Paintwork & Wall Finishes – St Martin’s Place

The ceilings and walls are finished in Armstead Contract Matt emulsion in a light grey colour (colour code ‘Portland 00A01’) with the bathrooms finished in Armstead Anti-Mould Vinyl Matt in the same colour. The woodwork is finished in white Armstead Gloss emulsion.

Please see the below PDF documents for further information:

Download – Emulsion – Armstead Anti-Mould Vinyl Matt – Technical Data Sheet

Download – Emulsion – Armstead Contract Matt – Technical Data Sheet

Download – Emulsion – Armstead Gloss – Technical Data Sheet

Cracking & Shrinkage

Signs of cracking and shrinkage are normal; as the property has a ‘drying out’ period between 9-12 months. During the manufacturing of materials and the construction process, moisture has been absorbed and because of this it is important that the drying out period is gradual in order to keep cracking and shrinkage to a minimum; this can be achieved by:

  • • Ensuring that the property is well ventilated.
  • • Leaving built-in wardrobe doors slightly ajar to help ventilate the area.
  • • Using the heating sparingly during the first few months.
  • • Reducing condensation as much as possible within the property by: covering pans whilst cooking, drying clothes in well ventilated rooms, closing kitchen/bathroom doors to prevent steam from travelling through the property, using the ventilation system, wiping down moisture off surfaces and maintaining a low background heat.

Ordinarily cracks can be dealt with during decoration once the property has dried out and this isn’t something that would be covered under the warranty, however large cracks of a certain thickness may be covered under the warranty.

If you are concerned about a crack that has appeared, then please log an issue by going to the ‘Report an Issue’ tab at the top of this page and a response will be provided. Please note that we are only able to address cracking and shrinkage that meets the relevant warranty criteria.


White deposits may appear on external wall surfaces which is known as ‘efflorescence’. Efflorescence can be caused by the natural seepage of salts used in the construction materials. This should not be of concern, as the marks can be wiped down with a dry stiff brush. It is important not to wash the marks as it may worsen the problem.

Hanging Pictures

Care must be taken when hanging pictures or similar items to walls and ceilings, as electric cables and pipework providing power, water and other services can be found immediately behind wall and ceiling finishes. Please be aware that cables usually run vertically above or below electrical sockets or switches.

The internal walls in the property are made of plasterboard with stud partitions, which are strong enough to take the weight of most pictures and other light objects when using the appropriate picture hooks and plasterboard wall plugs where necessary.

If you are renting the property and wish to hang pictures or add any additional fittings, then please obtain written consent from your landlord or letting agent.

Please Note: Changes to the fixtures, fittings and finishes within the property may void the warranty.