The Best Interior Paints and Color Trends

The Best Interior Paints and Color Trends

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest, low-cost way to freshen up your home. Long before you bust out your paintbrushes and painter’s tape, you must browse the paint aisles to choose a colour that best suits your space. While it’s important to keep your current furniture and decor in mind, take inspiration from these trending paint colours from top brands like Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Valspar, and more. Check out Melbourne Home Painting page which has everything you might need near you.

But really, choosing a colour is just half the battle. There are tons of brands and interior paint finishes to choose from, making it difficult to know what’s really worth your money and effort. Luckily, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute traded their lab coats for old t-shirts and spent two weeks testing the most popular interior paints on the market to find the top overall picks as well as the best options for different rooms — kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and so on — in your house. So, once you scope out this year’s hottest colour trends, check out our expert-tested recommendations to find the right paint to get the job done.

Different Types of Paints 

Although your house is your personal property and therefore you can paint it both outside and inside in whatever colour you want, the situation is not that simple when it comes to the type of paint you will use for a certain painting project.

There are hundreds of different paints and their brands that are found on the store shelves, and it can be a little bit confusing how to choose the right one in order to potentially prevent a time and money consuming mistakes.

For example, it’s not the same if you want to paint an interior or exterior of the house, basement or bedroom. A choice can also depend on the materials you are going to paint because sometimes you can’t even use the same types of paint for different materials such as walls, metal, or glass.

Here you can find some general and common types of paints for house painting according to their ingredients and purposes.


Primers are also known as the sealers. They are not exactly the paints but rather the basis or undercoating whose role is to aggregate the materials and at the same time to clean the surface from dust, smoke, fat, and other impurities.

It is not obligatory to use these coatings in every painting project, but if you’re working on unfinished walls, be sure to apply a coat of primer before you begin painting. Use the latex-based primer if you plan to use the latex paint.

Oil-based primer works well with oil-based paints. The substrate is purchased in a pack of 1 litre or larger packs and diluted with water in a proportion of 1:9. After applying the substrate with a brush or roller, it takes about 45 minutes or the entire hour to dry.

Oil-based, Water-based and Latex House Paint

Nowadays, due to many improvements in their quality, they can be used both for exterior and interior painting.

Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and to clean up needs turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits).

They are made with either alkyd (synthetic) or linseed (natural) oils. Alkyd paint is more common because it is less expensive and tougher. Oil-based paint is good for trim work because it takes more abuse over time than walls do.

Latex paint is used as the generic term for all non-oil-based paints. It is easier to work with and dries more quickly, but it isn’t quite as durable as oil-based paint. Latex is good for general painting projects such as walls and ceilings.

Some painting experts say that water-based paint is the best option for the average do-it-yourself homeowner because it retains a smooth and uniform appearance for years. Real benefits of using water-based paint could include improved adhesion performance, mould and mildew resistance, and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions.

Other important advantages, especially when they are used for external walls, are shorter dry time, better coverage, and easier cleanup.

Advantages of water-based paints

  • doesn’t require a pre-treatment
  • no mildew growth
  • low VOCs (low levels of toxic emissions)
  • easy cleanup with water
  • quick drying
  • an elastic, flexible finish resistant to cracking
  • can be used on almost all surfaces
  • stable colour over time doesn’t yellow or fade in sunlight

Disadvantages of water-based paints

  • don’t tend to be as vivid or rich
  • aren’t as long-wearing as oil or urethane-based paints
  • can delaminate from walls if dampened

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is another name for one of the finest kind of water-based paint, with the addition of acrylic as the binding agent. Due to its characteristics, the acrylic paint for walls and wood is recommended for areas requiring a high physical resistance of the walls and their maintenance.

The colour doesn’t yellow over time, and it is resistant to steam and condensation, so it is recommended for kitchens and bathrooms. Acrylic paint for walls and wood in most cases doesn’t require a backing.

They are not only resistant to wiping with the wet cloth, but they are also resistant to weaker detergents so that the painted wall can be washed over many times. They leave a very small tuff, almost imperceptible, especially when the microfiber is applied to the rollers.

It is also possible to apply the paint to the compressor on the wall. In that case, there are no tuffs, and the walls look especially beautiful and are almost ideally flat.

Paint Finishes

The paint comes in a number of different finishes, from flat to high gloss. Some paints also contain enamel, an additive that makes the dried surface harder and less porous.

There are four basic sheens which show the amount of light reflected by the surface of a paint finish: flat (matte finish), satin (eggshell finish), semi-gloss and gloss. They can also be divided into two groups: those that serve for a more beautiful and attractive decoration of space and the walls and long-lasting, durable finishes that will reduce heat loss, and sound transfer and provide years without any trouble with their maintenance.

Specialty House Paints

These are modern formulated paints that can be used for a specific task in certain situations.

For example, anti-mould or anti-mildew, fire retardants, anti-condensation, and sound-reducing paints.

If you have problems with one of these things, you can surely try to get one of the above paint types for interior or exterior walls, but you can also use almost all good-quality paints because they will perform well in all domestic situations as long as they are used with the right primer and applied on the surface they are designed for.

Eco-friendly colours might be put in this group as well. Ecological, vapour-permeable, and in most cases, water-based paints are made for a healthier life without containing dangerous chemicals and vapours.

Within a brand new concept of colour-production that is compliant with eco-standards, harmful ingredients have been ejected and replaced by a much healthier for the humans and the environment.

For space editing, together with your imagination and creativity, it is also very significant to select the appropriate material which is going to be used.

Innovations in the industry of technology provide new possibilities for combining and literally playing in the design and decoration of wall surfaces. Do not forget that the choice of the right colour and paint type is only the first, but probably the most important, step on that adventurous road.

Different types of paint finishes

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A unique finish, chalky matt is now one of the most popular finishes when upcycling furniture. The finish is dead flat and used to create a chalky, shabby chic or distressed appearance. Its sheen level will typically be around 2%. Where durability is important, it can be overcoated with a special wax or sealer. 


Matt emulsion is commonly used on walls and ceilings and often where the surface is uneven. It is a flat finish with a sheen level of less than 10%, therefore non-reflective in appearance.  

Less washable than its glossier counterparts, matt can be subject to scuff marks when used in deep tones and high traffic areas such as halls. There are however durable matt options available in most ranges which are designed to resist marking.

Eggshell, satin, silk and soft sheen

We’ve grouped these together as each of these finishes are visibly shinier with a sheen level at varying degrees around the 20% mark or more.

Eggshell and satin finishes are traditionally used as a modern alternative to gloss for trim. They have a dull shine which is, as the name suggests, likened to the shell of an egg. Used on features including skirtings and window surrounds, sills and frames it is a more durable finish than matt with better washability and a smoother appearance.

The eggshell finish is also suitable for decorating larger areas, including walls and ceilings; however, acrylic eggshell paints are recommended for this type of job due to their lower VOC content.

Silk and soft sheen finishes are traditional finishes used for walls in higher traffic areas such as hallways and kitchens due to their shinier and therefore more wipeable properties and greater resistance to steam.

It is worth noting when choosing a wall finish that those with higher sheen levels can highlight imperfections in the walls.


Gloss is available for both interior and exterior decorating. The sheen level is high at approximately 90%, making it highly reflective and washable. Water-based and acrylic glosses will usually have less sheen than solvent-based.

Commonly used on trim, gloss (when applied well) will give a beautiful mirrored effect.

In some commercial kitchens, special gloss finishes may be used to coat walls as they can provide a more hygienic washable food preparation area. Specialist hygienic coatings in various finishes are available.

Masonry paint

Masonry paints are available in two key finishes; smooth and textured. Whether durability is a key factor when choosing masonry paint.

  • Smooth 

This finish is usually matt and smooth to the touch and fairly easy to keep clean.

  • Textured 

The aggregate encased within this paint gives a lightly textured finish, ideal for covering imperfections on exterior walls. Weightier versions are available which are heavy-bodied to give a much deeper texture. These are suited to walls with larger flaws to cover or where a deep texture is required aesthetically. Walls coated with a textured finish are likely to need cleaning more often.

Interior Paints and Color Trends for 2020

Bombay Pink

Taking a cue from nature’s everlasting beauty, Valspar rounded up 12 gorgeous hues that bring the serenity of the outdoors to any room. Described by paint experts as “a mature pink that is confidently cheerful like a spring sunset,” Bombay Pink is best dressed with gold accents.Check out our range of Melbourne Home Painting to help in your problem

Naval Blue

Much bolder than the other paint colours on this list, Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year is a rich, statement-worthy navy. While classic and cool, this deep hue combines the power of nature with timeless confidence straight from Art Deco designs.

Calming Green

Even when the weather outside convinces you otherwise, this “calm, gracious, and balanced” green inspires you to get out in nature and embrace all that it has to offer. Considered “nature’s neutral,” Behr’s paint, aptly called Back to Nature, achieves the meadow-inspired colour by the combination of light and dark greens.

Light Pink

Lighten up your space with Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Color of the Year. A unique alternative to classic white or beige, First Light is the “backdrop for a bright new decade.” But if you prefer something with more personality, opt for another one of their ten inspiring picks, including a pure grey and a rich blue-green.

Porcelain Blue

To help make 2020 your most restful year yet, PPG named Chinese Porcelain this year’s Color of the Year. Inspired by the sky and the sea, this perfect blend of “cobalt and moody ink blue” aims to take people away from their screens and stresses of everyday life.

Regal Select

Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select is a great all around. The nice, thick paint goes on easily, which provides impressive coverage that will last. It’s also extremely durable and cleans easily, so it earns high marks across all areas. You won’t be able to find it at retailers like Home Depot, so your best bet is to shop for it at paint or specialty stores. 


Valspar Signature paint was the runner-up in our tests, so it’s a solid alternative to our Top Lab Pick. Not only did it score well in our stain removal tests, but it has good coverage and finish quality, too. Our consumer testers thought this low-VOC paint plus primer looked good overall, but there was some room for improvement when it came to the evenness of its coverage. 


Benjamin Moore’s ben is a good value for the quality of the paint that you get. Not only is the paint and primer duo affordable, but it also contains zero volatile organic compounds, (or VOCs, a.k.a. gasses). It also comes in three different finishes: eggshell, flat, and semi-gloss, so you still have plenty of options for painting without breaking the bank.

Interior Premium

Glidden Interior Premium paint is mould- and mildew-resistant, making it a smart pick for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. When we tested it, the paint dried fast and seemed unlikely to fade. It also cleaned easily and was good at resisting stains, so splattered food, and makeup messes are no big deal. 


Testers didn’t find much wrong with Benjamin Moore Natura paint. Along with zero VOCs, it has fade- and stain-resistance, making it an attractive option for bedrooms or living rooms. It also had great coverage — making it a great pick all around. Just note that we found it a bit messy to apply.

Paint & Primer In One

Behr Premium Plus paint has everything you’d expect from a premium paint, like stain and UV resistance. It is low-VOC and resists the growth of mildew, so it’s suitable for laundry rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces that may be damp.


With great coverage, easy stain removal, and a fast dry time, Pratt and Lambert Accolade paint is easy to apply. Its resistance to mould and mildew makes it a great choice for kitchens and baths. In our testing, its performance was slightly sub-par in holding up to wear and tear, so avoid applying it to high-traffic areas, like a narrow hallway, stairwell wall, or garage.

Duration Home

When we tried it, Sherwin-Williams’ low-VOC Duration Home went on smooth with little-to-no splatter. It held up to stains well, and the paint didn’t fade during our accelerated UV tests (which means it will probably keep its colour in a sunny room). Our painted samples stood up to abrasion, too. We found this formula offered great coverage area and quality, so a gallon should cover as much, if not more, than many other paints.


Benjamin Moore Aura paint is definitely on the more expensive side, but you do get what you pay for. Testers loved its appearance (it’s particularly great for bright colours in small areas!) and how easy it was to apply. It scored excellent for stain resistance, but avoid scrubbing too hard because it wasn’t great resisting abrasion. It’s also another low-VOC paint, and it’s suitable for high-moisture places like your kitchen, bathroom, or a laundry room.


Behr Marquee interior paint is a great pick if you’re looking to save during home renovations. It’s very good at hiding old paint because it has great coverage. There’s even a guarantee that it’ll hide imperfections in just one coat. The acrylic-based paint is also low-VOC and easily accessible at Home Depot (where it can be tinted to over 200 colours!). 

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