What to look at when buying interior paint?

No longer a fan of your mustard yellow bathroom but unsure of what to replace it with? Is the living room in desperate need of a new lick of paint but you’re not sure where to start? Well, wonder no more, all the answers are here with our HOMYZE interior paint buying guide to getting the right interior paint for one of the home’s simplest DIY tasks.

Choosing your colours

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How you imagine your newly painted walls will look like and how they end up looking can end up two completely different things. The easiest way to avoid changing your mind once the paint begins to dry is with tester pots. Selecting a few pots to experiment how new colours look in your room is a great decision when thinking what paint to choose.

When playing around with new colours, take into consideration the variety of light sources within the room. Natural light shows up the paints truest colour, which can be overbearing if you’ve chosen a strong colour.

Take into account pre-existing colours in your room; consider the furniture and architectural details and how they’ll work with different colour schemes. If you’re still struggling on choosing the right colours, look for inspiration from furniture and features already within the room. It’s also worth looking at how your new colours will work with the rest of your home. A colour wheel can be a great way to compare what colours within the room work with one another.

Choosing your paint

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Farrow and Ball have an excellent range of emulsion, eggshell, and gloss in classic shades. Photo courtesy of Farrow and Ball.

For interior painting, emulsion paint is an ideal choice for your walls and ceilings and is available in a range of finishes, most common being matt and silk. Matt paint is flat and non-reflective making it perfect to use on cracked and uneven surfaces, while silk paint gives a more glossy, reflective look that works well in busy areas of the home.

Specialist emulsion paints are best used for rooms that generally get a hard time dealing with moisture, grease and condensation. Simply using a regular emulsion in rooms such as a bathroom or kitchen can soon lead to fading and mould, which is never a good look for your new room. For doors, skirting boards and other wood and metal features, using oil based gloss paint is a great way to help emphasise pieces.

Getting the job started

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When thinking how to buy interior paint you also need to address the issue of existing furniture in the room. It is well worth taking the time to prep the area you will be painting. Invest in plastic sheeting to protect your furniture and flooring. Use masking tape to stop paint from getting onto your skirting boards, plug sockets, and windows.

After you’ve prepped the walls, taping up door frames, windows and skirting boards, and removing any areas of dirt or grease, it’s time to apply the undercoat.

Whilst an undercoat isn’t always necessary, it is helpful for achieving better results, in particular if your previous walls or ceiling were a dark or stronger colour. Undercoats are available dependent on your surface; multi-surface is great for interior wood, brick and metal, while difficult surfaces undercoat works best for tiles and mdf.

If you want to find out more about painting your home on your own, have a look at our guide on How To Paint A Room Like A Pro.

Whether you’re still not entirely confident undertaking a paint job by yourself or simply unhappy with your finished work, the HOMYZE expert painters and decorators could help you get that professional paint finish you could only dream of!