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Freshen Up with Interior Paint

Liven up your space with a splash of colour; a fresh coat of paint can spruce up your rooms quickly while keeping you to a fairly modest budget. In addition to enhancing a room's aesthetics, painting also protects the substrate (surface to be painted) from moisture, fading and temperature changes. The right paint will help you achieve the look you want while delivering fast, even coverage that will last for years to come.

Choosing the Right Interior Paint

Water-Based vs. Oil-Based

Water-Based vs. Oil-Based

In general, water-based paints are safer, easier to use and more versatile, but oil-based paints are recommended for chalky surfaces, as they offer better adhesion. Oil paints are not breathable, thus preventing stains, rust or wood saps from seeping through. If you're painting a surface that may have adhesion or bleeding problems, many professionals recommend using an oil-based primer with a water-based paint to take advantage of the benefits of each.

  • Water-based paint can often be applied over oil-based paint, but oil-based paint is not recommended for use over water-based
  • If the surface was previously painted with more than four coats of oil paint, water-based paint may cause the oil paint to pull away and crack

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Paint Type Description Major Advantages
(latex; acrylic)
Consist of a pigment and binder with water used as carrier.
  • Easily applied and touched up
  • Less odour
  • Breathable
  • Nonflammable
  • Soap and water cleanup
  • Quicker drying
  • Better colour retention
Consist of a pigment and resin in a solvent thinner. When thinners evaporate, the resins form a hard coating.
  • Better surface penetration
  • Better adhesion
  • Wearability
  • Better flow and levelling
  • Dries to a smoother finish with fewer brush/roller marks
  • Helps prevent bleed through



BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA™ is a high-performance paint and primer in one. There's no need to use a separate primer on new or existing surfaces, even when you're making drastic colour changes. BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA™ is formulated with advanced NANOGUARD® technology for a denser, more durable paint film. Save time and money on all your painting projectects with this one-can paint solution.
  • High-performance paint and primer in one can
  • No need to use a separate primer, even when making drastic colour changes
  • Most colours completely hide with two coats, delivering enhanced tones and more colour depth
  • Superior coverage and touch-up
  • New designer palette, with large colour chips and sample jars
  • Low-VOC water-based paint. Fewer than 50 grams per litre of volatile organic compounds


The most common sheens, in order of ascending gloss, are flat/matte, eggshell/ low lustre, satin, semi gloss and gloss. Glossy paints provide better stain resistance and make the surface easier to clean. They can also highlight surface imperfections, so they're not recommended for walls. In rooms that require frequent cleaning, such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and children's rooms, consider a satin finish for the walls. A satin finish will provide more stain resistance and easier cleanup than a flat or eggshell finish. Satin also has the advantage of not bringing out surface imperfections as much as a semi gloss or gloss would.

  • Flat finishes help mask imperfections and are recommended for walls
  • Glossier paints protect and highlight trim work, cabinetry, doors and moulding
Sheen Description and Points to Consider Recommended Rooms
  • Provides a smooth, subtle finish
  • Camouflages imperfections
  • Ideal for low traffic areas
  • Absorbs light
  • Holds dirt and is more difficult to clean
  • Rubbing with cleanser may burnish the finish
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Bedroom
  • Family Room
  • Hallway
Eggshell/ Low-Lustre
  • Offers an elegant low sheen finish
  • Best for low traffic areas
  • Smooth surface
  • More washable than flat sheens
  • Living room
  • Dining Room
  • Bedroom
  • Foyer
  • Family Room
  • Hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Trim
  • Can be wiped clean
  • Provides an elegant finish
  • Soft sheen reflects light
  • Ideal for more active rooms
  • Extremely versatile
  • May be used indoors or outdoors
  • Family room
  • Playroom
  • Laundry Room
  • Kitchen
  • Guest bathroom
  • Children's bedroom
  • Trim
  • Shutters
  • Doors
Semi Gloss
  • Can be scrubbed clean with ease
  • Smooth sheen reflects light
  • Ideal for high traffic areas
  • Easy to wash
  • May be used indoors or outdoors
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Trim
  • Moulding
  • Hallway
  • Can be scrubbed clean with ease
  • Offers a smooth, high shine finish
  • Ideal for surfaces that require frequent washing
  • Trim
  • Woodwork
  • Moulding
  • Doors
  • Cabinets
  • Kitchen
  • Bath


Choosing a top-quality interior paint involves two basic factors, paint composition and paint type. To make sure you select a paint that will look great, last longer and be worth your investment, learn as much as you can about the paint you're purchasing. High-quality paints have the correct proportions of each of the above components. The type of paint you select will dictate the quality indicators for that particular paint.

  • High-quality paints reduce application time, cover better, look better and will save time and money on reapplication
  • Top-quality paint contains a higher volume of solid material, binders and pigments than ordinary paint
Quality Indicators Description What You Should Know
  • Plastic-like polymers that bind the pigment together to form a tough, continuous film
  • In oil paints, look for "drying oils," such as linseed or soya or a modified oil (alkyd)
  • In latex paints, look for 100% acrylic binders
  • Carriers for pigment and binders
  • Evaporate as paint dries
  • Mineral spirits are used in oil paint
  • Water is used in latex paint
  • When liquids in oil paints evaporate, a hard, tough film is left behind
  • Latex paints that contain water as the primary liquid stay flexible and durable through weather and temperature changes
  • Water also helps latex paints maintain colour better, especially in direct sunlight
  • Finely ground particles/powders that provide colour, coverage and hiding ability
  • Prime pigments provide whiteness or colour and opacity; the most common prime pigment is titanium dioxide
  • Extender pigments provide bulk to the paint and add scrub resistance, stain resistance and chalk resistance
  • The pigments and binders create the film left behind after the paint dries and the liquids have evaporated
  • In general, higher quality paints have a higher percentage of solids
  • Quality latex paints contain from 30% to 45% solids by volume

Primers and Ceiling Paints



Most bare surfaces, including wood, drywall and some metals, need to be primed before you paint them. Priming will help seal the surface and prevent stains and discolourations from bleeding through. Like paints, primers come in oil- and water-based varieties. Oil-based primers are suitable for use with oil- or water-based paints, so you could prime a chalky surface with oil-based primer for better adhesion and still use a water-based paint. Water-based primer is not recommended for use under oil-based paint.

  • Oil-based primers stop stains, wood sap or tannin and rust from bleeding through to the surface of the paint
  • Oil-based primers can be used with any paint, but water-based primer should only be used with water-based paint

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Paint designated specifically for ceiling use is designed to provide a uniform surface. It should have the ability to hide and obscure stains and spots so as to provide a clean finish. If you're planning to cover a ceiling that has been previously painted or is made of drywall, plaster, masonry, stucco, acoustic tile or wood, you'll need to find a paint that offers stronger adhesion qualities. Paint should be durable enough to resist peeling and blistering. Painting textured ceilings is often easiest if you use a sprayer or spray on paint, which will prevent the texture from crumbling off, something that can happen if you roll or brush paint on. Glazes can be used to coat paint and create a reflective sheen, a quality that may be very desirable if you're working with a darker colour.

  • Premium-quality acrylic latex formulation will ensure a high-quality finish
  • Paint should be easy to apply regardless of what type of ceiling surface you have
  • Flat-finish paint is ideal for applying to textured, popcorn or acoustic ceilings
  • Eggshell and satin finishes offer a slight sheen

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