As a City & Guilds qualified painter and decorator with over 30 years’ experience, Reading-based Ricky comes highly recommended. He has experience in all areas of painting and decorating, including coving, Artexing, wallpaper hanging, interior and exterior painting plus much more. With a regular stream of clients, Ricky is professional, reliable, conscientious and his work speaks for itself. All works are carried out to the highest of standards. Both public liability insurance and DBS are held. Free written estimations can be provided on request.

Locations: Reading, Shinfield, Arborfield, Caversham, Sonning Common, Sonning, Woodley, Earley/Lower Earley, Theale, Burghfield Common, Mortimer, Spencers Wood, Pangbourne, Tilehurst, Calcot and Purley

Services include: painting, decorating, coving, artexing, wallpaper hanging, interior and exterior painting

Year entered The Directory 2021

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Ricky recently painted the exterior of our house.He did an excellent job with an eye for detail and a real concern to do the best job possible. He was especially conscientious about minimising disruption to us whilst we working at home during the painting work. Really happy with the work and would recommend to anyone else.

ER 09 21

Ricky has carried out work for us several times now - and we will always make Ricky our first port of call!

He is extremely professional, friendly and a real stickler for attention to detail, so we are always in great hands. We have had various decorative projects and general maintenance requests and the standard of work is excellent.


The prices are always fair, competitive and certainly represent value for money.


We’re more than happy to recommend Ricky.

GS 02 21

Ricky Bell has provided me with Decorating Services for over 15 year, both in my own homes and places of work. I am pleased to say that he is highly conscientious, trustworthy and works to a very high standard. He is punctual and puts in a full days work, also his knowledge is extremely valuable, when you are unsure on what will work best.

I have no hesitation in recommending his services to new clients.

LC 02 21

We have used Ricky on several occasions and have always been extremely impressed with the quality of the works carried out. He is always punctual, respectful, professional and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He is extremely passionate about his work and this speaks for itself in the finished product. Most recently, Ricky has carried out painting and wallpapering jobs for us. However, when we first moved into the property, we hired Ricky to do a full renovation which included replacing skirting boards, doors, lining and wall papering of walls, decorating plus so much more. I will always be eternally grateful to Ricky for what he has done for us as a family. He changed our property from a house to a home. I cannot recommend DAB HAND DECOR enough.  

SM 02 21

Ricky Bell of DabHandDecor has painted my 3 storey house inside and out.


Ricky is reliable, professional and very knowledgeable of all technical aspects within the Decor business. Excellent results and will have the man back for further work.

LS 02 21

Ricky Bell did the interior decoration of my entire house. He is reliable, takes pride in his work and never hesitates to go the extra mile until he is satisfied with the result. I have been very lucky to have found him and trust his judgement intrinsically. He is a true professional.   

I called him for a big job on the exterior of my house.  He undertook to clad my house (front and back) with some material from Marley Tiles, and for which he had to read about both product and method before he could accept to do the job.  The result is absolutely first class and is a credit to his professional approach and wish to learn a new craft. 

He has an excellent pool of co-workers, be it electrician, plumber, roofer, plasterer etc who he can rely upon when needed. They all work with the same ethics and I feel safe to call upon them when I need them. 

Ricky’s work has always exceeded my expectation.

GO 02 21
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