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Daily Nation : February 13th 2014
How a little colour creativity can MARKET WATCH 4 DN Did you know that the colours you choose when painting your home can affect your mood? Here are some expert tips to help you make the right choice BY WILSON MANYUIRA email@example.com heartwarming colours. In what looks like a middle class suburban residential area, Ms Colour first imbues her lovely just-below the knees white dress with colour, then the monstrous skyscraper and even the lovebirds walking by on the streets. This simplistic yet popular advert has K been on TV for more than five years, and it never gets old. In a country where most adverts are quickly forgotten, the fact that this particular one stands out is a testament to what colour does to people’s emotions. According to interior designer, Ms Rebecca Siwa, paint, with its variety of colour palettes, can spice up your home when used appropriately and creatively. “While outside designing has room for casual painting, the purpose of a room is a determining factor when it comes to choosing interior paint colour,” she says. For instance, well-lit rooms can handle darker and dull colours better, while rooms with less natural light are best suited with light colours. According to Ms Siwa, the dimension of the room is also vital as the right colour can brighten up the space and create a soothing atmosphere. Another important factor when choosing the right paint to use, she explains, is personal comfort. “Different people have different personalities and so do colours. Your personality can sway what colour patterns you’ll adopt in your house,” says Ms Siwa. She explains that calm and cool people will be most suited with colours such as grey, white and light blue; while the outgoing, full of life, energy driven and active persons would find comfort in bright colours like orange, yellow, red or purple among others. Go against this Ms Siwa cautions, and you will not have a home-sweet-home story to tell, as you’ll might find your home either too dull for you or too bright for your sanity. For Mr John Githinji, a paint expert with Basco Paints Ltd, it is the safety of the paints that is paramount when it comes to running the brush against the wall. “We advise people to paint emulsion (water based) paints inside the houses as they are less flammable. Gloss (oil FILE | NATION Light paint colours make an area appear wider and larger than it is. based) paints on the other hand, support combustion so they are better suited to the outside of the home.” On the other hand, wood or metal walls can be painted with gloss paints either inside or outside points out Mr Githinji. For places with extreme climate conditions, Ms Siwa advises it’s better to go for paints that have reciprocating effect to these climatic conditions. “In hot areas you can choose cooler colours that reduce the humidity in the house thus creating a chilling effect and vice versa.” Mr. Githinji concurs and states that there are certain paints suited to different climates. “We have special paints made for different climatic conditions such as duraplast for hot areas”. Additionally, there are two types of paints; the ones with a shiny finish (light reflecting) and the non-shiny ones. “There are also two types of emulsion paints; one that absorbs heat and one that reflects the light,” he says. If you want a paint that would do both then choose a gloss paint, as it reflects light and absorbs heat. But how does one choose the different colours for different rooms in the house? It is important to first consider of where you want to paint before you think of what to paint explains Mr Githinji. “Science tell us that the colours in ones environment have a far reaching impact on your thoughts and feelings,” he says. According to Mr Githinji, one needs to consider the kind of activity and interaction that will be taking place in a specific room as well as the effect of different hues on the expression and moods of people; before calling in a contracted painter. “The interior portion of the house needs to be vibrant and alive so as to generate positive energy, joy and goodwill from among the dwellers. It plays an important role in the daily lives of those living within,” says Ms Siwa. The sitting room “As dark colours are known to create an illusion of a smaller space and light paint colours make an area appear wider and larger than it is, it is important to know what is good for your sitting room and what is not.” However, he adds, if your family is small, or you live alone, and your large sitting room kind of awes you, you can use darker paints to create an impression of smaller space. Image is everything says Ms Siwa, and the sitting room being the cornerstone of the house, should have walls that live up to its billing. “You want your sitting room to appear warmer for your guest and family and thus you should go for colours that flaunt this attributes. Red, orange and other shades that are relevant to the frame are perfect for this.” For men who normally want to appear getting the lions share of the bounty. “More recently, however, it is Traditionally posh residential areas lose their lustre T BY IMMACULATE WAIRIMU he residential property market in Kenya has enjoyed more than a decade of extraordinary growth, with upmarket areas the afforable properties in areas that work for residents in terms of accessibility that have been selling fast and recording a marked increase in prices,” observed Ms Sakina Hassanali, Head of Marketing, Hass Consult, during the launch of the Hass Index Quarterly and Annual report for the fourth quarter of 2013. “In the last year, we have seen property prices in South B and C rise by 13 per cent and 15 per cent respectively, driven by the number of offices that have sprung up on Mombasa road,” she said. The average sale price for Quarter Four in 2012 in South C was Sh 11,000,000, and Sh10,300,000 for South B. In 2013, they stood at Sh12,600,000 and Sh11,600,000 respectively, representing increments of 15 per cent and 13 per cent. Average rent for Quarter Four in 2012 for South C was Sh36,500; this rose to Sh43,800 last year — a 20 per cent increase. At the same time, areas of intense property development and economic expansion such as Thika continue to record an increase is house prices, said Ms Hassanali. Nairobi’s Upper Hill and Nyali recorded the highest increase in rents, ranging between 19 and 23 per cent above the previous year’s. Lavington recorded rises of just two per cent. Other suburbs that recorded only slight increases in rent were Embakasi, Mlolongo and Brookside. Residential sales prices were far more PHOTO | FILE Houses in the upmarket Runda in Nairobi: Residents now want to live in areas that work for them in terms of accessibility. mixed. Muthaiga, Langata, Lavington, State House, and Brookside recorded marginal drops in property prices. In Quarter Four 2012, the average sale price in Muthaiga was Sh65,000,000; in 2013, it was Sh62,100,000, a four per cent drop. Nine out of 42 suburbs experienced falling house prices, says Sakina. The opening of offices on Mombasa Road, and the heavy traffic that acts as a barrier to commuters working in enyans like the advert but they love her colourful persona most.. She goes by infecting the world with appealing and DAILY NATION Thursday February 13, 2014 them, fuelled a surge in both rents and house sale prices in the immediately adjacent suburbs of South C and South B. Yet the nearby Embakasi, home to the lower middle class, saw no such growth, with rents and house prices rose very little, while Mlolongo, stood out as a beacon of strategic disappointment. “This survey brings home how vital it is to understand market positioning and demand trends in property choices and investment. It is not at all the case that all property earns good returns. Property in areas that are up and coming, or that satisfies real and current shortages, or that correctly foreshadows future needs, continue to rise in value and pricing,” she concludes.
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