15 decorating mistakes to avoid on your next painting or wallpapering project

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Fed up with lumpy wallpaper paste, poor paint jobs and wonky wallpaper? Decorating mistakes are easy to make, but with the help of this expert guide you’ll be saying goodbye to all of these and a whole lot more.

No one wants a decorating disaster on their hands, and it can cost a fortune and too much time to rectify. Whether you are wallpapering a room, painting a wall or trying to cover water stains on a ceiling you need to know the little secrets that the trades use to help them achieve a pro finish. 

Decorating mistakes to avoid

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.