During the autumn and winter months many homeowners find themselves looking for ways to warm up a home that won't increase the electricity bill and is easy to achieve.
Now you can increase your home design and home improvement skills simply by tapping your phone. There are so many apps on the market (free or at a small cost) that go a long way to making your home decorating and home improvement projects easier.
While decorating a home for spring may not be on the cards as an annual task, every home needs freshening up and the arrival of spring is just as good an excuse as any. In South Africa we are lucky enough to enjoy many months of warm weather so it makes sense to freshen up - both indoors and outdoors.
You can use today's paints to transform any feature in a home and today we look at how to paint a porch, whether it's concrete or wood. We show you how to use Plascon Floor Paint and Plascon Velvaglo to transform a drab and boring porch floor.
We have seen damask stencils, geometric stencils, chevron stencils, and now it appears that houndstooth stencils are becoming popular for decorating a feature wall. In this project a houndstooth stencil was applied to a feature wall in a little boy's bedroom - with stunning results.
If there are two colours that are meant for each other, it has to be turquoise and yellow - or teal and lemon. These two colours complement each other perfectly to create a fresh and invigorating combination that is calm and serene at the same time.
Is your home starting to feel a little drab and boring? Has it been years since you last changed the decor? Here are some weekend paint projects that will definitely boost your home with vibrant colour and a bit of fun...!
Every year I trudge off to Decorex for the unveiling of the latest colour palette, and every year I am awed by the colour combinations. This year was no different, but I am nicely surprised to find out my new decorating scheme ties in perfectly with the 'Dare' palette.
There are so many great ways to design walls, and not just feature walls,,, but walls that have &WOW' factor. Here are some stunning examples of walls that wow using graffiti wall murals, fired earth wall murals, mosaic tile walls, glass, mirror and stainless steel tiles.
Instead of traditional wallpaper, use a favourite fabric to add texture and pattern to your walls. It's also a great way to cover up imperfect walls.
Updating the decor in your home doesn't have to be a long, laborious or expensive process. Instead, get a little instant gratification by using paint to easily refresh areas and items throughout the house. With a little cash and a free weekend, you can makeover your house right now.
Although painting ceilings is not a South African decorating trend - we're very conservative you know! - there's no reason why you cannot paint a ceiling. In fact, in certain situations a painted ceiling can make a room feel more spacious, make a low room seem higher and make a cold room warmer.
Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.
Picking your favourite colour from a paint swatch is easy, but making it work in a real interior is far more difficult as colours do not work in isolation. The proportion of a room, existing furniture and the degree of natural light can all have a dramatic impact on how a colour looks - in some cases making it a long way removed from the shade you thought you had picked.
If you haven’t yet seen the new range of Fired Earth vinyl wallpapers available at your local Builders Warehouse- be prepared for a pleasant surprise!
If you're prepared to do all the preparation required for painting stripes onto a wall, they really do add interest to boring rooms. Not only that, but horizontal stripes visually widen a space, while vertical stripes create the illusion of height in a room with a low ceiling.
Long gone are the days where white or beige walls seemed to be the only wall colours that go well with almost everything. Lately, grey walls are seen everywhere especially in home decor magazines, furniture catalogues and design blogs.
With its sunny appeal and versatile nature, yellow is one of the most popular colours for decorating. It warms up a cool room and brightens a dark space, but you need to keep in mind a few guidelines when using yellow, so that it does not overpower.
Are you craving a colourful new look but are stumped about where to start? We asked a handful of designers to share the colour palettes they're using now to give rooms a refresh. (We've given the paint match for each colour so you can use the paint chips to coordinate fabric, furniture, and more.)
The secret to a well-designed room is in the details. Wallpaper, paint techniques, wood panelling, and even tile can add a layer of interest and finish the polished look.
White is by far the most popular colour for interior decorating. Why? Is it because it is the colour of joy, hope, innocence and cleanliness. Or that it represents purity, optimism and enlightenment. Regardless of what’s in fashion, no colour is more universally favoured.
While the PANTONE 2010 colour of the year - Turquoise - served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling '70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the '70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture -- and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent!
Need a pleasing colour palette for your home decor? Just look around you! From works of art to stylish scarves, gorgeous colour combinations are everywhere. Choose a colourful piece by an artist or designer, and the work is done for you. You can find trendy colour palettes on all kinds of things if you keep an eye out for them.
Pantone, the global authority on colour, have announced Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the colour of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
The paint colours you choose for your walls sets the tone for the decor in a home. If you haven't recently decorated, give your home a new look. Pretty purple accessories can add a punch of liveliness to any room. Add a hint of this hue to your home decor and liven things up with these items ranging from deep purple to lilac, from plum to lavender!
Large-scale graphic patterns prove surprisingly versatile in rooms both intimate and grand. Wallpaper let's you take texture, pattern and colour to the next level in one easy step. Armed with a few tips, you yourself can make a difference to how your home looks, feels and appeals to you.
The most obvious answer is white, but does every ceiling have to be white. Can you not paint the ceiling in other colours, or add a texture finish?
Dress up a plain entrance hall, or spice up a guest loo wall, with a sheet or two of wallpaper and paint. Textured wallpaper opens a whole new world of possibilities and I love the idea of limitless colour options.
Colour palettes may change each season, but classic colours remain true favourites. These are colours that can be used in a home that will not age over time.
t's always said that the easiest and most affordable way to inject colour into a home is by using paint. But not everyone finds it easy to pick the perfect colour, or match colours to their existing room decor. Not to mention that there are those that absolutely hate painting!