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How the best paint brands contribute to the best paint job

Though it can be tempting to just buy the cheapest paint on the shelf and think more of it, you will quickly come to regret. Not to say that the best paint brands are always more expensive, but making sure you know what you are choosing is very important for achieving the outcome you want. Choosing the best interior paint is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. Whether you want to follow current trends or create a space that is just you, there is a paint for the job. The right preparation, the right finish, the right colour palette and, above all, quality is what makes the difference between an interior design success and a fail.

To make the choice easier, we have put together this explanation of the different paint finishes, the colour combinations that are always winners, and a list of the best interior paint brands in the Philippines.

Flat, matt, eggshell, and gloss – what goes where

While ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’ may be self explanatory, things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. Not only that, but there are ways in which these finishes are used and ways in which they are not – unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:

  • Flat and Matte – These paints have the lowest levels of glossiness of all the finishes available, at roughly 0-10% sheen. This means they are non-reflective and will hide surface blemishes and inconsistencies, effectively smoothing the surfaces on which they are painted. These are mostly used for walls, and have a smooth and velvety appearance.
  • Eggshell and satin – These are the “mid-sheen” finishes. They have some reflectivity (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell, which looks like its namesake), and are more durable than the flat and matte finishes. Because of this, they are often used in more demanding spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, and satin is often used for doors and trim.
  • Semi- and high gloss – The most reflective of the decorative paints, these are traditionally used for skirting boards, doors, mouldings, window, and other trim. It is also the toughest finish. Due to their high levels of sheen, gloss finishes show up imperfections, so it is important to prepare the substrate beforehand.

How to choose the right colour interior paint

Colour can be overwhelming, especially when there is so much to choose from. The key is not choosing a colour that will fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you regret the decision when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:

  1. Think about the use of the room – The paint colour you choose will set the mood of the room. Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – all of these can be set by the colour, and it is important to choose the mood based on how you use the room. A bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create the calming space you need to relax, but if you want a living room that pops, a bright white with feature of a bright colour like indigo will really bring out the space.
  2. Always use the test pot – Colours do not look the same in the tin as they do on the wall. Always check that the light and the substrate colours do not alter the paint beyond recognition.
  3. Do not make rash decisions – So you’ve painted the test patch and you like it, now what? Now you wait. Sleep on it. Do not just get stuck in and wake up with a paint hangover. Light changes in a space and you may wake up feeling differently.
  4. Choose for what you have, not want you wish you had – Though the internet is a wonderful tool it can also lead to mistakes. Seeing a colour work amazingly in one space does not mean it will work amazingly in all spaces. Light, ceiling height, furnishing and fixtures all play a role.

Colour trends in the interior design world

Wanting to get home and unwind is driving the need for cosiness in our interiors, including colours that evoke comfort and relaxation. Muted tones that inspire relaxation are popular, from grey hues to beiges, pale pinks to faded green tones, these colours promote rest. And of course if you want a space to clear and empty the mind, there are always all those whites.

The trend for pairing bold colours with a simple monochrome is still going strong. Bold, dark wall colours still regularly make most popular lists. Though Millennial Pink may be on the way out, arsenic greens are still making their mark.

The Best Interior Paint Brands in the Philippines

Through all the endless colours one thing remains constant – the highest quality paint brands. We have a range to choose from, and what qualifies as “the best” comes down to the paint that provides the best finish, value for money, range, and overall satisfaction. Ultimately the best interior paint is the one that gives you the colour, finish, and quality that you want.

Interior Paint BrandBrand DescriptionProduct Example
Boysen (Pacific Paint)Possibly the most trusted Filipino paint brand, Boysen produces a wide range of coatings every surface.Boysen Permatex – a water-based, textured finish paint.
Davies PaintsThis homegrown bran is one of the leading paint brands in the Philippines and is known for its enormous colour selection.Davies Sun & Rain – a low sheen elastomeric paint with UV and water resistance that is also odourless.
Dutch BoyThis American brand has been in the Philippines for over 70 years, and is loved for it quality and colour range.Nalcrete Flat Latex – a premium quality acrylic with a flat finish that can be used for interior or exterior surfaces.
Island Premium PaintsLocally owned and produced, Island Premium Paints are dedicated to providing quality products designed for their own market.Prima Flat White – a high quality acrylic paint with a durable flat finish.
Nippon PaintWith more than 130 years experience in paint, Nippon Paint is a popular and trusted paint brand the world over. They provide local solutions and stylish colour design.Satin Glo – a satin finish that is washable and scrub resistant.

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