Paint Top Tips

When measuring up a room to work out how much paint you need, don’t forget to discount fitted wardrobes, kitchen units and windows as this reduces the amount of wall space you need to cover.

Do think about the surface you are painting onto. Is it primed or does it need a primer/undercoat? Equally important is what type of paint is already on the walls. Our paint is water-based and it won’t adhere well to a wall which has used an oil-based paint. If you don’t know what the paint is that you want to paint over, be guided by the level of sheen. If you can see a clear sheen, it would be best practise to sand the wall down and prime it first.

When painting kitchens, be clear to your decorator about what type of finish you are after. Some customers prefer paint to be applied with a brush as they feel brush marks add to the charm of a hand painted kitchen. Others specify a roller for a more even finish.

Always test the colour first. All paint responds to light and every room offers different light at different times of the day. We recommend painting a piece of card with two coats and then moving it around the room over the course of the day and evening so you can see how the colour looks. It is important you love the colour in the evening with the lights on just as much as you do first thing in the morning when you draw the curtains.

The number of coats will often depend on what you are painting. If you are painting a dark wall a light colour, it may need extra coats. Most of our colours have good opacity (this means it covers well). Some of our heavily pigmented colours however are best built up gradually to achieve that wonderful density and may need an extra coat or two.

Use the features in the room to your advantage. If there is a dado rail, it provides a great opportunity to have a bolder colour above or below it and a more subtle colour on the other side. Or if you have high skirting boards, it can be effective to pick out a colour for the woodwork that isn’t white for contrast against a subtle wall colour. Alternatively, consider a feature wall. For example, a chimney breast or a recess wall. They can add depth of a room and provide a point of interest without overpowering. Shelves provide a great opportunity to add interest. Painting the inside of the shelves a contrasting colour to the edges not only provides a more interesting backdrop for what you are going to put on the shelves, it gives the whole room an added dimension.