The way to the best result is through the best interior paint brands
Setting up home is exciting. So many possibilities, so many colours, so many styles! When it comes to painting walls, choosing the best interior paint brands is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. Whether you want to follow current trends or create a space that is just you, there is a paint for the job. The right preparation, the right finish, the right colour palette and, above all, quality is what makes the difference between an interior design success and a fail.
To make the choice easier, we have put together this explanation of the different paint finishes, the colour combinations that are always winners, and a list of the best interior paint brands in Hong Kong.
How to choose colour when you aren’t sure where to start
With so many colours in so many shades, it can be hard to see your way to making the right choice. The key is choosing a colour that will not fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you regret committing when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:
- Always use the test pot
Colours do not look the same in the tin as they do on the wall. Always check that the light and the substrate colours do not alter the paint beyond recognition.
- Think about the use of the room
The paint colour you choose will set the mood of the room. Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – all of these can be set by the colour, and it is important to choose the mood based on how you use the room. A bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create the calming space you need to relax, but if you want a living room that pops, a bright white with feature of a bright colour like indigo will really bring out the space.
- Do not make rash decisions
So you’ve painted the test patch and you like it, now what? Now you wait. Sleep on it. Do not just get stuck in and wake up with a paint hangover. Light changes in a space and you may wake up feeling differently.
- Choose for what you have, not want you wish you had
Though the internet is a wonderful tool it can also lead to mistakes. Seeing a colour work amazingly in one space does not mean it will work amazingly in all spaces. Light, ceiling height, furnishing and fixtures all play a role.
A peek at the colours everyone loves right now
We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes. They are places of relaxation and where we go to unwind. This is driving the desire for cosiness in our interiors with colours that evoke comfort and relaxation. Muted tones that inspire relaxation are popular, from grey hues to beiges, pale pinks to faded green tones, these colours promote rest. And of course if you want a space to clear and empty the mind, there are always all those whites.
The trend for pairing bold colours with a simple monochrome is still going strong. Bold, dark wall colours still regularly make most popular lists. Though Millennial Pink may be on the way out, arsenic greens are still making their mark.
Understanding interior paint – finishes from flat to gloss
While ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’ may be self explanatory, things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. Not only that, but there are ways in which these finishes are used and ways in which they are not – unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. These conventions also apply for outdoor paints. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:
- Flat and Matte – These paints have the lowest levels of glossiness of all the finishes available, at roughly 0-10% sheen. This means they are non-reflective and will hide surface blemishes and inconsistencies, effectively smoothing the surfaces on which they are painted. These are mostly used for walls, and have a smooth and velvety appearance.
- Eggshell and satin – These are the “mid-sheen” finishes. They have some reflectivity (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell, which looks like its namesake), and are more durable than the flat and matte finishes. Because of this, they are often used in more demanding spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, and satin is often used for doors and trim.
- Semi- and high gloss – The most reflective of the decorative paints, these are traditionally used for skirting boards, doors, mouldings, window, and other trim. It is also the toughest finish. Due to their high levels of sheen, gloss finishes show up imperfections, so it is important to prepare the substrate beforehand.
The Best Interior Paint Brands in Hong Kong
Through all the endless colours one thing remains constant – the highest quality paint brands. We have a range to choose from, and what qualifies as “the best” comes down to the paint that provides the best finish, value for money, range, and overall satisfaction. Ultimately the best interior paint is the one that gives you the colour, finish, and quality that you want.
|Interior Paint Brand||Brand Description||Product Example|
|Dulux||Dulux is a world-renowned paint brand, respected for their expertise and quality. They provide a wide range of interior paints in a vast array of colours.||Dulux Odourless Supreme Plus – a matt emulsion that is odourless, washable, and has high opacity.|
|eicó paints||eicó paints produce paints with a dedication to quality that won’t cost the earth – or the environment. eicó paints are acrylic, eco friendly, durable, and good value.||eicó Helmatt – a high quality waterborne paint with a flat finish and excellent colour retention.|
|Nippon Paint||With more than 130 years experience in paint, Nippon Paint is a popular and trusted paint brand the world over. They provide local solutions and stylish colour design.||Nippon Paint 2-in-1 Interior Emulsion – an economy matt paint designed for the Asian market.|