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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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.



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.

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:


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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.


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.


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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.

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.

Keeping Your Commercial Building Fresh with Decorations

Making sure your commercial building is attractive, fresh and well decorated is essential in giving off a positive and inviting business vibe that makes people want to engage with your business.

To illustrate, it’s no good investing money on the inside of your shop, for the outside to have flaky paint, signs falling down and smashed windows, which can all turn potential customers off. They wouldn’t see the funky furniture you’ve invested in, because the chances are they’d be so put off that they wouldn’t even come in at all.

So why else does your commercial building need to look good?

Impress potential clients

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Does the exterior or interior of your office need a lick of paint? Is the ‘once was white’ now a dirty shade of brown? Does the guttering need fixing? Signs remaking? Much in the same way that people judge another person in a matter of seconds, it can also ring true for a company’s building. Refreshing its appearance can give the right impression and make people feel confident in investing in you and your businesses services, increasing your bottom line.

Take care of historical buildings

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When you’re tasked with taking care of historical buildings, you may have a list of maintenance tasks as long as your arm. One of the things that should be on that list is preserving the walls with a painting and decorating programme that keeps them looking fresh and well looked after – both inside and out.

Instil confidence and reduce infection

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A clean looking commercial building can inspire confidence and give an air of cleanliness that may not be possible with dirty, run down walls. One of the areas where this is most important is in hospitals and medical settings, where people want to be reassured that hygiene and sterility is high on the agenda.

Bearing this in mind, at Marshels we work with healthcare providers across Hampshire and surrounding areas and aim to further reduce the risk of infection by using special anti-bacterial paint, which has been used within healthcare settings for a number of years to protect against the spread of superbugs like MRSA.

Increase productivity

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Making sure that your employee’s working environment is fresh and uplifting can make them feel happier and increase productivity. On the contrary, offering a dark, gloomy and run down office can negatively impact an employee’s state of mind and productivity levels, making them suffer and damaging your profits.

Decorating a commercial building can be a huge challenge, especially if a company isn’t sure what it needs to project the impression they’d desire. At Marshels, we can help to take that stress away. Call us today to see how we can help with your commercial decorating needs.


Top Reasons to Hire a Professional Decorator

We’ve all been there, browsing the shelves in the local DIY shop, excitedly thumbing through paint swatches and tearing off strips of wallpaper. Although it can be tempting to decorate your home yourself, getting in a professional decorator can mean more than just straight edges.

Here, we look at the top benefits of hiring skilled painters and decorators, rather than doing the decorating yourself:

Reduce the risk of costly mistakes

Not only will you save money on buying decorating equipment like rollers and paint trays, hiring a professional reduces the risk of you making costly mistakes. From spoiled wallpaper to wonky edges, we’ve been drafted in to put right many DIY disasters. By hiring a professional, you get it right from the get go and save vital funds.

A professional finish helps to sell your home

If you were an accountant, you wouldn’t necessarily have a go at installing your own bathroom, would you? Decorating is no different – to achieve a professional and seamless finish, which can increase the value of your home, hiring a professional is your best option.

Save money on materials

Although going to choose paints and paper can be fun, your painter and decorator can probably get the same, or better materials at a much cheaper rate. Before you go and spend lots of money on supplies, speak to a skilled decorator who will probably be able to get things for you at a much better price.

Trade contacts

Quite often, when you start a home improvement project, you find that other jobs crop up, such as plastering or carpentry. A decorator can put you in touch with trusted tradespeople, reducing the risk of the unknown.

A professional decorator will have a trained eye

Often, people find it frustrating when they can’t find the best decorating solutions for their home and spend lots of money on trying out different things. Professional decorators are dab hands at advising you on what will work and what won’t, which can help you get it right first time.

It saves you time

Painting and decorating takes up time, and most of us only have the evenings and weekends free in which to do it. Getting someone in saves you time and valuable energy, so you can focus on the fun things in life.

If you are looking for an interior painting and decorating service in or around Hampshire, contact us now on: 01252 377714 and we will be happy to provide a no obligation estimate. All of our tradesmen are CRB checked and will work with you to make the decorating process as stress free and seamless as possible.