• March 19th, 2013

How to Choose a Colour Scheme

Are you sick of your neutral walls, or perhaps you are living with a colour scheme chosen by the previous tenant or owner? One way to put your own stamp on your house is to redecorate. Many people though, are scared of taking the plunge and going for colour – choosing a colour scheme can be one of the most difficult decorating decisions.


The easiest way to find colours that work together is to choose different shades of the same colour. This can work especially well for blues, reds and pinks.

Natural themes

Another option is to choose a theme from nature – spring (greens and yellows), autumn (reds, oranges and browns) or ocean colours (blues, greys and greens).

Complimentary colours

These are colours that naturally work well together (for example red and green). Complementary colours are colours that sit opposite one other on the colour wheel. You can print a colour wheel out from the Internet or buy one from your local art store.

Use what you have

If you are on a budget or don’t want to change your furniture and accessories you might want to use your soft furnishings or artworks as inspiration for your colour scheme. What are the main colours in your curtains, sofas, cushions, throws and pictures? Use something similar. It can help to photograph the thing you are using as inspiration and take the photo with you to the DIY store to compare with paint charts and wallpapers.

Sam Wright is a freelance writer working for HGS Painting and Decorating

  • July 24th, 2012

How to Make Sure Your Double Glazing is Worth the Cost

These days it seems like double glazing is an essential rather than a luxury. However not all double glazed windows are the same, and it’s worth taking a while to decide what make, materials and frames you need for your double glazing.

Single glazed windows can lead to draughts, condensation and rotting wooden frames and heat loss so that, in the end, the cost of keeping single glazed windows is higher than replacing them with double glazing. For instance, a recent poll by the Energy Saving Trust showed that 64% of house buyers would avoid a property with single glazing and insufficient insulation.

Whether you’re going with any of the huge number of providers out there, there a number of important questions you need to ask yourself.

So the right double glazing can really add value to your home, however a poor choice in windows will set off alarm bells for prospective buyers. If you go for the cheap option and the minimum available standards and you could risk having windows that jar with the character of your property. Buyers who see those windows will immediately start wondering how much they’ll have to pay to replace them, and that will count against you.

The question is, how do you know if you have the right windows? The first thing you’ll need to find out is just how energy efficient those windows are. Just like fridges, washing machines and ovens, windows have an energy efficiency rating, with A being the best you can get, and G really not being worth thinking about. Most major brands have a minimum energy rating of B, with A-rated windows being their top of the range products.

Beyond the energy efficiency rating, it’s also a good idea to look at the gap between the panes of glass- older windows have a gap of around 6mm, while newer models have increased that to around 16mm. It’s not just a case of the gap between the panes of glass however. It’s also a question of what’s in the gap. You’re better off looking for windows filled with an inert gas, such as argon, rather than air.

So long as you pick the right windows, you’ll find they pay for themselves

  • May 4th, 2012

Things To Consider Before Decorating

Want to decorate your house? It’s a great way to up the value of your property, or just make your home feel a bit more like home. As an experienced decorator in Hastings, we can assure you that you shouldn’t rush into it. Remember, any mistakes you make now and mistakes you will literally have to live with. So before you lever the lids off those paint tins, here are a couple of things to bear in mind.

Have A Plan

Decorating isn’t something you can make up as you go along. You don’t have to draw up blueprints, but have a good idea of what sort of colour scheme, you want and what sort of style you’re going for. Having a plan to keep going back to will help you keep track of just how well the decorating is going during the project.

Research, Research, Research

Forewarned is forearmed as the saying goes. There are plenty of magazines, websites and TV shows out there that will show you what others have done and what options might work for you. If you see something you like, safe it to your hard drive or tear the page out and keep it for future reference. Once you’ve got a selection of designs, go through and pick out your favourite bits from each one. Try to work out what appeals to you, and what puts you off.

Once you’ve decided what you want, stick with it. Doubt and uncertainty are your enemies here. No regrets!

Put Your Work In The Right Light

As much as the wallpaper and the colour scheme, lighting can make or break a room. It has a huge effect on the ambience, making the room feel open and spacious or small and cosy. Lighting is important tto the point where it can actually have a chemical effect on you, raising oxytocin levels responsible for feelings of joy. So, as you’re planning your decorating, think very carefully about where the light sources are going to be and how that will play off the choice of colours that you’re using.

Space, Man

One thing that’s easy to forget as you’re thinking about all the furniture, storage space and ornamentation you want to put into a room is space. Empty floor space can be one of the most valuable commodities in a room, and you need to think carefully about how much you have and what you get in return when you use it.

Keep all these tips in mind, and your room should look fantastic.

  • April 4th, 2012

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