Choosing paint for your home can be a tricky business, especially when you start throwing in all the different colours, finishes and styles available. The best paint for bathrooms is always going to be different to the best paint for kitchens and the same goes for bedrooms, lounges and hallways. So, it’s important to get a good all-round knowledge of paint before you start buying! Here’s our top tips on finding the right paint for you:
1. Test and test again
It may seem like an obvious one but using paint testers is one of the most effective ways of helping you find the right paint. Try out not only different colours but also a variety of finishes to work out which is best suited to your room. To get an accurate representation, put the paint on more than just one wall in the room to see how the colour looks in different lights. And to make sure your colour is going to complement everything in the room, how about painting a small board and holding it up against furniture and rugs etc.
Top tip: Keep any leftovers from the winning tester pot – it’ll come in handy for any touch ups you might need to do in the future
2. Go neutral
There are so many factors to consider when deciding what colour to go with for any room:
How much light does the room get, and at what times of the day? To make the most of the light you do have, choose light-reflecting colours like pale neutrals – cream, light grey and white paint all work well.
How big is the space? Darker shades have a habit of absorbing light and can therefore make a room look smaller so avoid deep blues, purples etc.
What existing décor do you have? The paint you choose doesn’t have to exactly match your décor, but it’s a good idea to make sure it doesn’t clash!
What mood do you want your room to have? Check out our blog for some top tips on how to choose a paint to influence your mood.
It can be mind-boggling finding the right paint finish with so many to choose from. To help you make your decision, we’ve rounded up our paint ranges with the benefits of each:
wilko bathroom – moisture resistant, washable and easy clean. Mid sheen finish.
wilko kitchen – grease and moisture resistant, washable and easy clean. Matt finish.
wilko durable – 10x tougher than standard wilko matt, scrubbable and hard wearing. Perfect for high-traffic areas i.e. kids’ bedrooms, hallways etc. Matt finish.
wilko silk – wipeable and hardwearing. High-sheen finish.
wilko matt – a good all-rounder paint. Helps disguise uneven surfaces as the finish doesn’t reflect a lot of light. Good coverage. Matt finish.
wilko one coat – matt finish so great at disguising surface imperfections. Time saving with high-covering power.
4. Complete the look
If you thought you were done, think again! Choosing your emulsion paint for interior walls is just the start! If you’re redecorating, you’re likely going to need some door and skirting board paint too. Here’s our rundown of your options and the benefits of each:
gloss – shiny finish, reflects a lot of light so ideal for paler colours but will show up imperfections more than satin. Practical and hardwearing. High sheen finish.
satin – mid sheen finish. Hides imperfections more than gloss as it reflects less light.
eggshell – less sheen than satin. Premium finish.
5. Specialist paint
And for more specialist jobs, you’ll need some equally specialist paint suited to the job:
furniture & cupboard paint – satin finish. Ideal for a variety of jobs including upcycling old furniture and bringing old cupboards up to date.
chalky furniture & cupboard paint – matt finish. Can be used directly onto wood (bare or painted), brick, stone, plaster or any suitable primed rigid surface.
tile paint – gloss finish. Moisture resistant. Ideal for kitchen and bathroom tiles.
Hopefully this has given you some pointers for when you’re wondering how to choose the right paint. For even more tips, check out our decorating advice blogs.