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Colour Trends For 2020

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October 31st, 2019

Colour Trends For 2020

Dulux Colour Futures™ from AkzoNobel have again come up with what they think the colour trends for 2020 will be. They have compiled a colour of the year with supporting colour palettes. They have selected a range of colours they think will be the trend throughout 2020.

What Is The Trend Colour For 2020

Swatch 45GY 55052

The colour of the year 2020 is…… 45GY 55/052 (also known as Tranquil Dawn).

“Every year Dulux colour specialists at our Global Aesthetic Center assemble a team of top international design experts to discuss the new global trends that will affect us all. We work on transforming these insights into one key 2020 Colour trend that will have an impact on homes all over the world. Then we create four beautiful palettes around the Colour of the Year, with a mood and style to suit everyone.”

Quote from Dulux website.

You can see more of this years colour schemes here:
See more of this years colour of the year and colour schemes.

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Video from Dulux YouTube channel.

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Cleaning a paint brush

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October 17th, 2019

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Cleaning a paint brush

Whether you are a professional painter and decorator, a hobbyist or DIYer you will need to clean paint brushes at some point. Brushes range hugely in prices depending on size and quality from just a few pence to several pounds. You may prefer to simply throw them out when you are done, but is that really cost effective? If you spend the best part of £20 on a brush do you really want to throw it away after just one use?

You could store them in a storage product, but this is OK if you intend to use the brush again in the short term and in the same colour. If you are not going to use a brush say within 3-6 months and use a different colour your best bet is to clean out the brush and store it correctly, this way your brush will last for far longer and be in tip top condition giving a good finish every time you use it.

Cleaning and storing your paint brush

Before you clean or store your paint brushes you need to be aware of the type of paint you have been using, either water or oil based, as this will determine how you clean or store your brushes.

Whichever type of paint you have used, remove as much paint from your brush as possible.

Cleaning brushes – water based paints

Run the brush under a running tap, have the bristles facing downwards to prevent washing paint further in the brush where it could dry and go hard. Wash it out until the water runs clear, you can use some mild soap to help remove colour from the bristles and a brush comb to remove any stubborn paint.

Once all the paint has been removed, store in the original package or sleeve or wrapped in kitchen towel or paper to prevent the bristles from splaying out.

Cleaning brushes – Oil based paints

Oil based paint requires a slightly different approach to cleaning than water based paints. Oil based paints need a solvent to break down to oils in the paint allowing it to come out of the brush, unlike water based paints that can simply be removed with water.

To clean oil based paints from brushes, remove as much paint from the brush as possible by wiping it on the edge of the paint can. Then you will need to use white spirit or a brush cleaner to wash the brush in, this will dissolve the paint within the brush. You may have to do this a couple of times with clean white spirit or brush cleaner to get the paint out. Once the paint is removed you can use a brush comb to remove any hardened paint from the bristles, then wash in warm soapy water and once all the white spirit or brush cleaner has been washed out you should store the brush in its original packaging or paper towel to keep the bristles straight and in good condition, ready for it’s next use.

Paint brush and paint brush in cover

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Latest Interior Design Trends

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September 24th, 2019

Latest Interior Design Trends

Design trends come and go in the housing market, making it challenging to know what’s in and what’s already on the way out. This year has been no different in interior design crazes across the entire spectrum of home types and sizes, regardless of whether a dwelling is owned or let. Several design fads of the recent past have moved down the list of desirable looks within the home. Minimalism has departed as the go-to trend, as have all-white kitchens and baths. Instead, homeowners and letters are focused on bigger, bolder designs that showcase personality in every way possible.

Maximalism

Over the last several months, a clear shift away from the minimalist culture in home interior design has taken place. Instead of keeping décor to a minimum and colors muted and calming, buyers and renters are turning their attention toward personalisation in their design choices. At its core, maximalism involves the inclusion of lots of colours, either through painted walls, artwork, decorations, or a combination of all three. Additionally, the maximalist trend encompasses more of what one wants in a home, not less. This craze is all about bringing personality and some degree of noise into the home, all while keeping it classy and organised within a space.

Bolder, Bigger Kitchens and Baths

As a nod to the maximalist trend, bigger, bolder kitchens and baths are making a comeback. This can be seen clearly in recent property listings, such as though showcased by letting agent Mayfair in London. Higher-end homes are focused on opulence in these all-important spaces, included design trends such as a showpiece bathtub or grand fixtures. Adding to the bolder feel, some kitchens and baths are leaning toward darker cabinetry. It is not uncommon to see all black furnishings in these spaces, complemented with bright tiles on the floors and backsplashes. Kitchens and baths are also growing in size, with some homes now pushing the limits on how much space can be used for these rooms.

interior kitchen photo

Patterned Walls and Décor

Another interior design trend making its way onto the list for this year is patterned walls and décor. Although wallpaper has made a slow and deliberate comeback over the last decade, it has done so in an interesting way. Instead of the floral and pastel design choices of 20 years ago, wallpaper selections now include more geometrical features and bolder patterns.
The colours are also getting brighter, and in some cases, darker, highlighting the now necessary personalisation factor in design movements. Home décor is following suit, leaning more toward patterns in accent pieces like pillows, throws, and artwork.

Natural and Sustainable Trends

Aside from colours, patterns, and personalisation in décor, design trends these days are also rushing toward natural and sustainable textures and features. For instance, many properties listed for sale in middle to high-end markets are showcasing natural light throughout bedrooms, kitchens, and baths alike. The inclusion of the outdoors inside is also becoming widely popular, as plants that promote air purity are increasingly seen inside the home.
Some designers are also encompassing nature into interior décor, bringing features such as vertical gardens inside the house.

While interior design trends do not always last for years on end, it seems the longstanding minimalist movement is on the way out. Homeowners and letters are more focused on maximising their space in a way that proves personality and boldness in many different ways. From brighter colours to exciting artwork and patterned décor, the current home interior design movements focused on maximalism may be here to stay for some time.

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