6 things to consider when choosing interior paint

Picking a paint for your home renovation is more than just finding a colour you like. Take a look at this quick guide to paint characteristics to help you.

By Hugh Metcalf | 16 April 2020

Choosing paint for a home renovation project isn’t just a case of finding a colour you like. These key characteristics should be considered before you buy.

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A good brief is putting your best foot forward with a build team. Take a look at these top 5 tips from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) to ensure you both get the most out of this step of the process.

Brand

Unless you’ve done your fair share of painting and decorating over the years, you might not be brand loyal to a paint company yet. If you’re working with a build team, it’s worth deferring to their preference where possible, as some tradespeople are more reluctant to use certain brands down to a reputation for the product which could make their job longer and more difficult. If you’ve got your heart set on specific shade from a specific brand, it’s possible to colour match so that both you and your painter are happy moving forward.

If you’re doing the work yourself, ask around for recommendations of paint brands to try. Many paint brands retail directly online now with affordable postage costs, so you don’t have to limit yourself to the selection of your local DIY store.

Coverage

There’s nothing worse than the impending sense of dread that your paint order isn’t going to go as far as you’d hoped. Spend some time working out the coverage a paint offers versus the space you’re painting. You’ll also need to consider whether the area needs a mist coat or priming before you paint as this will affect how far your paint goes. Be sure to try and keep a little paint left over for touch up jobs around the home.