There’s no denying that matt finishes are trending globally and finding their way into all our lives - from the cars we drive, to the clothes and make-up we wear, and especially the way we style our homes. Matt paint finishes can bring an understated elegance and modernity to any space.
Here are Taubmans’ six top tips to brush up on the new matt trend:
1. Where to paint with matt
Recently, matt finishes have been featuring on walls, furniture, fixtures and ceramics all over the house, often in combination with metallic and high-gloss glazes to create a striking contrast of sheens; while matt’s flat finish can be used to hide imperfections in older walls and painters love using it in new homes where it better hides gyprock joints on previously unpainted walls.
2. Picking your matt colour
For the first time, style-seeking painters now have access to over 6,000 colours in the Taubmans Colour Galaxy – advances in technology mean Taubmans new Endure Matt Interior works equally well in any colour.
3. Prepping and painting with matt
Matt is more forgiving of surface imperfections, but preparation is still crucial - always choose the appropriate fillers – wash down, sand down, dust off, clean up and away you go. With Taubmans new Endure Matt Interior, treat it like any other paint, grab a good roller, roll it out but don’t overwork it and you’ll end up with a great result – when you see an even ‘orange peel’ finish it’s time to move as the surface will smooth as it dries.
4. Touching up with matt
Matt is especially well suited to touch-ups and repainting as it’s more forgiving when being applied over existing paint, repatched areas and surfaces comprised of different materials, which and paint with a level sheen can tend to highlight.
5. Cleaning matt walls
It’s always best to use warm water and a soapy detergent to dab marks off, but Taubmans new Endure does now allow for scrubbing tougher stains without adding shine to the lovely matt finish.
6. Finally, one thing to beware with matt
Matt surfaces absorb light rather than reflecting it, so be careful that it can make small rooms feel even smaller! The soft, rich look of matt paint makes it perfect for plush sitting rooms and dreamy bedrooms, highlighted by artworks or wall décor with polished or metallic features that really pop against a matt backdrop.
Taubmans new Endure Interior Matt is now available nationwide in Bunnings, priced from $68.50 for 4L (in a white base).
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