Painting a room may seem like an easy task and thousands of home owners go about doing it every day without much planning and preparation. The truth is, however, that by diving into the job head first you risk missing out on the better quality paints that might be a perfect fit for your chosen room; and if you’re not careful you could end up with a messy finish and unattractive final design – leaving you with no choice but to start all over again. If you are unsure about what paint is best for you, why not start by looking into the advantages of using emulsion?
What’s so special about emulsion paint?
Emulsion paint is formed of tiny droplets of liquid polymer that are chemically bound to water and the chosen pigment. The presence of a polymer creates a more structurally dense final liquid that, unlike oil-based paints, is unlikely to separate into its component materials when left for a short amount of time – saving you the extra trouble of re-mixing your product and worrying about the effect such separation will have on the colour and sheen of your walls. Just like other paints, emulsion is also available in varying degrees of shine, from matt and eggshell to gloss and the more luxurious silk effect. There are a number of other benefits of using emulsion paint, including the following:
The cost of your paint will depend on a number of factors, including how much you will need, what type of shine you are looking for and (sometimes) the specific colour you want for your refurbishment. Cheap, wholesale figures usually price emulsion at around £1 per litre, so for a more accurate estimate you might want to increase that to £1.50 to £2. If one litre of paint will usually cover around a two square foot surface area, you will need around three to four litres of paint for an average sized bedroom in a semi-detached home – that’s just under a gallon of emulsion for under a tenner! It goes to show that, fortunately, opting for emulsion will provide you with strong, environmentally friendly paint at a relatively cheap price.