Feeling Blue is Never a Bad Thing

When it Comes to Interior Colours, Feeling Blue is Never a Bad Thing

Many homeowners struggle with choosing the interior colours for their home. Everyone has personal preferences as far as colour goes, but you will quickly learn that it is not always about what you like. Some colours simply work better inside the home, and more specifically, in certain rooms. Today we’re going to talk about using different shades of blue for the interior of your home.

One colour you can never go wrong with is blue. This enduring choice has graced homes for many years, and blue is one colour that decorators, painters and homeowners never seem to get tired of using. Since there are now so many different hues to choose from, here are a few tips on using blue creatively.

  • Different Shades in One Room: Two or three different shades of blue can add energy to a room. To get the right contrast, test the colour on a small area of the wall first. Going through colour swatches is a great way to find the perfect blend of colours for a room, but please keep in mind that it isn’t the only way.
  • A Hint of Blue: For many homeowners, white is clean and timeless, but a hint of blue can make an even bigger statement. Using the blue in this way can also have a calming effect. This creates a very subtle blue that doesn’t really capture the entirety of your attention, but provides a beautifully clean feel to the room.
  • As an Accent Colour: Blue is the perfect complement to a variety of colours, so using it as an accent in a few areas can boost the look of your interior. This does not have to be limited to paints, as you can opt for blue cushions or wall hangings to get the right effect. This option may be best put to use as an accent wall.
  • Go Deep: Deeper blues can have a stunning impact when used in the right way. This can be the perfect backdrop to artwork, furniture and any knickknacks on display. It is important to strive for balance, so don’t choose a blue so deep that it overpowers the room. If in doubt, use the dark blue on one or two walls and go lighter in other areas.
  • Blue Patterns: Wallpaper with predominantly blue patters can add a touch of old world charm, or a modern, classy look. Using wallpaper on one wall with one colour and a different shade of blue or a completing colour on another can also have a big visual impact.
  • Try Turquoise: This is an easy way to get that cool look but have fun with another colour at the same time. This colour will also make you feel closer to nature.

Blue might be considered an unlikely choice for a bold interior, but it can be used in so many interesting ways. If you are unsure about how to use it, talk to our colour expert, or start with lighter tones until you feel a bit more adventurous.

You can always contact Mister Decorator

What Should Come First? Woodwork or Wall Painting?

What Should Come First? Woodwork or Wall Painting?

Some renovation projects do not require any cutting, knocking down of walls or major installations. A lot of them are done on a small scale, involving cosmetic changes meant to revitalize the look of the interior. Choosing new colours for the home is an inexpensive way to give it a much needed visual boost. But what should do you do when both your walls and wood surfaces need some attention if you are unable to handle them at the same time?

First off, you should know that there are no real rules to making this type of decision. In fact, different decorators may have varying views on which one you should tackle first. Here is one possible scenario; your colours may be in dire need of an update, but the walls are still in passable condition. At the same time, the wooden surfaces may be in pretty bad shape with obvious fading and maybe some scratches. Obviously, the wood needs attention first, and you can get to the painting at another time. However, the factors you have to consider do not stop there.
Each job comes with its own challenges, and working on one area could easily affect the other. Imagine having newly refinished floor and cabinets, then deciding to work on your walls. A small spill of paint or paint thinner could prove problematic. If you’re trying to do the job on your own, you also have to consider the possibility of scuffing the floor as you move around to work. Professional painters will have the necessary material to protect the floors and cabinets from spills and other damages.

Sanding the floors can create its own problems for an interior that has a fresh coat of paint. You will have to clean the walls and other surfaces to get rid of dust caused by the sander. If you are going to do both tasks, it is usually better to start with the floors, and then move on to the walls. That way, the first stage of the process would be cleaning the walls before moving on to the painting.

To get the best results and the most for your money, talk to one of our painters who can explain what these jobs entail. You will also need one with the experience to minimize the inconvenience that comes with these types of jobs. Phone us at

Mister Decorator Painting and Decorating in Halifax

01422 893 615 or 07823 888 145 for a free consultation and quote so we can discuss the merits of wood refinishing and painting for your home’s interior.

Dealing with Flat Pack Furniture Assembly? We Understand Your Frustration!

Dealing with Flat Pack Furniture Assembly? We Understand Your Frustration!

We have all done it at least once in our lives, whether it was while at university or when we bought our first house. It might have been a bookshelf, crib, dresser or entertainment stand. Whatever it was we’re sure it was a piece of furniture and it came from a box. You probably did just like everyone before you – rush out to purchase that perfect piece of furniture and then rush home to put it together only to end the night frustrated and disappointed. Here are some tips that may help with your next project.

That compressed wood look alike material all packaged neatly inside a box that will never fit those same pieces again, no matter how hard you try. Sometimes putting together furniture from a box can be easy as pie, but more times than not it can be a headache. Don’t get us wrong, we love boxed furniture because we’ve now mastered the art of putting it together.

The directions the company provides just never seems to give enough details. Nothing is more frustrating than being sure you’re putting everything together perfectly, only to discover near the end that half of it was put together backward with the unfinished side facing forward. That is definitely not something you want to deal with.

When you purchase a piece of furniture from a box you honestly don’t expect things to be so difficult. Well, in order to help you out we have compiled a list of tips that may make your experience better than those most people tell us about.

  • Open the product completely, lay out all the pieces and screws, nails, and other hardware so that you can stand above it and see every single piece easily.
  • Save that box! The pictures on the box are really helpful reference points if you run into issues.
  • Read the directions, sit down where you can focus and read the directions slowly and carefully. Read them fully before you jump into the project. Most people learn this lesson the hard way.
  • Gather any tools you might need, such as a screwdriver, drill, hammer, etc. Place these tools with the materials lying on the floor.
  • Check all the pieces for numbers or letters. Most companies will label the pieces for you, that way when you read the directions you can find the pieces more easily.
  • Have a buddy. Get a friend or spouse to help you. It is much easier to have someone read you the directions step by step as you are assembling the pieces. Plus an extra set of eyes and hands could come in handy.
  • Do not be in a hurry, don’t get distracted and take your time. This will help eliminate mess ups.

We hope these tips help you the next time you put together flat pack furniture. If you have any other tips let us know in a comment or via email, especially if you found some ways to make it an easier process.

We are available to help with flat pack furniture assembly in the West Yorkshire area. No project is too big or too small, and we fully understand the frustration that comes along with opening the box and trying several times to make all of the pieces go together properly. We also understand that many homeowners simply don’t have time to fool with such things and want them put together quickly. Call us to discuss your flat pack furniture and how we can help you quickly and efficiently assemble it.

Adding a Classic Touch to Your Home’s Interior

Adding a Classic Touch to Your Home’s Interior

Adding some classic charm to your home does not have to be an expensive project. Even if you don’t live in an older home, you can tweak your interior design for an old world look. A classic look is timeless, so it is a cost effective interior design choice. Achieving an old world touch to your home is easier than you think.

Choosing the Right Paint Colours

If you want your walls to reflect a classic theme, you need to choose the right kinds of paints. Most of the time, classic finishes work best with lighter tones, although rich, darker tones are sometimes used. The way you combine your colours will also play a role in the look you are trying to achieve.

White is always a safe choice for a clean, classic look, but many designers discourage the use of plain white. Slightly unconventional colours that give an older feel to a decor include moorish red, taupe and pink. Gold, and in particular, a red and gold combination is reflective of the style of Victorian era homes.

The Overall Colour Scheme

The walls are just a start, as you must ensure that your furniture and accessories complement them well. Floral patterns can work in a classic setting, but you must ensure that they do not overpower the overall decor. Turquoise, blue, and lime-green create interesting visuals against a white backdrop. Teal cushions can offset coral coloured wall paint. You can even throw in a darker accent to complete the look.

The Floors

No interior look is complete without some attention to your flooring choices. Many people who want old-world charm prefer to install hardwood. This is an easy choice, but it is not the only one available. Tiles and carpets can also invoke a sense of classic charm. In either case, avoid using colours that are too close to the wall paint colours. This can give interior a sober look. Encaustic tiles can give you bit of Victorian era magic, and the various colour combinations can complement almost any decor.

You don’t need to be a colour expert to get paints that capture the theme you desire. All you need is the right kind of help. At Mister Decorator, we can offer many other paint colour suggestions to help you get the right interior look for your specific application. We know how to apply paint to get the right texture.

Whether you’re painting an old home, a new home, or you simply need help with any of our other services, we’re only a phone call away. Talk to us about your home’s painting needs, and we will help you make the perfect statement. We will take all the time necessary to ensure that we meet or exceed all of your painting needs and that your project goes as smoothly as possible from start to finish.