Even posh paint only costs about £40 for a can that will coat the walls of a smallish room, so don't be afraid to pick up a brush. There are hundreds of colours out there, so choose a brand, do some tests and get cracking.
Join our tour of the hottest designer homes with slick basement bars to dazzling gem-encrusted interiors.
Get renovation inspiration as we take a tour of the top designer homes of the year, including a derelict house in Whitechapel that was bought for £300k and now restored is worth £1.5 million, a scout hut transformed into a stylish B&B, and a "brick-and-concrete box" that was turned into a vibrant family home on a budget...
Campaigners believe furniture is part of High Wycombe heritage
Viollet-le-Duc dominates 19th-century theories of architectural restoration.
For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.
When was the last time you had a first time.....?
1. Which musical broke single-day sales records in March, taking more than £2m in less than 14 hours?
Wayne Rooney was quite happy to play in midfield for David Moyes on Saturday
Owner of the playhouse had previously admitted that London’s theatre buildings had 'suffered years of benign neglect'
The actor released a statement to confirm he was with a New York businessman who had been spirited out of Bolivia after spending over two years in captivity for crimes he claims he did not commit
The four-mile pipe was discharging radioactive components from Harwell’s Atomic Energy Research Establishment into the Thames
Once part of the city walls, then a water tower, this medieval building now accepts guests. Holly Williams takes a step back
The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record has risen above 5,000 in the Philippines and is likely to climb further.
After a £45m transformation, the gallery is back to its best with stripped-back features and a front door opening on to the Thames once more