Painting a Wall: Tips From a Professional Decorator

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Painting a wall sounds like a simple enough task, but for those just beginning their DIY journey, there's a few things you need to know before you start. When it comes to painting and decorating of any kind, there's always best practice to achieve the very best results. 

With that in mind, our decorating expert Steve Jenkins has pulled together this beginner friendly guide to painting a wall — just one part of the overall process of how to paint a room, but a good place to start. 

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.