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Getting over the hurdle of finding the perfect paint, whether it's a kitchen with a bright high gloss finish or a living room with a neutral matte look. 
Deciding to decorate a room, living space or entire property is a big decision. A lot of work and a lot of time. One of the most daunting parts can be what materials to use. Paint is a staple product in any redecorating project and simultaneously can be very discouraging when coming to choosing the right type, colour and brand. The choices get wider and wider with each store so let’s try and attempt to break it down. 
 
What room(s) are you painting? 
 
Different living spaces are used for different things and so require a paint that is suitable for the space. A bathroom requires a paint that can withstand water and humidity for a long period of time without peeling or chipping. High sheen paint such as a semi-gloss is recommended for bathrooms is as it is practically water resistant and can withstand the humidity. For kitchens the same applies but also you need a paint that can be easily cleaned. Generally the more matte the finish the harder it is to clean and the glossier the finish the easier it is to clean! This is important to remember when deciding which room you’re painting and which type of paint finish you will need for practicality. For looks it can be down to personal preference but paint types have a wide range fitting into the following categories. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1.Matte. For interior walls this is one of the most common, it has a flat finish and as a result offers less distraction in the room against any furniture or decoration. It however can need regular re touching and is easily marked. 
 
2. Vynl Matte, similar to the above although can withstand a lot more and easier to clean. Resulting in barely any retouching. This can be good to use in kitchens as it’s easy to clean if you wanted to avoid a high sheen affect. 
 
3. Satin, in between matte and a gloss finish. It is again easy to clean and can be good for rooms or hallways with a lot of traffic however should not be used on a wall with imperfections as the affect of this paint will make them more visible. 
 
4. Eggshell, this type is durable and rarely needs more than a single coat, it has a sheen that is extremely subtle making it easy to clean. Unlike Satin it does not show up imperfections making it a highly suitable interior wall paint. 
 
5. Semi-gloss, the gloss finish on this is not as extreme as gloss and is a common interior paint but more so for trim. Easily cleaned with soapy water and leaves a shiny finish. However again can show up imperfections easily. 
 
6. Gloss, this paint can be perfect for skirting boards, door frames and wood work as it offers a shiny and durable finish. More than a single coat is often needed to gain even coverage as any damage or chips in the wall will easily be seen. 
 
Knowing your paint types makes it easier to decide what you would like for each room based on what it’s going to be used for. If you will need to clean a lot or it’s a high traffic area, you can use this information to help decide which finish will suit your requirements best. 
 
After the type is chosen you will need to decide on the colour, which in some cases can be even harder, however easily resolvable. 
 
What is in your room? Where do you want the attention to be drawn to? Have you furnished your room yet? 
 
In most cases it is easier to find paint that matches furniture than furniture and decorations that match paint. If you want the attention on the walls go bold! If you haven’t furnished yet or have statement pieces you can go completely neutral or use different shades of your neutral base to add texture. 
To do this you can go to any DIY store and look at colour schemes and swatches. Choosing a main colour and then going either side of the shade for one wall or the trim to add depth as seen above. 
 
Thinking about the mood you want for the room also helps in colour decision making, whether you want a calm, relaxing aurora, maybe an open refreshing space or a warm comforting feel. The colour of the paint can really help bring the room together with the feel that you want. 
Once you have the type and colour under your belt it’s time to test!!! Most paint suppliers do tester pots which you can purchase and offer just enough for a big wall space for you to be able to see how it dries, how the light falls on it and how it looks in the room. Now don’t forget to test against furniture and furnishings too! You can do this by painting a large piece of paper or scrap MDF and holding it against your furniture to see how they sit together. Particularly important if you choose to use bold colours or a feature wall in your room. 
 
So in conclusion if you break it down into stages it’s easy! First look at the space what it’s used for, what feel you want, then think about the type that bests suit the space and then the colour! You can then be on your way to creating a great atmosphere for you to enjoy! 
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