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Choosing the Right Colour Scheme for Your Home

Choosing a colour scheme for your home can be a tricky task. It’s not just as simple as picking colours you like, and what looks good depends on many different factors. At Marshels, colour schemes are one of our specialities, so we’ve put together our top tips to ensure colour success:

Pick a palette

One of the first things to do is to consider the kinds of colours you like. Rather than picking individual shades that may not complement each other, try and pick a colour palette for the whole house instead. It might be that you like cool blues, greens and greys, or prefer rich colours like aubergines and dark greens. Whatever you prefer, ensuring that all colours in the house work together is key in determining how good it looks.

Consider which direction each room faces

One of the most essential things to think about is the layout of your home and the amount of natural light each room gets. For instance, north facing rooms can be difficult to decorate because the light is often cooler which makes a space feel smaller. On the other hand, south facing rooms are often full of warmth and light for most of the day, so most colours look good.

Think about room size

Colours can have a huge impact on how big or small a room looks. Lighter colours give the illusion of space, whereas darker shades can make a room look smaller. A lot depends on what kind of effect you are going for – so be sure to discuss your thoughts with an experienced painter and decorator.

Test the colours in the room you’re decorating

You’d be surprised at how different a colour can look depending on which room it’s in. Rather than deciding in a DIY shop, always take testers home and try them out in their intended room. This will help prevent a situation where you like something in the shop but hate it when it’s in situ.

Think about furniture and accessories

Unless you’re planning on replacing all your furniture and accessories, it’s a good idea to consider whether your new colour scheme goes with what you already own. While many colours complement each other, some combinations can leave a lot to be desired.

Determine how you’ll use the space

If you’re decorating your office, you might wish to pick more vibrant, energetic colours than you would in your bedroom, where calm and tranquil colours are better suited. Before you start any project, try and determine how you will use the space and whether your colour choices will work.

If you’re unsure of what colours might work in your home or want to discuss your ideas with a professional, the friendly decorating team here at Marshels can help. Just give us a call on: 01252 377714 or email us here.

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5 Reasons You Should Hire Professional Decorators for Your Home

Decorating our homes is one of the most important domestic tasks we undertake, so getting it right is important. Here we offer five reasons why choosing a professional contractor to perform the painting, decorating and renovation of your property can save time, money and heartache!

Avoid a DIY disaster 

Home is the place where we relax and unwind, so it’s important that we create a comfortable living environment that can be enjoyed with family and friends. Unfortunately, too many ‘do-it-yourself’ decorating jobs end up in disaster, with tricky jobs being left unfinished and homes becoming unliveable because homeowners take on ambitious professional works. A decorating contractor has the right skills and the correct tools to make your home look beautiful without any DIY catastrophes!

Benefit from expert advice

An experienced decorator will have worked with hundreds of homeowners to improve their properties and will have picked up plenty of tips and tricks on the way. They will also be able to offer plenty of honest advice on what will and won’t work for your home, and what can be done to realise even the most ambitions re-design dreams.

Saving time…

Decoration and renovation work can be time consuming and demand many hours of time and effort before coming reaching the desired finish. A professional decorating service will offer the experience and workforce to get the job done to the highest possible standard quickly, giving you time to relax and enjoy the results!

and money…

Employing a decorator may seem an expensive outlay, but there are plenty of financial benefits of hiring a professional. An established contractor will be able to buy materials needed for the job at trade price, reducing your costs considerably, and will also save you the expense of hiring tools and making other associated purchases such as scaffolding.

A safety-first approach

Internal and external decorating projects, especially those that include working from height or using electric tools, can present a level of danger. A professional decorating service will offer the experience and know-how to operate at the highest standards of safety, preventing any nasty accidents in your home.

Need help with home decoration?

At Marshels we offer a comprehensive decorating and renovation service for residential properties, specialising in interior and exterior works in Surrey, Kent, London and the surrounding areas.

If you are planning domestic decorative work on your home in 2018, please call our friendly team on 01252 377714 to discuss your project and find out how we can help.

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How to Make a Room Look More Open

For rooms that struggle to squeeze much in, the worst thing you can do is overcrowd it. When creating an open space, think strategically about your colour palette and furniture choices, remembering that less can always be more.

 

Below are our 10 tips to creating a more open space in your home:

  1. Light Colours for your floors, walls and ceiling

Lighter colours reflect the sunlight, causing a room to appear more open and airy.

  1. Discrete Storage

Furniture, such as beds and footstools, that double up as ottomans are a great purchase. Not only will it reduce the amount of furniture you will need to buy, but it will also help reduce clutter.

  1. Higher Ceilings

To open a space, you want to make the room appear taller. This can be achieved by positioning shelves closer to the ceiling and investing in floor-to-ceiling bookcases to help heighten the room.

  1. Organised Shelves

Don’t overcrowd your shelves too much with piles of books and trinkets. If you can, limit how much you store on them and space it all out.

  1. Fewer Accessories

When looking for accessories and furniture, less is more. Find larger pieces and don’t buy as much, filling the space without it being too busy.

  1. Striped Matts

Following the length of the room, striped carpets placed in the centre of the floor are great for making a space appear longer.

  1. Small Prints or Solid Colours

If a print looks cluttered, it will make your room look cluttered. Go for fine prints and solid colours to avoid decorative chaos.

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  1. Furniture with Exposed Legs

Lifting furniture off the floor, even just a few inches can provide more space.

  1. Large Mirrors

Find a focal point and strategically angle a large mirror towards it so it can reflect the light and create depth.

  1. Blank Windows

Let in the light by ditching the curtains and leave your window blank.

 

If you are looking to update your home, why not bring in the experts? We’re available for interior and exterior painting and decorating, so call our friendly team now on 01252 377714 to discuss your next project.

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How to Decorate on a Budget

Decorating can be a costly exercise, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to create a wow factor and keep spends to a minimum, it just takes careful planning and preparation.

At Marshels, we’ve put together our top tips to help you keep your decorating costs down, while giving you a home to be proud of.

  1. Plan

Proper planning is essential for any home improvement project and it becomes even more important when you’re working to a strict budget. Doing some legwork before you start your project can go a long way, so be sure to write down all associated costs. This includes things like decorator’s caulk, painting equipment, paint, wallpaper and paste, not to mention tools like brushes and wallpaper pasting tables.

Working from some inspiration can also help keep you on the right track, so be sure to save any photos or magazine articles that you like.

  1. Accentuate with colour

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You don’t always have to go down the route of expensive wallpaper to create a wow factor. Using paint colours to accentuate a room’s features can be the perfect way of creating a statement for a fraction of the price. Whether you use a lighter and darker shade from the same palette, or go for two completely contrasting colours, you’d be surprised at what can be achieved from paint alone.

  1. Use recycled paint

If you’re not fussy about what kind of colours you have in your home, there are recycled paint centres that remix leftover paints and sell cans at a small cost. While this option gives you less choice, it can be worth investigating if you’re looking to save your pennies.

  1. Call in the professionals

DIY is all well and good, but it can cost you more in the long run. Not only do you have to purchase expensive decorator’s tools like step ladders, rollers and brushes, you run the risk of making mistakes that are costly to fix.

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There’s a lot that goes into a good quality decorating job, from filling and sanding cracks to smoothing out walls and applying paint so that it doesn’t leave marks. A professional usually achieves a much finer finish, making the likelihood of having to redo bits very unlikely – saving you time and money.

  1. Ask your decorator to buy your paints and materials

A professional decorator can get high quality decorating equipment, paints and wallpapers at a fraction of the cost that you see in DIY shops. That’s why it’s always a prudent idea to discuss your plans with the expert you have engaged to do the work. Not only does this ensure they get the right kind of tools for the job, it also saves you a fair chunk of money.

 

At Marshels, we use our decorating know how every day of the week to help people achieve their dream home. If you’re looking for a reputable, dependable decorator, why not contact us?

Why Your Business Needs a Local Painter and Decorator This Year

Whatever kind of commercial premises your business operates from, there is always a chance that you’ll have to call on the services of an expert local painter and decorator.

Here we list some of most common reasons that business clients require the services offered by Marshels each year, and why your company might need us too!

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A fresh look

When a business rebrands or chooses to take a new approach, redecorating commercial premises can play a key part in freshening things up. We are often called to offer painting and refurbishment services for businesses that are looking to add some new vibrancy to the workplace to represent their brand refresh.

Customer experience

Providing a fresh, bright and comfortable environment for customers and other visitors to your premises will always leave a great impression of your business and encourage return visits. Changes as simple as re-painting walls and ceilings really can make a big difference to customer experience.

Staff benefits

A recent survey suggests that staff are more likely to complain about shoddy workplace facilities such as staff rooms and toilets than about issues relating to pay, so making sure employee facilities are in good condition and look great will keep them happy and working hard.

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Damage repair

If the worst happens and your business premises suffer damage from unexpected occurrences such as fire or flood, a quality painting and decorating service can help to repair damaged walls and ceilings and keep your commercial premises looking as good as new.

Graffiti

Regrettably, we are often called upon to remove graffiti and other vandalism at commercial premises. Because graffiti can be particularly unsightly and have a negative effect on business, our team offers a quick and effective removal and anti-graffiti service.

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Making a change in 2018?

At Marshels we offer a comprehensive decorating and renovation service for commercial properties, specialising in interior and exterior works in Surrey, Kent, London and the surrounding areas.

So if you are planning commercial decorative work on your property in 2018, please call our friendly team on 01252 377714 to discuss your project and find out how we can help.

 

Home Refurbishment Trends to Look Out For in 2018

With 2017 having passed and the New Year begun, many of us will have begun to think about our next home improvement project. To offer some inspiration, we’ve listed a few of the big home refurbishment trends set to sweep the UK in 2018:

Colour

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Continuing a trend that has been widely adopted over recent years, external and internal decoration that favours light colouring and balanced tones will gain further popularity in 2018. This adjustment to a more mellow style in British homes has seen an upturn in the use of whites, pastels and softer textures and a reduction in the use of richer more contrasting palettes.

Light

This year homeowners will be doing more than ever to make sure that sunlight is streaming through their windows and into their homes. The desire to get more natural light (and heat) into domestic properties has led to an upturn in window refurbishments and restorations as they become a key feature of large communal rooms and a centre point of internal and external decor.

Space

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As decorative trends swing more toward brighter and airier interiors, there is a growing call to make the most of the space that our homes offer. 2018 will see a continued focus on ‘open-plan’ living spaces, with homeowners seeking innovative design and storage solutions that help to create extra room and fresh and uncluttered home environments.

Exterior refurbishment

 

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2018 looks set to be the year that Britons upgrade the external appearance of their homes, with a marked increase in refurbishment projects on the outer features of domestic properties. This includes restoring key features such as windows and door frames, re-painting external walls and finally tackling those overgrown gardens.

Making a change in 2018?

At Marshels, we offer a comprehensive decorating and renovation service for residential properties, specialising in interior and exterior works in Surrey, Kent, London and the surrounding areas.

If you are planning domestic decorative work on your home in 2018, please call our friendly team on 01252 377714 to discuss your project and find out how we can help.

Successful summer projects with the National Trust

The team at Marshels are delighted to have worked extensively with our partners at The National Trust during the summer of 2017.

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Founded in 1895, ‘The Trust’ is a conservation organisation that covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland, enjoying the highest membership levels of any establishment in the United Kingdom.

As part of a long-running association, Marshels have worked with The Trust on a wide variety of properties located in the south of England this summer:

  • The main house at ‘The Knole’ in Sevenoaks in West Kent
  • The main house elevation at Polesden Lacey in Surrey
  • Houses and cottages at the Harwoods Estate in Surrey
  • Works on The Lodge at Hatchlands Park, near Guildford, Surrey
  • Surrounding houses and cottages at Box Hill, North Downs
  • Surrounding houses and cottages at Netley Park, North Downs

As the primary contractor for external works at each of these properties, our team have carried out all aspects of the painting and decorating requirements, with each project benefiting from a careful approach to the preservation and heritage of these locations.

In addition we have overlooked and performed all of the technical works required, including the joinery, roofing, rainwater goods, glazing works and repairs that were required at each site.

As with all of our established clients, we enjoy a great relationship with The National Trust and have worked at a large number of their properties in the past, forming an assured long-term partnership.

About us

Founded 1991, Marshels is a well-established and respected company with over 25 years’ experience in the industry, currently employing more than 30 skilled painters and decorators to ensure consistently high standards of quality and professionalism in all of our work.

If you require domestic or specialist decorative work on your property, either internally or externally, please get in touch with our friendly team at Marshels Painting and Decorators, serving Surrey, Kent, London and the surrounding areas.

Top Five Questions to Ask Your Painters and Decorators

Drafting in professional painters and decorators can help lighten the load of a home improvement project and frees up more time and energy for you to spend on the other elements, like soft furnishings and layouts.

While getting someone in to do the work might seem like a straightforward task, there are several things you should ask the tradespeople before they are hired for the job.

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At Marshels, we’ve come up with the top five questions you should ask:

  1. What is your industry experience?

You need to know whether your painter and decorator has had training in his or her trade, or whether they’ve just labelled themselves a professional without having any industry background. Someone who knows what they are doing will have had the correct training in preparation and application – and will leave a smooth, expert finish. Someone that is trying to swing the lead may slap on the paint without any preparation, leaving a sloppy and unprofessional finish and a disappointed customer.

  1. What insurance do you have?

When a painter and decorator is in the process of making your interior design dreams come true, it’s easy to assume that they’ll not make any mistakes or have any accidents. But as they’re human, and accidents happen, you’ll want the peace of mind to know that they have public liability insurance. This ensures that if there is a mishap, such as paint spilt on a carpet or laptop, then your decorator can claim on his or her insurance and pay to get the problem fixed.

  1. How long do you estimate the project will take?

While most painters and decorators will try and make the process as smooth as possible, you’ll probably want to know how long the job will take. This will allow you to plan when and where you’ll move furniture, and how long certain areas of your home will be out of action.

  1. Do you have any examples of previous projects?

It’s always worth asking whether a decorator has images and testimonials from previous jobs as they’ll allow you to see what they’re capable of. They could even give you ideas for your own decorating mission, sparking ideas on colour and style.

  1.  Can you get materials for me?

Tradespeople can often get access to the best decorating materials on the market at a fraction of the price, so it’s always worth asking whether they can get things like paint and wallpaper for you.

If you’re ready to transform your home, why not call us today on: 01252 377714. We can answer all your questions, make the decorating process as stress-free as possible and save you money in the process.

Why the Arrival of Winter Shouldn’t Stop You Decorating Your House

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With winter approaching, it’s tempting to crack out the slippers and dressing gown and snuggle down for days and nights by the fire. But even though you might feel yourself slowing down for the winter, the season shouldn’t be a barrier to you decorating your house.

Decorating your home’s interior in winter can have many benefits, while brightening up your environment and making you feel more cosy. Here’s why we think that you should consider a home makeover this winter:

  1. You can’t focus on the outside

Summer is the perfect time to focus on any exterior decorating your home needs. When the season has gone and that’s not an option anymore, turning your attention to your home’s interior seems like a natural progression.

  1. Make your home cosy

During the cooler, darker months, there’s a lot to be said for injecting a new, vibrant colour palette into your home. It’s easy to counteract the cold colours of the outside world and to make your home feel cosy. Opt for colours like fiery reds, warm ambers, rustic reds and perfect peaches, while filling each room with sumptuous woollen throws and plump cushions.

  1. Worried about paint drying?

Our answer to that – don’t be! Choosing paint with a low volatile organic compound content (VOC) can reduce those nasty paint fume smells, while dehumidifiers and heaters can encourage the paint to dry. If you’re unsure of the VOC content of certain paints, always check with a qualified decorator.

  1. Make the most of the crisp, bright days

Very cold days are almost always crisp, bright and sun-filled, so ensure you make the most of it! The natural light can provide a fantastic backdrop for painting the inside of your home, even if the days are shorter.

  1. Find someone to do the job for you

If the thought of getting out of a nice warm bed and painting your interior walls fills you with terror, calling in a professional decorating company can be an easy, stress-free solution. Not only should they complete the work within half the time, there are often special winter discounts to be had. Furthermore, a professional decorator can often find materials like paint far cheaper than the average person, and can advise on colour schemes to suit your house and taste.

If you want to make your home cosier this winter, or don’t have the energy to do the decorating yourself, our team of highly skilled decorators are on standby to help. For a no obligation quote, please call: 01252 3777714. We’re based in Hampshire, but work far and wide.

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Adding the Wow Factor with Specialist Decorating Services

When you think about decorating, you probably don’t think about much else other than paint and wallpaper. But do you want to know a home decorating secret? There’s a whole host of specialist services that could make your property stand out from the crowd.

At Marshels, we’ve seen an increase in the number of people looking to add a touch of originality to their homes, and have had the chance to use our artistic skills to both restore natural charm and create a wow factor.

Alongside domestic and commercial decorating, we offer a range of specialist services that don’t just work for places like stately homes and public buildings, but can also work in the home environment:

Gilding and gold leafing

While you might think gilding, or applying fine gold leaf to a solid surface is a privilege for the rich and famous, or only something for stately homes, it’s becoming more and more popular in the refurbishment of both interiors and exteriors. This is thanks to an increasing number of people wanting to install the wow factor into their home environment.

At Marshels, our gilding team are not just experts in applying and restoring oil and water gilding for the interior and exterior environments, but also work on things like picture frames, sculptures and ornaments.

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Spray painting

Spray painting is particularly useful for things like commercial buildings, swimming pools and home refurbishments thanks to its quick to achieve and even finish. Whether it’s rubber paints or water based emulsions, spray painting can take many forms and be suitable for almost anything.

Special effects painting

Painting doesn’t have to be block colour. Our artistic decorators can devise a range of special effects for walls, ceilings and furniture. You might, for example, want to imitate wood grain on doors, or have a creative colour wash.

Anti-graffiti coatings

Although it’s not as exciting as gold leaf or airbrushed paints, we also provide a specialist decorating service that stops graffiti in its tracks and allows you to retain your property’s wow factor. Our anti-graffiti paint can protect your interiors and exteriors, keeping them clean and free from vandalism.

If you’re ready to add a splash of creativity to your home, or if you want to restore any architecture to its former glory, our team of artistic and highly skilled decorators are ready and waiting to help. All you need to do is call: 01252 377714.

All our decorators are CRB checked and will work with you to make the process as quick and stress-free as possible.