Find the best interior paint brands for the best finish
Buying paint for a new home or redecoration is one of the most exciting parts of the job. So much possibility, so many choices! Choosing the best interior paint brands is the easiest way to make sure you get the feel and style you want for your walls. 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 Malaysia.
How finishes work – flat to gloss and where they go
Paints come in a variety of sheen levels or finishes. 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. These conventions also apply for outdoor paints. 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.
Head to our architectural coatings overview for a closer look at the ways decorative coatings are used inside and outside a building.
But how do you know which colour works best?
So you’ve got your heart set on ‘blue’. But which blue out of all the hundreds is the right one? The key is choosing a colour that won’t fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you regret ever watching The Block when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Looking for interior design colour trends? Here’s what’s hot now
The colour trends in the paint world at the moment are heavily leaning on the idea of home as cocoon. 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 Malaysia
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 Brand||Brand Description||Product Example|
|Dulux||A household name around the world, Dulux provides interior paints for every surface and room in a vast array of colours.||Dulux EasyClean – a matt emulsion for interior walls and ceilings designed for washability.|
|Jotun||Jotun produce paint in a wide array of colours and finishes. Their ranges include paint for walls every day some with textures to add character.||Majestic Design Diamond – a sparkling finish echoing the brilliance of stars and diamonds.|
|Kansai Paint||Dedicated to their presence in Malaysia (they incorporated the Mr Paint Man business into their own), Kansai Paint are known for their quality and reliability.||ALES Shiquy – a water-based paint with slaked lime to remove odours and purify air.|
|Nippon Paint||Nippon Paint is a Japanese paint company dedicated to providing the best value through quality and innovation. Their interior paints reflect that and their solution focus.||VirusGuard – a specially formulated antibacterial and antiviral wall coating.|
|Seamaster||A homegrown Malaysian paint brand that is proudly made in Malaysia, Seamaster Paint produces a range of interior paints in different finishes and colours.||Spot-Free Luxury Wall Finish – a superior quality emulsion paint specially formulated to provide stain resistance.|