The A-Z of decorating.

The A-Z of decorating.

By Emma Bestley on

Architrave: door/window frames.

Brushes: watch this space, but for now, go for Purdy’s, the Rolls Royce of brushes!

Colour blocking: a great way to add depth and colour into your home.

Daylight: best time of day for painting.

Eggshell: a paint with a sheen in between matte (or flat) and satin.

Fade resistant (UV): paints that have pigment technology meaning the colours are less likely to fade or yellow.

Gloss: easier to clean so often used in high frequency areas, more exposed to grime, such as wood kitchen cabinets, bathrooms and doors.

How often should I paint inside: Living/Dining rooms:5-7 years; kitchen/bathroom 3-4 years; Bedroom&Hallways 2-3 years.

Ice cream edit: pastel hues, think lilacs, mint greens and candy floss pinks.

Joyful collection: colours that evoke feelings of joy, warmth, happiness and luminosity.

Kinetic art: involves some aspect of movement. This can include electric motor-powered sculptures, works of art that move in response to the wind, or optical illusions that give the impression of movement.

Lining Paper: is applied to help create a more even surface for decorating and is ideal for use in older houses.

Mist coat (on plaster): simply watered-down emulsion paint, which acts as your primer.

Neutral palette: have a look at our Serene collection.

Overalls: A great boiler-suit will get you in the mood to transform your house into a home.

Pigment: finely ground natural or synthetic, insoluble particles used to impart colour when added to paints and coatings formulations.

Quick dry: water based paints, with low odour that usually dry within 1-2 hours.

Rollers: use a high-quality lint roller instead of foam for walls, and vice versa for woodwork or metal work.

Saturated: The purity or intensity of a colour is called saturation. The most-saturated colours are vivid and strong, where less-saturated colours can appear washed out or muted. Grey has zero saturation.

Temperature: make sure the room you are painting in,isn’t too hot.

Up-cycle: reviving old and tired furniture/items/homes into new and wonderful creations.

VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds - we do not add any VOCs to our paint. Our paint has very little odour and is safe to paint anywhere in your home.

Water based: the most common and environmentally safe paint options. Water based paints consist of a pigment and binder with water used as a carrier.

Experimentation: the most important rule in painting: try things, there are no rules!

Zzzzz: time to snooze after a long day’s DIY work!