Choosing white paint – simple, surely?
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Choosing white paint – simple, surely?

Recently we’ve seen some customers getting very creative with their use of different shades of white and it got me thinking. Always dangerous. It won’t surprise you to hear that white is the most popular paint colour. But white comes in a wide range of shades – even “Pure Brilliant White” can vary considerably between manufacturers. Here’s…

Redecorating boosts your house value – but what colours sell best?
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Redecorating boosts your house value – but what colours sell best?

When I was just a lad, I convinced my Dad to let me decorate my own room. Today, as my bank account waves farewell to yet another mortgage payment, I spare my Dad a thought as I think what the orange wallpaper and purple paint did to the value of the family home. Regular readers…

Leonardo. Michaelangelo.  Picassso.  GDParvin. Spot the odd one out……

Leonardo. Michaelangelo. Picassso. GDParvin. Spot the odd one out……

  The words of Franz Liebekind in Mel Brook’s The Producers: “Churchill! With his cigars. With his brandy. And his rotten painting, rotten! Hitler – there was a painter! He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! Two Coats!” It’s my great pleasure to walk in the footsteps of many great men. Isaac Newton said…

How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels.

How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels.

Ready for Christmas? Me neither. But I’m getting my retaliation in first with a choice selection of topical commentary and searching questions. For example, what does Sports Direct give its staff for Christmas dinner? About 5 minutes. The office Christmas party 
- a great opportunity to catch up 
with people you haven’t seen for 
20 minutes. One Christmas,…

The prettiest way to add £40,000 to your property value
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The prettiest way to add £40,000 to your property value

I was pleased to see a story in the Daily Telegraph comparing various home improvements, and estimating the added value each of them puts on your property. Yes, it’s official – decorating is one of the most cost-efficient ways of adding property value. The online tool takes your property value, the amount you might spend…

A useful tool for surveyors and architects
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A useful tool for surveyors and architects

Dulux have had a tablet or phone-based colour-picking app, aimed at home users, for some time. It’s quite handy – some people love it, others find it a bit gimmicky – but it does tend to make you think about diffferent colour combinations. Now they have a comparable app for professionals. Architects, designers and specifiers…

Apparently we all secretly want to paint our houses lime green and fuscia
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Apparently we all secretly want to paint our houses lime green and fuscia

Choice of colour is – excuse me – something of a grey area. We’ve all been told for years that we have to paint our houses in neutral colours if we ever want to sell them. But some new research seems to suggest that we’ve all been repressing the urge to splash out in the…

A London decorating case study
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A London decorating case study

We are currently putting finishing touches to a project on West Hill in Wandsworth. The property is a substantial Georgian mansion, tastefully converted into nine well-sized flats as well as a converted stables building, a gate house, and an adjoining Orangery. It may well have been originally built as a country retreat for a wealthy London…

Preserving the history of London homes
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Preserving the history of London homes

Despite very strict planning laws, we’re famous in London for the way we put modernist buildings next to fabulous old buildings. Somehow, it all seems work. House prices have also driven owners to add extensions, often using the same mixture of new and old. Personally, I think it works very well most of the time….

Coming in 2016, from the company who brought you Dulux

Every year about this time, Dulux, issue their predictions for our colour choices in the coming year. We saw their presentations for 2016 at a briefing held at the McLaren motor centre in Woking, and when I could take my eyes off Jenson Button’s Formula 1 car there was some interesting news. Besides the colours, the…

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Cold, Wet and Windy – keep your house from catching the flu

Our good friends in the weather service are predicting plenty of rain and storms for this winter. No-one has ruled out a plague of woolly mammoths. The last really wet winter caused all manner of problems in properties across London, and this is the time of year to start preparing for the onslaught. Even a mild London…

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Resources for choosing paint colours

There’s nothing as individual as choosing colours. You can get endless advice on the internet, not to mention friends and relatives. You might even appreciate some of it. As decorators we’ve learned to be careful about offering opinions – but it’s nice to know what is possible and what’s out there. Here are  links to the…

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A signature project in the City

(click on the photos to expand)   We recently completed the decorating for a full refurbishment of the famous 1 Lombard Street, the Square Mile’s most established restaurant and arguably it’s best placed. The restaurant is sited in pole position next to Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and…

How to clean paintwork – a useful email, at last
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How to clean paintwork – a useful email, at last

I promised you a useful email, and at last here it is. We only deal with a better class of client, and we know you will want to treat our beautiful paintwork with the love it deserves after we have packed up and gone home. But accidents happen. In the photo above some child prodigy has…

Our decorating featured in The Resident magazine
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Our decorating featured in The Resident magazine

Our recent redecoration of a beautiful family home in Kingston on Thames was featured by The Resident magazine. Owner Jacqualene chose light taupes and white to take full advantage of the light and modern interior, which has rooflights and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass panel walls in the large kitchen and living room. She chose a subtly…

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It’s officially (nearly) spring. What colours are we picking this year?

Sky-high house prices in London are resulting in a lot more home improvements. And we’re always happy to help. I happened to be looking at some old paint charts and thought it was interesting how much they reflect the times. The 1970’s look very strange –  here’s the Dulux catalogue from 1975: And this shows the…

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What goes into your housepaint?

Feel a touch of Spring in the air? Just the tiniest whiff? As we move ever closer to Spring-cleaning time, a fresh crop of Dulux and Farrow & Ball colour charts have started to poke their heads though the snow. But since most of us spend our lives entirely surrounded by paint (yes, it’s everywhere…