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Top Tips for Exterior Decoration

The outside of your property is the first thing that welcomes you as you pull onto your driveway and the first thing that people will notice when visiting or passing your home.  It makes sense then, that if it looks tired and worn, or you just don’t feel excited to arrive at your front door each night, that its time to launch an exterior decoration project.  If you want the experts to plan and execute the decorating to the very highest standards, you can call the Marshels team on 01252 377714 for a quote and more info.

If, however, you are DIY minded and brave enough to go it alone, here are a few top exterior decoration tips from our team to get you started.

Safety

It’s our number one tip because it is so important.  If you are decorating the exterior of your property, chances are you will be working at height, so you need to make sure you do so safely.  This may mean hiring scaffolding or a cherry picker, both of which are far safer than using ladders.  If you do have to resort to ladders for lower level work, make sure that someone holds the ladder and that it is placed at an angle that is no more than quarter of its total height.  If you’re not good with heights or are at all worried about decorating safely, we’d recommend using the professionals.

Preparation

It can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, but before you can get started on the exciting elements of changing the exterior paint colours, you need to prepare your property.  This means cleaning out the gutters and fixing any leaks, so they don’t overflow or drip dirty water and debris onto your freshly painted surfaces.  You should also remove any loose paint or surface dirt from your walls, repair any holes using a suitable exterior filler and use a masonry primer to seal any porous or powdery areas.

Paint

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We should probably have listed this point first, because it should be the first thing you do, long before you get geared up to carry out the job – choosing your paint. There are many kinds of exterior paint available, so have a think about what you want to achieve from your finished look before stocking up.  For example, smooth paint is easy to apply and gives a nice even finish but textured paint can cover up imperfections.  Remember that when using colours, they will look different in different lights, from different angles and at different times of day.  A great tip is to try out some tester pots first.

Tools

Again, before you start work, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the right tools. This might include paintbrushes of various sizes and types to cover larger areas of wall surface down to the fiddly bits of woodwork around window frames. You may find rollers easier for larger areas of wall and a top tip is to paint any windows that need to be opened as early as you can, so they have as long as possible to dry before you have to shut them.

If, having read this list you feel ready for the job, we wish you all the best with your exterior decorating project! If, however, you are concerned about getting the best quality finish or don’t think you will complete the project quickly enough, please do speak to our team today as we offer a comprehensive range of exterior decoration services.  Call us on 01252 377714 to find out more or discuss your project in more detail.

Home Refurbishment Trends to Look Out For in 2018

With 2017 having passed and the New Year begun, many of us will have begun to think about our next home improvement project. To offer some inspiration, we’ve listed a few of the big home refurbishment trends set to sweep the UK in 2018:

Colour

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Continuing a trend that has been widely adopted over recent years, external and internal decoration that favours light colouring and balanced tones will gain further popularity in 2018. This adjustment to a more mellow style in British homes has seen an upturn in the use of whites, pastels and softer textures and a reduction in the use of richer more contrasting palettes.

Light

This year homeowners will be doing more than ever to make sure that sunlight is streaming through their windows and into their homes. The desire to get more natural light (and heat) into domestic properties has led to an upturn in window refurbishments and restorations as they become a key feature of large communal rooms and a centre point of internal and external decor.

Space

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As decorative trends swing more toward brighter and airier interiors, there is a growing call to make the most of the space that our homes offer. 2018 will see a continued focus on ‘open-plan’ living spaces, with homeowners seeking innovative design and storage solutions that help to create extra room and fresh and uncluttered home environments.

Exterior refurbishment

 

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2018 looks set to be the year that Britons upgrade the external appearance of their homes, with a marked increase in refurbishment projects on the outer features of domestic properties. This includes restoring key features such as windows and door frames, re-painting external walls and finally tackling those overgrown gardens.

Making a change in 2018?

At Marshels, we offer a comprehensive decorating and renovation service for residential properties, specialising in interior and exterior works in Surrey, Kent, London and the surrounding areas.

If you are planning domestic decorative work on your home in 2018, please call our friendly team on 01252 377714 to discuss your project and find out how we can help.