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.

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...
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...
Paint Like A Pro

Use quality tools and professional techniques for the smoothest finish. Image: Getty Images 

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.  Order o...
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...
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...
Easy paint effects

Create easy paint effects using simple glazing techniques

For less than $100, you can make over a room in a weekend. Here are three decorative finishes that look unique but were created using the same inexpensive method of masking a wall and applying a glaze finish.   Masking and glazing are easy techniques...
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...
Open space living room with white furniture and walls.

The right shade of white will help create a sense of light and space

Nothing says clean and fresh like a new coat of paint, but not all whites are created equal. 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 sp...
Paint swatches on a wall in a lounge room

Use paint swatches to see what a shade will look like in your room

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 wo...