WHAT PAINT WHERE?
CEILINGS A flat paint such as ceiling white is best as it hides any imperfections in the ceiling. To see where you’ve painted and that the coverage is even, shine a work light up onto the ceiling and use the reflection off the new paint to check your progress.
WALLS Low-sheen acrylics are the go-to paint here. They are quick drying and any marks will generally wipe off. A new trend is to use matt paint on walls, especially as a feature. While not as hard wearing, the lack of sheen adds a designer element to a room.
TRIM AND DOORS Enamels are the paint to use here as they give you a tough finish. Water-based enamels dry quickly but do not smooth as much as oil-based paints, so the brush marks will be more visible. Semi-gloss is a popular sheen level while full gloss paints are easier to clean.
SPECIALTY PAINTS These are specifically designed for different surfaces and finishes. Examples are tile and laminate paints that will stick to these surfaces, as well as effects paints that give an antique or metallic look.