For minimalistic interior painting, to open up your space, use pale, pastel colours - whites, beige and creams.
All-one-colour interiors are both extremely fashionable and easy to live with. White may require more coats than an off white or colour to ensure the paint covers well. In general two coats of paint are needed to give a flat even finish. But if the same colour is chosen that is already there, and the wall is essentially undamaged and doesn't need filling, one coat may be sufficient to just freshen it up to look like new.
For people who like to use bold colours in dark shades, deep base paints can be used for rooms or for feature walls. Metallic or suede paints can also be used to create an attractive and dynamic effect .
Too much of a strong colour can feel overpowering to some people and close in a room making it appear smaller, so very dark colours are rarely recommended for small rooms, but it's all personal taste. Feature walls make the best use of dark colours while keeping the bulk of the rooms wall colour in the neutral range.
In general the walls and ceilings of homes are painted with acrylic paints and have a flat or matte finish.
Kitchens and bathrooms may be painted in a satin or semi gloss finish to aid cleaning with surfaces that encounter steam.
Some older clients have been used to having an oil based enamel gloss finish on walls and will ask for it, but in general it's not a good idea as it is prone to cracking after time and shows any unevenness and flaws in the wall.
Acrylic Paint for Interior Painting
Acrylic paint is often used for interior woodwork these days, now there is an acrylic paint product that is very similar in smooth finish to oil based enamel paint. The initial acrylic gloss paints showed brush strokes and peeled very easily, but these new versions have very good flow and adhesion and are pretty tough.
Oil Based Paint for Interior Painting
Nothing beats oil based paint for a high gloss finish or for toughness. Unfortunately the fumes of oil based paint may affect some people and the clean up with turpentine is by no means "green."
Many clients still prefer to use oil based enamel gloss for internal woodwork and that's fine by us. We get a good finish and it looks great! High gloss, gloss, semi gloss,and satin are normally used to paint architraves, doors and window frames, with gloss being the finish that is most commonly common.
Patrick uses high quality trade paint in acrylic or oil based, but any preferred brand of paint can be specified provided that he is given notice of the preference before quoting.
Paint Colours for Interior Painting
Traditionally and for reflecting light into a room, ceilings are white, or just slightly off white. Pastel colours are preferred for walls, again, to retain the impression of space and light, as deeper colours close in rooms and make them appear smaller. Beige is the most popular neutral colour for interior painting, followed by cream.
If you would like to have some strong colour in rooms or some features, Patrick will help you all the way. Colour advise is his speciality and if you can't be totally sure and trust your own decisions, ask him and trust his.
Woodwork can contrast with wall colour or blend in with the same colour chosen for both. Often half and quarter strengths of tint are used, to vary the strength of the colour between wall and trim, but keep the overall flow and colour scheme harmonious. Most people pick a 'one colour' scheme for all rooms in the house.
Some people enjoy painting different rooms in different colours to express their personalities and the colour preferences of the different family members. It is more expensive to have different colours as there is more paint wastage, but it's well worth it, if you like the visual warmth of strong colours.
NB. Please note that the accepted quote price may be varied if more expensive brands of paint are asked for, or if deep colours (which require a deep base) or metallic, suede or other type of paint or wallpaper feature, are chosen after the quote is accepted.
A quote is a quote, but extras are extras. We hope you understand.