Colour Your World
The number one home improvement project, paint helps set a home's atmosphere. Whether softening walls for instant serenity or breaking the rules with daring use of colour, the power of paint to dramatically transform a space is not to be underestimated. Providing the most bang for your buck, as well as instant gratification, paint can also be overwhelming high-gloss or matte? Water- or oil-based? Gleaming white or an earthy grey? Updating a space should be exciting and successful, and with our paint guide refreshing a room has never been easier.
By Kyle Fulton.
Matte vs. Sheen
Selecting paint isn't all about colour, there is also the matter of whether to use a matte or glossy finish.
A matte finish imparts a sense of calm due to the textural element involved, and it can also camouflage minor imperfections as it does not reflect light.
At the other end of the spectrum, a glossy finish adds energy and instant glamour, but draws attention to any imperfections. On the flip-side, high-gloss paints are generally more durable – washable – making them a popular choice for high-traffic areas.
Oil-Based vs Water-Based
- attractive glossy finish;
- goes on evenly for a smoother end result (good 'levelling');
- durable, scrubbable finish;
- offers mildew resistance because it is less porous
Water-based (aka latex) advantages
- low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – better for you and the environment;
- simple cleanup with water;
- dries quickly to permit rapid recoating;
- more resistant to cracking;
- stable colour retention over time – won't yellow.
New kids on the block
Oil-based 'waterborne enamels' or 'waterborne alkyds' look and perform much like oil-based options. They typically have a smooth finish due to good levelling qualities and improved environmental performance.
Steer clear blunders
- Not prepping the walls properly. Skimping on prep time could result in peeling, flaking walls and, if using a high-sheen paint, every imperfection will be highlighted.
- Matching paint to the fabric. Don't! Tone down paint a shade or two, otherwise the effect will be overwhelming.
- Not removing all hardware before painting. Just do it – it'll save you time and stress down the line.
- Going crazy with colour. Bold pops of colour are most effective when used judiciously. Balance out strong colour with neutrals.
- The same goes for high-sheen paints – a little goes a long way.
- Darker shades often read flatter, so opt for a shinier finish.
- Contrasting colours are energetic.
- Artificial lights emit different temperatures: fluorescent casts a bluish tint, incandescent a yellow tint and halogen a white light – select lighting that enhances your colour scheme.
Paint like a pro
- Hurry up and wait. Make sure to live with colours for a few days observing how they change depending on the amount and type of light the room receives – it can dramatically affect how a colour is perceived.
- Realise your perfect shade by create a custom colour. Make sure to reserve a pot for future touch ups or so you can match it later on.
- Continuity. Carry aspects of a bold or dominant colour from one space to the next to create a connection between rooms.
Offering over 209 custom-mixed hues in three distinctive finishes, Powder – a suede-like matte, Delicate – a silky eggshell, and Luscious – a satiny semi-gloss, Devine Color is the must-have choice for discriminating individuals due to their zero VOCs, low odour and unique coat surfaces that impart a lush finish that‘s durable and washable.
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