How to choose a licensed painter Sydney

How to choose a licensed painter in Sydney is extremely important! House painting covers a huge area of your home – inside, outside, walls, ceilings, architraves, features and the list goes on.

With so much paintwork you are looking at it regularly, how can you avoid not to. But when you look at something so regularly and there is an imperfection that is where your eye will be drawn 100% of the time.

And how annoying and frustrating is that!!!!

So, it’s important to get it done right the first time. Otherwise, fixing mistakes and errors can be quite costly in the long run depending what the damage is.

There are 6 important factors on how to choose a licensed painter in Sydney

Experience and how to choose a licensed painter in Sydney with Summit Coatings

Experience is so important when choosing a licensed painter in Sydney

Ask them about previous work they have carried out, ask for references and testimonials from previous and current clients and check out their online presence.

Do they have a website and social media channels? Is the website showing actual properties they have painted or do the images look like stock images?

Also, ask them how long they have been in business. this is quite important as if they have only been in business quite a short time that can be cause for alarm, but everyone has to start somewhere and that may be all it is.

If they have only been in business a short time, ask them about their background. Have they previously been a house painter and if so for how long?

They may have only just gone out on their own but have oodles of experience behind them.

If they are new to business though make sure they have all their insurances and licenses in place. As this is something that can be sometimes overlooked but is an extremely important part of a business and engaging a painting contractor.

Are they a Sydney Master Painter? Being a member of the Master Painters Association NSW or the relevant state body to where you are located says a lot.

Quotes are another important aspect when choosing a licensed painter in Sydney

We recommend getting at least 3. And engage 3 reputable companies too. Referrals from friends and neighbours go a long way to finding a reputable house painter in Sydney.

Pay attention to how you are treated during the quotation process. If you are mucked around, rescheduled, they’re late, don’t turn up at all and there is no communication explaining what is happening then that’s a red flag for how the painting process will go.

Time is precious, and everyone would love more of it. We are in business ourselves and understand things happen. A client may be running late, we might have been held up ourselves for an unforeseen reason, traffic could be bad, etc. But a quick phone call to let your potential client know what is happening goes a long way!

Insurance and license considerations when deciding how to choose a licensed painter in Sydney

It is critical that the painters you decide to use have the correct insurances and licenses in place. It doesn’t matter if it’s strata painting you need, a heritage painter in Sydney or residential painters in Northern Beaches. Or even if it’s a hi-rise painter in Sydney.

All painting contractors, businesses and companies should have the relevant licenses and insurances to protect themselves, you, your home and the public.

Don’t be afraid to ask the question – do they have insurance and licenses? General liability, workers compensation and Home Warranty Insurance if the work to be carried out is over $20,000.

Ask to see their Certificate of Currency for their insurances. Don’t just take their word for it.

The Master Painters Association of NSW or your state is full of great information regarding painting contractors. Do check to see what the requirements are in your state as they do vary from state to state

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Preparation and tools can say a lot about when your painting contractor is professional and licensed

First impressions are everything and after the quoting processing seeing how they prepare the area to be painted and what tools your painters have can say a lot about them.

If their tools are haggard and on their last legs or look like they’ve fallen off the back of a truck well that’s a huge warning bell for you.

When it comes to preparation you don’t your home or commercial painter to hold back in this area. It’s the foundation for your finish so you want the area prepped properly to get a professional finish.

Testimonials and references relevant to the work you are having carried out

Whether you are having:

You want to see testimonials and references or speak to those that have similar work completed to what you are wanting to have done.

Make sure you do your due diligence and check any testimonials and references provided by your professional painters.

Guarantee – do your licensed painters provide one?

Always check what sort of guarantee your licenses painters in Sydney provide. Or do they provide one at all?

If they don’t provide one, then that is again a warning bell.

There should be a guarantee on the actual paint and materials used but also on the preparation and application of the paint itself.

Summit Coatings are professional and licensed painters in Sydney

We have a proven track record with over 30 years experience. We have many awards from the Master Painters Association NSW.

You can rest assured you will receive and quality and reliable workmanship with a professional service.

We would love to talk to you about your next painting project with it be your residential home, commercial property or strata property. No job is too big or too small for Summit Coatings.

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How to Choose Paint Colours with the Best Commercial Painters in Sydney

Paint colours on commercial properties can make such a big impact. If it’s time to have a commercial painter in Sydney revamp your commercial building then there are a few things to consider.

Your situation will depend on how you approach it:

  • Do you own and occupy the commercial premises?
  • Is the building leased and tenanted?

If the building or premises is tenanted is it a:

  • Short-term tenant or
  • Long term tenant

We are going to talk more about when you own and occupy the building but you can see some ideas here about paint colours and tenanted commercial properties. Our biggest advice would be if you have long term tenants than to consult them on the colours and especially the time-frame.

 

Commercial painter Sydney interior paint colours with accents

 

You own and occupy so YOUR commercial painter in Sydney haS scope

If you are in a situation where you occupy the commercial premises and own it then you have carte blanche on how you paint the building inside and out. That is if there are no council restrictions and the property is also not heritage listed. It’s worth consulting with your local council just to make sure.

Paint colours are so important from your branding perspective through to the psychological aspects. This is an interesting article on colour and business which is worth reading. The perception colour can have on people is not only interesting but real. When it comes to the inside of the building colour can have an impact on your staff and clients. Some colours are known for uplifting and motivating which you particularly want with your staff.

For example, white and all the off whites are modern and “in” now but too much white is boring and even sterile which even if you are a doctor’s office you may need a sterile environment when it comes to the health and safety of your staff and patients but you still want to portray a warm and inviting space.

 

Commercial painter Sydney showcasing a pop of colour in a retail environment

 

Exterior paint colour advice by the best commercial painter in Sydney – Summit Coatings

When it comes to the exterior of your commercial building you may want to make a statement with your branding colours. That may be utilising the whole space and splashing your brand all over the building or depending on the size, space and location of your building you may wish to make a subtle approach and do a feature piece with your brand colours.

The style of your building and those around it are important to consider.

  • Will all the colours work together?
  • What are the colours used on buildings around you?

If you know the building owners around your property then it doesn’t hurt to touch base and see if they have any plans for updating soon. Especially if you intend to go quite bold with your colour choice.

Also, consider any exterior signage you have on the building or plan to. Will the signage be your statement piece or a part of the overall concept? If the signage is the statement then a more neutral background colour would be the way to go.

When it comes to paint colours also consider what effect and emotion it will have on your clients and your staff. Remember:

Motivating | Inviting | Welcoming

 

Sometimes an accent colour can do wonders too. Choosing a slightly darker or lighter shade can really lift and modernise your building.

 

Commercial painter Sydney Summit Coatings exterior paint colour examples

 

What to ask your commercial painter in Sydney

When approaching your local commercial painter in Sydney for quotes there are things we recommend you ask:

  1. Insurance – are they fully insured – workers compensation, public liability
  2. Licenses – do they have all the relevant licenses
  3. Experience – have they undertook jobs of similar size and nature previously. Painting a commercial property can have many aspects to it from scaffolding to access and time frames. So, make sure the commercial painter has experience in this area.
  4. Master painter – is the commercial painter’s business a registered master painter? By being a registered master painter, you can rest assured that you will be working with experienced painters who can deliver on service and customer service.

At Summit Coatings, we have all this plus over 30 years’ experience. We specialise in commercial painting around the Northern Beaches and North Shore area of Sydney. We also utilise the best paint brand in the industry Taubmans.

We would love to discuss your commercial painting needs so feel free to contact us when you are ready.

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Strata Painting of Your Complex and What’s Involved

Deciding on whether your strata property needs painting will depend on a few things. If you are the owner of the strata unit or if you are the Manager of the strata complex and you think the strata painting needs updating. How you approach when your strata property needs painting will depend on which category you fall into too.

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Strata painting from the owner’s perspective

As the owner of the strata unit, townhouse, etc you will need to know what your rights are and where you stand. If you don’t have a copy of your strata properties by-laws then obtain one from either the Strata Committee President or from the Strata Manager. Strata Managers are usually quite helpful and knowledgeable and if you schedule a meeting with them they will be able to tell you and guide you with what you can do and how to go about any changes that you may need to get approval for.

Anything inside your unit is at your discretion when it comes to strata painting. It’s generally anything on the exterior that is classed as common property is where you may come into problems or at least need to get approval on. Even down to repainting the colour of your unit or townhouses front door may need approval from the properties strata committee.

If getting the strata painters is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your renovation then you may like to check this for costing out your renovation.

If you like to get some ideas on what is in when it comes to painting or wallpapering your walls then you might like to check out a previous post we have done.

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Strata painting from the Strata Managers perspective

If you are the Strata Manager and you think the strata painters need to come in to freshen up the property or to fix an area that needs repairing then it will need to get approval from the Strata Committee at a Committee meeting. How financial the Body Corporate is will no doubt come into play. The Strata Committee will need to discuss how urgent the strata painting is. And as the Strata Manager, you can advise the Committee of this and what action needs to be taken to remedy the situation if the Body Corporate isn’t currently in a position to cover the works.

The Strata Manager may like to suggest that the Body Corporate take the opportunity to refresh and update the colour scheme of the property if it is warranted or would make the property look better. As the Strata Manager, you can present the pros and cons of this:

Pros:

  • Increase real estate value.
  • Update and modernise the façade.
  • Increase visual appeal to property making it easier to sell or find tenants.
  • Increase rental returns.

Cons:

  • Decrease the financial position of the Body Corporate.
  • Body Corporate fees may rise to cover the extra expense.

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Why choose Summit Coatings as your strata painters, Sydney

You definitely want to use a reliable and reputable company for your strata painting and you can rest assured you will get that with us. We have over 30 years’ experience in the painting industry and are also registered Master Painters. We have extensive experience working on large projects such as strata properties and are used to organising the job required with Strata Managers, Body Corporates and Strata Committees. We would be more than happy to come out and discuss the work needed, timeframe and quote for the job, just contact us now to arrange.

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Strata painting strata complex testimonial with Summit Coatings

 

How line markings can help your Sydney business or commercial premises

Line markings can be used for so many things and they play such an important role in everyday life. Line markings can be used in many situations and are what helps keep us safe on our roads as well as in our work environment too if you are in a warehouse or factory. They guide us on so many aspects it’s quite a powerful tool when you think about it.

car park line markings Sydney Summit Coatings

 

How line markings can be used in Sydney

Line markings can be used for so many things and in so many situations:

  • Public car parks and community halls
  • Hotels, motels, restaurants
  • Residential apartments
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Service stations
  • Shopping centres
  • Playgrounds

Having line painting marked out professionally can be so beneficial for the users first impressions through to their whole user experience. And also ensures proper use of the space whilst playing a major role in people’s safety from:

  • Giving direction as to what is designated parking spaces and what is not
  • Which direction to drive and turn
  • Which designated parking spaces have also been allocated for disabled parking, pram parking and senior parking

Car park line painting is such an important aspect. Abiding by line markings is generally enforceable by law too but there are some cases where it is common courtesy such as pram parking and senior parking spaces.

car park line markings Summit Coatings

 

Line markings for workshops and warehouses in Sydney

Line markings can also be used for workshop and warehouse situations too. When working or visiting a workshop or warehouse, you may be sharing the environment with forklifts, trucks or cars. You want the areas marked out quite clearly where pedestrians are to walk safely and go about their business as well as where vehicles should operate and stay within and what areas they need to stay out of.

In a workshop or warehouse situation, we can also use line marking to mark out different packing bays, parking bays, loading bays and anything else that will make your work zone more efficient and productive.

Safety line marking example

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Line markings for Sydney airports

Line markings are obviously very important areas when it comes to airports. Sydney airport has a huge amount of traffic both vehicular and pedestrian wise. And there are huge safety aspects that people need to be aware of when it comes to their own safety and the safety of others both inside and outside of the terminals. And this is all communicated using line markings.

To work in airports, you need to be certified due to the huge security checks and responsibilities and we of course are. We also have extensive experience in conducting large commercial projects so understand the importance of managing a project of this size and all it entails.

Contact Summit Coating for your next line marking project

Ensuring that your line markings are done correctly and efficiently is so important. You also need to ensure the company you use has the right licenses and insurances as they will be working in a public space and as they are on premises they are also a representation of you. So, you want to be confident that the company will conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner.

We have extensive experience at working on various sized projects and in various environments/situations so would be more than happy to talk to you about your next line marking project in the Sydney area.

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Things to consider before hiring commercial painters Northern Beaches

Are you thinking about making some updates to your commercial property in Northern Beaches, Sydney? You may be thinking about getting the painters in if you are between tenants and want to improve your chances of leasing the property. Or have you taken on a new tenant and it’s been a part of the negotiations/lease agreement or are you the owner/occupier of the property and are updating your branding and want to take it a step further to the exterior of the building as well. So, engaging painters that service Northern Beaches or where you are located to improve the exterior of your property can add:

  • Value
  • Style
  • Appeal
  • Confidence

All of which is a benefit for the owner of the property and the business that operates out of the building. Just make sure you use qualified and fully insured painters that have experience in commercial painting as depending on the size of the building and logistics there are a lot of areas to manage.

Commercial painters Northern Beaches with Summit Coatings

 

Why you should engage commercial painters for your Northern Beaches property

We’ve all done it before and judged a book by its cover and people do it with buildings and businesses too. So how the exterior or your commercial building presents will be the first impression of potential tenants and clients. If the building looks cruddy and has peeling and chipped paint are you going to want to lease the property or do business in that building? I think not! So, jazz up the outside and get the painters in to present the property at its best. It’s amazing how much a coat of paint and a change of colour if you wish can change the look and appeal of a property.

If you already have a tenant though and are wishing to spruce up the interior and exterior of the property and they are a long-term tenant then consult with them as to what your plans are with the timeframe and colour. If the tenant is trying to present a particular look with their business what you do with the colour can have a big impact in some instances. For example, if your tenant is a beauty salon and they’re presenting a holistic, calm, warm and inviting presence and you turn around a paint the exterior of the building a gunmetal grey as you can see below the colours have a completely different vibe and appeal. The darker colour isn’t inviting. It’s not warm and welcoming and is quite the opposite of what a beauty salon is generally trying to do.

Commercial painters Northern Beaches colour choices

Source: Sanctuary Skincare

The example above is what a business presenting a calm, warm and inviting presence entails.

Then the example below shows how a dark exterior gives a totally different impression and vibe and would not suit that calm, relaxing serene beauty salon.

Commercial painters Northern Beaches dark exterior colours

Source: Pinterest

Colour can make a big impact when painting the exterior of your commercial property

As we said above and showed you with the two images. Colour can have a big impact on your tenants and how their business is portrayed. So please consult with your tenant if you already have one. We would also recommend having your painters stick to more neutral colours and then your tenants can make any changes if they wish or accessorise when it comes to the interior.

If you are looking at going down the route of the changing the colour of the exterior of your property then also consider the styles and colours of the surrounding buildings and businesses too. If your building is quite close to other businesses and you are in quite a conservative area and you turn around and paint your building canary yellow for example then you might find you’re the talk of the town and not for the right reasons. Although they do say all publicity is good publicity so depending on what you are trying to achieve you may have hit the nail on the head and it could be a cost-effective marketing ploy or gimmick.

Normally when it comes to painting a commercial property our clients choose neutral colours for our painters to use rather than what’s “in style.” Any other colour choices are left to the tenants to make and then rectify back to the original state should they move on at a later time.

Top 5 tips on how to proceed with your commercial painting

There’s a lot to consider and take into account when engaging painters for your commercial property so here are the 5 main points:

  1. Ensure you use a company that has experience and all the relevant licenses and insurances like Summit Coatings.
  2. Engage painters that are a part of the Master Painters Australia Association. That way you can rest assured you are using a reputable company and will get a quality job to match.
  3. If you have tenants in the property then speak to them. Discuss with them what aspects will disrupt them, is the painting able to be completed on days or a holiday period that they are closed (remember a happy tenant pays their rent on time).
  4. If you have a long-term tenant or occupy the building yourself then take the business and their branding into account along with the surrounding area and businesses. Like we said don’t paint your building canary yellow in a conservative area unless causing a stir is a part of your plan.
  5. Also, make sure you check or that the painters do as to whether you have any restrictions on your property. If it’s heritage listed or the like then there can be quite strict restrictions and guidelines you must follow and plans need to be approved before work is undertaken too.

Now if you are located in the areas that we service of Northern Beaches or North Shore Sydney then contact us here at Summit Coatings when you are ready for a quote. We would be more than happy to assist you with any of your painting needs.

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When is it best to paint a commercial property?

Each commercial painting job can vary so much. There can be so many elements to consider and juggle. It is a must that you have an experienced commercial painting contractor that can handle the job. From the insurances and licenses through to the logistics of wrangling the City of Sydney. You want a painting contractor that knows what they are doing in all aspects. They will also advise you as to when is the best time of day to have your commercial premises painted, based on your business circumstances.

Look out for an accredited Master Painter too. A Master Painter will be able to tick all the boxes and you can rest easy knowing you are getting a reputable company backed by the industry governing body.

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What to consider when hiring a commercial painter?

Are you new to owning a commercial property or haven’t had to have your property painted before? Here are the top 5 things to consider when choosing your commercial painter:

  1. Insurance – public liability and workers compensation
  2. Licensed
  3. Master painter – not a necessity but definitely an added bonus
  4. Experienced team of commercial painters
  5. Professional leadership

Ask your commercial painter for a copy of their insurance certificates of currency. Any painting contractor worth their weight should be happy to provide them and if not find another. This is an area you never want to be unsure or uncertain of.

An experienced commercial painter will also be able to discuss with you, your business circumstances and determine the best time to undergo the work based on:

  • Off peak season  – if your business has a period that isn’t as busy as normal, closes for anytime throughout the year for holidays or has skeleton staff for any period then that can be a great opportunity for us to come in and undertake work
  • Weather – if the painting is external then we will also need to consider the time of the year along with the size of the job
  • Logistics – if there is anything else going on around the property which may hinder us accessing the property? This is extremely important when it comes to external painting as we also need to consider scaffolding access and what’s involved in having this erected and dismantled.

Commercial painters Sydney with Summit Coatings

Ask about their previous commercial jobs in Sydney

Always ask about the background of the company and previous jobs they have done in the same or similar area. Discuss how they foresee the job running in relation to:

  • Timeframe
  • Number of painters required
  • Access to the premises
  • How the business in the premises will operate with the painters

Google is always a good place to start the search for a reputable commercial painter. Just Google the company name and you might be amazed at how much information you can find including reviews and feedback from past customers.

School painting contracts with Summit Coatings Sydney

 

Contact Summit Coatings for your next commercial painting job

We have been in the industry for over 30 years and are also Master Painters. So you know you are going to get a superb job and the process will be stress free too. So, contact us the next time you need a painting contractor.

 

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Why use a qualified commercial painter to paint your commercial property

Painting your commercial property can be a huge job depending on the size of the property along with the type of property it is. Whether it be an industrial space, high rise, school, office block, etc along with the location and access, there are many facets to consider and manage. So, you really want someone that knows what they are doing, are experienced in all aspects and that have a team behind them to support and help deliver your project on time and within budget.

Strata property painting with Summit Coatings

 

Why use a Master Painter to paint your commercial property?

Master Painters are experienced and have standards and ethical aspects that they need to meet to become a Master Painter. So, you can rest assured if you are engaging the services of a Master Painter that you are getting a qualified painting company that knows what they are doing such as:

  • Have all the relevant insurances – worker’s compensation and public liability
  • Knows and understands the law in relation to working from heights
  • Quality service
  • Quality work
  • Peace of mind you are using a trusted company
  • An experienced company that delivers on time and on budget

Any commercial painting company or business that will be carrying out any works should be more than happy to supply you with a copy of their certificate of currency for all their insurances. If they will not do so, this is a clear red flag and we would recommend running in the opposite direction and straight to us if you are in the Sydney area.

Commercial painters Sydney with Summit Paintings

 

Master Painters are experienced in all aspects of commercial painting

As a Master Painter, we are experienced in all aspects of commercial painting from the planning right through to the execution and clean up.

Depending on the size of your commercial property there are multiple things that need to be juggled, including:

  • Ensuring the correct number of painters are available during the project to ensuring it comes in on time and on budget
  • Planning the logistics – how access to the property will be obtained with the least disruption to your business and surrounding premises
  • Working alongside your business during opening hours while ensuring OH&S guidelines are met for your employees, ours and also the public
  • If scaffolding will be needed then when and where it needs to be erected and then also dismantled so it’s not in the way or holding things up
  • Planning and communicating so we are not disrupting your business but ensuring we are also following workplace OH&S guidelines and procedures to keep your employees safe, our employees safe and the public
  • Deliveries of materials are done in an efficient and non-disruptive manner to your workplace

Commercial painting with Summit Coatings

Why hire Summit Coatings as your commercial painters

Summit Coatings have been looking after the painting of residential and commercial properties for over 30 years. We are also registered Master Painters and our level of workmanship and delivery sets us apart from the rest. This has led to us winning and being finalists in numerous awards.

Our strata block’s whole experience of Summit Painting from initial quote, office back up and painting team allocated, was professional and seamless.”
Attracta Lagan, Head of Body Corporate, Scarborough House

No job is too big or too small for Summit Coatings so if you are in and around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area of Sydney get in touch with us now to discuss your residential or commercial painting needs.

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Can you really trust online review sites?

Being in the painting game for over 30 years, we’ve lost count of how many happy clients we’ve completed work for. Whether it’s a residential home, commercial space or strata complex, our aim is always to ensure the best result for our customers (even if that means going above and beyond the usual call of duty).

A recent development since the dawn of this wonderful technology called “the internet” is the possibility for customers to share their experiences with a company – good or bad. Previously, if a customer had positive or negative feedback about a business, they could generally share it with a close circle of friends and the buck stopped there. Now we all have the potential to share our reviews to anyone interested in finding the information – be it locally, nationally or even globally!

Whilst it’s great that our happy customers can sing praises of Summit to a much larger audience, it also means addressing some of those not-so-happy customers who, regardless of what effort you’ve gone to keep them happy, simply can’t be pleased. And quite often, it’s these customers that like to take to the internet to share their frustrations (warranted or not). What’s more, there are cases of competitor businesses using these wonderful review platforms to slander businesses, in the hope of gaining deflective business.

This begs the question, can you really trust online review sites? We’ve put together a few top tips to help you decipher online reviews of trade contractors.

Check for a name

Many online review sites, such as Yelp, require reviewers to use their legal full name. This hopes to weed out fake reviews vs legitimate ones. If you’re using online research to determine whether to hire a contractor or not, make sure the review you’re reading use a real name (not an alias, or a nickname).

Has the business replied?

If there was a negative review, what has the company done to address the issue? As with all things in life, sometimes things go wrong. The key to finding a good trade contractor is seeing what they do to rectify a negative experience. Often all it might take is a 1 hour visit to the site and the problem can be fixed!

Majority Rules

Whilst it would be great to have a 100% positive feedback history, we know it might not be realistic to keep every single person happy. For example, as strata painters, we don’t just consider our client to be the strata manager or the members of the executive committee, but every single resident and owner in the complex. And when we’re working on multi-storey apartment blocks with over 100 units, that can get tricky! We’ve had reviews from strata residents in the past who we didn’t even know existed until their review popped up and diminished our 100% positive score – the issue was of course dealt with but it goes to show the power of online reviews! As a rule, if the majority of reviews about a trade contractor are positive and you’re dealings with them so far are favourable, don’t let one or two bad reviews change your mind.

As trade contractors, we’re not saying that every negative review is false or should be disregarded – we know there are many businesses which deserve the negative review they’re given, however the trick to deciphering these online review sites is to look at a few elements to determine how legitimate each review is and of course to trust your own instincts!

 

3 Tips to make your dark commercial space feel lighter

The feeling of light in a space affects not just the look of a room, but the feel as well. Most of us spend the majority of our day inside at our place of work, and the availability of natural light is often scarce.

It’s a challenge when designing dark commercial spaces, with most people preferring to work with an abundance of natural light. Commercial spaces often have limited windows, large floors filled with wall dividers, average lighting and poor design all round. It’s been popular to house your office is a converted space of another kind (we’re thinking warehouse), but these spaces were never considered as places to need for more light.

So as commercial painters and decorators in Sydney, we asked ourselves what can be done to make dark commercial spaces feel brighter? We’ve all heard of the studies which show the psychological effects of a lack of light (including depression, and being prone to distraction etc.), so what are some easy factors to consider to add extra light to your dark commercial space?

Here’s our top 3:

Choosing the right paint colour

Choosing a paint colour that enhances natural light is the best and quickest way to brighten up those dark spaces. As Sydney commercial painters, we’ve seen firsthand what an amazing difference using an off white can achieve, as opposed to darker, bolder colours. Whiter, lighter shades are fantastic for use in a commercial space, as they are neutral, don’t date (longevity), and can make a space feel bigger and more airy. If you’re intent on using colour in your commercial space, either try to limit to a feature wall, or use pale shades of colour to still achieve that bright feel.

SMT 1 dark commercial space feel lighter

Image Source: Decosee

Choosing the right paint type

Whilst choosing a lighter colour is an obvious choice, selecting the right paint type is often something only professional commercial decorators, will consider. Colour isn’t the only variant in paint; there’s also the base to consider (oil or water), and more importantly, the sheen. How much sheen is in a paint will affect how glossy the finished surfaces appear.

Low sheen paint is great for covering imperfect walls (as it tends to hide those lumps and bumps), or for deep coloured walls of which the effect is rich, textured tones. However, low sheen isn’t great for durability or light reflection.

We recommend really amping up the sheen in your paint to increase the light in the space. It doesn’t need to be super glossy, just enough to allow your walls to reflect that little bit more light. Consider using a semi-gloss if you’re not committed to staring at shiny walls for the next 5-10 years. The benefits of a higher-sheen paint is that your walls will also survive more wear and tear with the ability to be wiped clean, as opposed to its low sheen counterpart which can need some maintenance love from your favourite commercial painters in Sydney.

Clever Decor

Using a commercial painter to update your Sydney office isn’t the only solution to making your commercial space seem lighter and brighter – some strategic decor choices can also make a considerable difference. We’ve seen how the right materials in the right place can really change the feel of a space. Our favourite tip is placing mirrors (the bigger the better) in opposition to windows to reflect even more light. It will also make the room feel larger if space is something you’re fighting against.

As commercial decorators, we suggest using white and bright desks, cubicle panels and office furniture which also help achieve a feeling of brightness in your space. Just make sure to break up the “whiteness” with some pops of colour here and there. Think coloured desk accessories, accent chairs in the waiting room or floor coverings. Download our FREE Colour Trends eBook to help you choose the right colours to create a truly inspired commercial space.

SMT 2 dark commercial space feel lighter

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If you’re struggling to catch the light in your commercial space, contact Summit Coatings for a free quote – we also offer colour consultancy to help make your colour choice that little bit easier!



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Coolest office spaces of 2015

This week we’ve been looking to some of the world’s coolest office spaces for some design and colour inspiration. And let’s just say we’re getting some serious workplace envy! Whilst most of the following offices obviously belong to big business corporations, we’ve also snuck in a smaller enterprise who knows how to maximise a mini budget for maximum affect.

The 3 Coolest office spaces are:

Beats Electronics, Los Angeles

Located in Los Angeles USA, the Beats Electronics office has taken colour blocking to the next level. We love seeing colour being used as a central design feature and this is a perfect example of what happens when it’s done right. In this office, the company has utilised a skilled commercial painter who has leveraged their brand colour palette, and offset against natural wood tones and some greenery.

Coolest office space - beats

Barbara Bestor, architect of the office explains how the colours have also been used with colour psychology in mind. The large blue space is designed to create a feeling of calm and peacefulness, whilst the smaller red zones evokes a sense of concentrated energy. “The colours help create distinct locations” (Bestor, Inc.com: 2015).

Coolest office space - beats

The inclusion of high windows means natural light can also soften the boldness of wall to ceiling (and furniture) colour. Allowing strong natural light can also help improve overall employee wellbeing and productivity. What’s not to love?! This is definitely one of the coolest office spaces we’ve seen!

 

Google, Tel Aviv

Many might consider Google as the pioneer in “coolest office spaces”, and they’re not retiring any time soon. Their local headquarters in Tel Aviv showcase how tradition can be incorporated into a modern office.

Coolest office space - tel aviv

The concept behind this hi-rise office was to reference the culture different on each floor. The focus in this first image is obviously throwing back to the cultural identity of Israel, whilst creating usable spaces for employees to breakout. Here the focus is not so much on commercial branding and colour, but texture. The use of a vertical (and upside down) garden alongside a cobbled path evokes a feeling of being outside in “old town”.

Coolest office space - tel aviv

In the second image there is a clear distinction from the first, with bright lights, a neon colour palette and the visual creation of a sandy beach. Using colours and textures to create a playful space is nothing new to commercial painters in Sydney, like Summit. However, Google have gone the next level with its fit out to really commit to the beach scene, even including a water slide!

 

Men at Work Communications, Sydney

Local PR firm Men at Work Communications located in trendy Chippendale shows how a small business can still create an office space which oozes “cool”. The office is a collaborative project from all the members of staff to create a space where they want to be.

Coolest office space - men at work

Using our “painter” eyes, the first thing we notice is the need for a blank canvas for a space like this to really take shape. The stark white walls (whilst generally unnoticed) are what creates a cohesive feel to the otherwise pastiche of colours, images and furniture pieces. White is also a colour which rarely dates and always looks fresh. For more about what colours are on trend this year, don’t forget to check out our free e-book.

Coolest office space - men at work

Using white walls as the blank canvas also injects a feeling of bright airiness which is enhanced by the large scale windows and high ceilings. The focus of this office is obviously to make those within it feel at home and able to put their personal touch on the space.

If you’re feeling inspired after seeing these cool offices the way we were, and your office or commercial space is in need of a commercial paint, contact Summit Coatings for an obligation free quote. We can have you on your way to your very own cool office space in no time at all! 


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Image Sources: The Daily Telegraph, Inc.com