Find the best paint brands in South Africa

Finding the best interior paint brands for your home

Picking the right paint brands for your renovation or decoration job can be difficult when there are so many choices out there. One of the biggest choices – and commitments – you make when you buy or redecorate is the interior paint. Whether you are setting up a restaurant, a home, an office, a store, or some other interior space, choosing the best interior paint is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. For following current trends or creating 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.

You may think you know what’s what but we’ve all been overwhelmed by the Dulux colour wall, or lost when asked whether we prefer ‘satin’ or ‘eggshell’ finish. 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 South Africa.

Finishes matter – from matte to gloss

Turns out the finish of the paint you use matters. There are ways in which these finishes are used and ways in which they are not – unless you want to be unconventional it helps to understand which surfaces normally use which paint. These conventions also apply for outdoor paints. The different sheens and uses of these paints are:

  • Flat/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/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/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.

How to pick colour for any space – trends and favourites

It is important not to fall into a giant hole of slightly-different-white swatches straight off the bat. Come up with a colour that you like before you head to the colour chart. The key is not choosing a colour that will fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you regret ever watching renovation shows when a trend fades. Some good tips to follow are:

  1. Think about the use of the room
    The paint colour you choose will set the mood of the room. Dramatic, subtle, cosy, stylish – all of these can be set by the colour, and it is important to choose the mood based on how you use the room. A bedroom with a bright and insistent colour will not create the calming space you need to relax, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Try not to 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.

What colours are trending right now

JOMO (the Joy Of Missing Out) is driving the need for cosiness in our interiors, including colours that inspire comfort and relaxation. Muted tones that evoke relaxation are popular, from grey hues to beiges, pale pinks to faded green tones, these colours promote rest. And of course if you want a space to clear and empty the mind, there are always all those whites.

As well as the JOMO palette, the trend for pairing bold colours with a simple monochrome is still going strong. Bold, dark wall colours regularly make most popular lists. Though Millennial Pink may be on the way out, arsenic greens are still making their mark.

The Top 5 Best Interior Paint Brands in South Africa

Through all the endless colours one thing remains constant – the highest quality paint brands. 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 BrandBrand DescriptionProduct Example
DuluxOne of the most loved paint brands in South Africa, Dulux is always at the top of best paint lists. They have a boggling range of colours and finishes suited for every surface in every room.Dulux Magic White – matt finish ceiling paint formulated to fade from pink to pure brilliant white in under an hour.
DuramOne of South Africa’s favourite brands, Duram is homegrown and focused on making top quality paints that are also good value. They have interior paint ranges for walls, ceilings, bathroom, kitchens, and more.Satin Touch – an elegant medium sheen wall paint that is washable, scrubbable, and stain resistant.
Fired EarthLocally produced coatings inspired by the textures and tones of nature, Fired Earth paints feature a premium quality range of smooth and textured paints. With a wide-ranging selection of earthy colours.New Coat – an acrylic for walls and ceilings with high hiding capabilities which can be used as a filler coating.
PlasconBuilt on over a century of South African coating innovation, Plascon has a range of interior paints with finishes like cashmere, double velvet, and velvaglo. They have a wide range of colours including their Essential Collection of favourites.Double Velvet – a low odour, premium quality velvet sheen wall paint that is highly washable and stain resistant.
Universal PaintsLocally produced paints that can be matched to ‘any colour you desire’. They produce a wide range of products for every room and surface and are dedicated to quality at an affordable price.Pure Acrylic Matt – a water based pure acrylic that is low odour, washable, and durable.
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