How do I find a good painter and decorator?
So, it’s time to give your property a little refresh… or maybe even a big overhaul! Whatever your decorating plans are, you want to feel like you are in safe hands in terms of the contractor you choose to work with.
Searching for the right fit can be difficult – there are many painting and decorating contractors out there to decide between, and most will typically offer similar services and match their competitors’ prices. Considering, then, that all these companies and tradesmen appear to be much of a muchness, how should you distinguish who is the right man, or woman, for the job?
To start, educate yourself with some general knowledge
It might be tempting to dive right in and blindly leave all the decorating decisions to the experts. This is not something we would recommend. The best results are attained when the client can clearly communicate their desired outcome.
Contractors carry out their work in order to realise your vision. They have the skill to make your decorating dreams happen and bring your design concept into reality. But for them to be able to do this, the client should first arm themselves with some general knowledge. This way, there is a better overall understanding between client and contractor when discussing the various elements of the project.
Go with a specialist rather than a general handyman
A lot of homeowners veer towards the local handyman when it comes to decorating or painting their property. We probably all know someone, or know someone-who-knows-someone, who does odd jobs like plumbing, painting, or electrics at a “friends and family” rate: Or, at least much cheaper than quotes you’ve seen from professional companies.
This might seem like a fantastic idea to save yourself a bit of cash, but the consequences often range from disappointing to disastrous. We’ve all heard about someone who’s cut their own hair at home and then end up spending twice the money at the hairdresser to fix the mess they’ve made – and the same can apply for painting and decorating!
People typically underestimate the level of skills, expertise, and knowledge necessary to achieve a professional finish. Not to mention the other factors that play an important role in the quality of result: the brand, type, and appropriateness of tools and paint, knowing the correct specifications for water percentage in an emulsion, base coat application and cutting in techniques, etc. It’s more complicated than you think.
Play it safe when choosing a contractor and, where relevant, bear in mind things like licensing, qualifications, insurances, and experience.
Make sure you are clear on their working process
It’s wise to ensure you have a comprehensive understanding of exactly what is going to happen during your decorating project.
This is a good time to make sure that the contractor is clear on your expectations, too! You should cover things like:
Get a quote
It seems obvious, but a vital part of managing your expectations is getting a definitive quote for the work. Most decorating contractors will provide an estimate for free. In order to provide an accurate quote, it is a usual practise for the painter decorator to visit your property and assess the scope of work prior to giving you a solid figure.
Choose someone experienced and reputable
The value of word-of-mouth referrals is palpable: If someone you trust provides you with a recommendation, it is, naturally, extremely convincing. That being said, be sensible and always make sure you are happy with your choice of contractor, rather than hastily following others’ advice. Remember, every project is different, and someone who is a specialist in deck repair and painting, for example, may not be the correct choice for an indoor plastering job!
Luckily, here at Limassol Painters, our experts cover a range of services and have a wealth of experience in many areas. Call us today and one of our specialists will be happy to provide you with a fair quote for your next project.
Keep up with the times and take a look through our picks of the most popular design trends for 2021. It’s time to get decorating!
If you live in Cyprus, the chances are that you are not far from the water. Being such a small island means that even if you are based inland, you are never much of a drive away from the fresh sea breeze and bustling coastal towns like Limassol, Paphos, or Agia Napa.
Bring those beachy vibes into your home by using the sea as your décor theme. Take inspiration from the salty waves, pale sand, and crystal-clear blue waters.
Decoration tips to achieve this look: turquoise walls, jars of pebbles from the beach, adorn tables with natural ornaments and trinkets made from shells, ropes, nets, and driftwood.
There is something inherently peaceful and calming about a cool, white room. The plainness of the white is relaxing: Far from being clinical, it can lull you into a dream-like state.
Imagine crisp, fresh white linen on the bed, open French windows, white shutters, and full-length flowing white curtains; it’s a picture of luxury.
A classic white wall can also be accented with splashes of colour in the form of lighting, cushions, art, or furniture, giving you more design options if you think pure white is too much of a minimalist aesthetic.
Achieve the perfect tropical environment in your home by using leafy accents. Think green walls, bright colours, and house plants – lots of them. Not only do house plants look great, but they also come with some serious health benefits, such as improving the air quality and leading to feelings of greater wellbeing.
Introduce textures such as wicker baskets and jute or sisal rugs to really immerse yourself in the jungle feel.
Ask your decorator about quality paints to create this attractive style.
Style your space using a pastel palette, with subtle yellows, muted greens, and soothing blues. This is a softer approach to decorating compared to some of the more bold and colourful decorative styles mentioned in this list, but it is my no means any less impressive.
The beautiful pastel colours are not overwhelming to the eye and can be highlighted by dark floors or furnishings for a sophisticated look.
Our painting company has used pastels in Limassol properties for many years.
Pantone Colour of the Year
The Pantone colours of 2021 are “PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647”, two contrasting yet complementary tones. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this pairing as “[expressing] a message of positivity supported by fortitude […] this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope”.
Keep your home up-to-date by utilizing this modern match of basic grey and illuminating yellow. A skilled decorating contractor can paint the walls in alternating tones, or you could use one colour as a base whilst accessorising the room with the other.
Feel connected with the earth by bringing warm browns, earthy reds and muddy beiges into your home. These colours are rooted in nature, inspired by the great outdoors, and are incredibly versatile in any room in your house. Get inspired by sand, mud, trees, rock, and stone.
Neutrals work great on the walls in a living room, kitchen, bathroom, or even on the exterior of your property. Taupe can contribute to a shabby chic feel, or help to achieve a rustic, country aesthetic.
Find a decorator near you that understands your design goals and has a clear comprehension of your vision for the space.
What is a painter?
Someone who is a painter by trade will generally offer services of applying paint, stains, or other forms of liquid coatings to walls, floors, machinery, buildings, or other structures. The role of a painter is utilised across all sectors, from private residential projects, commercial, and civil, as well as industrial types of work.
What is a decorator?
A decorator, as a professional term, is an all-encompassing trade and covers many aspects of property renovation and decoration such as painting, tiling, plastering, repair work, and more. The definition of a decorator and the services that are on offer will vary from business to business.
Who can be a painter and decorator?
Generally speaking, there are no hard and fast rules about who can be a painter or decorator, although of course this varies depending on your location. It’s always best to go with a licensed and qualified contractor to reduce your risk and give you the best chances of receiving a quality service.
Where can you find a painter or decorator?
Painting and decorating is a profession which exists worldwide, and you can find some form of in almost every culture in any country. In your search for the right tradesman for your needs, it’s advisable to ask friends and family for recommendations first. This has the benefit of using someone who is tried and tested from people you trust. If you are not satisfied by referrals, then taking your search online is the next best option. Use a popular search engine such as Google to find a local painter or decorator near you.
How can you contact a painter or decorator?
The best way to contact a painter or decorator is by calling them directly on the phone. Most professionals will also be contactable by email, as well as through instant messaging systems or contact forms on their various social platforms and websites, but these methods typically require a longer response time.
When can you use a painter or decorator?
Many of us like to think we are pretty handy when it comes to DIY, and whilst there’s nothing wrong with having a crack yourself, sometimes it is better to call in the experts. Painters and decorators can assist you in small home improvements, such as painting a room, which might only take a few hours. However, they are also the right professionals to use for large remodelling ventures which require days, weeks, or even months of work. Painting is something most properties will require in every room, and applies to both interior and exterior surfaces, so there are many situations where you will find yourself in need of a decorator.
What is the difference between a painter and a decorator?
The main difference between a painter and decorator is simply the range of work they undertake. Whilst a painter will tend to stick to paint-only jobs, a decorator will have the experience needed to perform a variety of tasks.
Do I need a painter, or a decorator?
Hiring the right contractor for your needs is essential. Consider whether your project requires only painting, or whether there are potential obstacles (such as cracked walls) that could call for more general repair work. If you’re unsure, the safest practise is to choose a painter decorator such as Limassol Painters, who have the skill to undertake a variety of decorating tasks, saving you time and money!
The associations of colours with feelings can subconsciously affect our mood. Learn how to take advantage of this to improve your sleep.
The Importance of Your Bedroom
When people think about redecorating a property, their first thought is usually the kitchen, or bathrooms. We spend a lot of time and energy ensuring that these spaces are presentable for family and guests and pour our love and attention into their colour themes and presentation. In our haste to impress, the bedroom is often overlooked. Maybe it’s because it’s a private space and not often open to visitors’ judgement. However, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take care to create a environment perfectly designed for our needs. As it turns out, neglecting your bedroom decoration may be more damaging than you realise.
Improve Your Sleep
Sleep is a precious thing for us all. Most of us don’t get enough of it. And when we do sleep, the quality is often compromised. Of course, there are external factors which are outside of our control, however, there are many things we can do to help improve the calibre and length of our sleep. Many of these tactics you may have heard of, such as avoiding blue light for at least an hour before bed, eating a healthy dinner earlier in the evening, and creating a bedtime routine; but there is another influential factor which may surprise you. Did you know that the colours of your bedroom walls can have a serious impact on your ability to relax and get a good nights’ rest?
The Colours to Choose to Aid Sleep
We’ve all heard that colours can affect our state of mind, but how can we use this to our benefit? Continue reading to discover the best options to help you on our way to a long and peaceful zzz…
Blue is by far the best and most popular choice in terms of the relaxation and calming effect it has on our minds and bodies. Perhaps it’s because it reminds us of the ocean, or blue summer skies, but either way – blue should be at top of your list for colours to decorate your bedroom. Muted tones and pastels like duck egg blue are a go-to for many savvy decorators. Or, for a mature bachelor pad feel, try a deep navy.
Another great colour to get you on the way to a solid 8 hours is green. Green reminds us of nature, and we associate it with organicity, health, and life. It’s also a positive colour: green means go, or “yes”, and this can provide a feeling of harmony and reassurance.
It may not appear as an obvious selection, but yellow is a really smart colour to decorate your bedroom. Yellow is a happy colour, and what’s better than to go to sleep and wake up feeling joyful, with the colour of sunshine on your walls?
Let’s make sure to distinguish the difference between silver and grey when we talk about painting your boudoir. Silver is a brilliant option that exudes luxury and maturity. It is opulent, yet neutral, so is perfect if you’re not big on bold colour themes or want to accessorise your room with individual pieces of colour. Dusky pinks and rich turquoise work great as accent colours to silver.
Colours to Avoid
Now we know which paint colours to choose from, what are the shades which we should steer clear of? Some of the worst selections for a bedroom include; purple, as it provides feelings of energy; red, which can infer danger or anger; and grey, as it’s just plain dull!
Sleep Soundly in the Knowledge…
So, let’s not underestimate the importance of our environment when it comes to sleep. Make sure to stick to muted tones and calming hues for the ultimate good zizz, and rest assured that you picked the perfect pigment to give your body the quality sleep it deserves.