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Useful decor apps

Dulux, Crown and other paint manufacturers have introduced Apps for showing your house interior in different colours, and they can be very useful. We’ve written about them before and you can find them in our News page. But more Apps for Apple and Android phones take the process one stage […]


New design app for architects and specifiers

We recently featured the latest version of Dulux’s tablet or phone-based colour-picking app, aimed at home users. Now a comparable app has been produced for professionals. Architects, designers and specifiers can use the new app to research and create a full coatings specification from a mobile device following the launch of […]


What is quality in paint?

We are sometimes asked about the difference between brand-name paints and cheaper alternatives. Although marketing plays a part in pricing, the differences are important. It is far from just being marketing hype. Vinyl and Matt Paint is composed of Pigments (for colour and coverage), Resins (for strength), Solvents (to make […]


About Weathershield paints

We are often asked to recommend exterior masonry paints to clients. In most cases we prefer to use the Dulux Weathershield range, and I thought I should explain why. First and foremost, longevity is the most people’s prime concern when choosing exterior paint. The quality of protection that it will […]


Preserving house values

  We are not about to add to debate about property values in London following the Brexit decision. But there is sensible advice that will help to protect the value of your property regardless of market conditions, and summer is the ideal time to think about it. Exterior woodwork, if not […]


Long-term repair for window frames

I wanted to let you know about our repair service for windows. Many London homes still have fine wooden window frames which are in many cases well over 100 years old. The workmanship of the original carpenters and the longevity of the original lead-based paints are hard, if not impossible, to replicate today. […]


Adding house value by redecorating

Estate Agents sometimes refer clients to us for redecoration before properties are put on the market, to help achieve the best price. Depending of course on numerous factors, we have been given estimates that resale price can be increased by between 2% and 12% when a house is redecorated prior to sale. That is […]


The colours of 2016

“Edition 11” is this year’s influential colour design catalogue for 2016 from Azkonobel, owners of Dulux. Newspapers will talk about a “Colour of the Year’ for 2016, but the catalogue is a lavishly-produced design tour de force aimed at designers in just about every industry you can think of, and it influences […]


Dealing with lead paint in London properties

It’s not uncommon to find London properties still painted with old lead-based paint. Sometimes properties haven’t been redecorated since the 1960’s, but more often older lead paint has simply been over-coated with more recent gloss or eggshell. Despite its dangers, lead paint was very popular with decorators because of its smooth, […]


Adding value to houses in London

As London house prices maintain their strength, new types of improvements are becoming fashionable. One recent announcement from skylight manufacturers Sunsquare suggested that a skylight could add £50,000 to the value of a property in the capital for an outlay of £5,000. Two separate surveys, by peer-to-peer lenders Zopa and the Daily […]


Decorating a Bedroom

We (hopefully) spend about a third of our lives in bed, so getting the bedroom right is important. As Autumn approaches it may be a good time to put some thought into the subject. Subtle colouring, and coordination with fabrics, including curtains, has been made easier with the various online […]


Ideas with wallpaper

Recent years have seen a revival in the use of wallpaper, particularly for feature walls and to complement plain painted walls. Well done, the effect works well and avoids a starkness that plain flat walls can create. The range of wallpapers available is vast, from organic materials to advanced plastics, […]


Choosing paint finishes

Paint finishes, from matt to gloss, have different characteristics – understanding them can be useful and may affect your choice. Paint is made of: PIGMENT to provide color, cover the underlying surface, and give ultra-violet protection BINDER to hold the pigment together after drying, provide adhesion, and carry the pigment. […]


Getting a house ready for sale

January is the busiest month of the year for house sales, if you believe the local Estate Agents. With mortgage approvals moving back to pre-crash levels, the housing market has come alive again.If you are putting a property on the market, there is a wealth of advice on preparing it for the best […]


Touching up interior paintwork

Advice on running repairs Like it or not, interior paintwork is going to suffer minor scuffs and knocks. We always leave clients with unfinished paint cans for running repairs, but there are some useful tips which can make your DIY touchups blend in to the rest of the paint on a wall. […]


Your Home vs. The Elements

For some of us, the inside of our homes can be more important than the outside. The inside is where we can show our creativity with colours, furnishings, lighting, etc. The inside is where we entertain our friends, relax after a hard day, and where we raise and nurture our […]


Dealing with damp

Older properties without full double glazing are prone to problems caused by damp at this time of year. But even double-glazing doesn’t always solve the problem. Modern flats often have very high levels of insulation. This has been positively encouraged by building regulations and obviously has many advantages. However in […]


Brickwork care in winter

Long periods of wet weather followed by freezing temperatures can have particularly damaging effects on brickwork. If pointing (the mortar running between lines of bricks) is damaged or eroded, or if the bricks have become spalled (broken up at the surface), water can get in. When that water then freezes, […]


Window care for winter

As we move into winter, many properties can start to suffer from problems with windows. Cold, damp weather can create problems with window frames if the paint is cracked or becoming porous – and rot thrives in the wood as soon as it starts to get a foothold. Repairing window […]