A quick guide to painting and decorating

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Redecorating can be one of the simplest and most effective ways of refurbishing your home. A fresh coat of paint or a bright new wallpaper is a great way to liven up your living space and can provide the finishing touches to a refurbishment project.

Our guide gives you a simple checklist of key things to consider when planning to redecorate and will help ensure you get the best possible results.

What kind of wall-covering?

There are a number of options available to you in terms of wall-coverings. If your walls are in good condition a simple repaint may be all that is required, but it is worth considering the full range of options available to you before proceeding with your project. These include specialist paint finishes, wallpapers, plastering techniques and tiling. Find a decorator today.

In deciding what kind of wall-covering to go for there are a number of factors to take into account:

What are the current materials on the walls?

This will affect the preparation time, and when it comes to painting will determine how many coats you may need to cover the colour that is already there.

  • How much light is there? Dark colours and busy wallpaper patterns can make a room appear smaller, whilst light colours can add space. The size and aspect of your windows and doors need to be taken into account when choosing colours. As this can have a big impact on the final feel of the room.
  • Is the space complex or does it have difficult to reach areas? Areas with high ceilings, hallways with stairs and irregular room shapes can be difficult to wallpaper or paint, and it can be dangerous to work at height (particularly in stairways) unless you have the correct equipment – so it’s best to use a professional for such areas unless you are highly skilled yourself.
  • Does the area need a specialist wall-covering? Kitchen and bathroom walls are exposed to moisture and spills, so it’s important to use a special paint or wallpaper in these areas to protect against water damage, keep away mould and make them easy to clean. It may also be worth considering easy to clean paint finishes for rooms where children and pets spend time so you can protect against any mess or accidents.

Preparation is key

Any professional painter or decorator will tell you that good preparation is the key to a perfect finish. Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail as the saying goes! The level of preparation required will depend on the current state of your walls and what you are planning to put on them.

If your walls are uneven, marked, or have holes in them from fixtures and fittings your preparation may require additional stages.

If the damage is particularly bad you may even need to have your walls ‘skimmed’ with a fine layer of plaster to even them out before you redecorate. Plastering is a highly skilled job and in order to get the best finish you should always bring in an expert.

If your walls already have wallpaper on them this should be stripped back, and if you have paintwork any holes should be filled and the walls should be sanded to a smooth, even finish. Again, an expert decorator will be able to advise on the best approach and can complete these tasks for you quickly and efficiently.

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