Painting is the by far the cheapest and quickest option when wanting a new look, with a seemingly infinite range of colours and special effects, which can be combined to create an abundance of different looks and feeling to any room.
There are also lots of tools and gadgets specially designed for the job, which allow professional looking results to be achieved. The first thing to do is decide what you want to achieve.
Are you looking to brighten up a dismal room, change a bedroom into a nursery ready for a new arrival, or simply wanting a fresh new look?
You also have the option to use the many stains and varnishes as an alternative to paint, when decorating woodwork, these are usually more hard wearing and easier to maintain than paint, but unless it is new wood, there is a great deal of hard work to strip of the old paint first.
Remember preparation is paramount when it comes to decorating, the quality of the finished job, can be adversely affected with poor or rushed preparation.