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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.


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:


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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.

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.


Why Hire Someone to Paint the Outside of Your House?

If you’re doing up your house, you’re sure to have planned how you want the inside to look. From colour schemes and paint types, to textiles and furniture. But have you thought about how you want the outside to look too?

At Marshels, we believe that you should be proud of the outside of your house – whether you want to spruce it up to put on the market, or it’s just the right time for a makeover, painting the exterior walls can give your home the lift it needs.

Here, we look at the top three reasons why you should leave your exterior painting to the professionals.

  1. A professional finish

Although you might think you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush, hiring in an expert will ensure that you achieve a completely seamless and professional finish. A qualified decorator will have all the tools to give the best finish, and will ensure that any imperfections are smoothed out – however small.

  1. Saves time

Most of us only have the evenings and weekends free – and who wants to be stuck up a ladder painting on their days off? Getting in a reliable and trustworthy decorating company can get the work done quickly, freeing up your time and energy to spend on the things that matter.

  1. Access to cheaper materials

Professional decorators will often have access to cheaper materials like paint and fillers. When you do it yourself, you’ll probably only be able to access what your local DIY store has, which is often much more expensive and not necessarily as good as the materials available to those in the trade.

  1. You won’t have to buy expensive kit

Painting the outside of a house isn’t a piece of cake. It requires long, expensive ladders and other specialist kit that isn’t always available to those not in the industry. Getting someone in to do the work means you don’t have to invest in decorating equipment that you’re only going to use occasionally.

  1. It’s safer

Every year hundreds of people are killed or injured by falling off ladders and scaffolding. ‘Having a go’ at painting the outside of your home might seem like a good idea, but it’s a dangerous activity that is much safer when undertaken by those with experience.

At Marshels, our team of over 30 experienced painters work to the highest standard and are all CRB checked, giving you peace of mind. We can give you a free estimate, and manage any related trades such as carpentry, replacement windows, brickwork, pointing and render repairs.

To give the outside of your house the wow factor with a fresh coat of paint, call our expert team today on 01252 377714, or email us here.

Making the Inside of your Home Picture Perfect

When it comes to decorating the inside of your home, the possibilities are endless. But sometimes it can be tricky to know where to start. At Marshels, we’re no strangers to helping people make their living space look fantastic, and wanted to pass on our top tips for making the inside of your home look amazing.

Scrapbook ideas

If you sometimes struggle to coordinate colours and styles, scrapbooking can be the perfect way to save ideas and create a coherent look. Save all the inspiration you come across – whether that’s digitally or in hard copy. Sites like Pinterest can make this process easier, but be warned, you might get addicted to ‘pinning’!

Pick your colour palette

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The most attractive houses have a consistent colour scheme throughout that tones and harmonises. Before you decorate your house, think about the overall look you’re going for and the types of colours you like. Although you might like orange, duck egg blue and purple, having them in adjoining rooms might look disjointed and confused. Picking colours that create a smooth journey throughout your home can also give the illusion of space, which is an added bonus.

Make your space look bigger

Although you can’t magically increase the size of your rooms, the careful positioning of mirrors can help give the illusion of space. Putting a mirror next to a window can make the room seem lighter and brighter, thanks to the reflections that bounce around the room.

Mirrors can also be the perfect way to introduce new shapes and textures into your environment, so try and think outside the box and remember that not all mirrors need to be rectangular.

Update what you have

It might be tempting to shell out on new things, but updating what you have with a lick of paint can often work wonders for your home interiors. Whether it’s an old wooden kitchen that needs brightening up with light paint or some old furniture that can be reinvented with a dab of chalk paint, rethinking what you have can create a whole new look with at a relatively small cost.

Get the basics right

Making your home look the part isn’t all about paint and powder. Ensuring you have the basics sorted first are key in giving a professional, seamless finish that will last for years to come. From plastering and tiling, to electrical work and carpentry, taking care of what’s underneath should be a top priority. If it’s not, you could be left open to future problems that will undo all your decorating efforts. That’s why we’d always recommend tending to any internal home refurbishment before spending money on the ‘pretty’ bits like paint and soft furnishings.

At Marshels, we offer interior home refurbishment as well as professional interior and exterior decorating. All our tradesmen are CRB checked and will work with you to make the decorating process as stress free as possible. To see how we can help make your home picture perfect, call us today on 01252 377714.

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.