Category Archives for Interior Design

Fanel Glassware Coming Back to Hot Pot Paint and Hardware Vereeniging

Yes, it is that time once again, back by much popular demand, Fanel Glassware will be in store in the Coffee Shop from 1pm on 9th November until 3pm on the 11th November 2015.

They are always a hit in store and people love to browse and treat themselves to one of the many goodies available in the collection. You are always assured to find a gift for someone special (perhaps a Christmas Gift for this year), or even as a treat to you with love 🙂

Glassware and More in Store 9th to 11th Novemeber 2015

Fanel Glassware at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging

Fanel Glassware at Hot Pot Paint Vereeniging

Any questions, feel free to come in store and chat to the good folks in the Coffee Shop, or you can call us on 016 428 5525 and ask for the Coffee Shop, someone will be happy to put you right through. Thank you for your continued support, we love brining you more of what you love, so be sure to share your experience on our Facebook Page, Like Us if you are happy to and if there is ever anything more we can do to assist you in your Painting and Updating Quest, let us know, we are here to help!

Dulux Visualizer App Review

Dulux Visualizer App Review

Watch the Video Review, Click Play Below

Read the Review if you Prefer Below…

Dulux Visualizer App Written Review

We finally made it, our quick review of the Dulux Visualizer App you may have seen advertised on TV Lately.

At first glance it was a little annoying, actually requiring a second look to really get into it as it was designed to be used. The first time we took a tour, it felt like it was against you and not intuitive at all like they show you in their demo video at the beginning.

The colour pallette on launch was not all in place (certainly not on our test anyway), but the second time around all seemed well and it felt easier to navigate.

It does have a little learning curve and time to adapt to its inner working, but once you set aside some time to play, you will soon be flying around the app like a pro, searching for colours you like or know already.

In my example on the video I just searched for Red and it gave me a multitude of choice.

There is even a pop up notice to let you know that the colour on your screen may not be an exact match the real life version on your wall.

As you will see though, there is a whole spectrum of colour to walk through on screen with a swipe of the finger along the top of the screen colour selection bar.

You can then drill down to types within the range before applying and then actually testing in the app.

The actual process of colouring in your walls is not too bad to be honest. It does give you a sense of how it may actually look should you go ahead and paint. Some parts get a little pixelated, but in this case, just choose to point your camera on a smooth and uncluttered wall for maximium effect.

To be honest, I would only recommend using this app on a tablet, or certainly a larger screen smart phone as it can be a little hard with tiny buttons.

The colour ranges available are vast and we loved the option to search for a local store, like us here at Hot Pot Paint.

So to sum up, the app is what it says, a visualizer, maybe a little gimmicky to be fair, and not likely to be a mainstay tester for the long haul, but certainly some good fun has promise for the future of paint selection. Let’s hope that Dulux watches out for customer and user feedback and updates the app for future releases.

Below is the How To Guide from Dulux UK – Most of it is relevant to the South African Market, but some features are not available or as good on the local version.

What did you think of the app if you tested it yourself?

Boring in the Bedroom?

Have you always had the same looking bedroom design?

Headboard Change in the bedroom
Perhaps the Bedscape, or the headboard surroundings are just dull and not quite doint it for you?

Check out these couple of sites below for some awesome ideas on giving some impact to the room you probably spend most of your time in (even though you don’t always get to see much of it in that time).

There is something quite comforting about a stunning looking bedroom. Some look for the thrilling and stand out look, others the sedate, soothing feel, but whatever your taste, you cannot fail to be inspired by at least one design on these following articles…

These first few are a little more reserved and calm.

These are a mix of soothing to madness, elegant to sophisticated.

Share with us by commenting below on the ones that you like the best 🙂


Time for a Change of Colour? What Difference Does it Make?

Colour Can Influence Your Mood


Red, Blue, Pink, White, Yellow, Black, Green…. What does the colour of your home decor say about you?

Something that is always a good idea when choosing to repaint a room in your home is to plan it over a period of time. The reasons for this can be many, but here are some basics!

* Vision and Design Board. Take a Photo of your room and then begin adding colour swatches/swipes/fabrics that you like. This will help you form a lasting opinion rather than just grabbing anything on the day.

* If you still love the design and colour scheme on your board after a week or so, chances are you will be happy with the finished result for the longer term in your home.

* Get magazines and read on the web to get ideas of what colours mean, go well together etc to help you set a base for your own design. This will help get your creative juices flowing.

* Feel free to pop in to us at Hot Pot Paint in Vereeniging for some advice on colour. We are happy to help and as you can imagine see many colour combinations and designs over the years.

* When you think you are the point to paint, take home some testers and place on the wall in the room you are going to redecorate. If you are still happy with the colour after a day or two, chances are you will remain so once the full job is complete. Sometimes, seeing the actual colour on the wall can make a real impact and even sway you toward or away from an idea you had in your head, before you make the jump.

What Colour Says about Mood

For some thoughts on how colour effects our mood, here is some further reading for you!

This Old House – Choose Paint Colours to Lift Your Mood,,20386447,00.html

BBC Homes – Psychology of Colour – What Your Paint Colour Says About You!

Fox News Magazine – 10 Room Colours that Might Influence Your Emotions

Psychology Today – What Does the Colour You Choose Say About You?

Give us your feedback and thoughts, post a comment below, it is always good to hear from you 🙂 Thanks!

Kitchen Design Inspiration

In a recent post we looked at the design aspects of putting in a new kitchen and how to consider walk flow and layouts. In this article we point you toward some great web sites for inspiration and ideas on styles and types of kitchen design you can look for.

It is a good idea to create an inspiration board at home to look at over a period of time to see which design styles sit well with you over a period of a few days, even weeks. After all, spending money on a kitchen is not cheap if you go all our for a complete overhaul and you will need to spend many hours in this room over time once it is in, so better to get it right and be happy with the skin you will be living in so to speak.

Here is a list of some cool web sites we dug up for Kitchen Inspiration…

This site has a gallery of Kitchens to look over and has some stunning examples from new age to old school, love it!

This is a good site for a quick look at 10 stunning design ideas. Most are very modern in their look and feel if you prefer this type of direction for your own Kitchen Design.

This site has some inspired kitchen designs. I particularly like the idea with the one that has the incorporated seating design. Not big on the colour scheme, but the concept of the design is pretty different.

Same web site as above, but different article, this one shares 12 very different designs from the old rustic style to the ultra modern. Good for getting your juices flowing.

Kitchen Design from around the Web

Click the Image to See a Search on Google of Kitchen Ideas around the Web (Opens a new Window)

The following web pages below share the same concept… Saving Space in your Kitchen Design.


If you have some designs you would like to share, post a comment below 🙂
If you have photos of your own Kitchen Make Over, share that too, it would be great to see some local finished results from South Africa!

Choosing a Backsplash to go with Concrete Counter Tops.

Choosing Kitchen Countertops is harder these days. It seems that there are endless choices to consider from Wood to Marble, Stainless Steel to Concrete. But once the dust has settled and you are all excited about the choice you made, what about those splashback areas?

Are you going to opt for traditional plain paint or tiles? Well now there are more choices to consider and in this article on Houzz, you can learn about pairing with Concrete Counter tops and what works well in this selection.

Worth a read, more to inspire you, read on here at

(Image used courtesy of Houzz to reference the article on their site)

Backsplashes that work with concrete counter tops

Shine a Light, Inspiration for Lighting Your Home

Lighting Inspiration for the Home


Looking for some Lighting Ideas?

Lighting should be as individual as you are, reflecting your personality, even mood. Below are some ideas to get the juices flowing from other sites we found around the web. Planning your lighting is as important as the colours you choose, perhaps even more so as they are likely to stay in place longer. Think about where the natural light comes into a room first of all and work to create focal points. Then think about the room at night and how you want your lighting to be, the mood it should set and what you want to illuminate.

If you want to go with some out of the box looks, then check these ideas out:

Wood Bend Light Grater Light Jim Beam Light Hanging Rope Light Spiderman Skateboard Light Stair Lights


The image links above will take you to the original sites, but as you can see, lighting does not have to be ‘traditional’ hanging single bulb and shade, its up to you to explore your own imagination and think about what would make the illumination individual to you and your family.

If you have some wonderful lighting in your home, take a picture and upload and then send us a link in your comments below so we can take a look and share with our other readers!

Kitchen Design, Time for a Change?

Designing your kitchenDesigning Your Kitchen?


Some considerations when setting out a new kitchen design.

* Remember the Triangle!

Sink, Stove, Fridge. Keeping this space clear and easy to access from each point will ensure the flow of your kitchen continues as it should.

Easy to overlook, and often the cause of poor access in a kitchen, not to mention accidents. Give consideration to this as your first step and design from there.

Take a look at these other articles we found on the web to assist you further in your design swipe files.

Daily Telegraph, How to Plan  a Kitchen

Fresh Home – Ten Mistakes to Avoid

Let us know what you think, and if you have any images of a home kitchen make over you have done recently, then send us a link by commenting via our Facebook Page Kitchen Post! We would love to hear your feedback.


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