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What paint should I use?

There are various paints out there on the market these days, from acrylic paint to oil, from Johnstones to Farrow & Ball, but what should you use for certain areas in the house?


Dulux is an internationally available brand of architectural paint.

Our preferred choice of paints

The main paints we use are Dulux and Johnstones, the reason being is that these are the paints we use on a day to day basis. We have used them for all the years we have been in business, we find them to be the most consistent and best quality of paint whilst also being very affordable. We have various times used Farrow and Ball and Little Greene due to clients choice, we find them to be a lot more expensive and not always a better finish, but you can always colour match the high end colours if thats what you’re looking for, it ends up half the price and the same if not a better finish. Just because paints are more expensive does not generally mean they are better!


“One should never be the oldest thing in one's house.”

Picking the right application for your surface

For walls and ceilings there are various types of paints used. The most common being a vinyl matt, this will leave a matt finish on the walls and will cover very well. If you are looking for a washable paint, there are types of paint such as acrylic eggshell which will give you a sheen, or new products such as Johnstones Acrylic Durable Matt which will give you a scrubbable matt finish, but these cleanable paints tend to come at a bit more of a higher cost. There is no right or wrong answer to this question just see what is the most practical paint you want in certain areas.



There are many choices on the market, but a little guidance goes a far way in making the right choice. Our team are here to help so reach out today for our professional advice.


When dealing with woodwork


For woodwork such as skirting and doors, if they are painted white we tend to use either eggshell (flattest sheen), or undercoat and gloss (high sheen). At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. If the woodwork is stained or in a wood effect finish, there are various coloured stains on the market as well as clear stains. I would say that the most common finish these days is eggshell, it’s due to the flat finish, it seems more stylish and fashionable. It doesn’t necessarily have to be white either, many people are starting to have dark coloured woodworks and the walls lighter, such as a dark and light grey.

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