Painting

One of the easiest and fastest ways to transform a home DIY is to use paint. We share expert secrets on choosing the right colours and how to get special effects. The key to a professional job is preparation, so get the right equipment and use our application techniques for the best results.

Paint Like A Pro
The right equipment makes all the difference for a professional result when painting a room. Large areas are more easily covered with rollers or spray applicators, while brushes are best around edges and on corners, trim and woodwork.
Transform Interiors With Colour
Forget what you’ve always believed about paint and start bringing your home to life. When it comes to buying paint for the interior of our homes, most of us look longingly at the bright swatches yet leave with a few tins of off-white. Neutrals work w...
Choose The Right White Paint
There’s a full spectrum to choose from and a white to suit every taste and application. The available natural light, decorating style and function of a space all impact on which white works best.
Top 12 painting tips
Nothing offers as much value for money as paint when it comes to transforming your home, and it is an easy job to DIY. Painting is time-consuming, so it can be tempting to take shortcuts, but cutting corners will cost you in the long run with a poor...
10 Tips For A Perfect Paint Job
Follow this advice from the pros to get a smooth, clean finish
10 Tips For Painting Edges

To paint a room, start working around the ceiling, corners and trim first

Before you begin rolling the walls, painting the perimeter of a room with a brush, or cutting in as it is called, is an essential part of the decorating process. Cutting in corners where the two adjoining walls are the same colour is relatively str...
10 Tips For Choosing Paint Colours

Sample a range of colours on the wall to ensure you make the right choice

Selecting paint colours can be a very subjective, and difficult, process. But there are several practical considerations that can help to make your decision easier.  Here are our top suggestions to help you pick out the paint colours and sheens t...
Exterior Paint Ideas

Keep the walls neutral and paintthe trim white for a classic look. Image: British Paints 

A coat of paint is an easy way to refresh the front of a house to make it more inviting.  If your home looks great from the outside, it will not only be a pleasure to come home to every day, but will also add value to your property. One of the...
Removing ScotchBlue Platinum Painter's tape
Sponsored article When painting a wall, taping the edges to protect skirting, architraves and cornices is the key to getting a perfect finish.   Splotches of paint on trim and adjoining walls can detract from the look of a freshly painted wall, and i...
10 Tips For Painting Ceilings

Paint a ceiling the easy way with the help of an expert

They’re usually much larger than a single wall and are often illuminated with raking light that accentuates even the smallest flaws, which means ceilings present some unique painting challenges. Add to that the difficult task of working overhead...
How To Paint A Sisal Rug
A plain sisal rug can be painted to make a colourful striped ground covering. One of the toughest natural fibres, sisal is ideal for outdoor living.  Use it on hard surfaces like a deck or concrete patio as a picnic rug or to create a space for r...
Exterior Paint Ideas

Californian bungalows are characterised by gabled roofs with overhanging eaves and a large verandah with prominent columns supporting the roof. Image: Getty Images 

Australia’s suburbs are filled with a mix of architectural styles dating back to the 19th century. Renovating a period home can be tricky, particularly where there are heritage constraints. The quickest and easiest way to restore or update a clas...
Spray Paint A Wall
Follow these tips for a perfectly painted surface every time. COVER ALL NEARBY surfaces and never use a paint sprayer to do exterior work on a windy day. WEAR A DISPOSABLE spray suit and a suitable respirator. TEST THE SETTINGS of the sprayer...
26 Faster And Neater Painting Tricks

These painting hacks will help you get the job done like a pro. Image: Thinkstock

You can always tell a good paint job because the new finish is only on the wall, and not on the doors, windows, ceiling, carpet or trim.  Painting is a messy operation, and keeping the paint where it belongs requires good preparation, including s...
6 Amazingly Colourful Travel Destinations
Be amazed by these colourful locations around the world. Image: Thinkstock  
Around the globe, sometimes in the most unexpected places, a handful of towns and villages stand out from the crowd, capturing the world’s attention and attracting thousands of visitors every year. It’s not just a richness of culture or great vie...
How To Choose Exterior Paint Colours

Painting a building in a lighter colour scheme will make it appear larger

Deciding how to paint the outside takes as much time and planning as selecting an interior palette. Indoors, there are only a few different surfaces to consider, but outside might feature anything from brick to rendered masonry, corrugated iron,...
The selection of paint, colour and technique that your door is painted with, can dramatically improve the entry of any space.    Here are a few tips that will help you create a lasting first impression in any room or home.    Firstly determ...
House exteriors are exposed to constant and differing weather conditions on a daily basis, so they require additional considerations than painting internal walls.  Preparing a wall for painting a wall should take half a day to a day, depending on whe...
Get a perfect finish everytime.  As a general rule, flat paint is used for ceilings, low sheen or matt used for walls and gloss is reserved for woodwork. The condition of your wall and sheen level of the paint you select will determine which brushes...
Make painting easier every step of the way.  Use a paint mixer to break up small pockets of pigment to ensure an even paint colour. A paint can opener wont make a mess or damage the paint tin when opening.  Try a disposable paint tray liner will save...
Set up right for your own safety, ensuring no young children or pregnant women are in the house and the room is well ventilated.  Proper preparation will save you time later with an easier clean up.  These easy hints and tips to painting trim will gi...
Overlap the cornice paint with the wall paint for a really clean join.  Start painting in the left hand corner if you're right handed, because that's the way your arm works.  For your safety, never step past the second top rung of your ladder.  Make...
Create the look of textured wallpaper with this easy techique. Find out easy painting tips for creating this feature wall Get the look of textured wallpaper by painting a wall then applying glaze to the base with cheesecloth. Working from the...
A blue and grey wavy striped wall
Paint wavy metallic bands on a wall using masking tape and glaze. Find out easy painting tips for creating this feature wall To create the effect of wavy metallic bands on a feature a wall, overlapping layers of glaze in three colours were app...
Geometric patterns painted onto a wall
Use simple paint techniques to create a unique geometric feature wall   Find out easy painting tips for creating this feature wall Four layers of glazed boxes overlap to create this contemporary design. We chose shades of gold, but you can use...
  With a bit of imagination and care, ordinary household objects and found items can be transformed into decorative treasures that add instant interest to your home.   Many techniques can be used but nothing has quite the same dramatic effect...
We show you how to paint a feature wall in your home to add contrast and improve the interior of your home. "I like a lot of white walls. They’re cooling in summer and make your home feel larger. But sometimes a feature wall painted in a single rich...
With the right preparation and techniques, even a novice can give a room a professional paintjob. Just follow our steps to getting the job done right.  The key to a professional result when painting walls is preparation. Remove furniture from the r...
We show you how to create a colourful wall feature using scraps of timber and left over paint samples. The average DIYer has at least one box of timber offcuts from past jobs gathering dust in a corner of the workshop. This project uses untreated p...