Solvent based paints are a thing of the past…

JOHT_ECO_1The environment (and my impact upon it) has always been at the heart of the Harehill Decor ethos.  I have always supported the use, and moral disposal of, the chemicals and products I use to do my work; keeping the rev’s low on the van when traveling to reduce emissions, recycling materials were possible and using products that boast a kinder impact on the environment such as EPG’s Eco paints for instance.

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Make sure you budget for your finish…

financesCountless times I have arrived on site to quote for work only to realise that my clients have not set aside enough money to cover a reasonable decorating job to finish off the build.  Sadly, more often than not the decorating part of a build is an oversight, resulting in either a poor DIY job or (haven forbid) dodgy decorators being hired in to throw paint onto the walls on the cheap.  After all; what is the point in committing to a £50k+ bill for quality building to then ruin it with sub-standard workmanship on the part that you actually see?

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What colour should I paint my room?

Farrow & Ball Colour Card

Deciding on colour can be frustrating, but colours play a very important part when designing a room or an exterior.  They can make a room seem bigger or smaller, help you to relax or inspire creativity.  If you are painting an exterior you should consult your local council planning office if you are changing to a different colour as sometimes you will need planning permission to do this.

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A beautifully designed chair.

wpid-IMG_20121222_134141.jpgI spied this chair at a local pub whilst having a quick bite for lunch.  I couldn’t help but admire the subtle craftsmanship at work here.  Combining leather with fabric whilst still keeping with the traditional chesterfield design.  Its surroundings certainly help bring the overall look together but I imagine this piece would also look fantastic in a contemporary setting.  I can’t help but be transported to a wintry cottage, hot drink in hand, gazing over a roaring fireplace…   But that’s just me,  whatever your reasons for liking this furnishing it definitely belongs in my inspiration scrapbook.

 

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Using optical Illusions to make a room seem larger (using Farrow & Ball colours)

Lets be honest, we all want bigger rooms.  It is rare you hear someone say, “oh I wish my living room was smaller…”.  The obvious solution would be to start knocking partition walls down but you can also create the illusion of space with some clever interior design if you are on a modest budget.  There is a lot of advice on the web about this subject and although a lot of it is good, most seems quite in depth and very ‘interior designy’.  I have a tried and tested scheme which I tend to use when a customer asks me do go into a room and do something different, neutral and airy all at the same time.  Ill break down a concise list to get you started which you can always decide to add to or move on from at a later date once you have the basics sorted.

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Why Should I hire a Decorator?

paint_brushThere are many reasons why you should hire a decorator to take care of the painting and or wallpapering you have planned.  There are also reasons why you should try to tackle the work yourself.  All of which we will touch on throughout this little article.  Although I am a decorator myself I try to remain un-biased in my advice and opinions, however, I will take this opportunity to apologise in advance if it becomes apparent that I am not sticking to this rule here and there.

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