I’ll admit, a couple of years ago I had no idea of the difference between gloss and satinwood but after my fair share of DIY jobs and painting pretty much every surface I can, I kind of think of myself as a paint connoisseur. Sure I still make the odd mistake (painting my door luminous yellow) but I’m no pro. Despite my prior history I’m hoping my little guide to paint might help you when you are next in B&Q, completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice when it comes to paint.
Interior Walls (Bedrooms, Living Rooms & Hallways)
Obviously what you go for in these areas will depend on what finish you want to achieve but the best two for a standard bedroom wall would be Flat Matt Emulsion or Soft Sheen Matt Emulsion. Both the aforementioned paint products come in a huge range of colours and can be mixed to suit your scheme.
Interior Walls (Bathrooms & Kitchens)
Bathrooms and kitchens need a slightly more durable paint finish so Diamond Eggshell works perfectly in these spaces. Eggshell is a mid-sheen so will offer a really nice finish whilst also being wipeable and moisture proof.
Now ceilings are an easy one (unless you are going daring) it’s a Pure Brilliant White Emulsion all the way. Ceilings are best painted first and with a good roller brush.
Internal Doors, Skirtings & Architraves
Over time oil based gloss discolours and ends up look nicotine stained yellow, possibly not the vibe you were going for. My recommendation (stolen from a very experienced contractor) for these surfaces are Satinwood. However, if you are planning on painting Satinwood over the top of a skirting that is currently painted then it will need quick sand down prior to starting.
External Walls & Fences
There are a few different types of masonry paint which all do the job but with exteriors it’s more about which paint collection has the right shade for you. Just remember that whatever shade you pick it will appear lighter outside as the sun hits it. Although the paint type doesn’t matter (as long as it’s masonry paint) it is important to make sure you are checking the weather forecast when painting externally. All you need is one shower to make your wall or fence look streaky and splattered.
If you are lucky enough to have a timber painted door then it may need touching up from time to time. For bare wood front doors you will need to use a primer but if your door has already been painted you will probably just need to give it a quick sand then paint with exterior gloss or exterior satin. Gloss will probably be easier to maintain but if you prefer a slightly matte look it’s got to be satin.
I’ve probably missed something vital here but I hope this helps when you are having a mini melt down in the paint isles wondering what the hell is Eggshell and why would you want eggy walls.