In episode 6 of Series one of The Great Indoors Podcast we discuss if we think designer paint is worth the money, we share our pick of new book launches to inspire you and finally how to plan the hallway. You can find out where to listen to the Great Indoors here.
Mass manufactured paint like Dulux and Crown: 2.5ltrs of emulsion paint from around £15- £18
India Yellow, Green Smoke and Wimborne White emulsion, Farrow & Ball
Paint is the one of most transformative things you can do to a room so worth investing in.
We agreed that picking the right colour is key to the success of a room
Designer paint brands give you a great edit. UK designer paint brands are great at palettes that suit the Northern hemisphere and our blue light. Dulux has over 3,000 colours on offer
Designer paints have natural pigments that increase the quality and depth of colour
Designer paint has a softer chalkier feel, although this can mark more easily and needs repainting more frequently so consider the traffic in the room before picking the paint finish.
Use a large piece of paper to paint your tester pot onto – check out my video here
Mylands have a finish called marble matt, which has a matt finish, and scrubbable. Crushed Italian Carrara marble is added making it the most durable premium paint on the market (class 1 scrub test).
Consider eco paint brands like Earthborn paints too
Decorators are generally happy with the performance of Dulux
It’s often hard to successfully match designer paints to the Dulux mixing system, as they can only match a Dulux colour closest on their 3,000 swatch list
Valspar claim that they will colour match to a colour you bring in however, again the pigments used and finish will be different.
Farrow & Ball is reputably (word from professional decorators I’ve spoken to) thinner than many other paint brands and therefore requires more coats, which should be taken into account when budgeting time and money.
In summary use more affordable paint where the wall colour isn’t so important to the overall scheme and invest in designer paint when a particular colour nuance is critically important.
If you are on a very tight budget, then it’s not necessary, as the colour choice and performance from the trade brands is good.
Como Blue and Musk Pink, Elite emulsion by Zoffany
Our book launch recommendations
Love Colour: Choosing colours to live with by Anna Starmer.
Beautiful musings on colour, great pictures and inspirational colour palettes to kick-start your room schemes.
Sophie declares an armistice on design crimes this month, as Christmas is the one time of year to embrace all the design crimes. Tinsel, flashing Santas and poinsettias are all allowed in wild abandon. Bring on the naff-ness!
Thanks so much to Dfs for sponsoring the series and to Kate Taylor our producer. This is the end of series 1 of the Great Indoors. We will be back in the new year on January 10th with series 2! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out. All the available places to listen and subscribe are linked on my Podcast page here.