Colour and Design
If you have chosen a colour by one company but you prefer the paint offered by another this website is your friend. E-paints.co.uk Colour Alternatives.
There are various kinds of colour harmony. Complimentarity is the most obvious example bus sessions.edu guides you through several other examples and shows you which colours may work with a feature/fabric you wish to retain. The Colour Calculator.
If you are looking for colour and design tips from an expert Kylie M Interiors is an absolute treasure trove. If you are after something lighter, most paint companies have ideas brouchers, Benjamin Moore do this very well, putting their colours into rooms so you can see what is possible.
If you are keen to use Dulux Trade products their website provides product data sheets for all products.
If you have a problem surface to deal with and you need a primer/sealer/stain blocker then Zinsser may be the best place to start. Particularly notable products include B.I.N which works well over Varnish, Coverstain which is a oil based product overcoatable in two hours, and permawhite which is a very highly regarded anti-fungal paint for use in Bathrooms.
Painting and Decorating Equipment
There are several brilliant online suppliers of painting and decorating equipment at very competative prices.
Most frequently I use Decorating Direct. They have a superb range of paint brushes, and quite a broad range of stock generally although they dont do much in the way of paint. Free postage on orders over £45.
Another very popular british website is MyPaintBrush which i like for there fillers and sealants. They also send you a free chocholate biscuit with your order so there is that…
Paintwell are very competitively priced with some great consumables, tools and paints.
For everything related to abrasives, including dustless sanders such as the Mirka Deros, Southern Filters are my go to supplier.
For many and varied ways to protect carpets, hard floors, furniture etc., Multi Fix in Bury are great. And their prices are very competative.
Paints, Varnishes, Coatings.
There are also several good websites for paint but not one i would reccomend in all cases. For varnishes and oils however, woodfinishesdirect is THE place to go.
If you are looking for an low VOC paint, or a paint that dosent use derivatives of oil, or a particularly breathable paint for a restoration project then Earthborn Paints can be highly reccomended.
Caparol is one of my favourite paint brands for a variety of reasons and in the UK Paintshack is the best way to get a hold of this German brand. They are very fast and reliable.
For a broad range of paints under one roof at very good prices Paintshed is hard to beat.
To keep up to date with the latest products and innovations; Painting and Decorating News.
There are many wallpaper brands and many good websites offering samples as well as competative prices. John Lewis and Partners offers free samples and their own brand papers are very good value, Wallpaper Direct has a huge range of more budget papers. For some amazing historic designs Little Green and their Archive Trails are very much to my taste.