Which Paint Do You Use Where?
Selecting the right kind of paint is as important as choosing the right color. From water-based acrylics and oil-based enamels, to various finishes and specialty formulations, here’s how to choose the right paint for your project.
Top-quality acrylic paint for the walls and ceiling
Because they are quick-drying, very durable, and resistant to peeling flaking and cracking in extreme weather and temperature conditions, acrylic paints are preferred for homes. Look for quality paints that have good antimicrobial qualities (protect walls from dark spots created by fungal growth). Top-shelf acrylic paints also contain non-yellowing agents that prevent fading over a period of time. Odorless, chemical-free and environmentally-friendly products with safe levels of VOCs are ideal.
High- and mid-sheen emulsions for rooms
These types of paints are also known as velvet, satin or silk emulsions. They have an elegant look and are some of the most commonly used interior paints due to it being smooth, washable and its ability to reflect a bit of light.
Low-sheen paints for ceilings
Try to avoid a reflective paint for this area since the combination of direct and indirect lighting may cause reflections to bounce all over the room. This not only distracts the eye, but can highlight imperfections in the ceiling.
Matte finish paint for dark-colored walls
As a non-reflective paint with a tendency to absorb light, a matte finish goes great with dark colors. It also works well on poorly-finished walls because it effectively hides imperfections. Just keep in mind that typical matte-finish paints are not easy to clean, so seek out those that are washable.
Semi-gloss paint for bathrooms and kitchens
Bathrooms and kitchens, which are exposed to moisture and humidity, are the perfect place for semi-gloss paints. Easy to clean, these shiny-surface finishes also have a high resistance to fungal growth. In addition, they carry an enhanced stain-guard technology that prevents stains from penetrating the surface.
High-gloss paint for wooden or metal surfaces
As a rule of thumb, the higher the shine, the more durable the paint. Therefore, high-gloss paints are very hard, lustrous and durable. Ideal for any surface such as wood, metals and walls, they offer an easy-to-clean surface.
Try to avoid solvent-based enamel paints due to their off-gassing properties that may be harmful when inhaled, and instead go for the safer acrylic enamels.
Easy-to-clean paints for kids’ rooms
It goes without saying that easy-to-clean paints are a great solution for childrens’ rooms, especially if they like to scribble on walls. Find a paint with Teflon surface protector, which not only reinforces the strength of the wall, but protects the wall against stubborn stains and ensures easy cleaning of any surface marks.
Weather-coat external paint
There are many, many options to choose from when it comes to exterior paint for you home. If you’re looking for water resistance and added external protection, consider a paint with silicone additives. If longevity is important, look for products with a crack-bridging technology where the paint has the ability to stretch, thereby protecting the surface from cracks.
Another great innovation in exterior paints is the addition of nanomaterials as an ingredient. These nanoparticles resist the ravages of many aspects of external weather conditions, and can also be used to create thermal insulating paints, which reduce the amount of external heat that penetrates a building.
Other innovations include a dust-guard technology which resists dust settling on the walls, and high carbonation resistance which provides structural protection from corrosion.