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.

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.