Very often, we are forced to choose on a RAL or a small color chart. It is therefore not easy to manage to project yourself and make your choice. Here is a little tip to help you: keep in mind that once on your wall, the color will be darker. So always choose a shade below. The painters and decorators north london will choose the best for your house.
In the paint showrooms, you will find larger samples, but more often in a mat finish. It’s already better, but you will not have the same perception of color once at home because the size of the sample disturbs our eye and the lights in the showroom are artificial.
It is therefore best to ask your painter to bring a small pot (1 liter) with the chosen reference, or even the shade underneath in the second pot, and to test it directly on the wall to be painted. After 24 hours, you will be able to see the evolution and make a final choice. You can also buy small samples commercially and do the test yourself.
Tip: If your room is narrow with only one entry of natural light (or no light at all), do not hesitate to apply your sample (s) on at least three walls. Better too much than not enough.
The choice of underlay
- Commonly known in white, the most picky paint manufacturers offer colored undercoats according to the chosen shade or a group of shades from their range. Ask your supplier or your painter, this detail will influence the final result, especially on dark shades.
Note: When the paint is applied on a vertical and horizontal plane which join (floor / wall, worktop / credenza) the color on the horizontal plane will appear lighter than on the vertical plane.
They seem very practical but can hold unpleasant surprises. For a perfect finish, a second coat is often necessary. Professionals will not recommend this type of paint.
Choose your finish
In painting, the finish is the aspect of shine that the paint will have once dry. Their names may change depending on the brand, but the most common finishes are mat, velvet, satin, gloss or lacquered.
Matt finish: It is used almost systematically on the ceiling because it stabilizes the color regardless of the brightness of the room. On the other hand, it is fragile and little, if at all, recommended in living rooms. It is washable but not washable.
Velvet finish: With a slight sheen, it can be applied in adult bedrooms and in the living room if the furniture does not touch the painted wall. As with the mat finish, it is not washable, it remains a bit fragile.