Interior Design Trends to Expect In 2019

Say goodbye to shades of grey and high shine finishes, as you welcome 2019 with deep jewel tones and metallic brass. Start the new year by stripping back your décor and restarting with bolder, raw designs. Experiment with new colour palettes, beginning with the colour of the year, while creating balance with more minimalistic furnishings.

Give your home a modern refresh with our predictions for the top interior design trends for next year:

Colour of the Year

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Image credit: PPG Paints

The colour of the year is sure to be an interior design trend to look out for.

Crowned colour of the year by PPG’s global colour experts, Night Watch Green is expected to trend throughout 2019. The deep, dark (almost jade) green shade symbolises natural environments to recreate the calming bliss we feel when reminded of nature.

Being a dark shade also allows it to pull empty, open spaces together and make a room feel more filled. This makes it the perfect canvas for you to be creative with the prints and colours you match with it.

Brass Detailing

Brass taps and handles are already proving quite popular as we make our way into the new year. After years of stainless steel and chrome being the centre of bathroom and kitchen décor, it is time for a refresh.

The vintage appeal of brass taps comes with taking a break from perfect finishes and high shine metals. Brass accessories provide a warmer aesthetic for an outmoded twist on contemporary, high class bathroom interiors.

Darker Kitchen Cabinets

Over the last few months of 2018, the online searches for black and navy blue kitchens have soared. Opting for much darker colours for kitchen cabinets with matt and powdery finishes has grown significantly in popularity.

Although deeper colours may seem overwhelming at first, it can be a stunning feature when paired with neutral colours in minimalistic rooms.

Rich Jewel Tones

2019 will be all about creating drama with rich, dark tones placed in front of a smooth white backdrop. Bold indigo, night watch green and dark teal are all becoming appropriate colour choices for any room in your home.

One of the most creative ways rich jewel tones are being incorporated into our interiors are through statement ceilings. Many more people are opting for more exciting colours and prints for their ceilings, including dark tones. This allows high ceilings to appear lower and for empty spaces to be pulled together, creating a great dynamic when paired with neutral colour walls and bold furnishings.


Terrazzo surfaces and decorative extras are forecast to be a big hit in 2019. Terrazzo is a composite material built from chips of marble, granite, glass and quartz. This assortment of chips creates a playful design to effortlessly incorporate an array of colours into your design. Find it in both surfaces and prints – break the mould with this simplistic design.

Get in Touch

To kickstart the new year with an interior refresh, our talented team specialising in decoration and refurbishment are here to help. To discuss your interior design and decoration project today, call 01252 377714 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

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Decorating Tips to Warm Up Your Home This Winter

As the days grow shorter, you may not associate this time of the year with decorating, but a few changes can make your home feel much cosier at this time of year. Even with thick walls, insulation and powerful central heating, the interior décor of your home can still leave you feeling chilly in the cold winter weather. The good news is, we can provide some great decorating tips for adding some warmth to your home without you needing to turn up the thermostat.

Warm up any room with colour

It’s completely possible to warm up a room even by using neutral colours. Whilst some whites and greys can have the effect of making a room seem cold, neutral colours can also have warm undertones. For example, unless you pick a true white colour, most other neutral colours will have undertones of green, blue, yellow or red.

Needless to say, warm neutral colours contain undertones of red and yellow colours, including brown and tan shades. These colours advance towards the eye, creating the impression of warmth. By decorating a room following the 80/20 rule of 80% neutral colour and 20% strong, warm colour, you can subtly warm up any room without it being too in your face.

Rugs for extra cosiness

If you have hardwood, laminate or tiled floors, not only can they feel cold on your feet, but they can also look cold and bare. Adding a rug, particularly one with warm coloured patterns, not only provides an extra layer of insulation, but creates an atmosphere of comfort and cosiness.

Swap blinds for curtains

Whilst blinds are a popular alternative to curtains in some rooms, we would highly recommend adding some curtains to your rooms, even if you have blinds fitted. Wool curtains provide fantastic insulation and provide a cool, rustic aesthetic. It’s also worth looking for curtains with thermal lining, for an extra layer of insulation against slightly draughty windows.

Decorate your sofas and chairs with cushions, blankets and throws

Keep comfort in mind when decorating for winter. Why not cover your sofas and chairs with throws in warming colours, along with a collection of cushions? For extra cosiness, keep a blanket handy for snuggling under on cold days and nights.

If you have an interior decorating project in mind for the winter, why not call in the professionals? Call our friendly team today on 01252 377714 and we will be happy to talk through your ideas with you.



Commercial Exteriors: Why the Outside of Your Premises Is Important

All entrepreneurs, especially those with small businesses, understand the importance of self-promotion and to exceed expectations during first impressions to establish a positive brand image.

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A huge factor in setting an excellent first impression is appearance. You want to set the wow factor before a client has even stepped inside your premises, which can be completed by taking pride in the exterior of your building.

Maintaining Standards

The exterior of your business premises says a lot about your brand. The level of care shown on the maintenance of your building can reflect the level of care you provide with your service. It can also be the difference in influencing a client’s decision on whether to enter the building or not to buy from you.

When it comes to maintenance, your commercial exteriors should be prioritised just as much as the inside. You wouldn’t allow dirty walls and cracked tiles in your office because of the health risks and it simply being an eyesore. Therefore, don’t make the mistake of abandoning the outside, just because others may not notice it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Working Environment

As well as your clients, you want the exterior of your building to attract your employees. Make them feel proud and motivated when walking into work at the start of the day, rather than dreading another Monday morning.

By providing an appealing, safe and comfortable environment for your team, you can encourage them to be proud of working for your company and to show that while they represent you.

Health and Safety

As a business owner, it is your responsibility to maintain the building, to keep it a healthy and safe environment for employees to operate day and night. Keeping check of the condition of your premises on a routine basis can help you tackle problems before they get worse.

Hire a dedicated team who care about your business as much as you do to assist with maintenance. A professional team who are flexible and can promise quality results every time.

Refurbishment and Decorating

As a building stays standing, it begins to show its age. The condition may deteriorate, paintwork may chip, frames may snap and bricks may begin to crumble. Therefore, it is important to employ regular routine check-ups and maintenance repairs to keep your premise standing tall.

With a motivated team working to our strict code of conduct, our external refurbishment service for business premises covers the following:

  • Render and pointing repairs
  • Fencing
  • Window repairs or replacement
  • Glazing
  • Re-puttying
  • Fascias, soffits and bargeboard replacement in either wood or UPVC
  • Driveways
  • Chimney and roof repairs

We also provide services in exterior decoration, to not only keep your building standing, but to help it keep its appeal too. This covers glazing, carpentry, splice repairs brick work pointing and rainwater goods refurbishment.

For more information on our work to keep your commercial exteriors in excellent condition, contact a member of the Marshels team today on 01252 377714.

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How to Improve Your Workplace With Interior Decoration

There are often items in the news about the design and layout of the workplace and how this contributes to wellbeing and productivity.  The latest we have come across was a study carried out in the US, which said that open plan offices help keep employees fitter and feeling less stressed.  This got us thinking that the interior decoration of your workplace really does go beyond adhering to your corporate colour scheme and making a good impression on visitors – the way you plan, design and decorate your workplace can make all the difference to how productive, motivated and happy your staff are.

As the manager or owner of a business, it is ultimately up to you to decide on the colours, decoration and design elements that will make up the workspace, but you need to understand that your choices can impact on your employees’ perceptions.  Imagine, for example, how you would feel working in a dingy, dull and drab workplace with dirty carpets, plain walls and no space for socialising or inspiration?  Sometimes you have to put yourself in your employees’ shoes and think about what would make your working day easier, more motivating and enjoyable. Obviously, you will have a budget to stick to but that’s where the services of an experienced painting and decorating company like Marshels come in, because we can do as little or as much as you need us to.

So how can Marshels help?

If you are looking to improve your workplace, perhaps choosing an open plan design to give your employees more chance to move around and communicate with each other, then we’ve got a range of interior decoration and refurbishment services that can help:

Painting and Decorating

A lick of paint is the first thing that springs to mind when many businesses look to improve their workplace interiors. Generally, it is a cost-effective way of brightening up your working environment and with practically any colour available, is also a great way to reinforce your branding and corporate identity.

Painting your walls, adding wallpaper to feature walls and brightening up woodwork with gloss paint can help make the most of the natural and artificial light in your rooms and make your workplace a brighter, cheerier place to spend the working day.

TOP TIP – Choose brighter coloured paints and wallcoverings in areas where you want to inspire creativity and more muted tones when you want to give people the chance to focus and concentrate in a calming environment.

Specialist decorating for specific sectors

It is also worth remembering that experienced decorators, such as the team here at Marshels, can also provide specialist painting and decorating services to make the most of your interiors and to make the working day a little easier. These include:

  • Fire retardant paint – to help reduce the risk of fire and keep your employees safe
  • Anti bacterial paint – to help stop the spread of germs in healthcare environments and keep employees and patients safe and healthy
  • Hard wearing paint and coatings – to withstand bumps and knocks in busy environments such as schools and universities, thus keeping the interiors looking fresher for longer.

Window and door refurbishment

If you’re going to redesign your workplace, then just painting or papering the walls won’t have the desired impact.  You’ll also need to tidy up and repaint the woodwork and refurbish the windows and doors.  Remember that everyone has to enter and exit the building via a doorway, so first impressions really do matter when it comes to the state of your doors.  If you can set the precedent by having clean, tidy, easy to use and secure doors, then it will help staff to feel positive about their working day from the very moment they arrive.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Providing excellent facilities in the workplace is one way to support staff retention and employee wellbeing.  If you’re planning a refurbishment then upgrading your bathroom and kitchen facilities is probably going to be the investment your employees are most impressed with.  A well provisioned workplace may help staff to feel more at home and thus happier and relaxed through their working day, whilst at the same time reassuring them that they have everything they need around them.

Carpeting and Flooring

No workplace refurbishment is complete without replacing the flooring.  If you’ve had to move walls to create an open space or reposition kitchens or bathroom areas, then new flooring will be essential to cover up the changes and encourage the flow of traffic in the right direction.

The right carpet doesn’t just enhance the appearance of your interiors but can also reduce noise.  This is important as poorly managed acoustics can increase the heart rate and leave you feeling more stressed.

TOP TIP – Any commercial flooring needs to be up to the task of withstanding heavy footfall, so be sure to take this into account when choosing your flooring material and colours.

Where do I go from here?

We’ve all seen the pictures of the coolest offices in the world, and we know that whilst you can take inspiration from some of the trendiest (and richest) brands out there, you don’t really need a slide in your office or a climbing wall in your breakout zones to give your employees a fantastic environment in which to work.  You just need to ask people what they want, listen to their ideas and ultimately, find a decorating company that can make it all happen.

Call Marshels today on 01252 377714 and let’s talk about how we can transform your workplace interiors.

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Top Tips for Exterior Decoration

The outside of your property is the first thing that welcomes you as you pull onto your driveway and the first thing that people will notice when visiting or passing your home.  It makes sense then, that if it looks tired and worn, or you just don’t feel excited to arrive at your front door each night, that its time to launch an exterior decoration project.  If you want the experts to plan and execute the decorating to the very highest standards, you can call the Marshels team on 01252 377714 for a quote and more info.

If, however, you are DIY minded and brave enough to go it alone, here are a few top exterior decoration tips from our team to get you started.


It’s our number one tip because it is so important.  If you are decorating the exterior of your property, chances are you will be working at height, so you need to make sure you do so safely.  This may mean hiring scaffolding or a cherry picker, both of which are far safer than using ladders.  If you do have to resort to ladders for lower level work, make sure that someone holds the ladder and that it is placed at an angle that is no more than quarter of its total height.  If you’re not good with heights or are at all worried about decorating safely, we’d recommend using the professionals.


It can sometimes feel like a bit of a chore, but before you can get started on the exciting elements of changing the exterior paint colours, you need to prepare your property.  This means cleaning out the gutters and fixing any leaks, so they don’t overflow or drip dirty water and debris onto your freshly painted surfaces.  You should also remove any loose paint or surface dirt from your walls, repair any holes using a suitable exterior filler and use a masonry primer to seal any porous or powdery areas.


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We should probably have listed this point first, because it should be the first thing you do, long before you get geared up to carry out the job – choosing your paint. There are many kinds of exterior paint available, so have a think about what you want to achieve from your finished look before stocking up.  For example, smooth paint is easy to apply and gives a nice even finish but textured paint can cover up imperfections.  Remember that when using colours, they will look different in different lights, from different angles and at different times of day.  A great tip is to try out some tester pots first.


Again, before you start work, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the right tools. This might include paintbrushes of various sizes and types to cover larger areas of wall surface down to the fiddly bits of woodwork around window frames. You may find rollers easier for larger areas of wall and a top tip is to paint any windows that need to be opened as early as you can, so they have as long as possible to dry before you have to shut them.

If, having read this list you feel ready for the job, we wish you all the best with your exterior decorating project! If, however, you are concerned about getting the best quality finish or don’t think you will complete the project quickly enough, please do speak to our team today as we offer a comprehensive range of exterior decoration services.  Call us on 01252 377714 to find out more or discuss your project in more detail.

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Painting and Decorating to sell your home: How to do it right

The modern housing market can be unpredictable and extremely competitive, so what can UK homeowners do to make their properties more attractive to potential buyers? Here we look at just a few of the ways that a professional painting and decorating service can improve the internal appeal of a property, helping to sell your home and even add to the market value of the property.

Freshen Up

Home buyers are often attracted to properties that are bright, fresh and appear to need as little initial decorative work as possible. Painting and wall-papering offers a great opportunity to present a home at its very best, helping a property to appear cleaner, brighter and more liveable for would-be buyers.

Keep it neutral

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When viewing a property it is important for a potential buyer to be able to visualise how a home would appear with their own decoration, furniture and styles in place. To allow this it is advisable that a very neutral colour scheme is implemented, providing a blank canvas for viewers to enjoy.

Maintain high standards

Potential home buyers will look at the quality of decoration in a home as an indication of how much work they will need to perform themselves. Hiring a professional painting and decorating firm will help to offer the kind of high-class finish that will be very attractive to potential buyers.

Improve fixtures and fittings

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From skirting boards and frames to door and window installations, it’s important to make sure that all fixtures and fittings are in good condition and look well looked after. This gives a potential buyer peace of mind that the property has been well maintained by the current owners and is in good nick.

Get in touch

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 feel home improvements can help to sell your home in 2018, please call our friendly team on 01252 377714 to find out how we can help.

Top Tips for Planning your Feature Wall

A feature wall is a popular interior design technique where a wall within a room is decorated differently than the others with the aim of making it a focal point.

There are many effective ways to make a feature wall work, from simply applying a different shade of colour from the other walls in the room to choosing a completely different design in terms of tone and material.

When designed correctly a feature wall can make a big difference to the look and feel of a room, so here we offer a few key tips on what to consider when planning feature walls in your home:


Create a centrepiece

The surface chosen to be your feature wall should be an existing focal point of the room and have key features that help it to stand out. These walls are typically identified as the places where the main purpose of the room exists; the stove in a kitchen, the television in the lounge and so on.

Try to think where your eyes are drawn when you enter a room, perhaps a chimney breast or prominent window, these are the walls that make excellent feature pieces.


Complement the room

It’s important that a feature wall is prominent within a room, but not too harshly distinguished from the rest of your decoration that it becomes overpowering. Try to find the correct balance by being sympathetic to the surrounding colour schemes and by choosing shades and styles that will complement rather than conflict.


Be aware of space

Feature walls are better suited to large spaces, so it’s important to consider whether or not an area will be suited to having one. In a room that is quite small a feature wall can seem overbearing and unnecessary, but in a room such as a study that is very cluttered and busy a feature wall can lose prominence.


Get in touch

At Marshels we provide painting and decorating services to domestic customers across Surrey and the South of England. So for all your decorating and refurbishment projects, call the friendly and experienced team at Marshels today on 01252 377714 to find out how we can help.

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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.


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.