What to consider when buying paint:
Location – which room should I paint?
When you are about to embark on a project, consider the space and the area you wish to tackle. Also think about any adjoining spaces which may link and flow through the area. Kitchens, living, dining and open plan areas can benefit from unity. Alternatively, rooms like studies or a bedroom can have more of an individual identity relevant to the end user.
We always advise on creating a road map of what you want to achieve even if you are not working on all the rooms at once. Paint can look fantastic on rooms with architectural details like panelling, coving, skirtings or on older properties where the lines are not so forgiving. Make a stunning entrance with your front door and hallway! First impressions count. It is also the most cost-effective way to transform and tackle your interior makeover.
What is the best paint to use with what surface?
If you are lucky enough to be working onto new plaster, preparation is still key, but should be easier to achieve a great finish with interior paints without too much effort. We love the option of the durable modern emulsions which still give a great matte finish but can withstand family life.
There are lots of options for interior and exterior paints. You can bring colour and interest to all your walls and ceilings, freestanding and built in furniture both inside and out.
If you have an older property, then we would always use one of the historical or architectural paints. Our favourites are:
Paint & Paper Library, The Little Green Paint Company, Zoffany and Farrow & Ball. They all provide a great sensitive colour collection to create the ambience but also respect the materials of the property.
Always use a professional decorator to advise on the state of the interior walls and to ensure you maximise your results. They can advise if any re-skimming may be required or repair works and also prepare surfaces beyond your capabilities which may be able to be saved.
Tip: If you are going to attempt a kitchen make-over I would find a professional who is confident to achieve the best results. Painting many doors, drawers’ and fiddley edges where appliances may be inserted is not for the faint hearted!
At Richard Grafton Interiors we have a number of fully skilled decorators who complete all our interior projects and build furniture to a high spec, hand painted finish. These are all hand finished in our cabinet workshop in Yorkshire and painted on site by one of our specialist decorators.