Again this year, the National Painting and Decorating Show had Coventry’s Ricoh Arena buzzing with hands-on demos, product launches and new techniques for the crowds of professional decorators and contractors who attended the annual two-day event. The industry’s leading source of info and advice, the show also reflects the emerging trends steering the professional decorating marketplace.
This year a number of major trends were evident– apart of course, from the ever-growing interest in spray equipment and techniques.
First, growing demand for upmarket, superior quality paints and decorative finishes, including glittering designer plasters and wall murals, is great news for professionals looking to boost their profit margins by offering customers a wider spectrum of decorating options and price points.
Second, health and safety issues faced by decorating pros on a daily basis are being addressed by a growing number of manufacturers and suppliers. Ergonomically designed tools and systems are being developed and constantly refined to reduce the discomfort, wear and tear and long-term injury problems that can be experienced by decorators.
Last but not least, environmental protection is increasingly important in new product development. At this year’s show, this issue was particularly reflected in the many innovative sanding tools and systems on display.
Here we kick off our rolling review of the products that caught our eye at The Show. Watch this this space for more coverage over the coming days.