To freshen up the interior of a home with wall paint is easy. But to find the right home interior wall paint and colours is often overwhelming.

Latex or oil-based? Matt or sheen? Neutral or vibrant colours? With so many choices available, how to choose the best one?

We can’t help you decide which colour or finish is the best for you. But we can help in identifying the best interior wall paints on the market. Our expert team has tested and rated some of the most popular products suitable for all rooms and environments. Check out our top picks below.

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Our #1 Best Pick

Zinsser Satin Paint

Zinsser Satin Paint

An all-purpose, self-priming, tintable paint to use in all rooms.

Low Cost Option

Dulux Matt

Dulux 500006 DU Matt Paint

An economical yet quality paint. It doesn’t drip, and it comes in a wide range of colours.

Best Of The Rest

Johnstone's 307091 Matt Emulsion Paint

Comes in 38 contemporary hues designed to vamp up all interior designs. Unsuitable to use in a bathroom or kitchen.

Dulux Natural Hints Matt Buttermilk

Special formulation encloses Dulux’s Chromalock technology; the paint maintains a fresh look for longer.

Dulux Once Gloss Paint

Ideal for wood and metal painting works, this product boasts a great coverage and is easy to apply.


Contemporary interiors burst with colour. Pastel shades are a thing of the past and nowadays, architects hardly use them in environments other than the kitchen or the bathroom.

An important consideration to make when choosing an expressive colour palette is the size and the lighting of your home. Dark colours look amazing in a large interior but suffocating in a small room. On the contrary, white adds brightness to a tiny or insufficiently illuminated space.

Red and yellow are two of the most popular colours used in a living room. Warm and stimulating, these tones boost brain power and enhance energy. Orange is a vibrant hue that stimulates learning abilities and concentration, being perfect for an office area.

Secondary colours, like green and purple, often match with other intense shades. Green shows its full potential in the dining room while purple makes a bold choice for an opulent bedroom. To tone down purple, pair it with earthy tones like olive green, sand, or brown.

Blue is another popular choice for the bedroom, but this lively colour is ideal to use in a coastal home. Enhance blue’s Mediterranean vibes with a dark brown parquet floor and wooden furniture.

In a traditional home, opt for contemporary neutral colours including earthy browns and greens. Grey and beige are two other wonderful shades to consider.

Zinsser Satin Paint

A high-quality all-purpose interior paint – it needs little maintenance and lasts up to 7 years.

Perma-White by Zinsser is an all-purpose interior paint so good we love it. The main feature we like is the paint’s resistance to even the harshest conditions. An active biocide formulation protects the dry film against fungal degradation for up to five years, preventing mould and bacteria growth.

This feature makes the paint ideal to use in poorly ventilated or humid environments, including bathrooms and kitchens. The satin finish is easy to wipe clean; the paint needs little maintenance and the paint film resists to peeling, flaking, and blistering for up to 7 years.

Another thing we like is the self-priming formula that adds further convenience. Perma-White bonds seamlessly over existing solvent-based or glossy finish paint. It also seals new or flat paint surfaces in a breeze, while redecoration costs are also reduced by eliminating the use of a primer.

Covering up to 10m²/litre, Perma-White is easy to apply with a paintbrush or roller. The paint gets touch dry in half an hour; it accepts a second coat after two hours and it cures in about a week.

Last but not least, Perma-White is tintable to any NCS, RAL, or BS4800 colour through the appropriate tint base. While we recommend asking for professional help if you want to change colour, it’s nice to know this is an option.


• Biocide formulation protects dried paint film against fungal degradation. This high-performance interior paint is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.
• Tintable to any RAL, NCS, or BS4800 colour, the product is more versatile than it might seem.
• Excellent coverage of self-priming paint cuts off redecoration costs. The product is easy to apply, and it dries fast.
• Coming in satin and matt finishes, this water-based paint is easy to wipe clean and is suitable to use in poorly ventilated environments.
• Paint film resists flaking, blistering, and peeling for up to seven years. The product requires little to no maintenance.
• Non-yellowing and fade resistant, Perma-White resists against mould for up to 5 years.


• The manufacturer claims this is an all-purpose interior paint but the results aren’t exceptional on tiles or similar surfaces.
• The paint is thin; drips are a common issue when used on ceilings.

Dulux Matt

An affordable and easy to apply paint available in 44 colours.

Dulux Matt Paint offers an affordable yet quality alternative to Perma-White. Coming in 44 colours and boasting a quick drying formulation, this product is ideal to use on all walls. The unique creamy texture is easy to apply with a brush or roller, and it’s even possible to apply thinned paint with a sprayer.

The water-based formulation is low in volatile organic compounds, it has a low odour, and it’s safe to use in all spaces. A convenient 5L package provides sufficient paint to cover up to 65m² and the sophisticated matt finish hides slight wall imperfections in a smooth, velvety look.

Designed for both ceilings and walls, the paint has a good viscosity and it doesn’t drip from the roller. However this product isn’t all sugar and spice; its economical price is explained by the lack of some desirable features.

One slight defect is that the paint dries to a colour paler than expected. While this isn’t a major drawback, it’s limiting and annoying.

A greater drawback is the product’s resistance. The dry paint is not washable and is prone to mould.


• Affordable and decent quality interior paint to use on ceilings and walls. Great viscosity minimises dripping and running off the walls.
• Great coverage up to 13m²/litre. Priming the surface to be coated maximises coverage and improves the paint’s finish.
• Matt paint dries to a smooth, velvety finish that hides wall imperfections.
• Water-based formulation is non-toxic and suitable to use in all environments, including children’s room.


• Paint dries to a paler colour, which is frustrating.
• The product needs frequent maintenance, is non-washable and has a poor resistance to mould.

Johnstone's Matt

Contemporary matt finish disguises minor wall imperfections.

Johnstone’s Matt Emulsion Paint is a versatile product available in 38 neutral tones and vibrant colours. We tested the Manhattan Grey, which dries to a contemporary shade ideal to use in both traditional and modern style homes.

The voguish tonality dries to a smooth matt finish, disguising minor surface imperfections and looking stylish in all contexts. But that’s not the only thing we like about this paint.

The water-based formulation is safe to apply on all walls and ceilings. The low odour and quick dry time make the product easy to work with while the non-reflective finish needs little maintenance and is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.

We also like the coverage of the paint. One litre can cover up to 13m², although this depends on the porosity of the wall. Two coats deliver satisfactory results and the product dries in less than two hours, accepting the second coat after four hours.

One downside is that this paint dries to a colour different than expected, while the viscosity is inconsistent between tins. If you need more than one can, we recommend mixing the paint in a larger container to ensure consistent results.


• Paint comes in 38 lively colours and is suitable to use in almost all interior environments.
• The water-based formulation has a low odour and dries fast. Appling a second coat of paint is possible after about 4 hours.
• Matt finish gives a stylish touch to the interior and disguises minor wall imperfections. The dry product is easy to wipe clean when needed.


• Inconsistent viscosity between tins is annoying. Stir the paint well before using it.
• Colour dries to a different shade.
• Results on bare walls or darker colours are unimpressive.

Dulux Natural Hints Matt

Chromalock technology protects the paint from wear and tear.

Dulux Natural Hints is a creamy emulsion paint ideal to use on interior walls and ceilings. It comes in 44 modern colours inspired by the colours of nature and it dries to a beautiful matt finish that hides wall imperfections, enhancing the design of the room.

This water-based colour makes use of Dulux’s exclusive Chromalock technology, which creates an invisible protective barrier between the colour and the environment. This helps to protect the dry film from everyday wear and tear.

Ultimately this translates into lower maintenance and a longer lasting result, two important characteristics of a non-washable paint.

On a positive note, the product has an excellent coverage. A litre of paint is sufficient for an area up to 13m². A second coat can usually be applied after 4 hours, depending on the environmental conditions.

For the best results, we recommend painting over a primer and allowing the first coat to cure for 24 hours before a second application.


• Water-based paint with low volatile organic compounds content; the product is safe to use in all environments.
• Chromalock technology protects the colour from the daily wear and tear, reducing maintenance and increasing the product’s resistance.
• Smooth and creamy emulsion dries to a velvety matt finish covering all minor wall imperfections.
• Easy to apply with a brush or roller, the product dries in about two hours and accepts a second coat after four hours.


• Paint comes off the wall easily unless the surface is first sealed with a primer.
• The colour dries lighter or darker than expected.
• Two coats are insufficient to cover darker paints even when applied over a primer.

Dulux Once Gloss

Quality wood and metal paint for interior and exterior use.

Walls and ceilings are not the only interior surfaces to paint in a house. Wood and metal surfaces like door frames, doors, skirting, windows, and radiators also need revamping from time to time. That’s why we tested Dulux Once Gloss Paint too.

This solvent-based paint dries to a sleek gloss finish, it comes in 1.25L tins and it covers up to 12m²/litre. One coat is usually enough to achieve a consistent result while the Pure Brilliant White matches all interior paints and colours.

Suitable for both interior and exterior use, this product is also ideal to apply on a fence or shed. The self-undercoating formulation minimises work and cuts off repainting costs, which is another characteristic we like.

What we like less is the solvent-based formulation that discolours in time. The paint might not need a primer, but it needs a protective top coat that can prevent the appearance of yellow stains. Other than this, the product is easy to apply with a paintbrush and resists well to elements.


• Wood and metal paint suitable to use for interior and exterior works.
• Pure Brilliant White colour dries to a sleek glossy finish that pairs wonderfully with all interior wall paints.
• Product covers up to 12m²/litre and one coat is usually sufficient to obtain satisfactory results.


• Solvent-based paint is toxic to use in poorly ventilated environments and is hard to clean off the brush.
• Dry film discolours in time, forming unflattering yellow stains.



• Interior wall paint
• Primer
• Sealer
• Sandpaper
• Painter’s tape
• Drop cloth
• Sponge


• Paint roller
• Bucket with a roller grid
• Paintbrushes
• Stepladder


Step 1 – Set up the surface

Painting walls is a messy job, so a proper preparation of the surface is essential. Remove all obstacles, such as furniture, rugs, hanging decorations, accessories, and any shelves fixed to the wall. Cover the floor with a drop cloth and cover the larger objects, like wardrobes or sofas, with a plastic sheet if you can’t move them out of the room.

Apply painter’s tape to all surfaces that shouldn’t be painted, such as door trims, windows, or edges. Remove any electric outlet and switch covers.

Repair any cracks or holes with a sealer, then smoothen the whole surface of the wall with sandpaper. Wash the wall, paying particular attention to removing all dust and debris and leave it to dry properly before proceeding.

Step 2 – Apply the primer

If the surface you’re painting over is in good condition and in a similar or lighter colour to the one you’re applying, you can skip this step. However, we recommend priming all surfaces to achieve a professional result.

Priming is important, not only because the undercoat improves paint adhesion, reducing maintenance and increasing resistance in the long run – but it also ensures a better coverage of the surface, which can significantly reduce the quantity of paint needed to finish the job.

To reduce work, experts recommend mixing a small quantity of topcoat into the primer. This simple trick enhances the ability of the top paint to hide the primed surface quicker and easier.

Step 3 – Apply the paint

To reduce mess and maximise efficiency, experts also recommend using a roller grid instead of a tray. Pour the paint into a bucket with roller grid for a mess-free operation.

An efficient way to paint the wall is by first painting the edges with a paintbrush, then the rest of the wall with the roller. When the edges are defined, soak the roller in paint, drain off excess product using the roller grid in the bucket, then draw “W” shapes on the wall. Fill the remaining spaces, paying attention to apply an even layer of paint.

Leave the first coat to dry as instructed before applying a second coat.

A consistent result can also be achieved with a paint sprayer if the paint is compatible with the system. However, be prepared to clean up a big mess if choosing this method.