Before choosing your paint, think about where your room fits into the scheme of things. Where is it situated in relation to other rooms? Is it a high- or low-traffic area? What do you want to accentuate? The right finish makes a world of difference in the end result.
Flat. Flat paint is best suited for ceilings, areas where surface imperfections might be visible, and anywhere else that a muted low-reflecting surface is desired. Because it takes more effort to clean, a flat finish is ideal for the low-traffic areas of your home.
Low-luster, satin, or eggshell. Use low-luster, satin, or eggshell paint on areas where you want a sheen. Easier to clean than flat paint, they're great for high-traffic areas such as hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms, and playrooms.
Semigloss or gloss. Go for semigloss for kitchens and bathrooms; choose gloss for banisters, railings, shelves, doorjambs, and windowsills. Also, keep in mind that the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes any surface imperfections.
Water versus oil. When selecting an interior finish, try choosing a water-based enamel instead of an oil-based gloss paint. Water-based gloss enamels have less odour than conventional oil-based paints, they're much easier to clean up, and they wear better over time.
Don't cut corners on paint quality. High-quality paint performs better for a longer period of time. It's less prone to yellow as it ages, goes on smoother, and won't leave brush marks. It's also easier to clean and is dirt resistant.
Purchase sample sizes. Paint a piece of scrap material such as cardboard, or even a portion of your wall, to see the effects of various light conditions.
Enter the dimensions of your space to calculate the amount of paint you'll need.
This Calculator should be used as an estimating tool ONLY. Interior paint coverage depends on the brand of paint used. The coverage amount is listed on the label of the paint can. Paint is usually applied at 8.6-9.8 square metres per litre (primer at 4.9-7.4 sq. m per litre).
There's a difference between indoor and outdoor spray paint. The key to spray painting is to use proper prep and technique. To prep your surface make sure it's clean and lightly sanded. Always use a primer on bare wood and metal. When spraying, don't spray continuously or in random patterns. Instead, start on one side of the surface and spray side to side, stopping at each side. Stay a consistent distance from the surface and overlap on each pass. Apply thin coats to get an even finish.
Join host Mike Kraft and professional painter Maureen Davis as they take you through all the factors you'll need to consider when choosing your paint types and colours. From colour inspiration to functional considerations like lighting, room usage, and room size, Mike and Maureen tell you everything you need to know in order to choose an interior paint that reflects your home's unique personality.