Decorating Hints & Tips


Decorating your home should be an exciting time. Using quality paints and decorating materials will give your home or project the transformation you're looking for, and although this will cause a little disruption, the results are worth it in the end. 


It is very important to stay safe when using paints. All paints contain chemicals, which can be harmful if exposed to for too long, therefore it's important to follow all safety advice from the manufacturer. Always make sure that the space your are working in is well ventilated. This is especially true when using oil based products. Although many paints such as emulsions are water based, care should still be taken when applying. Take regular breaks as and when needed.


How much paint will I need?


Getting half way though a decorating project and running out of paint can be frustrating, however, no-one wants to over purchase paint and be left paints they have no use for. It is advisable to check the coverage for the paint you are using. This can be found on our website, and always on the can. Its also worth noting that glosses and eggshell that are usually applied to wood and metal, tend to go further than emulsions. 

To measure your walls, simply measure the length of your wall in meters, and times it by the height. Paint coverage is calculated in square meters, and as an example, Farrow and Ball Estate Emulsion will cover 14m2 Per Litre. Therefore a 2.5Ltr Farrow and Ball Estate Emulsion will cover around 35m2. This can differ slightly depending on the porosity of the surface being painted. Remember to allow for two coats.


We always recommend 2 coats of emulsion for the following reasons, 

  • Any small areas missed or not properly covered with the first coat will be covered by the second coat.
  • A better depth of colour will be achieved with two coats.
  • The paint will perform better and last longer.


For surfaces where a major colour change is planned, e.g a dark grey to a light blue, we would recommend painting the wall with a cheaper white paint first, such as Zinsser Bulls Eye 123, this will help block out the stronger colour and prime the wall for the top coat, rather than using more coats of a more expensive designer paint.


If the wall has not been painted before, use a cheaper white emulsion or Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 to base the wall out first, as newly plastered surfaces will be more porous. Then go over the white with your more expensive designer paint in your desired colour.


Cleaning up after decorating with paints.


The best way to clean your brushes and materials after using a paint will always be on the back of the paint can. Water based paints, are easier when it comes to cleaning. These paints can be washed out in warm, soapy water. Decorating tools where oil based products have been used would been to be cleaned with the appropriate brush cleaner. This information can either be found on the can or direct from the manufacturer.


Paints should always be disposed of in the correct way. They should never be tipped down the sink or into watercourses. Your local council will have information on where paints can be disposed of responsibly. If you have large amounts of unwanted paints, community projects or colleges can sometimes find a use for them. 


If you have any questions about your decorating projects, that are not covered in the knowledge centre or product information page, please e-mail us at [email protected] and we will try to answer your questions as quickly as we can. 

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