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Paint, Stains & Wall Coverings

Transforming a room can be as simple as using a wall covering. Be it a new lick of paint, freshening up wooden panels with stain or hanging wallpaper, the possibilities for wall decor improvement are endless. Read on for tips on which wall covering, floor paint or wood stain to choose and where to buy them.

What are wall coverings?

Wall coverings is an umbrella term for a host of products for sprucing up your walls, both outdoors and indoors. Here are some common types of wall treatments and wall decor:


The classic way to redecorate a room is to repaint it. Emulsion paint is the preferred type of paint for interiors. Remember that if you’re painting over dark or brightly coloured walls with light paint colours, use a white primer to ensure that the colour comes out how you would like it to.

Wood stain

If you are painting over wood, consider first whether staining might not be a better option. Although the range of colours of wood stains aren’t as paint colours, staining is a much more durable way to protect wood that is exposed to the elements or abrasion. Sealants and wood stains prevent fading, rotting, protect against moisture and often work out cheaper than paint due to their low maintenance finishes.

If you’d like to paint the walls of your house or garden furniture, look into these more durable options of exterior paint such as fence paint and masonry paint.


Unlike painting or staining, wallpaper can hide imperfections on a wall in one fell swoop. They are also an easy way to add a striking feature wall to a dining room or living room. Vinyl wallpaper is particularly durable and is washable, making it perfect for kitchens, children’s playrooms or high-traffic areas such as hallways.

Wall stickers

Easy to put up and take down, wall stickers are the best wall covering for homes that are constantly changing. Whether it’s a height chart, a fun motto for a teenager’s bedroom or a Christmas decoration in a living room, stick-on wall coverings are a low-effort way to redecorate.

Wall panels

Wall panelling comes in a wide range of materials and can be used for all sorts of purposes. Like wallpaper, it’s an easy way to cover up faults in walls, yet it is even more durable. Adhesive splashbacks with tile patterns or smooth aluminium or glass surfaces offer hardwearing protection from grease, food and water stains. They’re easy to install and can be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Wall panels can also make a statement out of a wall. Traditional or rustic solid wood wall panels instantly add character to an interior, while a strip of tile wall panelling can create a charming border in a bathroom.

Wall stencils

Whether it’s adding a border to a wall or decorating bedroom furniture, garden storage, bar stools, home accessories or dressing tables, wall stencils are incredibly versatile and cost-effective. Use them with acrylic paint or spray paint for a crisp outline. Avoid using any oil-based surface paints as these dry more slowly and are more likely to smudge.

Why use wall coverings, paints and stains?

Sometimes home improvement projects can seem daunting, but they are always worth it in the end. Wall coverings, paint jobs and wood stains can really change the impression that a space makes on your guests and even enhance your own happiness in your home. The walls of any room will define its purpose.

Covering your walls will also mean less maintenance in the future. Paints, wallpapers, panels and stains are a protective layer that can take the brunt of what a garden or busy household might throw at it.

If you’re worried about buying hand tools, a roll of wallpaper, or bucket of paint and having some left over, there are plenty of ways use them up to restore old furniture. Wallpaper can be pasted onto the sides of cabinets or the backs of bookshelves to cover up scratches or create a more decorative effect. Old paint can also be used to create colourful accents on dining chairs or drawer knobs. The best part is that the colours will match your walls to create a cohesive colour scheme.

Where can I buy wall coverings, paints and stains?

From new paint for an elegant dining room to enchanting nursery wallpaper, there is a wide range of home improvement products to choose from on Houzz UK. You can also find paint tools and other tools and equipment to prepare you for your next DIY project.
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