Get the best interior paint brand for your home
One of the biggest choices – and commitments – you make when you buy or redecorate is the interior paint. 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. Which is where we come in, with our guide to the best paint brands in Singapore.
Choosing the right interior paint may seem simple, but then you get into the Dulux colour chart, or see how many whites there are in the Nippon colour paint chart and realise just how seemingly endless the choices are. 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 Singapore.
Flat to gloss and everything in between – interior paint finishes
You may be pretty clear on ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’, but things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. And there are conventional and unconventional ways of using each of these finishes–unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:
- Flat and 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 and 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- and 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.
How to choose colour and get it right
Navigating the blinding array of white shades can feel like getting lost in a snowstorm. And it isn’t just white! Whatever your colour, there are dozens of just-slightly-different versions of that shade. The key is not choosing a colour that will fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you cringe with regret when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:
- 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 for 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.
- Think about the use of the room – Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – all of these moods can be set by the colour, and it is important to match the feeling with how you use the room. A bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create a calming space, 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.
The Top 5 Best Interior Paint Brands in Singapore
Through all the endless colours one thing remains constant – the highest quality paint brands in Singapore. 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 Brand||Brand Description||Product Example|
|Asian Paints||Asia’s third largest paint company with manfacturing facilities the world over, Asian Paints has a wide range of interior wall finishes. These include textured finishes, and are available in luxury, premium, and economy options.||Royale Aspira – the highest quality of Asian Paints interior wall paint. Highly durable, washable, and in a soft sheen.|
|Dulux Paint||Dulux is owned by the world’s leading coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (previously by ICI Paints) and is known for its quality and range. Their colour chart has thousands of shades, and they have coatings for every room.||Dulux Ambiance All (Rich Matt) – a sumptuous, odour free, tough, and washable paint for interior walls.|
|Gush||A newcomer to the paint industry, Gush Paints was founded by two friends whose asthma and allergies were triggered by indoor air pollution. Gush paints are specially formulated to help people breathe easy.||Gush Cair – interior paint in over 200 colours designed to purify as it beautifies.|
|Kansai Paint||The official paint partner of the Manchester United football team, Kansai Paint Singapore is dedicated to providing top quality products that are also low VOC and water-based.||ALES SHIQUY – an air purifying interior paint that removes odours, is low VOC, and is resistant to mould.|
|Nippon Paint||With more than 120 years experience in paint, Nippon Paint is one of the most popular and trusted paint brands in Singapore. They provide local solutions and stylish colour design.||Nippon Paint Mozzieguard – an interior paint with insecticide designed to knockdown aedes aegypti mosquitoes on contact.|