Category Archives: Interior and Exterior Painting

The top paint trends and colors for 2016

If you’re looking for exterior house painting ideas, then you need to consider which colours are popular this year. Every few months, new colour palettes and interior decorating ideas flood the market, but 2016’s trends are bold enough to ensure your new coat of paint won’t bore you after a few months or even years. Here are some of the colours to consider:

Combine natural elements with metallic looks

Many home owners prefer natural colours. If this sounds like the type of look and feel you’re interested in, then you will be glad to know that one of the popular colour palettes this year is natural looks with paint colours that include browns which look like weathered wood and fresh greens which make you think of fresh vegetables. You can also make this look bolder by combining it with smooth cement or metallic greys to give your home’s exterior a funky, modern feel.

Seasonal colors

Another popular trend this year is mixing holidays, festivals and cultural looks. Browns and oranges, which are often associated with autumn and Thanksgiving, are being combined to give homes a warm, autumnal feel. Designers are also mixing pastel colours with vibrant yellows and blues to imitate spring and Easter. Consider which holidays your family enjoys and bring this element into your house painting job.

 Let the Ottawa painters at Oliver Painting take care of your interior or exterior paint job for you. Whether you have one or two rooms, or a commercial office which needs to be painted, we can do the job effectively and affordably. Contact us for more information today.

House painting tips: The right way to remove unwanted wallpaper

House painting tip number 1: Beautiful wallpaper adds an extra-special touch, whilst out-of-date, peeling wallpaper can bring the value and look of your home, or business, right down. If you’ve ever tried to remove wallpaper yourself, you’ll know that it’s a messy and time-consuming job. That’s why at Oliver Painting Ottawa, we do it for you quickly and professionally, simply contact us for a free quote.

Wallpaper can be removed the good old-fashioned way (with your bare hands and water), with a chemical solution, or with steam. If you do decide to forsake a professional painting company and take the do-it-yourself route, here are some helpful tips for the water method:

The preparation

  • Make sure you don’t damage your wall in the process.
  • Keep the surrounding areas from getting damaged by taping plastic to the skirting and floor.
  • Turn off the power.
  • Take off all light switch and plug covers.

The hard part

  • Use a putty knife to lift off an edge (try a corner first) and then pull the paper off.
  • Remove the top layer but try and leave the backing on.
  • Wet the backing with a sponge or mop – the water needs to be left for a while to be absorbed. Take note: the water needs to be as hot as you can handle.
  • Now you can start to scrape off the backing. Use a spatula or a putty knife for this job ensuring it has rounded edges so as to not make holes in your wall.
  • You may need to spray on a wallpaper solvent on any stubborn sections.
  • Ensure you get every last inch of backing off if you want a smooth and clean result.
  • Clean the wall with water.

Patch and shine

  • Now it’s time to patch and repair your sparkly, clean walls.
  • Fill up any holes and sandpaper the whole area.

Your wall is now ready for a fresh coat of paint, or it can even be wallpapered with an updated look.

For more information, Contact Oliver Painting Ottawa today.