Learn how to choose the best interior paint brands for your home!

The best interior paint job uses the best interior paint brands

Whether you are redecorating or setting up home or business for the first time, one of the most exciting parts is visualising the transformation you are going to make. These dreams becoming reality is the hard part. When it comes to paint, you can take a lot of the hard work out of it by making sure you choose the best paint brands for the job. Choosing the best interior paint is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. Whether you want to follow current trends or create a space that is just you, there is a paint for the job. The right preparation, the right finish, the right colour palette and, above all, quality is what makes the difference between an interior design success and a fail.

But how do you choose the best wall colour? What exactly is eggshell? To make the choice easier, we have put together this explanation of the different paint finishes, the colour combinations that are always winners, and a list of the best interior paint brands in India.

Selecting colour for your home – some quick tips

The key to choosing the right colour for your walls is to remember that it has to work as part of the whole room. You need to choose a colour that won’t fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t leave you with regret when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:

  • Think about how you use the room
    The paint colour you choose will set the mood of the room. Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – all of these can be set by the colour, and it is important to choose the mood based on how you use the room. A bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create the calming space you need to relax, but if you want a living room that pops, a bright white with feature of a bright colour like indigo will really bring out the space.
  • Always use the test pot
    Colours do not look the same in the tin as they do on the wall. Always check that the light and the substrate colours do not alter the paint beyond recognition.
  • Do not make rash decisions
    So you’ve painted the test patch and you like it, now what? Now you wait. Sleep on it. Do not just get stuck in and wake up with a paint hangover. Light changes in a space and you may wake up feeling differently.
  • Choose colour based on what you have, not want you wish you had
    Though the internet is a wonderful tool it can also lead to mistakes. Seeing a colour work amazingly in one space does not mean it will work amazingly in all spaces. Light, ceiling height, furnishing and fixtures all play a role.

Colour trends you might see right now

Turns out what we want from our homes is cosy relaxed security. This is reflected in the colour trends of the moment, filled with shades that evoke comfort and relaxation. Muted tones that inspire relaxation are popular, from grey hues to beiges, pale pinks to faded green tones, these colours promote rest. And of course if you want a space to clear and empty the mind, there are always all those whites.

The trend for pairing bold colours with a simple monochrome is still going strong. Bold, dark wall colours regularly make most popular lists. Though Millennial Pink may be on the way out, arsenic greens are still making their mark.

Flat, satin, or gloss – what finish types mean and do

While ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’ may be self explanatory, things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. Not only that, but there are ways in which these finishes are used and ways in which they are not – unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. These conventions also apply for all sorts of wall coatings. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:

FLAT/MATTE – These paints have the lowest levels of glossiness of all the finishes available, at roughly 0-10% sheen. This means they are non-reflective and will hide surface blemishes and inconsistencies, effectively smoothing the surfaces on which they are painted. These are mostly used for walls, and have a smooth and velvety appearance.

EGGSHELL/SATIN – These are the “mid-sheen” finishes. They have some reflectivity (satin is slightly glossier than eggshell, which looks like its namesake), and are more durable than the flat and matte finishes. Because of this, they are often used in more demanding spaces like kitchens and bathrooms, and satin is often used for doors and trim.

SEMI/HIGH GLOSS – The most reflective of the decorative paints, these are traditionally used for skirting boards, doors, mouldings, window, and other trim. It is also the toughest finish. Due to their high levels of sheen, gloss finishes show up imperfections, so it is important to prepare the substrate beforehand.

Head to our architectural coatings overview for a closer look at the ways decorative coatings are used inside and outside a building.

The Best Interior Wall Paint Brands in India

Through all the endless colours one thing remains constant – the highest quality paint brands. We have a range to choose from, and what qualifies as “the best” comes down to the paint that provides the best finish, value for money, range, and overall satisfaction. Ultimately the best interior paint is the one that gives you the colour, finish, and quality that you want.

Interior Paint BrandsBrand DescriptionProduct Example
Asian PaintsIndia’s leading paint company and Asia’s third largest, Asian Paints offers a wide range interior wall finishes. These include textured finishes, and are available in luxury, premium, and economy options.Royale Aspira – the smoothest finish in a high sheen that is durable and washable.
Berger PaintsAnother paint company with a long history in India, Berger Paints is now the second largest paint manufacturer in India. They produce designer finishes, interior emulsions, and distempers.Rangoli Total Care – a premium acrylic emulsion with excellent coverage and smoothness.
DuluxA highly respected international brand, Dulux provides an extensive range of products and colours for every surface in your home.Dulux Velvet Touch (Persian Silk) – a silky metallic finish with a high sheen.
Kansai Nerolac PaintsPreviously Nerolac Paints, this is one of India’s best known and loved paint brands. Their interior paints come in premium, popular, and economy ranges.Nerolac Impressions Ultra HD – a rich smooth finish with a radiant sheen and ultra low odour and VOC.
Shalimar PaintsIndia’s oldest paint company is still going strong, producing emulsions and distempers with a variety of properties for every surface.Shalimar Signature – a water-based luxury emulsion which provides a durable stain-free finish.
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