Painting and Decorating

The ultimate guide to which Dulux DIY paints go where

The ultimate guide to which Dulux DIY paints go where

Not sure what paint to choose?

Our easy to follow guide will help you find the perfect finish for your project

Once you’ve picked your palette, it’s important to choose the right paint for the job to get great results and ensure that your makeover will look its best for longer. From the list below, simply select the correct paint type, depending on the room and type of surface and then match with your chosen colour.

Dulux Magic White

Great for ceilings – never miss a spot again with paint that fades from pink to white in under an hour, so you can see where you’ve painted.

Dulux Weathershield

For exteriors – get instant kerb appeal and guaranteed total weather protection.

Cuprinol Garden Shades

For outdoor woodwork use Cuprinol Garden Shades – protection and colour for wooden benches, furniture and sheds.

Dulux Easycare

For busy living spaces use our washable and stain-repellent paint that takes the stress out of spills. Great for kids’ bedrooms, too.

Dulux Easycare Bathroom

This tough paint is steam and moisture-resistant to keep your bathroom looking good for longer.

Dulux Light+Space

Bring light in to dark areas. With built-in light-reflecting technology, this paint helps make the most of smaller, darker rooms.

Dulux Quick Dry

Save time and fuss with this self-undercoating paint, for use on woodwork and metal throughout the home.

Dulux Easycare Kitchen

A hard-wearing, washable matt paint that’s also grease-resistant for busy kitchens.

Dulux Once

Delivers a perfect finish with just one coat, ideal for when you’re short of time. This paint is great for bedrooms, so you won’t have to part from your bed for long.

Polycell Polyfilla 

To ensure a long-lasting paint finish, prepare your walls first. Dulux recommends Polycell products for filling and wall preparation to create the perfect foundation for your paint.

I hope this has helped give you an understanding of waht Dulux products go where?

If you need any further help or advice please feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to help and advise.

How much do Decorators charge to hang wallpaper?

This very much depends on the area and what room is being wallpapered. For example a Kitchen or Cloakroom can be a lot more awkward and tricky than standard box room.

To hang a Feature wallpaper would cost approximately £95.00 to £150.00 Labour Only

Another factors to consider is the type of wallpaper to be hung for example is it standard vinyl, wide vinyl etc. also does existing wallpaper need to be removed and the wall prepared before hanging the wallpaper.

Some Decorators may charge to hang wallpaper per roll which on average can be approximately £25.00 to £40.00 a roll, however this can increase to £35.00 to £70.00 If it's a mural or a paper that requires more time ie- extra wide paper, Wilkinson’s or Laura Ashley and so on.

What is the best paint to use for skirting boards, doors, door frames and windows etc?

The product choices often depend on what existing finish is on the woodwork.

If it has been painted before there are generally three possible types of paint finishes to consider.

Oil based, Water based or a combination of the two products know in the trade as a Hybrid.

Oil Based.

This type of paint does have a better finish with less coats applied, however it will turn a shade of yellow quite quickly, it also take quite a long time to dry and has a very distinctive smell when drying and for a few days after application as it dries fully.

Water Based.

Decorators that are not experienced using water-based paints will tell you that it doesn’t cover as well as oil.

For some this may be true, however due to the quick drying times it is possible to apply several coats in a day, therefore reducing the drying times. Although extra coats may be required the major advantages of using water-based paint is the finish will stay the finished colour without yellowing, the drying times are reduced dramatically, there is next to no “new paint” smell. Ideal for people with allergies etc.   


These are crossover products that have been introduced into the marketplace to encourage tradesmen etc. to move from oil-based paints to water based. When there wasn’t a great deal of quality water-based products available.

In recent years there have been a wealth of very high quality water based paints made available to the decorating trade and in my opinion these Hybrid paints are now a waste of time.

There are varying degrees of sheen level to choose from, Eggshell has the least level of sheen and Gloss has the highest sheen. Satinwood has a sheen level between Eggshell and Gloss. Each finish if applied correctly will look great and provide longevity.

The trend in trim paint seems to have moved in recent years, as more and more people are starting to use Satinwood rather than using the traditional Gloss finish. I personally believe that satinwood gives a more modern, subtle and pleasing look. It also holds it white colour longer and doesn't go yellow/cream as Gloss tends to over time.

Obtain at least three estimates for the work, also ask to see a copy of their Public Liability insurance.

Are You Thinking Of Selling Your House?

The one colour that can add thousands of pounds to your home.

 It’s common knowledge that, when you are planning to sell your home, it’s worth making the effort to get your house looking neat, tidy and attractive.

We are getting asked more and more by our customers to redecorate rooms before they place their homes up for sale.  It’s worth if financially in the long run as it can dramatically increase the final sale price of your property.

We kept getting asked “what is the best most appealing colour to paint our room” To be honest we didn’t really know. However we did the research and found the answer, no it’s not Magnolia or a shade of grey. There is one colour alone that can add thousands of pounds to your homes value.

That colour is Ivory.










Ivory is timeless, classic, versatile and walls this colour have the power to make a home look more expensive, while at the same time providing a clean canvas for potential buyers.

Redecorating with this colour can also speed up the sale of a house, as buyers see the property as well-maintained. They can also move in quicker because they have a neutral space and don’t have to worry about immediate painting to cover the previous owner’s personal tastes.

Ivory acts as a blank canvas to furniture, artwork and accessories and automatically creates a feeling of space so buyers will feel as though they are getting more for their money.

But, whilst the off-white shade is clean and simple, adding a few pops of colour with your existing furniture and accessories help to make your home look characterful and homely.