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5 Key Factors To Know When Choosing Paint

5 Key Factors To Know When Choosing Paint

It isn’t all just about finding the colours you like.

If you’re new to the world of paint, it is not submerging in a ray of colours and choosing your favourite. In fact, the type of paint you choose is just as critical as the choice of colour because not all paints are created equal. The different formulations bring out unique characteristics that will impact the application of the paint and its durability.

Before you move from the inspiration process to buying your paint, keep these five important factors in mind to save you time, money, and frustration.

1. Colours

Sprucing up an old space with a change of colour is a cost-effective way to give it a breath of fresh air but don’t be too quick to make decisions. Colours can be overwhelming when brushed on a full wall.

Interior design by Notion of W

First, think about the mood you would like to create in the room. Then, consider the furnishings that are already there. Do you want an expressive colour or a neutral colour against those features? If you are worried that a new paint colour will overwhelm your space, create an accent wall instead. Once you have laid out your options, assess to see how the different hues work together.

Take lead from Dulux’s fool-proof palette filters which narrow your colour choices based on location, surface and finish. 

Interior design by Free Space Intent

Another important point is understanding the natural light in your space as this directly impacts how colour is being perceived. Bright, natural light will bring out colours in its truest form while a dimmer light will create a warmer tone. Therefore, always make it a point to test your colour choices using colour samples in different light conditions.

2. Durability

Besides beautifying, your paint is there to protect. Quality paints allow easier maintenance of your walls as they are able to hold up on humidity, moisture and dirt. To see how long the paint can last, paint manufacturers use the ‘Wet Scrub Resistance’ test, involving a wear-and-tear stimulation that assesses the durability of the paint.

Product merchant: gush

The wear is assessed either visually or by weight loss, when using an abrasion tester.  The lower the loss in thickness of a paint coating during the test, the greater its durability. According to most test methods, the paint should be formulated to withstand scrubbing with a nylon brush or cloth for a set number of cycles of washing. 

For spaces which are prone to stains or stray marks, there is gush’s cair fresh paint which makes your walls easy to clean, while still enjoying its air-purifying benefits.

3. Finishes

After selecting the paint colour, you will need to choose a type of finish. Some paint can look completely different based on the finish — from matte to glossy and every sheen in between.

Interior design by Free Space Intent


Super light-reflective and the most durable

Look  A specialty finish, as it has a glamorous glass-like effect
Drawback It does show imperfections, but it’s also extremely easy to clean. That being said, high gloss is the trickiest to apply.
Best For  Accents that you really want to stand out, like furniture, doors, or cabinets.

Shine-free and providing excellent hide, with slightly more durability

Look  Lends a luxurious touch to many interior spaces
Drawback It will take more effort to keep the imperfections hidden
Best For Ceilings as well as walls in the bedroom, dining room and living room. You can easily touch up.

Velvety quality and best when it comes to durability

Look  Reflects light but it does not appear as shiny as semi-gloss
Drawback The finish needs to be applied very carefully because it can reveal flaws and brush strokes, making touchups a challenge.
Best For Humid spaces like bathrooms or dark rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light, like basements.

4. Safety & Smell

The worst thing about a fresh coat of paint is not waiting for it to dry but rather, the lingering smell of odours. Paint odours are a common problem and if you’re using a high Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paint, this may greatly affect the indoor air quality of your home.

What can you do? Consider using eco-friendly and organic house paints when you are on your next painting project! No longer a speciality item, these paints are more available, very affordable, and more beautiful than ever.

Product merchant: Gush

One low-odour paint option that you can explore is Gush’s cair collection.  These specially formulated paint options combat indoor air pollution, giving your home a healthier interior. Not only is the scent inconspicuous, it also gets rid of existing odours from other sources, including newly installed furniture and flooring, so you can move in without needing to wait too long for the fumes to dissolve.

5. Anti-Mould & Anti-Bacterial

Unlike a regular stain, mould grows and spreads whenever there is moisture. Therefore, you should pay more attention to damp areas  such as the kitchen, bathroom and areas around the air conditioner.

Product merchant: PuHua

For such areas, using regular paint without anti-moulding properties are not encouraged as mould can easily eat through them. If you are going to invest time and money into refreshing your walls, make a smarter move with Puhua's anti-mould paint options for effective and durable protection. Another plus point is that Puhua's paint is also natural, non-toxic and has zero VOC too.  

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