Painting and Decorating Guide | Go Argos

Painting and
decorating guide

Get your rollers and brushes ready. Here's our tips on how to paint and decorate your home perfectly inside and out.

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Preparing your walls for painting

Clean, clear and repair so you can get the perfect paint finish.

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Paint & wallpaper stripping

Use a steamer or scraper to remove old wallpaper and paint that's too thick or too bright to paint straight over.

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Clean your walls

Get rid of dust, dirt and marks so they don't mix with your new paint and leave stains that could show through.

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Sanding and filling

Fill holes, cracks and scrapes then sand any rough areas to give you a flat, even surface to paint on.

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Safety first

There'll be dust and debris in the air – make sure you don't breathe any in or get any in your eyes.

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Painting indoors

Here's the basics – if you need more help, visit our guide to paint.

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Painting seals & undercoats

Brand new walls and old, dirty walls need a base layer so that paint can dry properly and old dirt won't show through.

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Painting lounges, bedrooms & halls

Emulsion is perfect for most rooms, but for high-traffic areas and kids' rooms, wipeable eggshell or satin is ideal.

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Painting skirting, doors & doorways

Gloss, silk, satin and eggshell are great wood paints. You can wipe them clean to remove scuffs and fingerprints.

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Painting kitchens & bathrooms

There's special paint for these rooms that won't soak up moisture and can be cleaned. Silk and gloss also work well.

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Painting outdoors

Exterior paints that'll stand up against the weather.

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Wood paints

Paint and protect sheds, fences, gates, benches and more with a variety of beautiful colours.

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Wood stains & fence treatment

Wood treatments add strength and protection for surfaces and retain wood's natural look.

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Metal paints

Protect garage doors, fencing, garden furniture and more against rust and give them a bright, fresh look.

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Masonry paints

Bring new colour to brick with a range of durable paints that will offer long-lasting colour against the weather.

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Wallpaper & wall murals

Choose more colours and designs (and hide imperfections too).

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Colour & pattern wallpaper

We have a range of subtle shades and beautiful patterns that are great for decorating a whole room.

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Feature wallpaper

Make a real statement. A feature wall adds a striking focal point that can transform and energise your room's look.

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Wall murals

Instead of patterns, choose a striking picture for a feature wall. Murals are easier to put up and great for kids' rooms.

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Wallpaper tools

Check out the special tools you'll need to hang your wallpaper perfectly.

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Paint brushes, rollers & tools

Pick up all the tools you need to get the perfect finish.

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Paint brushes & rollers

Rollers are for large spaces, brushes for details. Choose a few of each so you've enough for different paints and surfaces.

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Paint sprayers

Sprayers are great for outdoor painting – you can cover a wider area faster with consistent results.

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Dust sheets & protection

Protect floors and furniture from splashes. Use tape to stop paint getting on the wrong surfaces.

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You'll need some steps to help you paint ceilings and high details accurately and safely.

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Home decorating inspiration

Here are a few of our favourite ways to make your home more beautiful.

Wall power

Create a bold accent wall with a difference, with a choice of abstract graphic shapes or soft effects.

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Paint it your way

Inspirational designs and styles to make a bold, beautiful statement in your hallway and stairway.

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Geo Whiz

Geometric styles for the kid's bedroom, featuring stripes, patterns and landscapes that add colour, flair and fun.

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