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Whether it’s picking the best colours for wall and ceiling surfaces in different areas of your new home, or finding the perfect wall colour combinations to enhance your existing style, paint-related décor decisions for the interiors of your house can seem like a daunting task. But, with the right knowledge at your fingertips, all decisions get a little easier.
So what are these basics that you absolutely must know? How do you decide which paint would be the best? And is there a right and wrong when it comes to bedroom hues or kitchen colours for walls? From finish, to type and colour, we’ll go into all the details to get you started.
When painting the walls, home paint colour isn’t actually the first thing to consider. Wall paints are usually categorised by their reflectiveness, so shine is where you start. There are 5 types of paint finishes and a basic rule of thumb is that the more reflective or shiny the finish, the more durable the paint.
Flat or matte paints are the least reflective, as well as the least durable. However they provide the most coverage which means that fewer coats are required to cover up imperfections in your walls and get a smooth finish. Given their lack of durability, these paints are usually preferred in low-traffic areas – ceilings being the primary use.
This popular finish lets you achieve a more delicate look in your choice of colour for wall - especially for wall finishes that have a subtle sheen that’s similar to an eggshell. With a slightly more lustrous appearance than matte finishes, these provide durability while still covering minor imperfections. They work well in places with low or medium traffic, such as entryways, corridors or living rooms.
This type of finish is one of the most common choices in paint for the home- home colour options with this finish will have a velvety sheen. While they are durable and easier to clean, they do have a downside – satin paint is prone to showing brushstrokes and it is always better to hire a professional wall painter to apply such paints. A satin finish works well as a living room paint choice and other high-traffic areas.
Shiny and reflective, this finish shows imperfections clearly. In the pro column, they are extremely durable and mildew-resistant; a great choice when it comes to paint colours for rooms with a lot of moisture or high wear-and-tear, like bathrooms, covered balconies, kids’ rooms and kitchens. They’re also suitable for trim or window/door frames.
By far the shiniest paint finish, and also the most durable and washable – capable of handling daily scrubbing if needed. While they are used in interiors, these paints can be utilised for outdoor details, such as shutters, window/door frames, or trim. Keep in mind that the prep work for high-gloss paints is key – hire a professional as irregularity will be particularly obvious if this paint is not applied correctly.
As mentioned above, wall painting designing and planning out the colours for wall surfaces comes after the finish. But even before you get to the finish you need to keep a few things in mind.
this is perhaps the most important thing to consider. Busy rooms should only use paints with more durable finishes, while calmer rooms/areas can get away with matte, eggshell or satin finishes.
the lustre and shininess of your paint will affect the light within a room. Paints with a higher gloss will reflect and bounce back more light, which can make dimmer and smaller rooms look more spacious and brighter.
use a paint with less gloss if your surface has many patchy areas, nail holes or other flaws; the more reflective a finish, the more it will show surface imperfections.
Since a shinier finish tends to be more durable, emulsion and enamel based paints are a better choice of paint for home interiors – one downside with enamel paints is that they are usually more expensive. Plus, for people with young children or pets, or those who have allergies to paint smells, water-based paints are ideal, as these dry faster, emit less odours and are non-toxic.
Once you know what type of paint you want to choose for each space, you can move on to your home paint colour options.
Before you try to settle on room colour, assess the permanent features of your home – flooring, exposed beams, exposed brick accents, a modular kitchen, built-in furniture, etc. It is also essential to keep in mind your fabrics and major décor accents. Take note of each of these features, their hues and tones, so that there isn’t a clash in colour palette with your paints.
Most important of all, test your paints before committing! Investing in paint samples will ensure your wall paint colour complements your décor and that your new paint is suited to the light. While natural daylight shows the truest colour, gauging your paint choices in all relevant sources of light is a must. Use swatches or paint a piece of wood with primer and your paints; hold these up against the various permanent fixtures to make sure the colour goes well with those, too.
To ensure aesthetic cohesion, the paint shades across different rooms should be a part of an overarching décor theme. This is especially true when it comes to wall colour combinations; consider the colour wheel and ensure that you’re choosing complementary colours and not ones that clash.
When it comes to kitchen colours for walls, choose bright and vibrant hues. Keep your tiling, back-splash, countertops and cabinetry in mind before deciding on a colour. Include a feature that combines practicality with fun, covering one wall of your kitchen with chalkboard paint for a grocery or To Do list area. For your bathroom, choose lighter shades in lustrous finishes to keep the space looking clean and spacious.
Water-based, non-toxic paints that are durable, and easy to clean are the best choice here. While soothing tones are usually the go-to for bed room paint, pops of colour can be incorporated into the space. Put a bright or vibrantly textured accent wall behind the bed. That way, bed room paint for the other walls that are in eye-sight when you’re trying to fall asleep can be in more relaxing hues.
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For dining and living areas choose durable paints that don’t fade. If you have a large space, opting for rich texture and vibrant colours is a good idea when it comes to living room paint. For smaller rooms go for lighter tones to make the space look larger and brighter.
When we think of house painting colours we occasionally forget areas such as these – again, cohesion with the rest of your paint scheme is a must. Here, opt for waterproof options like Duco or PU (polyurethane), which give a semi-glossy shine and enhance the life of your doors, windows, trims, window frames and sills.
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If you want to keep the focus on your walls and other décor, pick a smooth acrylic matte finish, which will prevent light from reflecting off the ceiling and drawing the eye up. Go with semi-gloss paint colours for rooms that aren’t large, as this will help increase ambient light but won’t reflect enough to create glare from the ceiling.
We hope you now know what you need to keep in mind when deciding on the right paints and best colour for house interiors that showcase your tastes.
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