13 Client Supply Items – Paints, colours and wallpapers


Colour and the type of wall finishes can completely transform a feel of a room. Imagine the same space with neutral colour walls, then think what it would be like if the colour was changed to something bright or if the walls were covered in a rich patterned wallpaper.


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A standard, trade, good quality white paint will probably be a part of your builder’s quote and you will usually want to use it for the ceilings. White ceilings make rooms seem taller and will feel as if they were ‘in the background’. The question remains on the colour for the walls, cornices, skirting and architraves.




While it is helpful to look at websites or visiting your local building supplies shop to pick up some paint charts, please remember that colours will always look slightly different on your screen, or the paint charts to what you will actually see on the walls.

You shouldn’t need to worry about the type of paint – if it is for wet rooms, timber or brickwork – your architect and/or builder will pick the right one or you.


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The next step is really easy – just pick a few of your favourite colours, purchase sample pots and ask your builder to paint small patches in one or more rooms. Once they dry, you can make a choice on the colours.

Here is a little trick, you can look at colours across many paint bands and do not worry about the price at first.  Once you make your choices you can ask the builder to colour-match the paint with a cheaper alternative, which will save you quite a bit of money.



Last but not least, let’s mention wallpaper. It tends to be less fashionable nowadays, but when used for a feature wall or for more traditional interiors, wallpaper is irreplaceable. For instance, imagine a small powder room with a gentle pattern on the walls or a feature wall with wallpaper on a chimney breast. This is of course not to be confused with lining paper, which you should not need any more.


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