Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Latest Interior Painting Trends for Home Décor

A lot of effort can go into the design of each room in a home and that extends to selecting the appropriate paint design. There are lots of home painting options to provide a unique feel in every room, some more elaborate than others. Here is a look at the latest interior paint trends that can boost your home décor in Christchurch NZ and beyond.

Add an Accent

One way to give a room character is to accent one of its walls, which means painting it a different color than the other three. It is important to use a color that complements the other three walls. Accents give the room more appeal while also looking more spacious. Accents are also becoming more frequently used in various parts of a room, such as on a windowsill or shelving.

Soften Things Up

Among the most popular colors for the interior of a home are soft tan, soft green and soft blue. Soft tan is able to match up well with many other colors. Soft blue is supposed to create a sense of calm while making the room feel bigger  and brighter. Just think, the sky is the limit with soft blues. Similarly, a soft green color elicits tranquility. Natural soft green tones can also invoke a grounded, balanced feeling. Both soft blue and green have proven to be a safe step up from the more ordinary whites, tans or greys.

White Out

Painting a room all white provides more light and can also give the appearance of a larger space. This motif can be used in both classical and contemporary designs. White comes in a variety of shades, so there are still important choices to make when whiting out a room.

Paint the Ceiling

There is no reason every ceiling in your home has to be an ordinary white color. Adding a bold color to a ceiling will give the room an entirely different feel. A brightly colored ceiling is a way of providing a truly unique mood. However, keep in mind that a darker colored ceiling may make a room seem smaller while lighter colors do the opposite. Sky blue is sometimes recommended as the best color for a larger feel. Various plaster designs can be utilized to add even more character to a ceiling.


Painting every wall in a room one color is not the only option. It is now becoming more popular to paint the top half of a wall one color and then paint the bottom half another color. There is also the option of painting a wall 2/3 one color and then using another color for the bottom 1/3. That contrast provides a unique look all of its own.

The latest paint trends can be yours with IEX External Plaster and Construction as it is the one and only stop for house painting in Christchurch NZ. The IEX team provides quality workmanship in addition to expert advice on all the latest ways to get the most out of your house painting experience

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Authentic Venetian Plaster Remains a Popular Choice for Homeowners

Many homeowners are going away from more traditional styles of painting and opting for Venetian plaster. Initially, the thought of the Northern Italian city that inspired the name comes to mind. However, Venetian plaster has evolved into a term that denotes a certain type of technique and style used in plastering in Christchurch NZ.

It is first important to point out the differences between genuine Venetian plaster and the synthetic varieties. Genuine Venetian plaster uses a mixture of marble and lime and those natural materials will not fade over the course of time. Synthetic versions cannot make the same claim.

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Living room with multiple styles of plastering decor on walls and ceiling. Venetian accent sections made to match the marble floor.

The Venetian plaster style was created centuries ago, but the same techniques are still used in the modern era. It requires a specialized skill as the application of plaster is done in thin layers. Those layers are then built up to produce both a texture and depth provides the same appearance as marble or other stone.

Once the Venetian plaster is applied and finished, the benefits go beyond just the aesthetics. As previously stated, Venetian plaster remains extremely durable and cleaning is also a very simple process. Venetian plaster requires no maintenance and while it looks like natural stone, it is not even close in price. Decorating homes in natural stone and marble is significantly higher in cost.

However, not just anyone can perfect the art of Venetian plastering. It takes an experienced, professional plasterer to get it just right. For that reason, it is a little pricier than other painting or plastering options. But it is an investment that will last and not require any kind of fees in order to maintain its upkeep. Owners of higher-end homes typically invest in Venetian plaster as it is well worth the price.

Aside from the aforementioned benefits, Venetian plaster is not limited to certain colors and it also provides a lot of depth. Experienced plasterers have the ability to use some creativity tin the projects they take on. That is why it is important to check the credentials when it comes time to hire a company to add Venetian plastering on your home.

IEX External Plaster & Construction staffs a team of trained professionals who can offer the very best in Upper Riccarton Venetian plastering. We also provide other types of expert plastering and painting on all kinds of home. When you decide it’s time to beautify your home with professional plastering in Upper Riccarton, contact the team at IEX NZ.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Earthquake Repair Solutions in Christchurch

Residents in the city of Christchurch can firmly attest to the fact that an earthquake could strike any time and without warning. While the actual quake may only last a few seconds, the rebuilding process can take a whole lot longer.

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Back in 2011, Christchurch experienced a 6.3 earthquake that claimed 185 lives and destroyed approximately 170,000 buildings. That did not account for all of the buildings that sustained partial damage as there were many that needed some kind of home painting and repair work.

The insurance claims process has been an arduous one that has been drawn out over years. The end result has left many residents with homes that are not completely safe for habitation. It has put homeowners in a difficult place as they are forced to endure frustrating wait times.

Some claims have been slowed to the point where they will extend into 2017. Meanwhile, some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the 2011 quake were ‘red zoned’ in the aftermath, which meant that it was deemed very unlikely that any homes in that area could be rebuilt.

That fact, coupled with the uncertainty of receiving an insurance payout, has even led some residents to develop cases of PTSD. The 2011 quake was only part of the problem as the aftereffects have also taken a toll on people’s lives. New Zealand recovery efforts also dimmed in comparison to the efforts extended in other major countries.

However, there are manageable solutions people can seek through private repair. IEX External Plaster & Construction is willing to work with Christchurch residents in an effort to repair homes that sustained earthquake damage.

IEX does not build homes from the ground up, but can attend to problems with a home’s exterior. That includes plastering and painting to get your home back to normal. At IEX, we know many people who were affected by the earthquake, which provides us with a personal interest.

Part of the rebuilding process has to do with being proud of your home and IEX can make that happen by offering affordable rates to our clients. The rebuilding process has come without being able to depend on insurance payouts and government help. That is why it is imperative for Christchurch businesses, like IEX, to be there for its residents in their time of need.

For the very best exterior plasterer and painter, contact IEX today and let us help get your life back to normal.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Plastering Rules to Follow in the Summer Months

There are several important aspects every homeowner should know when plastering a home, even before hiring a professional plasterer Christchurch. One important aspect is dealing with the conditions in the summer months. This time of the year presents different challenges, particularly when it comes to humidity.

It does not have to be bright and sunny for the humidity to be on the rise. That is why homeowners need to take into consideration the fact that the summer months can have an effect on plastering a home. When the air is humid, plaster takes a longer amount of time to dry. The key is to have patience and let the plaster dry naturally.

Many homeowners will be inclined to speed up the process by using a dehumidifier. This actually will serve the function of speeding up the drying process, although it will negatively impact the plaster finish. Keep in mind that plastering is meant to last for a long time and the curing process solidifies that long life span. Rushing the drying time with a dehumidifier defeats the overall purpose and can lead to premature cracking in the not so distant future.

Part of the decision-making process includes choosing a style of plaster, although homeowners need to be educated on more of the ins and outs of this process. Plastering is very different from painting and there are important steps to follow. One of them is to let the plaster dry naturally. If that means that homeowners need to close off a room or be out of the house for an extra day or two, then the proper accommodations should be made. Otherwise, the final product will be compromised.

Some plastering services might not warn customers about this issue because that could mean more future business for them. However, that is not the most ethical approach to take. A plastering company with integrity will be sure to relay this kind of information to the customer before any work begins. If the customer chooses to ignore that advice, then any future repercussions are on them. This is also a way of making sure there is no way a customer can claim faulty workmanship.

IEX External Plaster & Construction takes the time to educate its customers on every component of the particular service they request. IEX has an ongoing commitment to provide the top plastering service in Upper Riccarton and the surrounding communities. When you decide on plastering your home, go with a name you can trust.