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Two beautiful kitchens - Advice for using natural & eco paints for colour & inspiration

Posted by Chris @ The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Jul 2015

Here's some inspiration for you. These two beautifully clean and calm kitchens are the amazing work of Steve Larkin. Both kitchens offer a calming use of soft traditional and period colours, with complementary colours used for the kitchen fittings and fixtures. Image Credit:  Steve Larkin & Lark&Larks (CC by 2.0) Everything works in harmony here, with natural wood surfaces and flooring, through to the festoon style pendant lamp, almost as a feature in this clean and traditional kitchen. Colours such as Cove, Windermere, or even Glaslyn and Lomond would work well here, these similar wall colours are available in the  Auro 321 Standard Natural Emulsion range, with some colours now available in the newer recipe Auro 524 Premium eco emulsion range. Whi … read more
How to decorate lampshades easily and stay super eco friendly

How to decorate lampshades easily and stay super eco friendly

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 3rd May 2014

Lampshades are often overlooked as an opportunity to decorate, but they shouldn’t be!  Lamps are focal points that catch the eye and provide your light both day and night.  Many lamps come with plain white or off-white shades.  While they are the most versatile as far as fitting in to any home’s colour scheme, they aren’t adding anything extra to your décor.  Thankfully there’s a very easy fix for that - painting or decorating you lampshades! There are tonnes of ways to decorate lampshades, so do some research or draw up some ideas first.  Small, simple changes can have a huge impact on your whole room.  For example, painting the inside of a lampshade with gold spray paint casts a warm, yellow glow throughout the room which instantly ups the coziness vibe … read more
Eco Friendly Decorating & Decorative Ideas – Painting Tiles!

Eco Friendly Decorating & Decorative Ideas – Painting Tiles!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Apr 2014

If you have found yourself staring at the tiles in your bathroom or the backsplash tiles in your kitchen and wishing you could spice it up a bit? well here’s your chance! This is a very simple do-it-yourself project that instructs just how you can get paint to stick to tiles so that you could create a colourful pattern (such as adding a few blue tiles to that plain white tiled divider in the kitchen!) for a chic, new look – without having to replace the tiles themselves!First, be sure to thoroughly clean your tiles. It’s best to use a solution of ammonia and water and saturate your tiles. Scrub the face of the tile with a brush and then let dry before continuing with the project. Then apply painters tape to the grout surrounding the tile and make sure it is secure – this will preserve your … read more
Have a House Painting Party - Find out who your real friends are!

Have a House Painting Party - Find out who your real friends are!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th Apr 2014

We’ve all heard of painting parties—wine, canvases, brushes and friends.  And they’re a great time!  But what if you could throw a HOUSE painting party… Same idea as the wine and painting parties, yet you’re getting your room painted in the process!  Genius.  So how do you sweeten the deal enough to actually get your friends to attend and help without tricking them?  Don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started. First of all, you’ll need to be mentally prepared.  Your friends may not paint up to your standards.  You’ll have to be willing and able to accept this.  The tradeoff is that you’ll get your room(s) painted a whole lot faster than doing it alone, and it will be a fun, sociable time that you’ll remember every time you walk i … read more
Easter Egg Decorating - Lots of kids painting ideas!

Easter Egg Decorating - Lots of kids painting ideas!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 19th Apr 2014

Easter (and hopefully warmer weather!) is just around the corner, so start running your test batches of Easter eggs now to get ahead of the curve.  Long gone are the days of merely dying your eggs different colours.  Oh no, nowadays there are baskets and baskets full of cute and clever ideas for really taking your Easter egg decorating to the next level.First, decide what kind of eggs you’re going to use.  If you like hard boiled eggs, feel free to make a big batch of those to use as your canvases.  Just keep in mind they will not last long, so you’re creations will be fleeting.  Alternatively, you could use wooden eggs or plastic eggs.  These will last forever and can be used year after year.Once you’ve got your eggs picked out, buy some natural and  … read more
The Bathroom of your Dreams - Do it this weekend!

The Bathroom of your Dreams - Do it this weekend!

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 10th Apr 2014

Giving your bathroom a makeover may not be as difficult or expensive as you fear! Nothing brightens and rejuvenates a space like a fresh coat of paint. The best part? Bathrooms are small so this is an easy weekend project that will yield immediate, stunning results!Bathrooms are often going to be humid and prone to mould, so choose wisely when deciding on paint and consider using a natural anti-mould system that will kill existing mould before you begin and that comes with a VOC free mould-inhibiting organic paint that will keep it from growing back.First, take down all decorations and wall hangings including towel bars, cabinet knobs and electrical outlet covers. Use painter’s tape to protect trim, and use drop cloths to protect floors, sink, tub and toilet. Before painting, mak … read more
How to prevent house mould by using natural & eco friendly non toxic mould sprays

How to prevent house mould by using natural & eco friendly non toxic mould sprays

Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 19th Feb 2014

It's that time of year when we're just not ventilating the house well enough, and with the constant cold and damp weather the house never seems to rid itself of condensation and moisture, leading to the evil of all evils, house mould. No matter what you do you'll always find places around the house where mould starts to appear, whether in your bathroom, around your shower ceiling - or at our house we recently had a small patch in the coldest room in our house and behind a bookcase. Bad mould.How to do you get rid of house mould using something safer like natural mould sprays? There are loads of products on the market, I've tried many of them over the years - and although many of them do a good job, you're spraying super toxic chemicals in areas of your house that you're living in … read more