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Malikula is a Professional Stylist and Image consultant with a proven track record, for internationally acclaimed fashion brands across Southern Africa. Fashion and all things visual are his second nature. He has a vast wealth of experience in styling fashion shows, photo shoots, beauty pageants, corporate and personal grooming. More recently he started styling for a popular music programme on ZTV. His wide array of knowledge of fashion has seen him write for The Newsday, Zimbabwe Standard, Echo newspaper a weekly in Botswana as well as contributions to the Jet, Zimbabwe blog. Naturally, Marshall finds great joy and pride in transforming people, work and living spaces. His mantra is â€œNo matter how you feel. Get up, Dress up, Show up and never give up!â€?
How to Create a
Whole-House Colour Palette
on’t be daunted. With these strategies, building a cohesive palette for your entire home is less difficult than it seems after looking at ways to work through paint-color procrastination and how to find color inspiration all around you, we are ready to tackle the last, and possibly most challenging, part of our color series: the whole-house paint palette. If picking one paint color is tricky, how on earth do you find colors for an entire house? How can you know they will go together? Where do you even begin? Join us as we navigate the process of selecting colors for a whole house, and gather inspiration (and maybe a little courage) to tackle your own walls. Note which rooms are visible to one another. Walk through your house and note which spaces you can see from each room. Use a floor plan (a rough sketch is fine) to keep track. Adjoining rooms are part of this, but you may be able to see quite a bit farther — down a hall and into the kitchen, for instance. These notes will form the basis of your wholehouse color plan, so keep them close at hand. Start by picking a color for the biggest, most centrally located room. This will most likely be your living room or kitchen, and it’s a great place to start working on your whole-house palette. If picking colors has been stressing you out, choosing a soft, neutral hue for the main room will make picking the other colors easier. And you really can’t go wrong with white. Or start with the room you want to paint the boldest color. If you love color and have a certain hue in mind for a specific room, you can start there instead. Looking out from the bold-hued room, choose a softer, more subdued color for the next rooms. You can, of course, put bold colors next to each other, but that does carry more risk — painter, beware! Build your palette with shades of the same hue. Once you have a paint color picked for your first room, one simple way to move on is to choose shades of the same hue for adjacent rooms or walls. You can choose a hue from a nearby paint chip, pick the next color up or down on the same
paint chip, or even have the same color mixed at the paint store with white added to make a lighter version. The beauty of this method is that, while it will give your home interest and depth, you also can rest assured that the colors will go well together. Have a strategy when picking colors for an open space. When much of the house is visible at once, as in an open plan space, picking colors that work together is especially important. Using shades or tints (shades are darker; tints are lighter) of the same hue can work well in this type of space. Another approach is to use an environment as inspiration for the whole pallette. The colors that go well together in nature will also work as paint colors. Work on upstairs and downstairs spaces separately, if you have a double storey home. If there is a true separation between floors, you can easily create a different mood in the upstairs versus downstairs, rooted in the colors you choose. Plus, focusing on one floor at a time can help keep the task feeling more manageable. Consider keeping connecting spaces neutral. White, beige,greige and the like are fairly foolproof choices for halls and landings, and they give the eye a place to rest between areas of more saturated color. On the other hand, if you have decided to stick with white or soft neutrals in your rooms, the halls and landings can be a great place to experiment with a richer hue. It doesn’t need to be a big departure from the other colors you are using — just a shade or two darker is enough to make an impact. Test your potential palette. As you narrow down your color choices and think you may have some winners, bring home test pots of paint. Sample cards, even the big ones, can be deceptive. Painting your own swatches will allow you to assess each color in the room it’s meant for and check that the colors in visually linked spaces work together.
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Understanding Metallic Epoxy Floor T
here’s a new trend in the interior flooring world and its growing popularity. All things new and gorgeous Metallic Epoxy Floor gives you a glossy elegance that you will love. Basically, this epoxy liquid polymer is a coating that you can apply to your floor to achieve a luxuriously glossy and metallic look. It’s a lot of fun to play around with because you can mix different colors for a gradient, swirled, marbled, or even 3D look that perfectly matches the interior of your home. Thankfully, getting this installed isn’t actually such a difficult task, all you really do is pour the solution all over the floor of your choosing and then smear it evenly across the surface. This is best applied to a concrete floor; if you have tiles with grouting then those lines will shine through, so a layer of self-leveling concrete may need to be applied first. There is also a specific type of epoxy that can be used on wooden floors so that it can actually move and flex with the wood, so don’t let that original flooring material stop you from having this incredibly alluring, pearlescent look in your home. When contemplating on the use of epoxy floor coating, it is only natural for homeowners to consider the cheaper alternatives. However, those who do must have awareness that for this advanced flooring system to cost less, the most likely trade-off for reducing the cost is by using the type of epoxy floor coating that is of a lesser grade. Actually, there are three types of epoxy paint used as floor coating: the 100% solids, the water-based and the solvent-based.
to temperature. Thus, expert installers make it a point to ascertain if there is vapor-migration in the inner concrete, before this type of epoxy floor coating is applied. Its complete application requires preparation of the inner concrete slab and the application of a topcoat finishing to seal-in the bond between the substrate and the first layer of epoxy material. Professional installers call the entire process as epoxy flooring system.
The 100% Solids Epoxy Floor Coating – This is the
name implies, this type of epoxy floor coating makes use of solvents when used as floor sealer and primer, similar to the water-based type. Solvent-based epoxy contains solids ranging from 30 to 70 percent; thus achieving only a thin layer. Moreover, its very nature as a solvent-based epoxy floor coating makes it a less favorable choice, as the amount and/or type of solvent used are often non-compliant with the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations. Of the three types of epoxy floor coating, Installers and DIY users, rarely include the solvent-based type even as a primer or sealer in an epoxy flooring system.
most durable type of epoxy material in a flooring system, which professional installers use and recommend. This type of floor coating can last up to 20 years, even when subjected to heavy human traffic or in surfaces that require protection against hot tire marks, possible abrasions and from chemical reactions of chemically potent substances. Professional installers make use of hardeners that will allow the epoxy floor coating to dry up into solid form, as it bonds with the concrete substrate. A 100% solid epoxy floor coating can achieve a layer as thick as two millimeters but is sensitive
The Water-Based Epoxy Floor Coating – is more of a
primer and a sealer, since it spreads out thinly and does not possess the same degree of durability and resistance as the 100% solids used in a complete flooring system. This is the type of epoxy floor coating included in a do-it-yourself kit touted as more user-friendly than that of the 100% solids. Due to its ability to penetrate into porous surfaces, its use as a primer or sealer over degreased concrete surface, works well enough. As such, it gives a concrete surface a smooth and glossy finish with protective capabilities against stains, abrasion and chemical reactions. However, there is no guarantee that all these qualities will last long enough to furnish such benefits within the same duration as that of the 100% solids epoxy flooring system. The only advantage of a water-based epoxy floor coating over the latter is its lower cost, which allows homeowners to apply another layer of epoxy floor paint as frequently as needed.
The Solvent-Based Epoxy Floor Coating – As its
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