Refresh your entire space or transform the look and feel of a room with a fresh coat of paint. Whether you choose a deep, dramatic shade or something from a subtler palette, painting is a simple and affordable way to make a big impact in your home.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT INTERIOR PAINT FOR YOUR SPACE
Start with the right product to get the best results. Premium paint – which has a higher volume of solid material, binders and pigments – offers a longer-lasting, higher-quality finish than ordinary paint. Water-based paint formulas like latex are preferable to oil-based paints for interior projects. They’re quick-drying, easy to touch up, can be cleaned with soap and water and have a low odour.
How To Choose A Paint Colour
Picking a paint colour depends on several factors, including lighting, furniture, flooring and personal taste. Here are some questions to ask when making your decision:
1) What colour family do I want?
2) Do I want a shade that’s dark and dramatic, light and airy, or something in between?
3) Do I want a bright colour with pop and energy, or a soft, muted shade?
4) Will there be an accent wall or contrast trim?
TIP: Use ColourSmart by BEHRTM in-store or online for instant, personalized colour combinations.
After you’ve narrowed down your colour choices, it’s a good idea to test. Paint samples let you try out your colour selection in a room with minimal investment. Ask in-store for details.
How To Choose A Paint Sheen
Choose a sheen based on the look you want and the amount of traffic in the area you’re painting.
Flat/Matte – This sheen provides a low-lustre appearance that’s great for low- to moderate-traffic areas such as bedrooms and ceilings. It’s also the best at hiding surface imperfections and is easy to touch up.
Eggshell – With a soft and velvety appearance, this popular sheen offers outstanding scrubbability while still hiding imperfections. It’s ideal for any room in your home.
Satin – If you’re seeking a pearl-like appearance for moderate to high-traffic areas, this sheen is stain-and fingerprint-resistant and cleans up easily. It’s best for areas regularly exposed to moisture, like washrooms and kitchens.
Semi-Gloss – A radiant sheen with superior scrubbability, durability and moisture resistance. Ideal for trim, interior shutters, cabinets and moulding, as well as high-moisture areas.
Hi-Gloss – With a brilliant shiny appearance, this sheen creates a glass-like finish for trim, moulding, woodwork, cabinets and doors. It’s also highly durable.
TIP: Higher-gloss finishes are easier to clean than their flat counterparts, but they highlight surface imperfections – especially important to consider if you’re using this sheen on walls.
Zero VOC And Low VOC Paints
The Home Depot carries low- and zero-VOC paints from BEHR® and CIL. These formulas have reduced levels of volatile organic compounds and can improve indoor air quality (versus regular paint) without sacrificing coverage or durability. Bonus: No odour!
BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® is a high-performance paint and primer in one that provides ultimate durability and excellent hide with fewer coats. It features NANOGUARD® technology, which forms a protective shell to resist dirt, scuffs and mildew for a finish that STAYS LOOKING NEW LONGER®.
How does ceiling paint differ from wall paint? Many formulas minimize splatter and provide more coverage. Find out if your ceiling is sealed or unsealed before deciding on a paint, and check if it can be applied on a new ceiling or one that has already been painted.
Low-sheen is a popular choice for ceilings because it hides imperfections; if you want to use semi- or high-gloss, make sure ceilings are smooth and free of nicks, dents and marks. Low-sheen or flat-finish paint is recommended for textured, popcorn or acoustic ceilings.
TIP: Painting a textured ceiling? Use a thick-nap paint roller to thoroughly cover bumps and irregularities on the surface.