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It’s not just the colour that you need to choose! Interior and exterior paints require different specifications. Your chosen painter or paint supplier will be able to give you detailed information about which paints are suitable for specific areas

  • Exterior paint must be able to withstand our harsh Australian climate
  • Interior paint must stand up to knocks and bumps
  • High traffic areas should be washablePaint brushes and colour chart
  • Bathroom paint can be mould resistant

New build and renovation contracts normally include painting of

  • All exterior painting
  • Ceilings
  • Cornices
  • Doors and door frames
  • Mouldings (window sills, mantel piece, capping, hand rails)

Bear in mind this normally covers one colour only per specification. If you want additional colours it may cost you extra


  1. Exterior house walls: Beige
  2. Portico walls: Charcoal

Wall painting is not normally included in the contract and will cost extra to include or you can do it yourself. You can also employ your own contractor after completion. If you are thinking of this ensure you employ a registered painter, this way it costs no more but you will get a quality result. You can find one through the Master Painters or the Building Commission

The Basics

Paint choices- Think about what's important to you,

  • Depth of colour
  • Quality of pigment
  • Level of emissions
  • Longevity
  • Cost

Depending on what you want there will be a paint to suit your needs

  • Low VOC paint
  • Zero VOC pPaint
  • Natural handmade paint
  • Acrylic/ water based paint
  • Enamel/ oil based paint

You may choose a paint that has a combination of these qualities- i.e. Low VOC Acrylic with natural pigments

Low or Zero VOC paints

VOC means volatile organic compound. Standard paints can contain VOC's and will ‘off gas’ after they are applied to your walls. Enamels can contain high levels of VOC’s, water based paints whilst having lower levels can still contain VOC’s. If you are concerned about this potential problem in your home consider Low VOC or Zero VOC Paints. Most manufacturers have a range of Low or Zero VOC paints available. There is normally a range suitable for internal and external use. These paints normally have very little smell, are quick drying, scrubbable, non-yellowing and UV stabilized. Do however check that tinting your paint doesn't add significant VOC’s.

Low VOC = 5-20 grams per litre

High VOC = 100-400 grams per litre

Natural Paints

As the name suggests natural paints are manufactured from raw ingredients like plants, resins, clay, bee’s wax and mineral dyes. They are often hand made and can cost a bit more than conventional paints. Often using a larger number of pigments to achieve good depth of colour. These paints are great for people with sensitivities/allergies to paint or just foe those who prefer a natural product with less chemicals.


Alternatively there are the conventional options

Water Based Paint

Commonly called acrylic paint. (clean up with water)

Oil Based Paint

Commonly called enamel paint (clean up with turps)

Basic Paint Types


  • Suitable for ceilings - no sheen


  • Non reflective
  • Suitable for ceilings and areas that don’t need scrubbing
  • Hides imperfections
  • Some brands available in washable

Low Sheen

  • Ceilings and walls in wet areas- good steam protection

Satin or semi gloss

  • Suitable for wet areas, ceilings and walls
  • uitsble for woodwork
  • Normally washable
  • Hides some imperfections


  • Suitable for doors, architraves and mouldings.
  • Areas that need to be wiped down regularly
  • High lights imperfections

High Gloss

  • Enamel only
  • Used on woodwork as above

What gets painted

Ceilings and Cornice

  • 2 coats of matte white


  • Wall painting is not normally included in a building contract. If you do get it included, check exactly what that means, 2 coats of non-washable paint or a primer then 2 coats of washable paint applied.

Doors, Architraves, Capping and Mouldings

  • Normally painted in a gloss enamel finish, 2 coats.(note skirting boards are installed after your flooring so if you put them into your contract check painting them is included)

Colour Advice

If you’re undecided you can try buying some sample pots and having a go yourself. Most paint companies now have a colour consultancy service for very little or no cost. The smaller boutique paint companies also offer colour consultancies with the option of customised colours and very personalised service. If you are unsure where to start, getting some qualified help can be of great assistance. Normally you will get some A4 brush outs (painted A4 sheets) that you can look at inside the room you plan to paint. This means you can assess the colour in the natural light of your room, not in a showroom. A professional colour consultancy will provide you with some or all of the following:

  • Product specification
  • Colours
  • Colour placement
  • Desired finish level
  • A4 colour brush outs (sample boards)
  • Possibly sample pots

This documentation can then be provided to the builder/project manager/painter and used as an instruction sheet. Getting colour right in your home can sometimes be a challenging and difficult choice, by employing a professional you are guaranteed of colours that will flow naturally in your home and suit your personal style.

Helpful Hints

Don’t paint your timber front door a dark colour if it is exposed to direct sunlight. Dark colours can cause the door to warp due to excessive heat (and your warranty will be null and void). If you really must have a dark front door consider a fibreglass door which will not warp in direct sunlight.

Paint colours can be ordered at differing percentages. For example Bed 1, three walls painted in Buff Beige, east wall painted Buff Beige 200%. (twice as dark) This means the tone of both colours match but the depth of colour varies.

Special paint finishes like textured suede, metallic finishes, colour washing and many more can be applied on request by professional painters