The paint sets
the tone in the bedroom. Warm colors for a cocooning atmosphere, pastel shades
for gentle Zen awakenings, elegant and soothing white, color to give pep.
Characteristics, choice of finishes, here are our tips for choosing the right
product. The painters
and decorators south londonare quite specific about these.
Acrylic paint or alkyd paint?
There are two
main families of paints, acrylic paints and alkyd paints. The criteria for
distinguishing them are:
Coverage: the ability of
the paint to cover the surface. It determines the number of layers to apply for
a perfect rendering. The covering power depends on the paint, but also on the
porosity of the surface to be painted and the painter’s hand. Formerly
considered less covering than alkyds, acrylic paints today offer a very good
level of coverage.
Consumption: it depends on
the covering power and the possibility of “stretching” a painting well. It is
found indicated on the pots, in number of liters according to the surface given.
Caution: manufacturers tend to be a bit optimistic.
Colors: in acrylic or
alkyd, the range of colors is very wide. However, not all colors are found in
the two paint families. If you want a particular color, check its availability.
Durability: this is the
estimated duration for which the paint will remain intact, despite the sun,
humidity, cigarette smoke or the passage of time. In a protected environment,
sustainability has little impact. Conversely, in a difficult environment (wall
in direct sunlight, humid room, continuous exposure to sea air), be sure to
choose a paint with high durability. For equivalent quality, an alkyd paint is
considered to have better durability than an acrylic.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs): measured in grams per liter, these components of paints can be
qualified as residual paint pollution. The higher the VOC level of paint, the
more it pollutes. On this point, alkyd paints have better performance than
Acrylic: easy painting
Acrylic paint is
part of what we call “water-based paints”. It is composed of a water
base and contains very little solvent. This gives it several advantages: rapid
drying, low toxicity and very little odor. The VOC level of acrylic paint is
low, with 1 g / l for the most ecological paints. Another positive point, it is
washed with water and thus facilitates the cleaning of brushes and other tools.
If acrylic paint
can cover the walls of all rooms, it is more suitable for living rooms, such as
the living room and bedroom. In water rooms, with the need to clean the walls
(kitchen) and humidity (bathroom), it is better to opt for alkyd paint.