Interior Design Ideas – The Interior Design Ideas Toolkit

Interior Design Ideas – The Interior Design Ideas Toolkit

Painting and papering is so much simpler if you have the right gear to hand. Check our kit list, and you’ll avoid those last-minute dashes to the DIY store.

Paint Roller

Buy both short and telescopic handles for reaching up walls. The best-value rollers have synthetic heads, which are ideal for painting smooth surfaces with emulsions and water-based paints.


Buy the best-quality brushes you can afford, look after them well and they should last for years. You’ll need a 50mm for doors and 100mm for walls, floors and ceilings. Smaller brushes, 2.5cm, and sash brushes (used for cutting in) are essential for fiddly work.

Wire brush

To remove flaking paint and rust.

Paper-hanging scissors

Extra-long blades help you cut straight lines.

Masking tape

Don’t rely on your painting being accurate – always use tape to cover wall sockets and window frames for a professional finish.


Keep mess to a minimum: a good sponge can mop up paint and paste spills quickly and easily.


Removes old paint and paper.


You’ll need fine and coarse to smooth and finish wood and plaster.

Chalk line

Great for easy, accurate drawing of straight lines.

Plumb line

A simple device to ensure you’re hanging paper vertically.

Wallpaper or hanging brush

The soft bristles smooth wallpaper by squeezing out air bubbles and extra paste.

Paint Pad

An alternative to brushes and rollers, paint pads can cover a large area of wall quickly.

Paint shield

Often called a ‘George’, this keeps your windows, skirting or cornicing splash-free when painting.

Storage bucket

£12.99, Ikea. All other items in our kit available from Homebase. Enchant 60483 wallpaper, £29 per roll, Indulgence Collection, Harlequin


This is the fastest way to strip wallpaper without damaging the plaster. Buy one for around £25 or hire for around £18 for a weekend. Steamer, £25, Earlex.


Spills do happen so use a dustsheet to cover and protect walls and furniture.

Paste brush

Specialist wallpaper paste brushes have softer bristles, so they’re easier to use, though you can use a large paintbrush instead.

Paint tray

Make sure it’s wide enough to fit rollers and paint pads. A deep end section will hold more paint so you’ll need to refill it less often.

Wallpaper table

A W-leg paste table is very sturdy and folds flat for easy storage. Plastic models are easier to keep clean than wood