Decorating and where to start

Decorating at home

Are you thinking of decorating a room in your home, and would like some guidance on where to
start!

Firstly, you must decide on the room to be decorated, and how you would like it to look.
Below is our guide on how to successfully decorate any room in your home.

LOUNGE:

Write a list of everything you need to think about:

  • Colour schemes: Look at interior design websites and Magazines for ideas on colour schemes
    and styles. It may be wise to decide on the large furniture that you already have, and if you
    are keeping it or replacing it. Also, it may be worth downloading from the Google Play Store
    the Dulux visualiser App. This will allow you to try out different colours for your walls on
    your Smart device, to see how they look before making your final decision.

 

  • Are you going to change the flooring or carpet? If so, decide on the new carpet or flooring.
    you would like. It is always best to remove old flooring or carpets prior to decorating,
    as skirting boards can be damaged when removing the old. New carpets can then be fitted
    following completion of the decorating. In addition, if you are planning on wood flooring,
    the skirting boards may need to be removed, and refitted following floor replacement.
    This should be done before decorating. You may need to get quotes for replacement flooring.

 

  • Do you need to update the existing electrical fittings? If so, decide on the new fittings you
    would like to have. You may need to get quotes for electrical alterations, and the work
    needs to be completed prior to decorating.

 

  • Are you going to change the sofas and chairs? If so, look around and decide on the new
    ones, and get costs and delivery dates for your new ones. You may need to consider getting
    rid of your old furniture, so consider selling or disposal.

 

  • Are you going to change the curtains or blinds? If so, look around and decide on new ones,
    and cost them up. If curtain poles are being changed, it would be wise to remove the old
    ones prior to decorating, so redundant holes can be filled.

 

  • Are there any other alterations you would like to do to the room? If so, decide on what
    alterations you would like, and get quotes for these to be carried out prior to decorating.

 

Assuming you have made all the major decisions regarding flooring, furniture, fittings and
alterations, costed it all up, and arranged for it to be delivered/carried out, now is the time to work
out how to decorate your ceiling, walls, skirting boards, doors, frames, sills, etc!

Firstly, you have decided on colours. Now you need to work out how much paint you will require..
(Please see our blog on how to calculate paint quantity). It is worth browsing the paint suppliers, and
looking on line to get to know what paints and what finish you are looking for: ie Matt, Silk, Satin or
Gloss, depending on the substrate you are painting. You may need to consider stain block, primers
and undercoats.

Now consider the tools and sundries you will require:-

  • Preparation tools: Scrapers, Filling Knives, Screw Drivers, Caulking gun.
  • Painting tools: Brushes, Rollers, Paint Kettles and Trays. (Different brushes and roller heads
    are available for different applications)
  • Sundries: Sandpaper, Caulk, Filler, (Different fillers are available for different substrate, ie:
    The fillers for plaster differ from the fillers for wood)
  • Access equipment: Safe Step ladders.
  • Masking tape and dust sheets.

 

Prior to starting the decorating: Make sure the area to be decorated is cleared of obstructions-
Picture Hooks, ornaments, window dressings, light shades and small furniture. This will make sure
the task can be carried out safely, and in an organised way.

Cleaning down the surfaces: Prior to starting your preparation work will ensure that contaminates
such as grease or grime will not affect the paints being applied. Surface contaminates can cause
paint to bubble, and paint may not adhere adequately.

Mask up: Make sure floors and large furniture which will stay in the room are masked up and protected.

Carry out preparation works: Fill holes and imperfections, and rub down all areas to achieve smooth
surfaces.

Clean up dust before applying the paints.

YOU ARE NOW READY TO DECORATE!