Commercial Interior Decorating – More Than Just Your Standard Paint

When home decorating, choosing paint often comes down to picking a colour that suits your tastes and then choosing matte or gloss paint, depending on the surface that you are painting. For commercial interior painting, in a lot of cases, there is a lot more than just your standard paint to choose from. It’s important to select the right colour and style of paint to suit the intended look and purpose of a room, but as commercial properties are likely to see a lot more people than a home and rooms are used very differently, there are many different types of paint to consider.

Fire retardant paint

In any commercial environment, when designing a building, it’s extremely important to consider how it will behave in the event of a fire. It must be considered how strong elements of the structure of the building will be should there be a fire and also, how long can a fire be held back for safety reasons, before the fire services can arrive.

Fire retardant paints are designed to stop the spread of fire over the painted surface and are tested against British safety standards BS476-7:1997. When fire retardant paint gets hot, it releases a gas that helps to dampen flames. In commercial and public areas such as hotels and shops, flame retardant paint can help to make sure all safety laws and legislation are complied with.

Fire retardant paint can be applied to walls, floors and ceilings.


Anti-bacterial paint

For hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres, residential housing and other healthcare facilities, keeping the environment as clean as possible is extremely important to help prevent the spread of germs. That being said, it’s important to have a hygienic environment at any workplace or commercial building.

Anti-bacterial paint is specifically manufactured to prevent the spread of germs by killing harmful bacteria. It can be applied to a range of interior surfaces, including hard and non-porous ceilings, walls, doors and skirting boards and trim. When combined with regular and thorough cleaning practices, anti-bacterial paint can play an important part in killing germs and preventing the spread of illness.

Hard wearing coatings for Schools, Colleges and Universities

Hard wearing wall coatings provide a number of benefits for Schools, Colleges and Universities. Not only do they last for a long time, meaning that walls and surfaces don’t need to be painted on a regular basis due to damage, but are also easy to clean and chemical resistant. Hard wearing coatings are impact resistant, which makes them ideal for busy environments where furniture may be moved around a lot, potentially damaging walls.

To learn more about specialist interior paint solutions for commercial environments, you can call us now on 01252 377714.

Wallpaper Dilemma? Let Marshels Lend A Hand

If you’re toying with the idea of having wallpaper hung in one of your rooms at home but you’re not sure whether to take the plunge or how to go about choosing the right paper, have a read of our 9 top tips to help you to choose the best wallpaper for your available space:

Wallpaper hanging is not the easiest of tasks, so if you would feel happier having your wallpaper hung by a professional painter and decorator, give the Marshels team a call on 01252 377714 to arrange a no obligation quotation.

Banish Your Winter Blues with these 7 Tips to Brightening Your Home

With the shorter wintry days you may find that your home feels much darker and struggles to brighten up, making the winter blues an all-to-real possibility. A lighter and brighter home can in fact play a major role in how we feel; it can help us to feel energised and alert, and impact our mood.

So what are the ways we can create a lighter home in the gloomier weather? Here are a simple few tips from our team – at Marshels we carry out professional interior decorations and refurbishments and would be happy to advise you on any of your home projects:

1. Install skylights: skylights are a great way to allow more natural light to flood into darker rooms.

2. Refresh your interior: choosing lighter colours for the walls can help to reflect natural light and create an airy appearance, however, if you have a north facing room opt for a yellow toned base colour as northern light brings out cooler tones. A light space doesn’t have to be boring though – introduce accents of bold bright colours with the wallpaper or curtains and décor to liven up your rooms and banish the winter blues.

3. Use lighting: Warm white LED lights can quickly give the illusion of natural light when hidden behind a recess, and brighten up areas which the sunlight finds harder to reach.

Bathroom decorating works

4. Reflect light with mirrors: As well as adding style, a well-placed mirror can open up a small space by reflecting natural light and giving the appearance of a larger room.

5. Invest in an extension: if your home is victim to feeling cramped and dark in the winter months then perhaps creating more space with an extension would be beneficial. Along with adding more room, an extension can feature glass panels or doors which would allow in more light to flow through the house.

6. Light the fire: if you have a fireplace why not introduce some natural warmth into your living areas and make them feel cosier? The traditional log fire is a great thing to come home to after a long day at work in the colder weather.

7. Brighten with blooms: create a summery appeal with a pretty bunch of fresh flowers, also teaming up as a changeable decorative element.

If your home needs a freshening up in time for winter, why not get the professionals in and call Marshels on 01252 377714 for a no-obligation quotation.

We’re More Than Just Your Standard Painting and Decorating Firm

With decades of experience, our professional team of painters and decorators carry out a wide range of services for domestic and commercial customers alike, from internal and external painting, to repairs, refurbishment and redecoration.

However, over the years we have gained the valuable know-how and skills to be able to deliver more specialist projects for our customers that aren’t offered by other painting and decorating firms. Our specialist painting and decorating services are beneficial for anyone wanting to add an attractive finishing touch to any of their interior and exterior design projects and can help to protect and prolong the life of decorated surfaces.

What specialist services do we offer?


Gilding involves applying fine gold leaf to a solid surface for an ornate look. We find that it’s a popular decorative technique for both interiors and exteriors because it’s a convenient and effective way of providing the wow factor for a design project.

Although very durable and long-lasting, gilding takes an expert hand to apply correctly and finish. As well as application, our gilding team can restore and conserve oil and water gilding for architectural surfaces, along with picture frames, sculpture and other ornamental features.

Spray painting

If you need large or uneven surfaces consistently and perfectly painted, spray painting is an ideal method to provide an even coating and professional finish. Spray painting is a fast way to achieve a high quality, flawless finish and we have over 25 years’ experience in spray painting for projects of any size.

Here are a few of the areas we can apply the spray painting technique to:

• Ceiling tiles
• Walls (masonry paints)
• Anti-graffiti coatings on walls
• Profiled metal cladding (replacing old colours on commercial premises)
• Structural steel work; beams, supports and bridges

We also offer specialist paint effects, such as textures or colour washes, which can give you a unique and interesting finish on your painted surfaces.

Spray painting

Colour matching

For the painting or repair of a small area, our colour matching service can help you lower costs. We have colour matching computers that will accurately and instantly detect the colour is that you’re trying to match, making it invaluable if you’re unsure what paint was previously used.

Anti-graffiti coating

As well as graffiti removal we can also help to prevent exterior or interior graffiti with an anti-graffiti coating. Our simple solution will make a great difference for your home or business as it will keep your property from being tarnished by vandalism, prevent possible damage to the building and help you avoid future costs of graffiti removal or repair.

Wallpaper hanging

Our skilled paper hangers can create a professional finish for rooms of all sizes and transform the look of your space. Using our experience, professional paper hanging techniques and only the best quality equipment, we’ll take care to ensure that the result is flawless and carried out with minimal disruption.

As with our standard painting and decorating works, we strive to achieve the best quality result with our in-house specialist spraying and finishing services. If you’d like to know more about what we can do for your design project, call us today on (0)1252 377714, or contact us here for more information.

How can you prevent graffiti?

Graffiti has existed since the dawn of time. Whilst the person with the spray cans may be having some fun, you certainly won’t enjoy the experience. Whether the property is your home, or your business premises, the effects of graffiti can be upsetting and infuriating. Commercially, graffiti may tarnish your business reputation and ultimately it may affect your trade.


It can be hard to prevent someone from choosing your property to graffiti in the first place, although some measures such as well – placed lighting, or security, if available, will help. Often, it is simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, there are still some key ways that you can combat this unwelcome distraction.

Graffiti attracts graffiti. If someone has painted in your area you may notice that others follow. One of the key ways to prevent this spread is to ensure that graffiti is removed as quickly as possible. The culprit will want everyone to see his handiwork and won’t be pleased about having to repeat it. Others will think twice before copying in the same location if the artwork is removed promptly. Experts agree that removing the graffiti as soon as possible is part of a good deterrent strategy.

A further preventative measure that any business or home owner can enact is to coat the premises in an anti-graffiti paint. This coating can be successfully applied to internal and external areas and does exactly what its name suggests.

At Marshels we have the expertise to remove graffiti and to ensure that it does not recur. Our painters can be at your premises promptly to remove an unsightly spray or paint work, prepare the surface and coat it with anti-graffiti paint. This offers unbeatable protection and provides you with peace of mind.

If you would like to know more about our anti-graffiti measures please contact our team of experts at Marshels on 01252 377714.

Get Your Home Summer Ready With Professional Interior Refurbishment

As well as getting to spend some much-awaited time outdoors, summer also offers us the chance to spruce up our homes and finish all the little DIY jobs we put off during the darker months. Whether it’s repairing cracks and chips in the walls, giving your kitchen units an up-lift or making your home brighter and lighter with new windows or décor, now’s a great time to get your home ready to make the most of the summer.

But, some of us may be a little too over-ambitious when it comes to carrying out the works we have in mind. If you don’t have the time or the know how to carry out the jobs such as plastering, tiling or plumbing, why not call in the experts? Getting in a specialist refurbisher for your home’s interior, can save you a lot of time and hassle trying to fit in all the jobs yourself. Plus, if you’re not so experienced on the DIY front you’ll be saving yourself the panic and potential costs should something go wrong.


An interior home decorator and refurbisher will give you a professional, high quality finish with an efficient service. If you’re changing your décor with the change of season, your design concepts can be run through with a professional, who’ll be able to offer advice on the best ways to achieve your ideas.

Choosing a professional home interior refurbishment service

An interior home refurbisher can offer the following services
to renovate the whole house:

• Plastering
• Tiling
• Carpentry
• Plumbing
• Electrical
• Window and door refurbishment
• All woodwork and joinery
• Kitchen and bathroom re-fit
• Asbestos removal
• Dry rot and woodwork preservation treatment
• Flooring and carpeting
• All internal repairs and redecoration

All repairs and refurbishment are undertaken in-house by an experienced team, ensuring that works are carried out safely and to industry standards. This is especially important for the jobs that involve the use of chemicals or working at height, which require more specialist attention. Your decorating company will also take on all of the preparation, and clean and tidy up once the work is complete, making sure your interior is just how you want it in time for summer.

Giving your property an interior make over shouldn’t inconvenience you, which is why we work around you and your commitments to ensure that any refurbishment and decorating work causes you the minimum amount of disruption. If you’d like to find out more about our services or to chat about your home interior project, please feel free to call Marshels on 01252 377714.

Where spray painting can be the most effective option for decorating

There are a number of ways that a surface can be painted to ensure that it looks fresh and inviting. Using the traditional set of brushes is the first option that springs to mind, followed by the roller, but many people forget about spray painting as a method. However, spray painting has a range of benefits and as an alternative, shouldn’t be overlooked.

Spray painting

Whilst spray painting is not suitable for every job, for some jobs it really does pay to choose it. External work such as the outside of a building for example, or internal ceilings and passageways, can all be treated to spray painting easily and quickly, providing a thorough, even finish to those areas in much less time than more traditional methods. Spray painting is also the preferred method for covering up graffiti in public areas, which often needs to be masked quickly, time and time again.

Spray painting is particularly useful for projects of a larger scale because the time taken in preparation for this method is then more than made up for by the time savings made in the actual painting itself. It is a myth that this method uses more paint than other methods, but because of the nature of spray painting, there is a proliferation of airborne paint particles that can leave the objects in the room covered in a fine mist. So covering everything up, including the windows, with a protective layer is essential.

As with any form of decorative work, spray painting can be done by an individual on a DIY basis, provided they have access to the right equipment. However, achieving a really smooth and even finish is very difficult without hours of practice, so if you are contemplating spray painting as a one off job, you may wish to reconsider! Professional spray painting service providers have that experience, the equipment and the knowledge to do the job efficiently and effectively, so you may want to seek one out.

Whether you have had some repair work undertaken and need to decorate over it, or whether you just want to freshen up an area or building, call our professional painting and decorating team at Marshels to discuss the best method for you.

Renovation of Mandora House, Aldershot

With over 26 years’ experience in the sector we were asked to be involved a commercial project renovating the exterior of Mandora House, a historical building in Aldershot. Working with Millgrove Construction, we were tasked with repairing, replacing and redecorating the listed building, in a bid to improve its appearance and performance whilst maintaining the integrity of the building’s materials.



Mandora House is a Victorian building that was once part of the Mandora Barracks, a military defence base constructed in 1885. The 8,000 sq ft building is now the only part of the barracks that remains, after demolition in the 1970s, making it a crucial part of the historical culture in the community. Our exterior refurbishment aimed to redevelop the building, in line with the development of the local area, as the house is currently being used as an enterprise and business support centre for local businesses and the military community in North Hampshire.



As the house has been converted into over 30 offices, we needed to update the exterior so that it would comply with obligations from the local planning authority to a high standard. It needed to be made more stable, and wind and watertight to function well for the new occupants and its increased usage, however, as a listed building we needed to take care and work with precision to maintain its original features and overall character. The building had been partly vacant for several years, and there were many repairs that were needed, to the chimneys, roofs, bricks, rainwater goods, joinery and drainage, as well as the repairs and possible replacements of the sky lights. Additionally all of the exposed timber work needed to be redecorated, including the exterior windows. With our highly skilled team we were able to ensure that our work on Mandora House was of a consistent quality, and to the high standards we always aim to achieve with our exterior refurbishment projects.



Under Millgrove Construction, we were able to restore the building and maintain its heritage, in order to help promote economic growth and job creation in the area. We’re approved by the National Trust, so this was an ideal refurbishment project for us to work on to prolong the life of this highly valuable building and create a usable space for the local community. At Marshels we specialise in a range of exterior decorating and refurbishment solutions for a range of commercial and residential projects. If you’d like to find out more about our services or discuss your project requirements, please call us on 01252 377714.

The Benefits of Professional Interior Painting and Decorating Services for Your Home

Updating your home with a fresh, new colour scheme or look is an exciting prospect, but one which can take a lot of time and effort. Plus, if you’re new to painting and decorating, it may not be so easy to get the desired, quality finish you frequently see in advertisements. Getting the job done through a professional interior painter and decorator may not only save you the time, hassle and costs of completing it yourself, it can also give you a brilliant finish to your home which you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Here are some of the top benefits of hiring a professional, domestic interior painting and decorating company:

Get the job done quickly, with minimal disruption

Whether you’re painting one room or the whole interior, the entire process can take up a lot of time. With prepping and priming, painting complex areas and cleaning your equipment, you could be spending a lot of evenings or weekends renovating your home. Skilled professionals will be able to tackle the task efficiently, without compromising the quality of the work, leaving you to enjoy your freshly painted home in as little time as possible. We have a strict code of practice in place for every job we undertake, meaning that we’ll ensure you’ll have minimal disruption to your daily routine.

Internal decoration project

Unsure what look to go for? Receive expert advice

If you want to give your home’s interior a new lease of life but you’re unsure about what colour scheme or decorative techniques to opt for, an interior painting service can offer their creative expertise and experience. They can advise you on the best suited design options to transform the look and feel of your home, as well as the most appropriate materials for your home’s existing conditions.

A professional painter and decorator can save you money

Investing in a professional painter and decorator, will mean that you won’t have to purchase any specialist equipment for yourself, which can easily add up. Instead of buying tools that you may not ever need again, your money may be better spent on ensuring you get a clean, superior update to your interior from a professional service. Equally if anything should go wrong, you’d have to fork out more to correct and redo the work yourself. Hiring a professional, you won’t have to spend any more if something goes wrong; your professional painter should be insured and will cover the costs.

They’ll take the proper preparation steps

Before you begin to paint to your interior, your surfaces will require careful preparation to provide the best application and finish. Preparation may involve washing and sanding walls, filling holes or cracks or applying primer, all of which can be time consuming. A professional painter and decorator will be aware of the correct preparation and care needed depending on your surfaces, so that paint failure can be prevented.

A clean, tidy and expert finish

A skilled painter and decorator has the experience and will be ‘in the know’ when it comes to the tricks and techniques that will give you a better quality paint job. Spills or stains will also be more easily avoided and removed by a professional company, saving you the hassle of cleaning all the equipment and mess.

The professionals put safety first

Using the right, safest tools and access equipment, a painting and decorating service will be able to renovate your interior and any hard to reach areas, or complete tasks with potentially harmful chemicals, whilst minimising danger. They will also be able to help you identify whether any painted surfaces in your home contain lead, so that surfaces can be painted safely without disturbing the materials.

As a CRB checked, approved domestic interior painting and decorating company, we ensure the safest, efficient and quality operations to transform the appearance of your home. If you’d like to discuss your new interior painting and decorating project, or for a free, no obligation quotation, please call us on 01252 377714 or use our online contact form.

Testimonial from another happy Marshels customer…

We’ve just received this lovely letter from one of our recent clients, it’s always nice to get feedback like this, and we wish everyone at KMC the best of luck in the future! We’re thrilled they’re pleased with the job and we look forward to working with them again.

Testimonial for Painters and Decorators London

Decorating The Marshels Way

Here at Marshels we pride ourselves on being able to offer a highly professional service to both commercial customers as well as domestic customers. No matter what the size of the project, we will endeavour to complete a high quality job on time and within budget.

Our team of experienced painters and decorators are happy to work on both interior and exterior projects – ranging from domestic bathrooms right through to painting external window frames on National Trust properties! We’re also highly skilled in hanging wall paper as well as preparing the area prior to painting. Most of the work involved in decorating is revolved around preparation, and our team are not prepared to cut corners in order to get a job done quicker.

As well as painting and decorating, we are also able to carry out refurbishment works including plastering, tiling, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and much, much more. Our wide range of skills ensures that customers can have a central contact for their refurbishment project and will not have the hassle of having to liaise with several different contractors.

Marshels are more than just your average firm of painters and decorators – we also have specialist skills in areas such as gilding, spray painting and utilising anti-graffiti coatings for public areas. We’re very proud to have been approved by the National Trust and our team love nothing more than to take on the challenge of a tricky job.

All of our staff are CRB checked and will always wear the Marshels uniform with pride. Our workers are polite and friendly at all times and will leave work areas clean and tidy at the end of the working day.

If you are based in the South of England and you have a decorating project in the pipeline, then feel free to get in touch to see if we can provide a quotation. We believe we offer a high quality service, but don’t just take our word for it – read some recent testimonials from our past customers to see for yourself!

Why A Professional Decorator May Use Spray Painting Techniques

There are occasions when an area which needs painting is just so large it would take an awful lot of man hours to paint the whole space quickly and evenly with an ordinary roller and brush. In which case, spray painting is often the most practical choice, as it ensures that the paint is distributed evenly over the whole area giving a smooth and professional finish.

Some painting and decorating firms will be able to offer spray painting services to their customers. These are very often for external jobs, though there are times when spray painting can also be carried out indoors. Internal jobs may include spraying ceiling tiles or perhaps covering public corridors and staircases with an anti-graffiti coating.

Whatever the reason for the painting, the decorator will need to ensure that he or she wears the correct protective clothing such as a mask and goggles. Spray painting inevitably creates a lot of airborne paint particles so it’s really important to ensure that any items within the room are either removed or covered up to make sure they are not covered in paint too! The edges of the wall and ceiling will need to be cut in with a brush in the usual way, and it’s best that the decorator leaves a gap of approximately 4 inches between the ceiling and the top of the wall area to be sprayed in order to avoid the ceiling being sprayed by mistake.

Spray painting is an effective way of covering large outdoor areas such as blocks of flats or perhaps commercial buildings. An experienced painter will be able to ensure that the covering of paint is even and that the correct type of paint is utilised. There are many different types of paint on the market and the decorator should be able to provide advice as to which paint will be fit for purpose. For example, will a rubber paint be needed or will masonry paint suffice?

If you have a large area of space which needs to be painted, it may be worth asking your local painter and decorator if they are able to offer spray painting services.

If you would like to learn more about spray painting Woking or if you would like to find a company who provides spray painting services Guildford, then why not take a look at the website?

Tips On Locating Reputable Decorating Companies In Guildford

There are a number of painting and decorating companies in Guildford which are able to provide their services to either domestic or commercial customers. Choosing which firm to use can become a bit of a minefield, though there are some very basic checks which you could follow in order to help you make your decision.

Firstly, find out from your family and friends if they have used any painting and decorating firms in your local area recently. Would they recommend them? Take a look at the work which they have carried out in order to establish if it is of a good standard and also ask your friend or relative if they were happy with the service they received.

If you don’t have any personal recommendations, then use the internet in order to find a list of local companies. The easiest thing to do is type the service which you require as well as the location into the search engine, for example ‘painting and decorating Guildford’. This should immediately bring up a list of local firms which should offer painting and decorating as part of their service.

Many companies will include testimonials within their website. This is a fantastic way of allowing you as a potential customer to view the type of work which the firm has carried out recently. The company may be very niche and have a fairly limited gallery of photographs, or they could offer a wide range of decorating services and therefore have a large number of written testimonials from previous customers.

Some decorating companies in Guildford will primarily target domestic properties, whereas others will also be able to carry out work on commercial properties which may be on a large scale. If you know that part of your project involves some external painting, then make sure that the firm you choose includes this service on their website and they can state examples of previous exterior decoration projects they have worked on.

Many painters and decorators do not have formal qualifications; however they will no doubt have spent years perfecting their trade and will be able to provide a high quality service to their customers.

If you would like to locate a reputable painting and decorating Guildford firm then why not visit the website in order to find out further information?

Why Hiring A Firm Of Painters And Decorators Farnham May Be The Easier Option!

Painting and decorating is one of those jobs which you either love or hate. Very often, DIY-ers start off feeling enthusiastic and excited about painting a room, however once they realise the amount of work which goes into the preparation, the enthusiasm begins to wane and the whole idea of decorating starts to get a little depressing. For those people who decide that painting and decorating is not for them, there are a selection of experienced painters and decorators Farnham who will be able to provide assistance.

Any firm of painters Farnham will emphasise the importance of preparing the area which is to be decorated. It may even take a whole day to prepare the room; though this preparation time is definitely a wise investment. The preparation will include clearing out as much of the furniture as possible. Any items which can’t be removed should be covered with dust sheets to avoid having to remove paint splashes at the end of the job.

It can also be a good idea to remove door handles and light fittings wherever possible, as it can be tricky trying to paint around these areas. Any holes or cracks should be dealt with accordingly by using filler followed by sand paper to create a smooth finish. When sanding down walls and woodwork, it is best to start off with coarse sandpaper before finishing off with a smoother paper to leave an even surface.

Once all of the surfaces have been prepared, don’t forget to vacuum the whole room in order to remove any traces of dust. Painting over dust can create a very poor finish which can spoil all of the hard work which has been carried out during the preparation time. Ensure that the correct quantities of paint have been purchased; this can be worked out by multiplying the width of the room by the height of the room in order to calculate the square area.

Next, the fun part can commence! Start by painting the ceiling before working down to the walls and finally the wood work. Walls and ceilings should be cut in using a good quality paintbrush, before applying emulsion with a roller to create an even finish. Finally, the wood work can be glossed neatly using a narrow brush. At last, step back and admire the handiwork, though be careful not to touch the walls until they are dry!

If you would like some advice from painters Farnham or if you would like to contact a firm of painters and decorators Farnham to provide you with a quote, feel free to take a look at the Marshels website for further details.

The Specialist Skills Provided By Commercial Interior Decorators

There are a number of commercial interior decorators who are able to provide a high level of service to their customers, which may include diverse locations such as offices through to stately homes. Many of these customers will require the commercial decorators to carry out their work out of office hours, so as not to disturb the workers or visitors who may be located in the building at any one time.

Hiring the services of a firm of professional decorators Hampshire means that the finished results will be of a high standard. Commercial properties are often much larger than domestic properties, which means that the correct equipment will need to be used in order to access high areas of wall space which needs to painted. The equipment will often include special ladders or mobile scaffolding units which can provide a safe platform from which the decorators can carry out their work.

Very often the commercial interior decorators will need to use specialist paint which is suitable for the function of the building. For example, hospitals may benefit from an anti-bacterial paint being used on the internal walls, whilst schools and colleges may want to utilise a more hard wearing paint due to the high volumes of traffic within building. Prior to the work being carried out, the firm of decorators should be able to consult with their customers as to which type of paint would be most suitable for the job.

Depending on what the purpose of the building is, it may be that the decorators Hampshire need to be CRB checked before they can carry out the work for their customer. For example, those decorators who will be working for a time in a school or a hospital will need to ensure their CRB documentation is up to date. This is especially important if they are to be carrying out their work whilst children are going to be present in the building.

Most decorators who carry out work for a commercial building should have a vast knowledge of the best techniques and materials to be used for a particular job.