When doing up home interiors, homeowners typically fret over the colour of the walls. Should it be cream? Or beige? Or should it be a bold turquoise or a bright and sunny ochre? No one pays attention to the type of paint being used. Bu,t interior designers swear by it. The types of paint, whether emulsion or oil-based, is as crucial as the tone, shade and colour.
Yes, we know technicalities can be confusing.
What’s the difference between types of paint, you wonder? Here’s an easy-to-follow guide on the basics of paint. But for a guide on what paint should you use in your bathroom vis-a-vis your bedroom, scroll down to learn from the experts.
#1: What is the best paint for doors and windows?
When painting wood, opt for PU (polyurethane) paint as this paint is best suited for materials with high wear and tear. You can also opt for Duco paint as it’s waterproof. Both duco and PU paints give a semi-glossy shine and enhance the shelf life of your doors, windows, trims, window frames and sills.
Did you know?
Ideal for all wood and metal surfaces, duco paint
- Is water-resistant
- Is fast drying
- Has high solid content
- Has self-levelling properties
- Gives a smooth and hard finish
#2: What kind of paint is best for ceilings?
Your primary goal in your home is to keep the attention on your walls and furniture with the exception of decorative false ceiling. Using plastic emulsion paints in a smooth acrylic, matte finish prevents light from reflecting off the ceiling and drawing the eyes up.
#3: What is the best paint for interior walls?
You can either opt for emulsion or enamel-based paints while painting most walls of your home. The thumb rule is the shinier the finish of the paint, the more durable it is. Enamel paints, though durable, are also expensive.
#4: Types of Paint for Different Rooms
Having said that emulsion and enamel-based paints are best used for most walls indoors, you may want to choose from varying finishes to suit the needs of the occupants of every room.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
The kitchens and bathrooms are usually damp and prone to forming moulds. When painting these walls, mould inhibitors should be added to the paints. Alternatively, choosing a water-resistant paint also works.
Living and Dining Rooms
Living and dining rooms are typically the centres of activity in most homes, especially during the day or when guests are over. Hence, opt for durable paint that has a satin finish. Choose rich textures if your room has ample natural light. If space is a constraint, then opt for lighter hues so that the space seems brighter and larger.
Does your kid have a vivid imagination? Then the wall is their canvas to scribble and showcase their artistic skills. Washable paints are easy to maintain and come in vivid hues to match any style you pick for your kids’ bedroom. Avoid using oil-based paints as they emit chemical toxins when they dry and sometimes even after drying.
When decorating your personal abode, you tend to get all creative. For this, we suggest you go for a satin finish that’s rich in texture.
How can Livspace help you?
Choosing types of paint isn’t rocket science, but it is always advised to seek professional help. This is where Livspace’s expertise comes in. Book a consultation with one of our designers and get quality and safe interiors. To know more about our COVID-19 safety standards, visit here.
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