PortseaBeach Style Entry, Melbourne
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How do I protect door handles, trims and plants when I’m painting?May advises:Tape up or temporarily remove door hardware, exterior lights, ceiling fan blades and power point covers with quality painter’s masking tape before you paint. Also tape up areas that can be tricky to paint around, such as trims, windows and doors.King adds:Protect plants and the ground near the walls you’re going to paint with plastic or canvas drop cloths.It’s important to protect yourself too when painting your exterior, adds King: If a step ladder is required, ensure it’s placed on level ground and that you have someone on the ground to hold the ladder steady. Or, rather than using a ladder to paint upper sections of a wall, consider using an extendable roller pole instead.
Get the lookIf you’re translating this look to the home, it’s best suited to a waterside property. This home uses a more subtle mint paint colour by Dulux for the exterior, coupled with beach decor – including colourful buoys, a surfboard and a striped deck chair.
Colour it beachyAussie beach house colours are usually muted, natural shades of soft grey, sandy yellow, bleached white, pastel green and dusty blue, reflecting their coastal surrounds. Think of the ocean, dune grasses, sun and sand; these should be your inspiration. Adding chalky white details to windows, doors, pergolas and eaves brings a beachy softness to the exterior of a house. Bring in stronger accent colours with beach towels, pot plants, chairs and even a surfboard.TIP: Test your colour selection. What looks good on a paint swatch at the local hardware store may look completely different under the harsh Australian sun. Find a large patch of exterior or interior wall to test your colours and view them over several days under different lighting conditions.