A great guide to help you pick the perfect interior paint

Choosing interior paint colours is an exciting yet often overwhelming time. With so many shades of the one colour, it can be hard to determine which is the right choice. If you are facing this very predicament, were here to help. In this guide, we’ll share how to pick the perfect interior paint colour.

Get samples

You arrive at the paint store, and there is a sea of colour swatches. Where to start? We suggest picking a few of your favourites and getting them in sample pots. Some brands even have large sample paint stickers, so if your favourites shades have these available this can save you some time and money from having to physically apply the paint to the wall and wait for it dry etc.

Deciding on the colour

You may already have a colour palette in mind, but if you don’t, you can source inspiration from virtually anywhere. Some include your existing furnishings or style of home, online or even other countries. More importantly than the colour itself is how you want the room to feel. Colour can have a huge influence on how the room feels. For example, a cool white that has blue undertones used in a room with little to no natural light can make the room feel sterile and cold. A warm white would be a better choice in this instance. This brings us to our next factor to consider when choosing an ideal interior colour, and that is light.

How much natural light does the room get?

You may have your heart set on a certain colour, but before painting the entire room, it’s a good idea to factor in how the light or lack of light will affect how the colour appears. The texture that you are painting on can also alter to look of the colour. This is why you should do some test areas and look at them at different times of the day. Don’t be surprised if some of the colours you’ve chosen look nothing like the sample colour chart cards when they are applied on the wall.

Consider the paint finish

Once you’ve decided on the perfect colour, the next step is deciding what finish you want your paint to have. Some indoor choices include:


Flat or matte paints offer very little shine. They provide premium coverage but are not as durable as other types when it comes to cleaning. They are best-suited spaces such as ceilings, and low-traffic areas within the home.


Eggshell paint is a go-to choice for many as it is good at covering slight imperfections and is more durable than flat paint. Perfect for medium traffic areas such as a lounge room and hallway.


Satin paint is the most used paint for interiors. It has a lovely sheen, and it is easy to clean. This paint finish is a great choice for high-traffic spaces such as toy rooms and kitchens.


Semi-gloss paint steps it up a notch in the shine department. This finish is extremely easy to clean and is highly durable. Again, another good choice for high-traffic areas.

High gloss

The name may give it away, but high-gloss finish paints have the highest shine. As the finish is smooth, it makes it super easy to look after, and you can clean it often without wearing at the paint or affecting the finish. It’s a suitable choice for doors, trims, cabinets and more.

Aim for cohesion

There’s nothing wrong with being adventurous with colour when painting your house, in fact, it’s a great way to express your personality and make your place more homely, however, it needs to be done right to avoid the colours from clashing or looking too overbearing. If you already have colour in your home, consider if your new colour choice will work with the existing one.

How big or small the room is

If you have a small room, painting it a deep dark colour can make it seem even more closed in. If you want to create the illusion of space, light and airy colours are going to help you achieve this. If you have a large space that you’d like to make feel cosier, darker or more pigmented shades are recommended.

Prepare the walls first

Preparation is key to achieving a flawless finish. Before applying paint to your walls, they should be properly cleaned, and any imperfections such as dents or holes should be patched up and smoothed over first. If the paint you are using doesn’t have primer in it, you’ll need to prime the walls, wait for it dry and then apply your paint. This will ensure your paintwork is long-lasting.

Have a plan

Having a well thought out plan for your painting project will see your ideas come to life as you’d hope. Just winging it can be a time-consuming and costly mistake. You should consider the paint brushes and rollers you’ll use to get the best quality finish and other equipment you need to complete the job. Painting can be tedious, and when you get it wrong, it can look worse than when you first started. Don’t make this mistake call in the professionals here at MDC Specialists. We can help with painting, decorating, mould removal, and so much more. Get in touch today to get started.



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