INTERIORS FORWARD – USING “PAINT” TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Interiors Forward – When looking for the the most cost effective and easy ways to spruce up your space, considering the use of paint is one of the best bets. Having said that, selecting the right Paint finish and colour can be a daunting task, which if done wrong can cost you a fortune!
To help you take advantage of paint, we’ve summed up all you need to know about it.
Interiors Forward – What exactly is Paint?
Paint in simple terms means a liquid mixture, used as a thin coating applied to surfaces for protection, ease of maintenance and decorative purposes.
What is Paint made of?
Paint is made of mainly four ingredients: Pigment, Resin, Solvent and Additive.
# Pigment – Is used to provide the colour.
# Resin – The binder or glue used to hold the pigment particles together.
# Solvent – Is the carrier for the pigment and resin.
# Additive – Used to enhance certain properties, such as ease of brushing, stain blocking and drying.
What are the types of paint?
Paint can be categorized mainly into two types:
Water – Based and Oil Based.
Water-Based paints have water as a solvent and can also be called as “Latex”.
Why to use them?
- Easy to clean and dry.
- Environmentally friendly, as it contains low VOCs (Low levels of toxic emissions)
- Resistant to cracking.
- Colour longevity and stability.
Used for glossy woodwork, furniture, doors, windows, ceilings and floors.
Oil Based paints are made of minerals called alkyd resin.
Why to use them?
- Glossy finish.
- Creates a smooth touch.
- Hard and Durable.
- Makes the surface a style statement.
Used flexibly in painting furniture, cabinetry and trims.
The finish of a paint also known as sheen, has a major impact on the walls or any surface chosen to be applied to. You can creatively mix and match paint finishes to create an interesting texture and look adhering to your design style.
The different paint finishes are:
# Matte – This is the most used and safer finish option, having the least amount of sheen, creating little glare. It can be used to hide imperfections in walls and ceilings, offering great depth of colour.
# Eggshell or Satin – Has moderate amount of sheen and is less reflective. With fairly good durability, its application can be seen more in Kitchens and Bathrooms for the ease of cleaning.
# Semi Gloss – Offers more reflectiveness and is highly durable. Easy cleanup makes it fit for being used in high traffic areas.
# Gloss – Being highly durable and having the most reflective sheen, it can be seen used in trims, doors, cabinets and other woodwork. Gives a highlighting factor to any surface applied to by reflecting a lot of light.
When it comes to choosing paint colour, there is no hard and fast rule of what is right or wrong. It’s a personal choice, which differs from one to another. The choice you make will set the feel and look of the space you inhabit. Therefore, it becomes essential to take a note of the tone, intensity and sheen of the paint colour. As a rule of thumb, lighter shades are used in smaller places to give them a sense of air and space. Larger spaces are preferred to be painted in darker tones for warmth and strength.
What to keep in mind, while selecting paint colour?
1) The structural details of the space and its function.
2) The height and light sources of the room.
3) The colour selection should be made in sync with the palette of the adjacent areas.
4) Use a particular bold shade you love and have an eye on, accent walls or a piece of furniture.
5) Pain the ceiling in lighter tones to create an illusion of height.
Getting Creative with the use of Paint – Interiors ahead
Did you know? You can save those extra bucks spent on expensive home decoratives, by playing with paint on almost any surface. Here’s How:
# Metal – Paint can be applied on any metal surface with a wire brush first, to remove the rust coat, then using a metal primer and applying several coats of paint to give it a revamped look. Sounds interesting right? Try it on!
# Ceiling – More often paint application is seen either on walls, floor or furniture but do you mind considering your ceiling for a paint play? You wouldn’t regret it! We promise. Painting a ceiling should set the mood of the entire room. Be as bold, subtle or creative with it to shift the focus away from floors to ceiling. Adding a different dimension to the space altogether. To paint the ceiling use a roller brush and apply two coats. One in the direction of the light source and the other just perpendicular to the light source for uniformity.
# Glass – We all have been through creative art class days in school or college, where we used glass and acrylic paints to leave an artistic touch on glass finds. Its time to get back that artistic flair in you and using glass painting to spruce up your home decoratives. What you need to know? Before painting clean the surface, tape the inner layer of glass, if you wish to create a pattern and slowly apply paint to avoid the bubbles. Two coats of paint should be ideal for any glass finish.
# Cabinetry and Doors – We all know painting wood surfaces is an old age practice. Nevertheless, what you need to know is? To add a “Wow” factor paint your woodwork in a single bold colour with neutrals. For instance, make your front door stand out in the lane by painting it in bright red, orange or warmer tones. Depending on what best suits you.
# Ceramic – Decorating with ceramics specially in summer is a bliss. Ceramic is not only a cooler material but also, adds that earthy and organic touch to our environment. Something most of us wont mind splurging on. Whether you have a collection of ceramic figurines, crockery or lamps, use paint on them for an instant uplift. How? Before painting sand the surface for paint adhesion, clean it with trisodium phosphate (TSP) to remove unnecessary articles, apply a ceramic primer and paint thereafter.
# Furniture and Fabric – Last but not the least, get your hands on the D.I.Y techniques to revamp a piece of furniture and highlight its details. Simply use a coat in the wood grain direction for a brand new look. Its as easy at it sounds. Fabrics can be made pretty graphic by painting them in different patterns and colours. So next time, you have a thought of rushing to those alluring furnishing stores next door, Hold on! Look out for some art inspiration and hand paint your textiles. Saving you those precious bucks! How to fabric paint? Use acrylic or fabric paint with added textile medium, place a cardboard or plastic sheet underneath the fabric to avoid stains and start painting.
Interiors ahead – To top it all, once you know the paint basics follow the trends to bring to life an ultra modern and chic space within your means. Doesn’t it seem already paint is taking over other materials?
TREND : Simple wall textures in varied tones, graphic walls and typography art are way to go.