It is important to get a sample of each colour and try it on the wall to see how it looks before finalising the paint colour.
While you are buying a house or during renovation, having basic knowledge of paints not only help to save money but also to change the look and feel of the house.
“Like any other construction activity in the house, it is the budget that should drive a customer in choosing the paint. Generally dealers are not really bothered about the budget of the customer. They may give premium emulsions for a middle-class customer or a emulsion to a premium customer. It is pre-requisite to choose the paint according to the budget and have some knowledge on it before going to the store,” says Kavitha Batulla, co-founder, Om Sai Andhra Paints.
“Emulsions are medium range-maintenance free paints, which can be washed with mild detergent if the wall gets stains. These are lead free paints, which are anti-fungal and anti-bacterial in nature. They also last for more than five years unlike acrylic washable distemper. However, if a customer wants to buy economical paints, OBD is the most affordable option available in the market. It costs only `40/kg, which is appropriate for use on rough walls without lappam finish. The customer can also choose from premium emulsions or can go with texture paints if he wants to give an elegant feel to the house,” she explains.
About the process, she says, “In the apartment culture, the quality is not always guaranteed in the construction. It is important to have waterproof chemical treatment, which will fix the surface cracks and other minor leakages. After which, a customer should go with one coat of primer and then go with two coats of final paint,”
“Choosing the right colour will definitely add to magnificence of the house. It is important to consider the colour of the floor, furniture and upholstery before choosing the colour of the wall. For instance, light colour reflects light and enhances the look of the house in terms of space and brightness. On the flip side, darker colours absorb light to make it look darker and less spacious.
“Combination colours or dark colour are recommended only when the room is spacious. Generally, it is preferable to have light shades on three walls and darker shade of the same colour on the fourth,” she says.
About trending colours, she says,” Whites and off-white are most preferred ones. Pastel shades, ivory, lemon yellow, yellow, pink and blue are some trendy colours. Pinks are generally used in children’s room or girl’s room, where as blues can be used in a boy’s room.
“It is important to get a sample of each colour and try it on the wall to see how it looks before finalising the paint colour. It is also very expensive and laborious process to repaint the walls with a new colour. It is better to take guidance from the painting contractors and interior designers for right inputs while going ahead with wall paints,” she concludes.