Choosing the right paint without painting yourself in a corner

Before throwing yourself into painting the interior of your home, there is a lot more to prepare than just choosing a colour from small index cards. Here are a few tips to become an expert at rolling a pin or brush.

Water or oil-based paint?
Knowing the difference is the basis…
Water-based (Latex)
  • Dries quickly;
  • Easy to clean;
  • Colour doesn’t fade;
  • Less toxic.
Oil-based
  • Unique brightness;
  • Resistant finish;
  • Ideal for doors, woodwork, furniture;
  • Contains VOC (Volatile Organic Compound).
Specialized paint
To each their own speciality
Different paint types do not have the same durability. It all depends on what you are planning for and on the materials you will be painting on.
Primer
  • Used before the application of paint;
  • Helps with adhesion of the paint on all surfaces;
  • Recommended for wood surfaces;
  • Reduces leaking and cracks;
  • Did you know that certain types of paint already contain primer? That could save you an entire coat.
Paint for kitchens and bathrooms
  • Resistant to humidity;
  • Silky and glossy finish;
  • Easier to wash.
Floor paint
  • Perfect for everyday coming and going;
  • Base usually made from epoxy modified acrylic components.
Selecting a finish
From start to "finish"
The final touch in the composition of your painting is the choice of finish. It’s this aspect that will make all the difference in the appearance of your space.
Living Room / Dining Room / Master Bedroom
Kitchen / Bathroom
Bedroom / Entrance / Game Room
Light Reflection Percentage
Matte
Egg Shell
Platinum
Pearl
Melamine
Semi-Gloss
Ceiling
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Wall
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Matte
Egg Shell
Platinum
Pearl
Melamine
Semi-Gloss
Ceiling
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Wall
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Not recommended
•• Okay
••• Recommended

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