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    Improve your DIY painting projects with science

    Published on 1 March 2016, Tuesday, 3:37 AM

    Doing some painting around your home, whether inside or out, is a terrific way to not only make it a nicer place to live, but also potentially boost value should you be considering selling. It can be a time-consuming job, and once you have decided the time is right, you will likely want to get on with it as soon as possible.

    With that in mind, there are few things that can be a bigger speed bump on the road to painting your house than colour selection. Some people out there might think sticking with the tasteful classics is the best plan, while others may believe in making a bold statement with their decor, and opt for something a little more unconventional.

    It's not unreasonable to experience this difference in opinion, even from within your own family. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier way to settle on the right paint for your home's new look? Well, thanks to science and specialised colour experts, there just might be.

    Research has shown that colours can have a measurable impact on our mindfulness and behaviour.

    More than meets the eye

    Believe it or not, research has shown that colours can have a measurable impact on our mindfulness and behaviour. A University of British Columbia study has found that people who surround themselves with blue environmental cues noticed a boost in their creative output. On the other hand, those largely exposed to the colour red were found to perform better at tasks requiring careful attention to detail.

    If you're struggling to agree on a colour option next time you are painting, it may be worth considering which of these two areas you could most benefit from, and taking heed of the research. For example, if you are painting the walls of a home office, you might lean towards a red tone to help ensure you stay on task and make fewer mistakes.

    Should you be painting a room for your children, meanwhile, you may want to encourage their creativity, in which case a shade of blue may be your best bet. It's time we did away with the old-fashioned colour schemes based on a child's gender anyway, why not replace them with something more scientifically valid?

    Colour can have an impact on our mental state. Colour can have an impact on our mental state.
    Trust the experts

    If you're not convinced by the University of British Columbia, perhaps you might be more easily swayed by one of the world's most renowned authorities on colour specifically. Pantone recently announced its annual Colour of the Year, but for 2016 it broke the mould by selecting two colours - Rose Quartz and Serenity.

    Those might not be the most practically evocative names you've ever heard, so let us break it down for you. Rose Quartz is essentially a pale shade of pink, while Serenity is a complementary lavender tone. It's the matching of the two colours which Pantone considers the secret ingredient, their dusty hues are intended to promote mindfulness and well-being.

    If all that sounds a little high-minded, then you can always drop in and speak to a DIY expert at Kennards Hire for a few tips more relatable to everyday Australians.

    Once the colour decision is made, getting your equipment together shouldn't be an added hassle.

    Get the equipment you need

    It may take a long time to finally come to an agreement on your colours, but once that decision is made, getting your equipment together shouldn't be an added hassle. That's where Kennards Hire comes in, providing you with everything you need to get the job done.

    With ladders and trestles to get you up into those hard to reach corners, heat lamps for drying, even tools for paint removal if you change your mind, we're ready to help. Whether you're blue (creative), red (detail-focused) or Rose Quartz and Serenity (trendy), Kennards Hire can sort you out.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.