Wednesday, 16 December 2015
The Chinese New Year is just around the corner. This sets the stage for new beginnings, good luck and prosperity in the coming year. Traditionally, the house is supposed to be thoroughly cleaned before ushering in the New Year to get rid of bad luck, past calamities and make room for good things that are expected. In addition to this, one is expected to paint the house. This is a way of ensuring the house is clean, even the walls, but most importantly it is in tune with the Chinese tradition of painting the house most preferably red before starting off the new year’s celebrations.
Why Should You Paint Your House
Firstly, this is in line with the Chinese traditions. Most traditional Chinese homes are painted red when ushering in the New Year. If you do not want to paint your house red, you can still paint it in any other color you want, to give it a new look and make way for a better year. You can choose to paint it yourself but letting a professional handle the job is much better. You will not only be readying the house for the celebrations but you are assured that it will look as good as new for the rest of the year. Here are some things that will make you choose a professional instead.
Not Knowing the Type of Paints to go For
Whether you want to paint the whole house red or part of it, you still require to choose original quality paints. This still applies when going for other colors. Not having the required knowledge means that some vendors may take advantage of your inexperience. They might offer low quality paints that leave your house unattractive and messy. Anyone will tell you that high quality paints leave an impression many months after the job has been done.
In addition, it will dry faster, not require a lot of work when applying and is eco friendly. This means that it emits few to no toxins. You can actually have the painting done when you and the entire household is still around. No need to worry about being affected by the fumes emitted by the paints.
Now Knowing How to Handle the Job
Painting requires experience. It may seem like an easy job but wait until you start it. You may end up messing the whole house and ruining furniture with smudges of paint. An experienced painter will do a clean, neat and attractive job that will leave you satisfied with the results. He will ensure that everything is out of the way if need be or take extra care when painting. You will not find smudges on your carpet, furniture and other house items. In addition, the finished work will be professional and immaculate. He knows how many layers of paint to apply, the types and colors to use.
Not Having the Time
As much as you may want to do the job yourself, even when you are experienced, time might be a big constraint. New Year preparations may leave you with little or no time to handle the task. There is a lot to do which includes preparing the house, buying items for the celebration and ensuring that everyone is ready for the festival. If you have to go to work before the festival begins, this takes most of your time. Instead of painting the house hurriedly, just leave it to an expert to do a professional and pleasing job.
You shouldn’t think of the painting work as an added expense with all you have to spend your money on with the festivities. Painting the house yourself may end up costing you more than it would if you left the work to a professional. You might end up ruining your walls, furniture and floors, which will cost more to fix. In addition, it might be cumbersome and tiring having to move things around in order to paint different walls of the house.
Since getting a professional is the best option you have, there are things you should consider before hiring one. If you don’t know of where to start your search, neighbors, friends and online listings are good places to start. Always have a few contacts you can call and arrange a first meeting before deciding on the one person who will handle the job. Some of the things to look for include,
Level of Experience
You don’t want to hire someone who has never painted a house before. An experienced painter will understand your needs ensuring that the finished work is just the way you wanted. He will also know the products to use, have the required equipment and make sure he does the job on time. Their will be no need for repeat jobs. Experience also teaches a painter the colors to use in different scenarios.
A painter who has been around for long already has a reputation. You can ask the people he has worked for in the past how they rate his services and level of experience.
A painter who is serious about his work ensures that all his dealings are professional, reliable and honest. He will keep time, work within the stipulated budget, use genuine products and ensure satisfactory results. He will go out of his way to ensure that his clients are satisfied with the work he does. He will also have up to date licenses allowing him to operate in Singapore and ensures all his workers, if any, are experienced and insured. You will not have to be liable to accidents that take place in your resident when the work is in progress.
Excellent and quality services will always cost more. This though does not mean that you cannot find a reputable service provider at an affordable rate. If you take your time, you can find someone to work with, within your budget and not compromise on the quality of services offered. Get to know in advance how much you will need to spend on the project.
During the Chinese New Year, different people celebrate it in specific ways. You might not have the chance to travel to China and experience the real festival. Nonetheless, you can experience and celebrate it in a unique and more personal way. You can transform the festival into a house painting experience. When you are choosing colors for painting your home during the Chinese New Year, you will first off need to learn the meaning of each color. You might also want to consider the preference and what exactly suits your likes. When choosing the color, you will also want to mind about where you are applying it.
There are some areas sections in the house that will go well with a dark color. On the other hand, some sections of the room will need a brighter color that will lighten it. If you the room is used more frequently, like the living room or the dining room, you will want to choose a brighter color. For the rooms that are not used frequently enough, you can use a brighter color. For instance, the kitchen can have a brighter color, or you can blend a dark and a bright color to level it. You can then choose a darker color for the bedroom. All in all, it is all about choosing a color that is suitable and one that will satisfy your preference and the theme of the Chinese New Year. When you have the perfect color selection, you will be sure of making your home look elegant as you celebrate the festival.
So what are the top eight colors that you would paint your house during the Chinese New Year Festival?
This is one of the most dominant colors in the Chinese Tradition. It is also a color that highly dominates the Chinese New Year. In the Chinese restaurants, red is included as a wall painting, and also with the lanterns. According to the Chinese Tradition, Red is a color that symbolizes good luck. It is also a common color of decoration during the New Year.
Red will correspond with fire, mostly linked with the dragons in the Chinese culture. Other than the good luck, red is also associated with joy. Naturally, the color red will make the house look lively and more charming. So if you want to get to the groove and enjoy the color along with others during the Chinese New Year, the best thing to do is to color your house red. You can paint the living room ior the dining room to add more joy intro the room.
Another common color in the Chinese New Year. Yellow is a color that is known to brighten the room and add more elegance to it. In the Chinese Culture, yellow is considered to correspond with Earth. The color is also determined the most prestigious and beautiful color by the Chinese. They consider yellow to be the center of everything. To some level, yellow is associated with brown, but it is ranked above it. It is also used to signify good luck and neutrality. You can paint different walls in the same room with yellow and red. Yellow is also signifies freedom, and it can be used to make the room look more spacious.
This color is closely associated with yellow, and it is a choice that you can consider during the Chinese New Year. This color can be accompanied with yellow in the same room, or it can be used individually, like in the bedroom. When you paint the walls in a room, with yellow and brown. For instance, you can split the lower section to have yellow and the upper section to have brown. Brown is associated with earth in the Chinese Culture.
White is generally known to symbolize purity and peace. In the Chinese New Year, white can be used to correspond metal. It represents gold, and it symbolizes fulfillment, purity, and brightness. Nonetheless, you should keep in mind that this is a color used to mourn.
Green is a common color in many Singaporean homes. You might have your own preference for this color, but to the Chinese Culture, it symbolizes harmony, prosperity and health. So if you are celebrating some financial success during the Chinese New Year, the best color to choose is green. Even in China, most of the buildings are painted in red and green. So you can blend the two in the same room.
This might seem like a weird and uncommon color to you, but it is basically blue that has some green in it. It is developed from the notion of a plant as it is sprouting. This color is also linked to the wood element in the Chinese culture. So when you are choosing it, ensure that you apply it where you need to have a darker environment, like in a bedroom.
Several homes in Singapore are applying their kitchens black. This is a color that can look perfect enough if you choose the right black paint. It corresponds water in the Chinese Culture and is considered a neutral color. The Chinese believe that Black is a Heavenly color. Black is a color that will make a room look smaller, so you should choose where to apply it wisely.
8. Earth Tone
The earth tone is a color that can include warm grays, clay, beige, or sandy. These are colors that can also look good in the house, and they are neutral colors as well. The color can go well with most of the other colors in the list. They can be used to make the room look elegant, and they can be used in any room as well.
When you want to choose a color to match the Chinese New Year and your preference, you can consider consulting a professional in the house painting. The company should also give you suggestions of the best colors to use during the Chinese New Year so that you cna achieve the perfect results.