• Tatiana Galeas

All About PAINT!!


Hallways and corridors

The walls here see a lot of wear and tear. These areas get used “and abused” thousands of times. They will have scuff marks, finger marks and possibly dents and cracks below the surface. If the paint that was used was a high quality washable paint, these walls can be washed occasionally. In this case a more expensive paint will save money on a paint job. If the dents and cracks are at the corners of the walls, they can be patched and then touched up with the same paint. Most of the time these small repairs and touch ups are not that visible. If they are in the middle of a wall or they are visible, it may be necessary to repaint the affected sections of the walls. In our experience, hallways get painted more often than most other areas of a home. Some customers will even paint them every 2-3 years.


The paint job of an adult bedroom will usually last a long time. Bedrooms as a rule do not see as much activity and do not require frequent painting. The obvious exception is children’s bedrooms. These double as play rooms most of the time and they suffer quite a bit of abuse. It is a good idea here to use a top-quality paint with a higher sheen. Eggshell or even a pearl/satin sheen is recommended. These paints quite often can be scrubbed clean and make the paint last longer. Another good idea is to paint a section of a wall with chalkboard paint. This will encourage children to express their creativity on a predefined wall surface and hopefully leave the other walls alone. The reality is, where kids spend a lot of time, wall paint will not last very long. Kids rooms get painted more often than other bedrooms, maybe every 2-3 years.

Living room and Dining room

Paint in these rooms tends to last longer, despite them being used quite often. A lot of the activity in these rooms tends to be more formal. It is expected that better paint and more prep work is used in these areas as they are used to showcase the décor of a home. Furniture, draperies, floor lamps and plants can serve as a buffer, even if just visually, that keeps people away from touching the walls. Deciding to repaint these rooms often is accompanied with a complete or significant change of décor and style. For all these reasons, painting every five to seven years is very common.

Kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room

These are very busy rooms. The most durable of paints have to go here. In a kitchen where there is a lot of cooking and food preparation you should have a paint that can be washed frequently. Despite any decorating advice that suggests a lower sheen paint, the kitchen should always have a pearl or satin finish. We have painted a lot of kitchens over the years, even some of the avocado glossy ones. Kitchens always require a lot of prep work before painting and quite often washing and priming. The main culprit in bathrooms and somewhat in laundry rooms is humidity and moisture. In the old days the thinking was that alkyd semigloss would be the best paint. Unfortunately that type of paint created a lot of mildew that was very difficult to control. Today’s recommended paints for humid areas are all water based and are actually longer lasting. In fact, the gloss of the paint is not as big a factor in choosing paint as it used to be. One of the better paints we had great experience with is Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath & Spa. The paint job in these rooms does not last as long and needs to be done every 3-4 years. Good ventilation will let some of the humidity escape and extend the time between painting.



Confused about which paint is best for your project? Don't skip the research. The type of paint you choose is just as important as the color, and can have a major effect on the character of your room. Read on to learn more about each type of paint — and potentially prevent a time- and money-consuming mistake.


The majority of wall paint sold today is water-based, but oil-based paint remains popular for glossy woodwork, doors, and furniture, as well as demanding surfaces such as floors.

Be cautious when switching to a water-based paint if the surface has previously been coated with an oil-based product, as the new paint may not stick. In this situation, Sherwin-Williams recommends washing the surface and then roughening it all over with a medium to smooth grit sandpaper—making it clean, dry, and dull in order to prevent peeling of the new coat.

Advantages of water-based paints

  • low VOCs (low levels of toxic emissions)

  • easy cleanup with water

  • quick drying

  • an elastic, flexible finish resistant to cracking

  • stable color over time, without yellowing


For those instances when an oil-based paint would traditionally be preferable, but you desire a water-based product, a number of companies have introduced "waterborne enamels" or "waterborne alkyds." These paints look and behave much like oil-based options because they have good leveling qualities for a smooth finish.

Advantages of oil-based paints

  • attractive gloss

  • good "leveling" (brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth finish)

  • hard, durable finish


Sheen options vary by manufacturer, but share some common characteristics.

As durability improves across all sheen levels with newer paints, many people are finding creative ways to mix and match them. "We've noticed that customers are becoming more experimental in their use of paint finish, to create real impact and texture within a scheme," says Farrow & Ball director Sarah Cole. "Try painting a stripe of full gloss on a matte wall in the same color to create a striking, textured look," she suggests.

Matte paint:

  • is the least reflective sheen available

  • has a velvety texture

  • helps hides imperfections in walls and ceilings

  • offers great depth of color

  • is generally considered the standard sheen for walls

  • can sometimes be difficult to clean

Eggshell and satin paint (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell):

  • have some reflectivity

  • offer improved durability

  • are frequently used in demanding environments, like kitchens and bathrooms, where easy cleanup without a highly glossy finish is desired

Semi-gloss and gloss paint:

  • are the most reflective sheens

  • are highly durable and stand up to multiple cleanings

  • are traditionally used on baseboards, moldings, and doors

  • can make a statement, but also highlight imperfections

Sue Kim, color trend and forecast specialist at Valspar, recommends trying an accent wall with a gloss sheen, while painting the rest of a room matte. But at the end of the day, "It's all about how you want to set the atmosphere of your home," she says. "A matte sheen gives you a calm and serene feeling, because of that textural element." On the other end of the spectrum, gloss adds energy and excitement.

As for eggshell and satin, Kim likes to use them in smaller spaces with little natural light. "I always say that a satin finish is great in a powder room," she says. "It reflects the light to bring out the color."



Painting your walls is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your living space. One coat of paint can transform the room by leaps and bounds! We usually see plain walls with classic colours, because they’re the easiest to achieve. But what if we were to tell you that there are simple ways to make your walls come alive with colours with your personal style? In this article, we give you tips on how you can use patterns to inject some personality into your blank walls!

1. Stripes

This highly-versatile concept can be adapted to any style, from princess, retro, regal or sophisticated. It is all about the colours! Besides the aesthetic appeal, stripes can also open up a space. Horizontal stripes make a room look more spacious, while vertical ones create the illusion of a higher ceiling. Best of all, all it takes is two (or more, if you like) of your favourite colours, masking tape, and some patience.

2. Abstract Designs

This is for the artists, dreamers, and adventurers. Let your imagination whisk you away into the world of colours, shapes, symbols and lines. Paint what you love!

3. Brick Patterns

If you have always dreamt of living in a castle or a quaint summer house, you will probably notice that they have one thing in common – brick walls. To achieve this rustic, earthy look, use a brick-sized sponge to stamp on your wall until you cover the whole surface. Now you can achieve that fairytale look you’ve always wanted!

4. Wood Textures

How better to live the resort-style life than creating a warm and cosy woodsy theme in the comfort of your home? To get a faux wood effect, simply get brown paint, and work your brush over the wall surface with colour variations and long natural streaks. Remember to work your brush strokes in a consistent direction. You can also add some swirls and dots for a more natural look.

5. Ombre Tones

Caught between a few colours and can’t decide which colour to choose for your wall? Go ombre and get the best of all colours! To get an ombre look, decide where you’ll like the colours to mix on your walls and mark them with a pencil. Paint over the marked spot with your preferred colours, and blend, blend, blend! After all, ombre tones are all about the blending.

6. Rough Textures

Ever seen walls with a rough, industrial-chic look that looks so refreshingly unique? Re-texturing walls with cement can get really messy and it could pose a problem if you plan on selling your home in future, so let the paint work its magic! To paint a wall with textured finish, simply buy ready-made textured paint or mix your base paint with sand. There you have it, a one-of-a-kind wall that you and your guests will be wowed by!

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