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Selecting paint for the interior

Choosing the right interior paint is much more difficult than it seems at first glance. And it's not even that it's quite difficult to choose a certain shade of color, you should also pay attention to other characteristics: quality, type and purpose.

The importance of coloring

Coloring is probably the most important thing when choosing a paint. After all, the same shade in the store and on the walls of your home may look different, so you should be guided exactly by the stains when choosing.

It is not difficult to do them — you should buy samples of the paint you like: many brands often offer 50-100 mm cans. It is better to take 3-5 shades of the desired color for comparison. After cutting several small squares of drywall and priming them, you can also use thick wallpaper for painting, but there is a great chance of damaging them.

Next, on the back side of the pieces we write, where what shade, and paint the sheets in several layers. When all the samples are dry, you can begin to "try on" colors: you need to put the sheets to the walls around the house. It may happen that the shade that you planned to use in the bedroom, for this room is absolutely not suitable, but it fits perfectly in the living room. Therefore, all samples should be checked in all rooms. Also, be sure to see how the selected shade will look in daylight, evening, as well as artificial light.

The purpose of the paint

The purpose of the paint is where you plan to use it. This characteristic directly determines its choice:

  • ceiling — on this surface, it is better to use matte or specially deep matte paints. This is necessary because the ceiling is closest to the source of light, so all the roughness will immediately catch the eye, matte paint will help to hide them;

  • bathroom and kitchen — rooms with high humidity, durable matte, glossy or semi-glossy options are excellent here;

  • living room — a room with a moderate level of operation, so the range of choices is pretty wide. Semi-matte paint with up to 20% gloss would be a good option, and it's also great for wet cleaning;

  • the bedroom is a room with low traffic, so you can safely look at matte surfaces.

What influences the color?

  • Sample size: in the store, on a small sheet, the color will look more lush than on a large wall in the house, so it is desirable to make the blanks for the dyes on a sheet not smaller than A3 format.

  • Lighting: the color is particularly strongly influenced by artificial lighting, even the usual replacement of light bulbs from warm to cold, can dramatically change the perception of color.

  • The texture of the material: as mentioned before, each type of paint has its own characteristics: matte hides the irregularities, glossy — they emphasize them. The material also affects the color, for example, glossy surfaces, due to the fact that they reflect light, will shimmer even with a slight change in light.

  • Composition: the overall interior can also affect the shade of paint. For example, blue curtains can give a bluish glow to light-colored walls.


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