The best interior wall paints brands in the UAE will give you the best results

Where to find the best interior paint brands in UAE

One of the biggest choices – and commitments – you make when you buy or update a building is the interior paint. Or maybe you have just moved into a rental and can’t stand the walls as they are. Whether you are setting up a restaurant, a home, an office, a store, or some other interior space, choosing one of the best interior paint brands is the fastest way to get the feel and style you want in a space. Whether  you want to follow current trends or create 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.

When you realise just how seemingly endless the choices are and add aspects like satin or eggshell, you may feel out of your depth. 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 the UAE.

Flat, eggshell, gloss – navigating the types of interior wall paint

While ‘gloss’ and ‘flat’ may be self explanatory, things get a bit hazier when the eggshells and satins start appearing. Not only that, but 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 and 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 and 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- and 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.

Head to our architectural coatings overview for a closer look at the ways decorative coatings are used inside and outside a building.

How to pick the perfect colour for your walls

You may think that white is white. My sweet summer child, this couldn’t be more wrong. You may think green is safe, only to be disappointed again. Paint brands provide a mind-numbingly vast array of colour options in every shade. The key is not choosing a colour that will fight your furnishings, fixtures, and flooring, and that won’t make you regret ever watching your favourite renovation show 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. Do not 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 is trending in the world of colour?

The biggest trend in interiors at the moment is cosiness. For colours this means shades that evoke comfort and relaxation. Muted tones that inspire 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 that warm without overwhelming regularly make the 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 the UAE

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.

In the UAE paint is very often not a DIY job. Each of the paint brands below also provide approved applicators and professionals to apply their paint for you.

Interior Paint BrandBrand DescriptionProduct Example
Asian PaintsAsia’s third largest paint company with manufacturing facilities the world over (including Dubai), Asian Paints has a wide range of interior wall finishes. These include textured finishes, and are available in luxury, premium, and economy options.Select Eggshell Silk Emulsion – a midsheen finish with excellent coverage and low VOC.
Jotun Maybe better known for their protective paints, Jotun produce a range of decorative coatings in a wide array of colours and finishes. Their ranges include Fenomastic (for walls every day) and Lady Design (with textures to add character).Fenomastic Wonderwall – a luxurious silky finish that is washable and low VOC.
Kansai PaintKansai Paint is “designed to last”. The company from Japan has been going strong for a century and is dedicated to bringing quality products to customers worldwide. Their flagship home products are water-based, low VOC and odour free.Wallscape Classic – a matte finish in a large array of colours with a 5 year guarantee when applied by Kansai Paint professionals.
Oasis PaintsThe standalone brand of Al Gurg Paints, Oasis Paints is a local company driven to provide solutions to the requirements of customers in the UAE. Their coatings range from economy to luxury, so there is something fro everyone.Oasis Trumastic Luxury Gold – premium quality acrylic emulsion paint that is also anti-fungal.
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