CEILINGS AND WALLS
Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt
Emulsion/Matt Emulsion (very low sheen 5 - 15%*)
Dulux Trade Soft Sheen
Emulsion (medium sheen 10 - 15%*)
Dulux Trade Vinyl
Silk Emulsion/Silk Emulsion (highest sheen level 30 - 40%*)
Dulux Trade Light & Space Vinyl
Matt Emulsion (very low sheen 5 - 15%*)
Dulux Trade Diamond Eggshell (low
[10 x tougher than Vinyl Silk
recommended for high traffic areas
such as hallways and stairways]
Dulux Trade Acrylic Eggshell
(medium sheen) best suited for walls and ceilings
in kitchens and bathrooms for
improved cleaning and resistance to steam
conditions. I also recommend the use of Dulux Retail, Crown Retail
and Homebase Retail Kitchen & Bathroom emulsions (containing
anti-mould technology and specially formulated to
conditions) for ceilings and walls in kitchens and
Dulux Retail and Crown Retail Kitchen
Emulsions are available in Matt finish,
Dulux Retail and Crown Retail Bathroom
Emulsions are available in Soft
Sheen finish and Homebase Retail Kitchen & Bathroom
are available in Matt and Soft Sheen finishes.
Eggshell (solvent based, low sheen 15 - 25%*)
Dulux Trade Satinwood (solvent based, medium
sheen 40 - 50%*)
Dulux Trade High Gloss
(solvent based, highest sheen level 80 - 90%*)
Dulux Trade Ecosure Gloss (water
based, high sheen 80 - 90%*)
Dulux Trade Diamond Satinwood
(water based, medium sheen 40 - 50%*)
* Source: AkzoNobel Dulux Trade
Technical Advice Centre, Slough
It is also
important to note that paint for woodwork and radiators is available
in both solvent/oil based or water based
products. Water based paints
are better for the environment due to low levels of
VOC (Volatile Organic Compound).
Solvent/oil based paints
higher levels of VOC do in most decorators'
opinions provide a superior, much smoother finish. They take longer to
(normally 16 hours) which allows time for the brush marks to 'flow out'
during the drying process. Water based paints dry more quickly
(typically 2 to 4 hours) which some customers prefer for convenience,
if they have children or pets in the home. However,
because water based paints dry so quickly the brush
marks don't 'flow out'
meaning that the finished surface once
dry, won't feel smooth
and most likely show visible brush marks.
Notwithstanding the higher VOC level of solvent/oil based paints
they are extremely safe for use in the home.
It should also be noted
that solvent based paints for woodwork and radiators
can yellow over time as they need
ultra violet light to stay
If there is no natural light source or a very poor natural light source
room then water based paint may be more suitable to avoid
yellowing. Water based paints simply cannot yellow.
Although the premature yellowing of solvent/oil based
paints was the subject of
adverse press and TV coverage a number of years ago, both Dulux and Crown have
these issues with extensive testing of their new paint formulations.
In 2010, legislation was introduced requiring all
manufacturers of solvent/oil
based paints to reduce the level of VOC's to make
them better for the environment.
Some manufacturers of solvent/oil based
paints now display a symbol on the tin
they are "2010 VOC Compliant" confirming compliance
with that legislation.
Many of my clients
choose wallpaper instead of or in addition to emulsion paint
on their walls as wallpaper can create an extra
dimension. This might be wallpaper
on all four walls, or
emulsion on three walls and wallpaper on the remaining
'Feature Wall'. Good quality wallpapers range from
around £18 upwards per
Careful choice of a quality wallpaper brand is extremely important to ensure that
the wallpaper is from a
reputable and established
manufacturer, known for producing
quality wallpapers. Most wallpapers are the traditional 'paste the
but more and more 'paste the wall' type wallpapers are now
They look and fell like paper but are in fact manufactured in a non-woven fabric
making them strong and
very tolerant to being handled whilst being applied to the walls.
Pasting the wall means that the wallpaper doesn't need to soak before it is
applying the paper to the wall in its dry form
which also means
that it cannot shrink in the drying
I will be more than happy to discuss
choice of wallpaper with you in more
when we meet. In all cases I do ask that you inform me of
of brand before you purchase and before work commences. I, like many
have experienced quality issues with some
'well known' wallpaper brands. Some
wallpapers are so thin they
don't tolerate being handled too much, or else they
over expand whilst soaking
which makes pattern matching very difficult.
Added to this, they are likely to shrink on the wall during the drying process.
As the saying goes "you get what you pay for" so economising
what you pay for wallpaper will most likely result in a poor quality finish.
Having said that there is no need to go to the other extreme of paying in excess
say £60 per roll for wallpaper,
unless you wish to do so. A high price tag
may imply a quality assured wallpaper but this is
certainly NOT guaranteed.
Mid range wallpapers £20 to £40 per roll will produce excellent
and long lasting
results. Please also take time to read any online
reviews before ordering
wallpaper and in the absence of positive reviews
It would be inappropriate for me to
'name and shame' the brand name
or manufacturer of wallpaper that I have found to be of
poor quality, so do
please speak to me if
you would like the benefit of my experience
before deciding what brand of
wallpaper you should purchase.
wallpaper manufacturers' recommend using their own brand of special formula
adhesive. Once you inform me of the brand that you intend to purchase, I will
the brand and check on it's quality and reputation, as well as finding
out whether a
specialist adhesive is
required. It is vitally important to follow the manufacturers'
there will be no recourse to the manufacturer, in the
event of any claim for a defective product.
All wallpaper manufacturers recommend that
walls are cross-lined with
a good quality lining paper before hanging their wallpaper, to act as the best
canvas on which to hang your chosen wallpaper. Lining paper is
not expensive, however, the hanging of lining paper will incur additional labour
costs but will without doubt improve the overall look and finish
wallpaper. Lining the walls is also known to
reduce the risk
of wallpaper expansion and shrinkage so it is worth the additional
in the long
term. Again this is something that we can discuss when I visit