Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

Investments in your home are never taken lightly, and painting is no exception. Choosing the right painting company is crucial to achieving a high-quality finish that will stand the test of time, and ensuring you are happy with the experience.


A professional painting company will provide a detailed proposal for your project, including a quote broken down into components. This ensures there aren’t any surprises and if you are comparing quotes you can see where the differences are. For example, maybe one quote has included the scaffolding and another hasn’t.


This is also their opportunity to clearly demonstrate that they understand your needs and concerns. Misunderstandings and ambiguity can lead to disappointment, so make sure your painter is a clear and proactive communicator.


While a contractor can tell you all about why they are the best for the job, there’s nothing like feedback from previous customers to set your mind at ease. Ask them to provide testimonials and referees, and check out online reviews.


Reviews will give you a good feel for the contractor, also pay attention to their demeanour at your first meeting – are they friendly, polite and respectful of your property? The contractor will be on your property or in your house, potentially for some time. You need to feel comfortable with them being there.


Ask whether employees are security checked and find out what procedures are for keeping the worksite tidy, safe and secure. And trust your gut – if you don’t feel comfortable with the contractor, don’t employ them.


Choosing a painter who is a member of Master Painters NZ is important, it means their work must meet industry standards, and provides you with an avenue to seek recourse if disputes arise.


If you thinks you’re ready to paint, please feel free to call us on 03 218 7668, or Contact us via our inquiry form.

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

It can be rather overwhelming hitting up the hardware store to choose a new interior paint colour for your home.

There are literally thousands of potential colours, and how many shades of white can there be?

Before you throw your colour charts in the air and storm out of the shop (while convincing yourself that the faded mustard-yellow walls in your lounge are actually fine) take note of these six tips.

1. Where to start?

Initially, you should look at the existing colours in your home and decide on the ones you’d consider working with.

“For example, do you have a piece of artwork you really like, flooring that will need to be worked with (not against), and furniture that will be staying? This will help narrow down your options.”

Think about looking at magazines, creating a mood board, or a Pinterest board with images of colours you like – This is a great way to plan a new colour scheme because when ideas are grouped together they start to formulate a pretty clear picture on which direction you want to go.

2. To trend or not to trend?

Trends are modern, fresh and up-to-date influencers of style. But they do come and go, so how do you choose a colour that won’t date quickly?  Will you really want to paint again in a year’s time?

It can be best to forget trends, or to be more specific, forget relying wholly on trends – trends are created to help guide people and stimulate change, but getting too caught up with replicating them will not lend to a lasting love affair

However if there is a trending colour that really appeals, interior designer Debbie Ambercrombie suggests bringing it in in small doses.

“Trends are fun and inspiring, so paint a coffee table, a stack of drawers or maybe even add a strip of decorative decal to your walls.”

This is a plan of action that Nikki Morris from Resene agrees with.

“If you are into decorating and keeping up with current colour trends, why not consider a designated statement wall within your home that can be changed as often as you desire?

“Alternative fun options are using splashes of colour within cupboards or wardrobes, wallpaper in bookshelves, or even painting picture frames in trending tones.”

3. When is white the way to go?

White probably causes the most headaches when it comes to choosing paint – how many shades can there be? The answer? Lots!  

One tip is that there is always a hint of another colour coming through any shade of white – this is called the undertone. If it is a cool white, it has blue, grey or purple undertones and if it is a warm white then it will have either yellow, brown or red undertones.

“Cool whites work well in light and bright, north-facing spaces and should be paired with other cool-coloured surfaces such as charcoal or grey. Warm whites work well in darker, cooler-type spaces and should be matched with warm-coloured surfaces, like brown, beige and natural timbers.”

The risk that often comes with white walls is a clinical look, but that can be worked around by adding texture or pattern which means you can still have the serenity of a white interior, but you need surface relief like a wallpaper with an interesting finish or highly-textured layers, for example a large rug.”

4. How to test in your home

Aside from having to paint your entire house as a “test run”, there are some tricks of the trade to use when it comes to helping  visualise how a colour will look in your home.

Morris suggests painting your test pot onto a large piece of cardboard, leaving an unpainted border around the edge. And two coats are advised to get the best representation of colour.

“This technique means you can move it around the house to see how the colour changes from room to room, with the different lighting and furnishings.

“The border also helps to keep the new paint colour separated from the old colour.”

5. Does it matter if it’s black or white?

Do dark colours always result in a room feeling like no light can live there? And is white always the safe, and also boring option? Well no, not at all according to the experts.

A dark colour in a room definitely doesn’t equal a dark room – you just need to consider how much natural light the room gets, other lighting setups, what colour the trims and ceilings are, and what other colours are going into the space – It’s those things which will make a difference when being paired with dark colours, not the colour of the wall.  It can also be the same for white or light walls. They are certainly not boring, as again it’s how the space is styled within the white walls.

So there you have it. Dark is not scary and white is not dull.

6. Feeling your way

There has been plenty of research into how exposure to a particular colour can affect your feelings. So how to go about splashing a potential mood-influencer all over your interior house walls? You just go with how you feel.

We all read colour very differently – what is exciting and energising to one person may be overwhelming for another. So identify colours that you love and never tire of, then decide if a particular space needs warming, cooling, energising or calming.  

Generally colours that are saturated and closest to their true colour will be more intense, so if you like red, but find a real red too strong, having blue added in will help calm and cool it.

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

Here’s a few feature wall pics from some recent jobs. We cover all aspects of wallcoverings from imported paper for that grand statement feature wall to NZ made papers suitable for every room in the home. Installing wall fabrics like Vertiface and Composition are also a favourite past time of ours at H G Morsink generally used in schools for pin board and sound dampening.

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

After being approached by a first time client we quoted and were successful on the Exterior repaint of this beauty.

Extensive scaffolding was involved to get around the tricky areas and not damage the roof. After applying the cleaning agent and letting it work its magic we then gave her a much needed pressure wash to remove years of baked on moss, dirt and debris. After the wash down was complete it was noticed that a solid plasterer would be required for some remedial works before painting. All necessary lead precautions were taken for any timber windows and trim. A fresh coat of paint on all Timber and Roughcast really lets this old house shine, showing off its true beauty once again.

Tuesday, 23 Jan 2018

We consider ourselves extremely proud to be involved in the rebuild of Stadium Southland. For us this was a good chance to apply a wide variety of skillsets. We undertook all types of coatings right from fire rating the timber in the Grandstand area, hardwearing 2 pack finishes in changing rooms and toilets to the Durabuild system applied on the grandstand area floor. Not to mention the mass amount of Gib board and trim on the rest of the interior. Being a job on such a big scale a majority of paint applied via airless spray, leaving the brushing and rolling to the smaller areas. A lot of nights and weekend work were involved to meet the demands of a tight timeframe.
To this day we still help Nigel and the team at Stadium Southland complete the remedial painting caused by the vast amount of traffic visiting on a day to day basis.