How to choose the right colour for your home

Choosing the right colour for your home is no easy feat. With such a vast array of colour options and textures to choose from, it’s no wonder many home owners get stressed when choosing a colour scheme! As Sydney house painters, we have seen how residential homes are enhanced with the right shade. No paint colour is permanent, so you can have a little fun with it. Choose something daring from our 2015 Colour Trends book and get going on making your home your haven!

Here are our top tips to help you choose your next colour scheme:

1. Consider the space

We choose different finishes for difference spaces. Often, the living, kitchen and dining areas are our busiest, and where we spend most of our time. For this reason, as Sydney house painters, we recommend keeping things simple. Many Sydney homes will opt for neutrals in this space, but just because your aim is to keep it simple, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with colour. If you’re thinking something a little more bold than on-trend pale hues, consider a bold feature wall on a smaller wall of the lounge room, but keep the rest neutral.


2. What else is in the room?

It’s important to consider the furniture and decor in the room when choosing colour. Further to the point above, the living, kitchen, dining areas tend to hold most of our big ticket items, as well as our knick knacks, and accumulation of “stuff”. This is another reason why it’s important to keep things simple in these spaces. For a master bedroom, however, often there is just a bed, side tables and possibly an accent chair. This is where you can really turn up the creativity! Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour in less cluttered areas and let your walls do the talking.


3. What is the room used for?

Blue creates a feeling of calm, red inspires passion and orange suggests approachability and warmth. Based on these examples, consider the feeling you want the room to create and don’t forget the psychology of colour. It’s obvious to see why blue is used in the bedroom or bathroom, whilst red feature walls make a common appearance in dining rooms and oranges adorn the entry.


4. What lighting will be in the space?

Lighting can make or break a colour choice. Lighting is crucial to setting the mood of a room and it can change the way the colour appears on the wall. When choosing colour, be sure to always test samples in the actual location, and with the actual light which will be used. Just think of how different a room can feel with bright LED downlights, versus soft, warm white uplighting. You’ll also be surprised how much the position of the sun can alter the colour of a room. Rule of thumb: the more light, the brighter the colour will appear.


Whilst there is often too much choice when it comes to colour, Summit Coatings offers colour consultancy to make the choice easier and have made it easy by compiling the 2015 Colour Trends book below. As Sydney house painters, we understand how our residential customers want their homes to feel and can provide suitable options to make their visions a reality. Contact us on 02 9973 3131 or via the website.

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A guide to home decorating trends 2015

So, you’ve decided to redecorate your home… Everyone has a good idea of what feel they like to create in their home through styling, though sometimes it’s not always clear how to best complement your furniture and decor choices to complete the picture. As Northern Beaches painters, Summit Coatings has seen over and over, how rooms can be transformed from simply a collection of styling pieces, to picture-perfect living areas with the correct colour choice, finish and using the right products.

We’ve included a list of some of the home decorating trends we see as Northern Beaches painters, and which colour palettes work best to pull off the design:


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Modern style is perfect for small spaces, as the clean lines give the illusion of more space. This design style is sleek and future-centric, avoiding excessive accessories and decor items. Often, the same type of material is used throughout the design and there is minimal use of texture, with features kept to metal work and reflective high gloss surfaces. Asymmetrical furniture can be used to create a balance in furniture and layout. The best colour palettes for this type of space are naturals and neutrals, monochromatic palettes, or even bold and dark complementary colours with a solitary accent colour, texture or feature.



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The traditional home has a comfortable, homey, unfussy feel. Everything has a place, and feels warm and cosy. In the past, florals were extremely popular, however as Northern Beaches painters we’re seeing that the style has since shifted to allow for cleaner lines and colours. Furniture and decor edges are soft and curved, and pieces are often placed in pairs and coordinated. This style is all about reflecting consistency, order and attention to detail, with a focus on symmetry. Wall colours are often muted and understated, however bold, deep tones can be used to create drama with a traditional feel.


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Industrial style has seen a rise in popularity over the past few years. Industrial style is defined by creating an open floor space, with a focus on raw and exposed materials used in the construction. All fixed design elements should reflect a purpose or need to be there. Popular features include raw metals, concrete floors or rough wood beams. Vintage lamps and stools (even new ones made to look old) are common styling goods, and an easy way to bring some of the industrial feel to any palette. Popular colour palettes for this style of home include greys, whites, neutral and natural tones and dark charcoals. Bonus points if your industrial renovation can include subway tiles or exposed brick.


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As Northern Beaches painters, we are most exposed to this design style as it’s highly popular with the coastal lifestyle. The focus is on light and bright spaces – creating an airy and relaxed feel. Coastal style uses texture combinations to create an element of warmth in the home. Natural materials, such as timber, hessian and linen add a rustic, vintage feel that is vital to this design style. Popular colours include nautical themed navy’s, neutrals, whites and creams to perpetuate that feeling of calmness and serenity.

If you would like more information about which colours could complete your interior styling project, check out our Colour Trends Ebook which you can download below! For all other enquiries contact Summit Coatings on 02 9973 3131 for an obligation free quote.


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House painting in Winter – Pros and Cons

As Sydney house painters, Summit Coatings and our clients enjoy the luxury of quite a stable weather system all year round. This means, we don’t have to deal with adverse weather conditions like extreme heat, snow or endless rain like other areas in Australia. There are, however, important seasonal considerations when planning your next residential painting project. House painting in winter has a few pro’s and con’s that we’ve outlined below to help you plan out your next home renovation.


WINTER PRO: Less rain, more gain

Rain is one of the biggest weather issues which affect house painting in winter. Winter is a good time to approach a job which is weather dependent, as Sydney typically experiences its driest months from July to October. And it’s not just an exterior paint job which is affected by rainy conditions. An internal paint job can also be affected by moisture in the air caused by severe rain, causing paint to dry considerable slower. Whilst weather is one of those things beyond anyone’s control, rain can seriously delay a project schedule by days, if not weeks. For that reason, if you only have a tight window for completing a job, consider doing so in Sydney’s drier months.


WINTER CON: Ventilation

Whilst many of today’s premium paint is generally safe, most paints still contain toxic chemicals. As part of any good Sydney house painters’ rigorous health and safety program, adequate ventilation must be achieved on site. In summer, most clients are happy to throw open their windows and let the fresh air funnel through their living room, however is this something you can cope with when we’re dealing with temperatures hovering around that 10 degrees? Sure, Sydney’s temperatures rarely fall below that, but if you have young children or older relatives living with you at home, this may not be an option. As Sydney house painters, if achieving ventilation while house painting in winter is not possible, we recommend holding until the temperature warms up.


WINTER PRO: Dry air = dry walls

Humidity increases in Sydney’s warmer months, and this increased moisture in the air means those coats of paint take longer to dry. Summit Coatings only uses premium paint for their clients, so generally issues like humidity do have only a marginal effect on the product, however extreme humidity can pose problems. The dry air we experience in winter does assist in drying the paint, which means we can get back on with the job faster.


WINTER CON: Low temps

This might sound counter to the above point, however the cooler temperatures we experience in winter might have an adverse affect on the rate at which paint dries. Whilst summer does present humidity issues, the warmer temperatures do also work to assist in the drying process. In Winter, with the cold temperatures, paint might take a little longer to dry. In comparison, this is a rather minute issue and to counter this problem, Summit Coatings use industrial standard heaters to make sure your job runs on schedule.


Every season has it’s own unique weather conditions which need to be dealt with when planning a residential painting job. However, working as Sydney house painters for the past 30 years, Summit Coatings knows a thing or two about how to manage house painting in winter and the weather conditions for all seasons.

If you are considering painting your home in winter, call us on 02 9973 3131 or contact us through an online enquiry form.

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