If you’re going to spend your time and money on applying a new coat of paint to your home, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, it’s important that you choose good quality paint.
Otherwise, you’ll find that you’ll have to do the job again in a few years when the paint starts to peel and chip or becomes moldy.
With many options available, it can be tough to know which paint is actually the best option.
How to tell a good quality paint
Paints are made up of four main types of ingredients:
- Pigments (which give the paint the ability to cover the surface it’s applied to and determine its opacity).
- Resins (which hold the pigments and colorants in place after the paint has dried).
- Solvents (which transport the pigments and resins to the surface which is to be painted – they dissolve as the paint dries).
- Additives (effect things like mildew resistance).
Generally speaking, you can tell good quality paint because it will have a higher level of pigments and resins and a lower level of solvents. The solvents evaporate as the paint dries, so if the paint is mostly made up of solvent, you will be left with a thinner coating once it has dried. Conversely, fewer solvents mean a thicker covering of paint.
Choosing the color
So now you know which paint is good quality, but how do you choose the color?
There are some techniques that you can use to help you think about color:
- Pinterest is a great place to start thinking about color. Hundreds of people have uploaded their ideas which you can use for inspiration, and you can even save the ones you like to come back to later or show them to other people to get their opinion.
- Use a color wheel to understand the basics of color theory and understand which colors might go well together.
- Start with print fabric. Get started by finding a cushion, curtain, or other print fabric that you’d like to use in your room, and then pick out the colors from that print as possible paint choices.
Once you’ve whittled down your paint choices to a few options that you think you might like, you can use online tools to virtually paint your room by uploading a photograph of the room you’re decorating and trying out a few different options. It’s a great way to test out your ideas without getting out your painting overalls!
Choosing the type of paint
One final thing to consider is what type of paint you will be using, and this will depend on the room and surface you are painting.
For example, people often use gloss paints for skirting boards and doorways because they are harder wearing and less likely to get chipped than other softer types of paint.
If you’re painting a bathroom, it’s a good idea to use paint with a gloss or satin finish, as this will give you better protection against the mold and mildew that can form in damp, humid rooms like bathrooms. Learn more details here.