A guide on Paints & Finishes– What are they and what purpose do they serve?

Not sure which type of paint or finish is best for your project? We are here to shed some light on the topic. The type of paint you select for your project has a major effect on the overall character of the spaces, it forms the vibe of the place. Everything from how large or small a room is can be controlled by the influence your paints and finishes makes on its surroundings.

A handy tip for all you homemakers get as many samples as you can. Play around with the texture the colour combinations along with how easy it is to apply or how it looks once dry. Test out your ideas to know what best works for you. Browser through information online to get a wide overview of how each paint or finish looks. 

We have listed down some of the types of paints and finishes that you can select from to start your journey of exploration to find the perfect combination for your home. 

Advantages of Distemper paint

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This is the most cost-effective option that you can apply to your walls to add aesthetics to your interiors. Distemper paints are water-based paints that are applied to cemented surfaces without any coating of primer. Even without the several layers, it lasts several years without cracking. There are three kinds of distemper paint i.e Acrylic, Synthetic, and UNO Acrylic. Distemper is easy to apply because it doesn't require a primer and thus also saves you money. It gives your walls a smooth matt finish with superior longevity.

Enamel Paint- the right choice

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Are your walls made of wood and while to paint them with a colour of your liking? Enamel paint is the answer. Enamel paint is an oil-based paint which you can use in your exteriors as well as the interiors of your house. It can also be applied to cement and metal surfaces. When applied to metallic surfaces, it gives a smooth glossy finish while it also protects them from rust and decay. Professionals would use a primer before applying to a surface for better adhesion to overcome any porosity concerns of the surface. 

Here's what Emulsion Paints bring to the table

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Emulsion paint is an acrylic resin in an emulsion water-based form. It is a mixture of resin, pigment, solvent and additives. Many homemakers prefer this over oil-based paint to avoid odours. The pigments and acrylics together give a beautiful and durable finish. This paint requires a layer of primer before application to prevent cracking or peeling off. Primer is imperative for a long-lasting paint finish. The benefit of emulsion paint is that it doesn't get worn out under sunlight over time. They are less toxic and can apply to wood, concrete or metal.

Interiors with Satin and Eggshell finish under your finger tips

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Eggshell satin finish is a flat sheen with a lustrous look and feel. The finish you select for your interiors can transform your interiors and unlock the complete potential of your designs. Satin and eggshell are popular choices. Eggshell is a subtle finish which reflects light entering the room and thus makes your space feel more spacious. It is slightly less durable. It is commonly used for the living room and dining area of the house. 

Shine and Glossy Finish

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If you are looking to make a statement with your walls, then a glossy finish will add luxury to your spaces. It is a super reflective texture that could even cause glare. Most designers opt for this for a high gloss finish for a glass-like feel. The only downside is that it requires high maintenance. It is best for furniture, doors and cabinets to add accent and pop to your environment.

Luxury doesnt always glitters-Matte Finish

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These paints finishes give a subtle and smooth look without any sheen when dry. It covers any imperfections of a surface and making it the best choice for your ceilings, walls of your bedroom, dining and living room. The only downside is the maintenance. It can hold dirt and cleaning is difficult because it can ruin the finish. Make sure to get a scrub easy version of this finish because if you have kids who love to draw their hearts out on the walls then you will be in trouble. 

Way Forward

With so many options to choose from, it is possible to change a room into your haven with just paints. Paints and finishes can transform your ideas into reality without spending an exuberant amount of money, only if you find the right one. So don't shy away from a little extra work of explorations, you will surely hit a sensational jackpot for your interior schemes.

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