What painting for which room?

Matt, satin or glossy paints, effect paints, special kitchen or bathroom paints ... The paint rays of DIY superstores are so vast that it is difficult to choose. Our advice to find you there ...


Matt, satin or glossy paints, effect paints, special kitchen or bathroom paints ... The paint rays of DIY superstores are so vast that it is difficult to choose. Our advice to find you there ...

A few years ago, two major categories of paint shared the market: glyceros and acrylics. The first, known as "oil", had the reputation of offering a superb rendering, especially in brilliants, as well as a great resistance to cleaning and shock, while the seconds, to water, were more easy to apply and liked by fans as they dried quickly. Another difference was in the product to clean the tools: white spirit for glyceros, water for acrylics. Today, environmental concerns have changed the game. Acrylics have taken over, glyceros suffering from their image of pollutant. So some manufacturers have removed them from their catalog.

Still, habits are hard to lose ... Even though the quality of acrylics has improved a lot (some have a remarkable brilliant rendering), the craftsmen continue to appreciate the glycero, so difficult to implement but the incomparable rendering when all conditions are met: impeccable preparation of the support, adapted tools, periods of drying respected and of course hand of the pro. But they will have to make a reason, the glycerophtalic paintings should disappear in the medium term linear.

For the moment, whether they are glyceros or acrylic, the paints all consist of a solvent (alcohol, ester, ketone ...), colored pigments and a binder (gum, resin or casein). To these basic elements can be added additives specific to each manufacturer to reduce the drying time, increase the covering power, improve the flexibility of the paint or give it a texture. The other criteria of choice is the finish: matte, gloss or satin? The choice depends primarily on the destination.

Prepare the support

For a good result, it is obligatory. If it is already painted, the support will be leached, scraped with a wire brush, then sanded with sandpaper before applying an underlayment. If there are imperfections (holes or cracks), one or more layers of plaster will be used to obtain a smooth surface. Once the background is prepared, the coloring is done in one or two layers, with a spray, a brush or a roller, depending on the desired final appearance.

Glossy or satiny paint for living rooms

Who says piece of life says place of passage. A strong personality painting, brilliant, attracting all eyes is required. But also a paint resistant to wear.

- The brilliant finishes are perfect for highlighting details. They dress to choose a single piece of wall, to illuminate an atmosphere or to enlarge a volume, or are used by little touches to enhance woodwork, cornices or furniture. Formerly a reserved area for glyceros, glossy finishes can now be obtained with acrylic paints. In all cases, these paints require an irreproachable preparation of the support.
- Satin finishes are covering like matte and reflect light like shining ones. Easier to apply but just as resistant, washable or even leachable for some, they are ideal for living rooms (living rooms), as well as rooms with high passage (corridor or entrance).

Moisture resistant paint for kitchens and bathrooms

Moisture and mold are the main enemies of the paint in the water. To which must be added the risk of grease stains in the kitchen. Hence the importance of choosing a paint for bathroom or kitchen. Especially that there are colorful paintings. In these rooms, there are two areas: walls away from the bathtub, shower, sink or hob, and walls splashed and heat. If, for the former, a washable paint is sufficient, for the latter, a washable paint is required. For a long time, glyceros have been preferred because they are formulated to resist moisture (water trickles down the surface without impregnating it) and are leachable. But the new acrylic paints have identical performance - less odors and more ease of use. They also contain, when specially formulated for wet rooms, fungicides, effective mildew or anti-grease films, and are leachable.

Matt paint for the rooms

With their powdery appearance, their deep colors, matt paints are perfect for bedrooms where they create soft and cozy atmospheres. Be careful, however, of marks of shock or dirt, especially if the shade is dark. Most matt paints are now washable, so you can rub them lightly with a damp sponge.

Washable for children's rooms

For children's rooms, it is essential to be able to clean the traces of dirty little hands. The solution: a satin finish, less fragile than a matte. Also intended for children's rooms, playful paintings: blackboard effect paintings to be able to draw on the walls with chalk without being scolded; magnetic paintings that will allow the child to hang his most beautiful drawings; or phosphorescent varnish to apply on small surfaces, using stencils, to illuminate the night.

Effects to give character to the walls

Thanks to their glossy or matte finishes, their surface that varies depending on the lighting and their unique rendering, the effect paintings seduce. These are, as desired, monolayer paints (mother-of-pearl, glitter, metal or marble) or bilayer (possibly combining two shades) whose material is modulated with spalter, cloth or brush to obtain the final render.
Bright colors to give character to the walls. Acrylic and washable paint. "Cream of satin color", plum color, 40,90 € 2,5 l, Dulux Valentine.

A green paint?

100% natural, this biodegradable paint does not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and is leachable. Fully recyclable packaging. Ecolabel. "Ushuaia", 41 € the 2 l, Bondex.