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Guide to choose the right paints for your interior projects

Paint is a material that is used to protect the surface on which it is deposited. It can be either in solid form or liquid form, which when applied on the surface sticks to it and hardens. A layer of film is formed which ads a specific feature on the surface on which it is applied. Apart from protecting the surface, the best interior designers in Bangalore use the paint to decorate the surface.

When the paint is applied on the surface it forms a continuous solid film and it has two purposes. They are

  • Protecting the surface from rusting, deterioration and corrupting of the materials.

  • Beautifying and embellishment of materials and surfaces.

Paint has wide variety of texture, color, finish and gross level. The paint protects the surface from UV-rays, moisture, chemicals, corrosion, algae, abrasion, etc.

A paint system is a composition of a sealer and primer, it has a top coat and an undercoat. The texture coating is provided based on the requirement of the design.

Primer and its importance.

In order to improve the adhesive property of the top coat, the first coat is applied to the surface. This is nothing but primer. Primer may be formulated to impart extra protection to the substrate.

Primer coating is a must for all the surfaces that needs to be painted. New drywall, aged wood, naked metal, a brick that has been painted previously or any other surface, a coating of primer is suggested by best interior designers in Bangalore for just about any paint job in their projects.

Primer is basically a sticky, flat paint that is intended to adhere well and to offer a reliable base for topcoats of the paint. It the paint is applied without applying the primer, then more coats of paint is required for adequate coverage and the paint might not properly adhere to the surface.

Importance of a Primer coating.

When the primer is applied on the new surface of the interior design work, it seals the original material in order to prevent the paint from soaking into it, requiring extra coats. The primer also helps in hiding the joints or seams, on the new drywall, and it stops the bleed-through from knots and other natural imperfections and colourings in the naked wood.

Primer having the properties to block the stains are used to cover the stains formed by the moulds and other discolouration to stop them from the finished coating of paint. The primer that is applied on masonry, metal, and several wooden surfaces are essential for adequate bonding of the paint.

Generally, the primer is available in white color but there are other neutral colors also. This is to offer a neutral surface to make sure that the paint colors appear true. It is not necessary to color the primer, but sometimes a small quantity of pigment is added to the primer in order to make it like the final color of the paint. This practice holds good when the final color is a lot thinner than the original color of the surface.

Types of interior paints:

There are many types of paints that are generally used by the best interior designers in Bangalore.

Let’s take a look at the different types of the interior wall paints.

  1. Distemper Paint. Distemper paint is usually used for the whitewashing of the interior walls. It is very easy to use and is quite safe. The paint can be discoloured or marked easily. This type of paint is very cheap and is made up of lime, chalk, water and other pigments. It can be applied directly to the surface of the wall without any primer. The durability of the paint is questionable and tend to fade due to sunlight. It can come off with continuous exposure to water.

  2. Emulsion Paint. This type of paint is the most sought-after paint for Interior design. The Emulsion paint offers a high durability and gives a rich effect. In case there are any stains that occur on the surface they can be wiped with a cloth dipped in a solution of detergent. If you have kids and pets in your house then choosing this paint is the right thing to do. You can find them in a wide variety of colors and it is possible to mix as you prefer. They are not affected by the sunlight and offer elasticity making the surface crack resistant.

  3. Enamel Paint. The Enamel paint offers great durability and varied glossy effects; it is not on the budget friendly side. Nonetheless it is water and stain resistant and can be used on metal and wooden surfaces alike. It does not have elastic property and can develop cracks with time. The strong smell of the paints might be of concern to some.

Paint Finishes

As the paint is applied on the wall after a while it dries and then the paint gives a satin, matte, gloss or semi-gloss appearance. This final appearance is called the paint finish. Let’s take a look at the different types of paint finishes.

  1. Matte Finish A matte finish or a flat paint surface is non-reflective. Hence the wall is devoid of any inadequacies, and no imperfections are seen on the wall. This type of formation is done specially on ceilings. The surface can get dirty and therefor needs retouching regularly.

  2. Satin Finish Satin finish also known as eggshell finish are silken soft. However, they are more difficult to achieve than matte finishes. They are not the best finishes to hide imperfections in the wall. The best satin finish can be achieved by starting off with a perfectly smooth surface of POP punning.

  3. Semi-Glossy Finish These surfaces have more gloss satin finish. However, the reflection is not very high. Semi-Gloss finish have high moisture resistance, hence they are more preferred in places where exposure to moisture is more, such as on the walls of kitchen and bathroom.

  4. Glossy Finish Glossy finish is having the maximum reflective features. There are little or no imperfections that are seen on the surface of the wall. Luckily, the Glossy finish surface can be very easily cleaned as compared to other finishes. Moreover, the durability is also high.

  5. Textured Paints Textured paints are applied on the surface of the wall to make a focus or accent wall. They are used to highlight a particular area of the room. Special effects are also used here. stippling, combing, sponging or ragging are some of the techniques used to make different types of textures on the wall. The paint is costly and mostly used on a single or a small part of the wall. The thickness of the paint helps in covering any imperfection on the surface of the wall. With this paint stucco, marble and stone effects can be produced. Also, by combining with metallic paint gives stunning, unique effects.

Expert advice: In order to get an even tone or an effect, a single coating of paint is not sufficient. You can do this when the color of the wall is changed. It is not difficult to change the color from light to dark. But when the color is changed from dark to light, as many as three to four coats of paints is used to get the desired shade.

Importance of choosing the right paint color:

If you have planned to build or remodel you home then it is important to choose the right paint color. It definitely is a big decision. The color of the paint can make or break a living space, so it is important to choose the right color.

When you choose the right color, it can create a flow all through your home. It allows a seamless transition from a room to the living space. If there is a lack in color, pattern and texture then the home will feel a little lifeless. Choosing the correct colors can breathe new life into your home.

Paint samples will help in choosing the right color. You can try by applying small samples of color on the wall. This will give you a better idea in choosing the right color.

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