How colour can change a room

Interior painting can have such an effect on a room.

There are so many illusions interior paint colours can give a room:

  • Bigger than it is.
  • Smaller than it is
  • Brighter than it is
  • Darker than it is

It’s amazing how paint can play a part in the above.

Even down to creating different moods and perceptions.

  • Dark colours – create a cosier feel as well as sophistication and glamour
  • Light colours – create a fresh, peaceful atmosphere and can be great for productivity

And when you pair your paint colour with your furnishings and décor it pulls the overall effect together even more.

Interior painting mood chart example with Summit Coatings

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Interior painting and choosing your colours

There are so many colour choices available and shades and variations and textures and then you can even throw wallpaper into the mix of choices too and it can be quite overwhelming.

But we are going to break it down for you and simplify the process.

It doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it seems and a plan is always a great place to start.

So, to start with what does the room do for you and how do you want it to make you feel?

If it’s the kitchen is it the hub of the home?

Do you want it to be your central point, where people are drawn to and linger around?

Or do you want it to be structured, everything as a point and it’s just where you cook your meals and that’s it.

If it’s the first option then you want something that is warm and inviting.

Yellows and oranges are a great way to do this.

Remember you don’t need to go with bold colours you can choose shades of these colours or tones as shown in the image below.

Or if you really can’t see these colours on your walls then you can concentrate these efforts more on your accessories.

Maybe a feature with your splashback or a feature wall that can be easily changed.

Or accessorise with wall art or your kitchen appliances.

There are some amazing colours these days.

If you are a Thermomix owner you can even accessorise and add a pop of colour with some stunning decals.

Interior painting yellow kitchen tones example with Summit Coatings

Look at the whole picture when updating your interior painting

When choosing your colours don’t forget to look at the bigger picture.

What accessories are you going to use?

What floor coverings will you use and what material will they be – carpet, tile, wooden, etc?

What furniture and soft furnishings will you use?

What window coverings will you use?

This all plays a part in what colour your walls should be.

Some people like to do a mood board for a room.

It doesn’t need to be as complicated as some of the examples shown in the link.

But a mood board works well if you are quite a visual person.

Interior painting mood board example with Summit Coatings

Source: Pinterest

Balance your interior paint colours

The key as always is balance.

Balance your bold colours and textures so they work together and complement each other.

Some colours can look different when put together.

And the light in the room can play a part in this too.

If you don’t have a lot of natural light then darker colours or bold colours can look darker or more intense.

Some colours when placed together can be more playful or vivid.

Remember white is still a colour and can work wonders to break up or compliment another colour combination.

Interior painting Northern Beaches with Summit Coatings

Colour and its scientific effects

It is scientifically proven that colour influences people.

Did you know that light is absorbed by the eye and converted into another form of energy, which then enables us to see colour?

The light energy stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands which regulate our hormones and other physiological systems in the body.

Orange – if you are on a diet avoid orange as it’s known to stimulate the appetite but it does reduce fatigue so you might have to pick your battles with that one.

Red – stimulates, excites and warms the body. It also increases the heart rate, brain activity and respiration. So, avoid red if you suffer from high blood pressure.

Pink – is soothing and has a tranquilising effect. So, might be handy to remember if you are doing a nursery for a baby girl.

Yellow – is great for remembering things. It does also raise blood pressure and pulse rate but not to the effect that red does. (Sorry, I didn’t colour co-ordinate this colour as you just couldn’t read it).

Green – great for calmness, soothing and relaxing effects. It’s also great for control the anxiety associated with controlling the impulse of overeating.

Blue – another great relaxing colour so remember it if you are doing a nursery for a baby boy. It has a calming effect and lowers blood pressure, heart rate and respiration. Great in hot climates for the cooling effect it has.

Another great fact that is if you have a preference to a colour then it means the body “needs” it for the effects that it has.

Not sure if your interior painting colours work

If you would like a second opinion we do have a colour consultant that you can work with.

Another set of eyes never hurts.

So, feel free to contact us to arrange this.

We would be more than happy to speak to you about your interior painting needs too if you are around the Northern Beaches and North Shore area of Sydney.



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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


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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How to tell if you need the roof painters in to your Sydney home

Is it time to check out the exterior of your home and what needs to be done before the winter months set in? Could your roof do with a visit from the roof painters amoungst other things? Ensuring the exterior of your home is in good condition before the cold and wet weather sets in is important. We believe in prevention better than cure or fixing things after the damage has occurred.

If you have a weatherboard home and the wet and moisture creep into your weatherboards then it can cause damage and can be costly to fix if it’s not caught straightaway. Also, if your house roof happened to leak then it really can be a pain to fix especially with trying to locate the actual point of the leak. It only takes a pinhole for water to get in and then it can build up over time before any damage is found. Or if it’s a huge leak then the damage is usually done internally before you even have a chance to rectify the situation. So, embracing prevention and keeping on top of these things is definitely the best way to go.

Roof painters for tile roofs Summit Coatings


What to do before the roof painters come

You really want to give your roof the TLC that it deserves. It’s best to check it out before the roof painters come and that way it’s all a-ok before it’s painted. When you think about it your roof is one of the main things keeping you warm and dry or cool and dry depending on your climate. Even if you didn’t have walls your roof will still keep the rain or the sun off you. It gets battered in storms and then there’s the other extreme with our harsh sun. And because it’s so high up (normally) it gets neglected and forgotten but that is about to change as you are going to learn what to look out for when it comes to caring for your roof:

  • If you have a tiled roof keep an eye on the ridge capping. If the cement is looking loose then this needs rectifying.
  • Loose, missing or broken tiles are a definite sign that needs repairing. Ask us about our resealing option as we have a solution for you.
  • If you can access your roof space then it’s a good idea to climb up there and inspect the timber beams for any signs of water damage and even your insulation for dampness.
  • Also keep an eye on your plaster internally. If you see any water marks or stains on the ceiling or around the tops of your walls/cornice then you will want to have a further investigation done to find the cause.
  • Make sure your guttering and eaves are in good condition too as this can be a sign of further damage or that investigation is needed.


How to choose your roof paint colour

If your roof is looking a bit sad and dilapidated then it’s time to get the roof painters back in. You may wish to keep your roof the same colour or you may wish to take advantage of having it done and choose a new colour and give your home a part facelift or why not have the exterior of your home painted too at the same time and give your home a full facelift.

There are a few things to remember when choosing your roof colours:

  • Exterior colours –consider the colour of your exterior walls, trims, windows, doors, even garden paths and external garages. Consider anything that is visible from the front of your property.
  • Dark versus light colours – black and other dark colours absorb and hold the heat whereas white and lighter colours reflect. If you are in a warmer climate you will want to keep your roof cavity as cool as you can and everything helps so using colours that reflect the heat rather than absorbing plays a part in keeping your home cooler.
  • Neighbourhood – consider your neighbours and what colours work with neighbouring properties unless you are going for a statement home.

If you happen to be in Sydney too then some councils have laws against white roofs so it might be worth raising this with your painter or checking with your local council first to see if this applies to your area.

Below is a before and after picture which shows how much a change in colour can lift your home. Just excuse the annoying sun on the after picture but it was just that time of day when it was taken.

Roof painters Sydney before and after pictures with Summit Coatings


Our roof painters process

Preparation – as with any painting job it’s important that the surface is prepared properly to start with. As your roof is exposed to everything and all conditions we start with giving it a high pressure clean.

Reseal – if you have roof tiles we have an advanced membrane system that we can use to reseal over porous tiles which prevents the water getting in. As I said above it only takes the smallest hole for water to enter your home and start causing damage. So, it’s an easy and effective way to protect the structure and interior of your home.

Paint – we have qualified painters and we use Taubmans Endure Exterior paints to do the job. We also hold all the relevant insurances and licenses for our painters who are also used to working at heights and with various roof styles and pitches.


Roof painters Sydney with Summit Coatings


Why choose Summit Coatings as your roof painters in Sydney

As I said above prevention is better than cure or fixing the cause of the problem when it comes to your home or roof more specifically. At Summit Coatings we are all about helping home owners look after what is normally their largest investment and take care of all your painting needs.

We are award winning painters whilst also being members of the Master Painters Association so you can rest assured that you are going to receive a quality job that will be delivered in a professional manner.

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Painters for heritage homes and buildings around Northern Beaches

When you own a heritage home or building there are many things to consider when it comes to wanting to get the painters into your Northern Beaches property. Council laws and Heritage Council restrictions can vary depending on your location and each state has its own Heritage Council so make sure you check those out before doing anything or speak to your painters about doing so.

Having a Heritage Listed property doesn’t mean that you can’t make changes to your property it just means that you may need approval for what works you want to carry out depending on how your property is classified.

There are a two of types of “heritage” too with one being that your property is Heritage Listed and the other is that your home is in a Heritage Conversation Area just to confuse the matter more. Depending on which your property is classed under will depend on what sort of restrictions you have on your property. So, if you are not sure what your property is classified as please check with your local council and Heritage Council. You can also employ the services of a Heritage Advisor to liaise on your behalf. They do this on a daily basis so know the ins and outs of everything and how to streamline the process more.

Heritage painters in Northern Beaches with Summit Coatings

Popular colour options for heritage homes

What colour scheme is available to paint your heritage home will depend on what area you are in and the style of your heritage home. You may wish to stay with tradition and have your painters repaint in the same colours as you have or you may wish to freshen things up and have the painters use a more modern colour scheme in which case you will need to seek approval normally.

If you aren’t sure what colours to use a great way to get some ideas and see what colours work and what is allowed is to take a walk or drive around your neighbourhood and see what the neighbours have used.

Some of the popular colour schemes for traditional homes are:

  • Neutrals and browns for walls
  • White for wrought iron
  • Dark colours for exterior doors
  • Dark colours for the roof

Modern heritage colour scheme for painters Northern Beaches

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Some modern heritage colour schemes are:

  • Grey/charcoal roof with a white trim and dark walls
  • Grey walls, white wrought iron and black for exterior doors
  • White for the walls with a darker shade of white for the roof and use a vibrant colour such as red for the front door.

Heritage modern colour schemes, painters Northern Beaches with Summit Coatings

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Too many options to choose from? A good rule of thumb or something to keep in mind is that glossy black is a great way to add class and trim painted in a deep green and deep red are very popular and you can’t usually go wrong depending on the style of your home and the area you are in.

If you still aren’t sure you can always ask your favourite painters, Summit Coatings.

Has lead paint been used on your heritage home

Unfortunately, you can’t tell if your home has been painted with lead paint just by looking at it. One way to find out is by purchasing a test kit from your local hardware store. Or if you prefer consult experienced and professional painters who will take into account the era of your home and when it was last painted. They will no doubt run a test themselves too just to be sure.

If you find your home has been painted with lead based paint there’s no need to worry until the paintwork has been damaged i.e. flaking, chalking or worse.

Rather than trying to remove the lead based paint yourself we would highly recommend getting in the professionals as if not done correctly you can make yourself very ill and also those in surrounding properties too as dust and particles travel in the air.

Engage professional and experienced heritage painters

Summit Coatings are experienced in all aspects of heritage painting from homes through to large commercial properties and even churches. Heritage painting and restoration is an extremely specialised field and you want to ensure you are obtaining the services of a suitably qualified painter which is why we are also a member of the Master Painters Association of New South Wales or whichever state you are located in.

Did you know Summit Coatings were a finalist in the Master Painters Association NSW Awards for Excellence in 2015 for a heritage painting project our painters undertook in Strathfield.

So contact us for your next heritage painting project. We would love to speak with you.

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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

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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’s 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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Is it time to get the house painters back?

How do you know when it’s time to get the house painters back, we hear you ask? If a proper job has been done by your previous contractor and they’ve done the right preparation, used the correct paint for the job and also applied it correctly then for the exterior of your home your paintwork can last up to 10 years (if you don’t have elements like sea salt to contend with).

And whilst the outside of your home isn’t subject to external elements, if you have young children or pets then it can be a close comparison sometimes. If kept in good condition, the length of time between internal paint jobs can be many, many years, depending on how much wear and tear your home suffers. And even when it’s time for a paint job, it’s more for a cosmetic upgrade than anything else.

Exterior house painters Summit Coatings North Shore Sydney

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When is it time to get the exterior house painters back?

Ideally, you really want to get the house painters back for the exterior of your home before you see too many signs of wear and tear and damage. House paint not only plays a cosmetic role in your home but also acts as a barrier between the elements and the materials of the walls your home. And as the walls of your home are what is keeping you warm and dry we really want to look after them.

So, it’s a good idea to do regular checks of your walls and pay particular attention to the following:

  • Peeling and cracking paint
  • Any exposed bare wood
  • Mould or water stains showing
  • Chalky residue coming off on your hands
  • Improved street appeal

Also, don’t forget to check the paint on the exterior of your home around windows and doors as you don’t want moisture getting in around those or into wooden doors and windows. That can cause you all sorts of problems that are best avoided.

If you do decide to repaint the exterior or your home you may like to check out one of our previous posts on Exterior Paint Colours North Shore Sydney for some ideas and inspiration.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney before pictures

Above is the a before picture and below is the after picture.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney after pictures

When is it time to get the interior house painters back?

When it’s time to get the house painters back for the interior of your home, it’s normally more of a cosmetic decision as there’s not much damage that can be done internally that will damage the structure of your home. The things to look out for or that may make you decide to repaint or not are:

  • Mould or mildew – if either of these appears then act ASAP to rectify the situation
  • Faded paint
  • Damaged plaster
  • Renovating
  • Damaged architraves or doors

If you have damage to your plaster then it’s important that it’s is fixed properly and your walls are prepared to a high standard as a subpar job repairing the plaster will transfer into a subpar paint finish.

If you are thinking it’s time to repaint the interior and would like to check out some paint colours you might like to look over one of our other blog posts Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colour to give you some inspiration.

Interior house painters North Shore Sydney

How to choose the right house painters?

Now the question of how to choose the right house painters is very important and can make or break your project. Always make sure you are dealing with a company that is licensed and holds a certificate of currency for both Workers Compensation and Public Liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a certificate of currency for both. If the painting company you are dealing with is reputable, then they won’t mind providing that information.

When it comes to Summit Coatings we are also members of the Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc which are the industry association representing painters and decorators. By being a member we have a code of conduct to abide by both with our service and our workmanship so you can rest assured you are going to get a quality job from Summit Coatings house painters.

We also use quality materials such as  Taubmans Paints so between that and our excellent house painters you are guaranteed to get an excellent finish. Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your painting needs or to obtain a quote.

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3 Ways to look after your kitchen and bathroom walls once the house painters have been

Once the house painters have been and your walls look all fresh, shiny and new and you want to keep them like that for as long as possible. There are some great, simple things that you can do to help you keep your bathroom and kitchen walls all fresh and new looking. At least until it’s time for the house painters to come again.

Take a look at our top tips below:

Have the house painters been and you need tips on how to care for your kitchen and bathroom walls

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Once the house painters have been: looking after your kitchen and bathroom walls HAS NEVER been easier 

As with all rooms, you have general dust, dirt, family, and pets to contend with but when it comes to your painted walls in your kitchen and bathroom you also have food splatters and steam. As our house painters use Taubmans Endure Kitchen and Bathroom paint, it makes caring for your new paintwork is much easier. Simply follow these 3 simple steps to look after your kitchen and bathroom paintwork:

  1. Wipe all food and drink splatters off your kitchen walls straight away
  2. Regularly dust walls with a microfibre duster or even vacuum your walls with the soft brush attachment
  3. Make sure you use your extractor fan/exhaust fan when cooking and showering or open a window to remove steam

Cleaning gurus even go as far as recommending you vacuum your walls as often as once a month when you consider the grease and grime that can build up from cooking and steam.

So, when you’re on your cleaning spree, don’t forget to clean your ceilings as splatters can even reach kitchen ceilings and dust and steam can create a not so nice combination.

how to care for your kitchen walls once the house painters have been from Summit Coatings

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What to use when cleaning your bathroom and kitchen walls

As we said above, you can use microfibre dusters and even your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust – but if you need to remove more stubborn grease and grime then you may need something stronger. Stay at Home Mum has some great cleaning solutions you can make yourself. If you have any great cleaning solutions that you love to use, we’d love to hear about them so please feel free to get in touch and let us know what you’ve found works.

how to care for your bathroom walls once the house painters have been from Summit Coatings

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Who to contact when you need the house painters back

Of course, you need to contact us at Summit Coatings when it’s time to repaint again and you need the house painters back. Or if you have another area of your home – inside or out or workplace that needs painting then please contact us as we can look after all aspects. Also please feel free to pass our details on to any friends or family that may need house painters too.

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Looking for an interior house painter North Shore

Are you renovating your North Shore home or building a new home on the Northern Beaches, Sydney? Then you will need an interior house painter to help with all your interior painting needs. From the ceilings through to the walls, architraves and doors Summit Coatings can help you with it all and if you need the exterior painted too.

We are house painters that specialise in all aspects including painting the exterior of your home through to having Colour Consultants that can assist you with the big colour decisions. Things to consider are whether you wish to have our house painters use paint on all surfaces, stain architraves and around windows or have feature walls using wallpaper. And then most importantly help you choose the colours to tie it all together. There are quite a few choices when you are building or renovating so you can put your trust in Summit Coatings knowing they are Master Painters making them the house painters you can rely on.

Summit Coatings House Painters with Taubmans Interior Colours

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Choosing the right interior paint colours

An important point to decide on when choosing your interior paint colours is whether you want to go with something that is on trend at the time or do you want something that will be more versatile and go the distance in your North Shore or Northern Beaches house. The following are the 5 main things we recommend you consider when choosing your interior paint colours:

1. The size of the room

2. What the room is used for – bedrooms, kitchen, living areas, etc

3. Lighting – how  much natural light is the area exposed to

4. Furniture and decor colours, textures and patterns

5. The style of the home – modern, heritage, elegant, contemporary

Lighting and choosing interior paint colours

When it comes to lighting what looks good in the natural daylight may not look so good under your lighting of an evening so always double check your colour choices at various times of the day. Also if your room doesn’t receive a lot of natural light and is on the smaller side size wise then stick to lighter colours and avoid feature walls that make the space enclosed. As experienced house painters, we recommend using colours that open the room up. You can also carry this through your home interior when decorating with the use of mirrors which can give the illusion of more space.

How choosing paint colours for bedrooms and living areas differs

When choosing your colours what the room is used for will play a big part in what paint colours work best.  With bedrooms, you really want calm, relaxing, soothing paint colours that will help lull you off to sleep. Avoid bright bold colours which are best left for kitchens, living rooms and hallways.

Bedroom paint examples from Summit Coatings

Source: Lilyfield Life

living area paint examples Taubmans paints with Summit Coatings

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Paint colours to compliment furniture and your home interior

If you have existing furniture and home interior items you don’t want to change then consider their colours and patterns when looking through your interior paint colours. You want your home interior to co-ordinate with all aspects of your furniture, décor, flooring and window coverings. If you do like paint colours that don’t necessarily complement your home interior then consider looking at what furniture and décor items you have in other rooms and see if you can swap anything around. It can be a handy tip when you are on a budget. Remember your flooring too, especially if you are renovating as replacing flooring can be a bit more difficult and costly. Your flooring should compliment and work with what you have in the room and also where it meets other rooms.

Consider house style when choosing interior paint colours

Another thing to consider when getting the house painters in is the style of your home.  Is it modern, heritage or does it have specific features you wish to highlight? If you have a lovely heritage home and want to be authentic to the period of home you have you may need to consider more wallpaper options or if the era was known for paint the paint colours may have been quite specific to the time. So we would definitely recommend doing some research into the period of your home if you haven’t already.  Then on the modern front when it comes to home interior paint colours mushroom tones and warm greys are quite popular at the moment and you generally don’t have to worry too much about your home interior which can be a win/win.

At what stage when renovating do the house painters come?

This can vary depending on what you are doing and how extensively you are renovating.  For example, if you are renovating and repolishing floor boards for example then as house painters we would recommend having Summit Coatings come in to paint the interior walls and ceilings after this has been finished so the dust and dirt created during the polishing process doesn’t damage your newly painted surfaces.  Just touch base with us if you are not sure and we can discuss with our house painters as to how the timing would work the best based on your situation.

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2017 Wallpaper trends

Being Master Painters, Summit Coatings are also qualified and experienced wallpaper hangers. The last few years have seen a rise in the popularity of wallpaper, so we’ve added a feature on wallpaper to our series of 2017 trends.

If you’re ready (and brave enough) for wallpaper in your home, take a look at these print styles to get inspired.


Green is big in 2017. Considered the “new neutral”, green is perfect for those who want to get the visual effects of wallpaper, without going overboard. What’s more, if you live in a leafy area, or are surrounded with trees or greenery, it’s an easy way to bring the outside, in.

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We’ve discussed the popularity of the tropics in our 2017 Decorating Trends post, and wallpaper is no different. Whilst some home owners like to stick to a floral cushion, some want to go all in; and if that’s you, this theme is for you!

Tropical wallpaper evokes a strong sense of fun, whilst being extremely on-trend. It’s colour and pattern options range from subdued hues, to bright and colourful. The choice is yours! Depending on where you’re hanging this style of wallpaper, and what feel you’re going for, there’s sure to be a pattern which will satisfy your tropical vibes.

2017 wallpaper trends

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2017 Wallpaper trends

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Neutrals and fresh tones are getting a makeover with the adding of textures to an otherwise bland space. Wallpaper is a great place to start the layering of different materials. It’s also perfect for those homeowners wanting to use wallpaper, but not brave enough to go full-on graphic. Patterns like linen, fur, metallics and even bricks will add depth and interest to any room.

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If you’re interested in using wallpaper in your home this year, be sure to connect with Summit Coatings to discuss how we can ensure your wallpaper is professionally hung, and look its best!


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2017 Decorating Trends

As a painter North Shore, Summit helps clients refresh their space to keep up with 2017 decorating trends. We know there’s nothing better than rejigging a space to be fresh and inspiring. As such, we’ve put together our top picks for 2017 decorating trends.


In our previous post, we mentioned how green was a colour to watch in 2017. From lime green, through to a deep emerald (and everything in between), green is the colour du jour. 

Green is a flexible colour in that it can be used in soft hues as an all round wall colour, or used as a strong feature wall, if you prefer something bolder.

Alternatively, accent your room with green finishes such as throw pillows and blankets, or even green glassware.

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The tropics

Whilst warm days and sandy beaches never seem to go out of style, tropical prints are huge in 2017 decorating trends. As a painter North Shore, we have been seeing the rise of tropical wallpaper being installed across Sydney.

Try giving your home an on-trend, but relaxed vibe by using a palm inspired wallpaper as a feature. Or why not bring the outdoors in with a Birds of Paradise palm (faux, of course). Again, throw cushions are one of the easiest ways to use this trend.

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Navy Blue is the new Black

Navy blue has found its way back into our lives in the form of kitchens, upholstered couches and accents. If you’re game enough to step away from the white kitchen, why not try this as the new standard?

Navy Blue is still neutral enough that it will outlast many other fads (which is what you want when fitting out a kitchen), but it will still give you an up-to-the-minute vibe. Did you know you can even paint your kitchen cabinetry? Check out a post we did a while back and speak to a painter North Shore to discuss if this is an option for you.

If fixed cabinetry is too daring for you, consider painting a navy blue feature wall in your living space instead.

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The idea of mixing fabrics and materials is on the rise. The key to good interior design has always been “layers”, yet with 2017 decorating trends we’re seeing this taken to another level. Thick woven blankets, rough concrete walls, reclaimed timber furniture and more are all key in building visually appealing spaces.

Try incorporating aspects of the above trends to create highly textured zones. Don’t be afraid to mix rough and soft materials, and even to experiment with wall surfacing. As a painter North Shore, Summit can work with you to create bespoke wall treatments using fine paint finishes and other materials.

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If you’re looking at incorporating any of these 2017 decorating trends, connect with Summit Coatings to see how we can provide colour consulting services in addition to our painter North Shore services.

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