Tips for choosing interior paints

Key tips when choosing paint colours…make sure you test them out in different areas and at different times of the day.

Paint colours change dramatically when light hits the wall as opposed to when it’s in the shade from the sun or in the evening with ceiling lights.

Get yourself tester pots of your favourite colours, paint up an A4 card (most paint shops have these) and make sure to do 2-3 coats so you can see the true colour and then place it around throughout the day to give you a real sense of how it’s going to look.  Many paint stores also offer ready painted cards of popular colours.

If you're wanting a dramatic dark room, veer toward a paint that has a satin or low-sheen finish so the rich pigments in the colour are the focus rather than the distraction of a sheen.

My favourite paints :

Aalto - very high pigment content...Aalto uses up to 10 pigments to create a true colour, where the standard ratio is around 4 pigments per colour.
This ratio creates fantastic rich colours also meaning less coats of paint required. They offer a great range of stunning colours, highly recommend Alto when going for a dramatic colour as the pigments and finish options give a very luxurious result.
Aalto are a little more expensive than your everyday paints, but so worth it for those dramatic results!

Resene - Good pigment content and a fantastic colour range, economically friendly and easy to apply. For your lighter coloured walls and ceilings Resene paints are a winning formula.  


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