Home Renovation Blog
Expert renovation tips and information about Home Additions and quality Renovations
When it comes to decorating a home, nothing beats classic white as a base colour. But have you ever stood in the paint section of a hardware store, bewildered by the extraordinary array of shades of white on offer? Some throw off green tones, some yellow and others grey…
Every white has a subtle undertone which puts it into the category of either cool whites or warm whites.
Cool whites have grey, blue or even beige undertones. Cool whites are the biggest trend right now. Why? They work perfectly in a modern or minimalist home. This makes them perfect by light and breezy homes such as those decorated in the Hamptons Style. They are also perfect for small rooms or apartment living as they can help create a sense of space and are great with an uncluttered and clean aesthetic.
Warm whites have yellow or pink undertones.
Warm tones can be great for – you guessed it – creating a sense of warmth. Warm tones can look great in either traditional or country style homes.
According to paint supplier Taubman’s ‘a pure white has no base colours and is rarely used.’ So what is the best way to test each white? Taubman’s recommend painting a selection of tinted whites as a test swatch and comparing each up against ‘a piece of pure white paper.’
Deciding on the right white can be influenced by the amount of natural light that comes into the room. If you are in a large open plan room that gets loads of sunlight, then cooler whites with a grey undertone can work well. Suzanne said ‘grey tones are huge in interior decorating at the moment and work well with some of the rich blues and colour trends emerging in soft furnishings such as sofas, cushions and throws.’
For rooms that don’t get as much sunlight warmer tones can work better to warm up the room. Cool tones may make a small room feel cold and even gloomy.
Different parts of the room will have different levels of light, so it is a good idea to paint test samples in the lightest part of the room and in the darker areas too.
Choosing the right white in a character home now has more choice than ever. You can opt for the cooler whites or go for warmer. You just need to be consistent throughout the home. One big no-no though is to go for cream colours. Unfortunately they just look dated and don’t have the clean and crisp feel that the modern shades of white bring to your home. Think along the lines of a stone tinted white instead.
A creamy coloured wall can look great in the right home but can look dated.
Ceiling white needs to be a true white and for the ceiling your choice is a whole lot less confusing! Most ranges of paint have at least one type of white designated as their ‘ceiling white’ which takes all the guesswork out of it for you.
For the DIY painter, Dulux have Ceiling White NeverMiss which according to Dulux ‘is pink when applied, so you can see where you have painted, and then dries to a beautiful flat white finish’. They also have the aptly named Ceiling White. Either way, the choice is easy for ceilings.
Most paint suppliers such as Taubman’s and Dulux happily provide the services of a colour consultant at a very affordable price. Normally this is less than $200 and is a great option if you are simply after a repaint and refresh of your home.
In fact, Taubman’s have an amazing online tool they have called their Paint Visualiser. This is simple and easy to use and allows you to upload pictures of your home (or use a sample room from their website that best matches your room) and you can play around with different colour choices on the screen. We love this tool and highly recommend you try it out!
If you are undertaking a more signification renovation project, we recommend getting an Interior Designer/Decorator on board. You may only need their services for a few hours and their advice can help bring your entire look together.
From the kitchen, to the bathroom and the living areas, you can use colour and selections to tie the whole look together.
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie Mt Lawley
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila North Perth
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
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