With a job as large as painting an apartment building, there’s no such thing as a quick fix if you are unhappy with the final result.
Choosing which paints and colours to use when painting an entire building is one of the most important decisions you can make, and it pays to get it right. With that in mind, there are a few simple things you can do in advance to make sure the colours you work with are the ones you will love for years to come.
Consult an Exterior Designer
While it may seem like an obvious suggestion to make, many people opt to skip this stage, hoping to save time and money on their project.
If the end result is disappointment in the new colour, it could be that spending money on the help of an exterior designer would have been a good investment. Designers have an excellent grasp of what makes buildings look appealing, and they will have a good working knowledge of the paints and products that are currently available.
When you contract the help of a designer, make sure you come prepared with your vision and budget for the project so they understand the design constraints. If you have any other suggestions for colours you want to use or other products like wall gardens and privacy blinds, come prepared with those ideas too. Creating a building your tenants will be proud to call home is an excellent way of securing positive rental returns and is well worth the investment.
Keep It Simple
You’re painting a large building and the time and effort involved represent the biggest part of the expense. Complicating the job with many colours or intricate designs will only send the cost of labour through the roof.
Choosing simple, muted tones is the safest bet in most cases. You - and your neighbours - might not be thrilled if you choose to paint an entire building in a loud or vibrant colour. Greys, whites and beige tones are all safe bets, or you can go darker if that suits your design aesthetic. Remember that there are many other options available if you want to add flair or additional colours. Green walls, hanging plants, privacy screens and ground floor murals all add interest to the design, and those elements work best when paired with neutral tones.
Pick a Paint That Will Weather Nicely
A job as large as painting an apartment building should be considered an investment in the future, and that means it’s important to choose paint products that will weather nicely.
Not all coatings are created equal. Some will stand up to the sun and the weather while others fade or stain easily. The paint you choose will depend on where the building is located and the kinds of weather you expect to encounter regularly. Whatever colour you want to work with, you will need to consult your painter and external designer to discuss the options available.
Don’t forget, the colour you choose will look different in the can to the way it does on the building, and that it may fade over time. This is another area where muted and neutral colours are the better choice. They often hide staining and fading for much longer than brighter colours do and it means you get many more years of service out of your paint job.
Does Your Apartment Building Need A Fresh Coat of Paint?
If you have an apartment building that could do with a refresh, the expert team at Pristine Painting Perfection would love to help. We can help you choose colours and specify the best products for your building. We’ll ensure you get the best value for your money and a paint solution that stands up to the Australian weather. Get in touch with us today for more information!