier clean later on. Apply primer and first coat as required, and then two layers of eggshell paint for an even finish.

  • Gloss and Satin

Gloss, an impressively hardwearing type of paint, is mainly used on metal and wood surfaces. Satin is also used the same way as gloss, but offers a less shiny finish. Both latex-based and solvent-based versions are available in the market, but latex-based is easier to apply and less likely to turn yellow over time. Although both are suitable for exterior and interior painting, some glosses are specially formulated to withstand the harsher elements of exterior environment. 

Specialty Paints

Great quality paints are expected to perform well in residential environment as long as they are primed and applied to the surfaces properly. However, sometimes, it’s worth it to use specially formulated paints on specific circumstances.

  • Floor Paint

Used on floorboard and concrete flooring, floor paints usually are solvent-based, making them more hardwearing. Available in glossy finishes, floor paints should be used on completely cured flooring by checking it with moisture meter.

  • Bathroom and Kitchen Paints

These types of special paints are the most ideal for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. They are far better than traditional formulations as they resist fungal growth and absorption of moisture.

  • Metal Paint

Metal paints come in different variants: textured, smooth and high gloss. These paints can be used in both exterior and interior surfaces; some can even be directly applied over rust.

Solvent-Based and Water-Based Paints

Paints are generally made of binder and pigment. Water-based paints (acrylic and latex) use water as their binder, while solvent-based ones use mineral spirit, though there are also some that use thinner. Paints for wood finished also come in both oil-based and water-based formula.

However, keep in mind that if you’re using thinner-based or mineral-based paints, plan ahead how you will dispose excess products as there are environmental regulations on that.

If that bothers you, do know that there are eco-friendly and more natural alternatives, such as alkyds. These paints are made of renewable elements such plant oils, manufactured in less polluting process and contain less preservative than their traditional counterparts.


Feb 13, 2018

10 Qualities of a Great Painting Service Company

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Your home is the fruit of your labor. You have poured your heart and soul and invested so much of your resources into it. Considering it is one of your life’s biggest investments, you would not let just anyone paint the walls of your home, would you? Because of this, it’s even more important to hire a professional house painting contractor who you know will treat your home the care it deserves.

When looking for a house painter in Singapore, here are 10 important qualities you should be able to find in your prospect contractor.

  1. Enthusiasm

You need to make the extra effort to find a paint contractor that has deep love for executing quality painting jobs—and of course, has artwork abilities and flawless painting skills.

  1. Reputation

You will only know whether a prospect painter is a qualified one if you ask for references. A good local house painting contractor should be able to provide you with at least three references. Take the time to call each of the clients and ask the relevant questions about the workmanship of a prospect painter. You may also check them out on the internet to find both good and bad reviews about the company.

  1. Experience With Same Jobs

Is the painting job you need for your home’s interior or exterior? For bathroom painting, are you aware that you need special type of paint to use for the walls? Hiring a professional with extensive experience on the type of job you need will ensure that they know what to do and what they need to guarantee flawless execution and impeccable painting outcome.

  1. Expertise

What is the level of experience of a prospect contractor? Whether it is an interior, exterior or a repainting work, your chosen painter should show exceptional skills to execute the job properly. Bear in mind that an ounce of experience now goes an extra mile later in the process of beautifying a project. You want to work with someone with so much expertise and passion on the field.

  1. Professionalism

After determining that a contractor has the expertise to get the job done, it is always a good idea to meet the contractors in person, s you can get a feel of their personality and go over your project in details. This will give you the opportunity to assess their professionalism. Let them explain t you how their staff would complete your project, what’s their approach and discuss the things you want to achieve for the project. Working with a personnel wit high standards will guarantee that your project finishes on time and in an efficient manner.

  1. Friendliness

While interviewing the contractor, notice his personality and come up with a general impression about the prospect. Does it feel like they are comfortable to work with? Do you feel comfortable talking about your project with them? Does the person you are talking to offer excellent customer service? You know that you found the right contractor if the rapport develops naturally and it feel like they easily get what you want without you having a hard time explaining your desire home painting results.

  1. Diligent

When you hire a professional to take care of any job you need to be done, you want someone who will diligently work and monitor the project from start to finish. This individual or team of professionals should work hand in hand and do their best to meet or even exceed your expectations, as well as ensure that the project is finished on time with an outcome they can truly be proud of.

  1. Punctuality

Part of the contract will state the start and end date of your project. In relations to this, it should also state the starting and ending time of each day the staff is going to work on your painting job. Showing ahead or on time will ensure that your job will be finished on the expected time of completion.

  1. Right Equipment

Bigger painting contractors have more equipment than smaller painting companies. If the property that needs a painting job is a three-storey building high or has high interior walls and ceiling, the job may call for the use of a lift or at least a sturdy ladder. For the exterior walls, spray painting could be the fastest way to do an even coat. So, make sure that your chosen painting company has the right tools and equipment to execute the job properly.

  1. Reasonable Cost

Do you think your prospect contractor’s prices are reasonable? Do some research and compare prices from different local contractors here in Singapore. Remember that quality work may require you to shell out a bit more dollar. With long-lasting value and unparalleled expertise, like those provided by Ideal Colors, you will get the just the right price and superior quality work wrapped in one reasonable value.

Take these qualities into consideration when looking for a painting contractor. If you are a property owner who needs painting job for your home, office or any type of building, Ideal Colors is one of the most trusted names here in Singapore. With years of extensive experience with different types of painting job—whether residential, commercial or industrial—we have honed our skills and professionalism to be able to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. If you need an expert painting contractor who known the ins and outs of local painting brands, let Ideal Colors be your first stop.