Colour Beyond Stereotypes


Colour Beyond Stereotypes: Parent and Interior Designer Empowers Through Colour.


Colour Therapy for the home Colour can lift or dampen your mood. Its no myth that colour has an impact on our psyche and physical condition. It’s in everything we touch, taste, smell, and feel. Colour can lift or dampen your mood. ‘It evokes emotion without asking for prior thought. It can be the focus of our careers, the way we live, and the choices we make.’!
Fascinating facts about colour – Listverse Everyone has a favorite colour, which if deeply explored can bring a lot to the fore in terms of exploring the whole self. For as long as I can remember blue has been my favorite colour but not any shade of blue; light blue. My earliest memory in choosing a colour was in early childhood, at school. All the girls were shouting out the word Pink in reply to a teachers’ question and I just wanted to say blue, however, all the boys were shouting blue! Conformity starts young!
We are psychologically conditioned to gender specifics in colour choice and what colour communicates to our peers! The same external influences can often apply in the home. I am no different when I say that one often chooses colour (when decorating our safe and secure space, our sanctuary) that are on trend and somewhat expected by the masses! I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful clients who are unapologetic in the colour choices for their home and clients who are unapologetic about the neutral colours they choose.

What I advise is to consider the why? How does this colour make you feel? How will this colour work realistically in a chosen space? According to science and psychiatry every colour has a different effect on the human psyche. The trick to using colours in the home successfully is to study how they will work with your space and natural light in addition to your lifestyle. A key question is: Are they are appropriate for achieving the mood desired in that space?


My tips for choosing colours for your home:

1. Take your time, try a few testers before you commit. Think about the space! The function of that space and the amount of light it gets. At what time of the day is there most light? Think about how the room currently makes you feel and what you want it to make you feel. Write it all down. Brainstorm!


2. Colour is personal. Avoid listening to other opinions on your colour taste or preferences, if your colour makes you feel good remain unapologetic about it. It is your living space not theirs!


3. If you are still nervous about committing to a bright/rich colour on walls, try neutral back rounds and integrate your favourite colour gradually with accessories such as art, feature walls,

ornaments and soft furnishings.


4. Reach out! Try a colour consultation. Employing an expert in colour for the home could be so worth the small investment. A great Colour Consultant will listen and in no way try to force a preference. They will take on board your requirements holistically and assist you in achieving what you want for your home.

Sharon Fitzgerald.

Conclusion – If you would try a colour consultation then get in touch with Sharon at Colorworx Paints and Papers!


Hand Painted Kitchen in Limerick

A blog post from Eddie Art Hand Painted Kitchens & Furniture.

Hand Painted Kitchen Kilmallock Co. Limerick


This was a 20 year old kitchen that received a makeover at the start of 2018. I was referred by Richard Penny bespoke kitchen’s & Furniture, who were refitting a new section of kitchen.

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The call came in on a Saturday morning from the client who was fairly local and fairly keen. I went out to view the kitchen and explained ‘The process’. The price was agreed and the work was arranged to start on the Monday, yes a fairly quick turnaround.
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Monday morning saw the start of ‘The Process’.  First stage,  all door’s & draw front’s were removed & numbered. The numbers are needed for reattaching the door when the job is nearly completed.  Everything but the carcass is then taken away to the workshop.

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Second stage is an intense clean & de grease of all surfaces to be painted, using in this case Viro Sol cleaner degreaser. I use good quality scouring pad’s that also act like a sandpaper, depending on kitchen size this could take a day or two to complete.
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The third stage is to carry out a sanding process by a combination of orbital dust free sanding & by hand. The goal is not to strip the door’s but to matt down the factory finish or de-gloss. A 240 grit sandpaper is used to achieve this. When this is done the door’s etc are hoovered & wiped down with a tack cloth to remove any extremely fine dust.
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Fourth stage of the process see’ all door’s & draw’s receive 2 coat’s per side of a high adhesion primer sealer. In this case Colourtrend Prime 2 which was ‘tinted’ to the finish colour.
Then 3 more coat’s per side are applied of the finish, in this case Colourtrend acrylic eggshell in ‘French White. Before each coat the paint is give a gentle rub down with a high grade paper to help keep it nice and smooth.
When finished all door’s etc are left on the racking system to start curing or harden.
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The fifth stage, which is to carry out the above process at the client’s home. In addition the worktops and floors are covered to protect for duration of work.
This kitchen had a type of island that came out into the middle of the room and took up a lot of space. This made the kitchen feel cramped, so it was removed and Richard Penny made, supplied & fitted a new section down the left hand side. This was modeled & hand painted to fit in with existing kitchen.
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Once the carcass was completed, all door’s & draw’s were brought back from the workshop and fitted. New door knob’s were then attached to complete the transformation as you can see in the after photo’s.
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Alway’s satisfying to see, what was a dark & cramped kitchen now become much more spacious & lighter & brighter & of course delighted client’s.
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