Oil-based paints can be used on almost all surfaces. They have an extremely high durability factor and a lustrous finish, but the trade-off for this is that they emit strong fumes that can be overwhelming and are harmful to the environment. You will need to break out potentially even more environmentally damaging chemicals such as turpentine, for the clean up process on utensils, brushes etc. Making these paints a much messier alternative.
Once decided on the type of paint, you will have to factor in what type of finish is best for the space.
When choosing a paint finish, it is really important to carefully consider where the paint will be used and the job it is intended to do. For example, you will need higher levels of durability for areas with a higher traffic flow, you will need to consider how easy the paint is to clean for rooms that are likely to get messy such as kitchens and young children’s bedrooms.
In basic terms, the higher the sheen, the higher the shine and the more durable the paint will be.
Although with newer technologies, durability is now improving across all sheen levels and this is lending itself to people becoming more creative and experimental with their use of paint finish. Full gloss accent or feature walls are becoming increasingly popular, a really bold move!
For a more nuanced, subtle effect, Farrow & Ball director Sarah Cole suggests, “Try painting a stripe of full gloss on a matte wall in the same colour to create a striking textured look.”