Where to Use which type of Paint?

Where to Use which type of Paint - Under The Sun

A lick of paint can add layers and make a big difference to the character of your room, but do note that it’s not just the color you use that matters, but the type of paint is equally important too. Doing a little homework on the different types of paints available in the market can make a huge impact on the result. Here’s a breakdown of what to look out for:


Paints are a mixture of pigments, resins, additives, and solvents. While pigment refers to the color, the resin is the binder and solvent is the carrier that keeps the paint in its liquid form. This is what evaporates as your paint dries up. Additives are enhancers such as mold-killers, heat-reflectors, stain-blockers, etc.

Water-Based Paints:

Also known as latex paints, they are a popular choice as they are quick-drying and easier to clean with water. They are environment-friendly with low VOCs (toxic emissions). Such paints are also more elastic with a flexible finish that’s resistant to cracking and prevents mildew and moisture. It can be used both internally and externally as the color remains stable even with sun exposure.

Cheaper paints usually have more solvent and lower pigment levels and you might end up putting 3-4 coats to get the same effect as that of a single coat of branded paint.

Oil-Based Paints:

These are more practical in high-moisture micro-climate areas like the kitchen and bathrooms as well as for surfaces like cabinets and trims. They provide an attractive glossy and durable finish that is much smoother than latex paints because it doesn’t show up the brush strokes. Also known as alkyd paints, they take longer to dry however and have greater VOC emissions.

Waterborne Enamels or Waterborne Alkyds:

This is another paint option that has properties of both water-based paints and oil-based paints.

Paint Sheen:

This refers to the paint finish and comes in four categories:


It imparts a flat surface that’s the least shiny and hides imperfections well. This velvety paint is the standard in most homes and has the least reflective sheen.

Where to Use which type of Paint - Under The Sun


It’s the best choice in high-traffic areas and has a moderate amount of sheen that can hide surface imperfections.


Ideal for moisture-rich areas like kitchens and bathrooms and is hardy and easily washable.


This high-sheen finish is ideal for cabinets and door/window trims as it is more durable and makes the colors pop out.

A matte sheen adds serenity while gloss tends to add energy and excitement, so choose your paints accordingly. And if you are moving into the amazing ‘Under the Sun’ villas located amidst a fruiting orchard in Devanahalli in Bangalore, you can have so much fun painting every room in these homes! Get more information about them here: https://www.underthesun.co.in/.