Whilst waiting the eternal wait for the British summer to arrive, it might just be worth a different approach… it’s time to pick up the paintbrush and roller.
When waltzing up and down the aisles of your local DIY store or decorator’s merchants, before you settle on the paint colour – stop and consider the paint type and finish first.
Paint Types 101:
Matt – a matt finish, water-based paint with low reflection of light, rougher to the touch. Used on interior walls and ceilings. Cheap and DIY store own brands can smudge or wipe off if trying to scrub off sticky finger marks, thrown food, or creative drawings from your little angels. If child-instigated paint additions are likely then you still have matt options; try Dulux Endurance or Diamond Matt. Matt paint covers imperfections better and doesn’t draw attention to lumps and bumps.
Silk – water-based, shiny finish, reflects light well and is smoother to the touch. Commonly used for kitchens and bathrooms and high-moisture areas. Easy to wipe down and scrub, so popular if you have young children. Because of the way that silk reflects the light, any imperfections in the wall finish are more obvious.
Gloss – reflective finish, used for woodwork and radiators. Solvent-based, it takes longer to dry but hides imperfections in painting well.
Eggshell – a mid-sheen finish, commonly ‘Satin’ if used for woodwork. Used if a gloss finish is not desired. Between a Matt and Silk/Satin finish.