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Can I use the same paint for my walls, ceiling and skirting boards?

Can I use the same paint for my walls, ceiling and skirting boards? I want them all white but was unsure if I could paint them all with one type of paint, B&Q have literally 100s on the shelf! Thanks in advance

Answered by TrustATrader

Most ceilings and interior walls are painted using emulsion paints. They have acrylic or vinyl added to make them more hard wearing. Before you start painting, make sure you prepped the wall...


Painting skirting boards can add the finishing touch to any room. Lighter colours will help make your rooms appear larger, with darker skirting boards giving your space a more contemporary feel.  As a general rule, your skirting boards should follow the same colour tone as your walls.

You’ll need to pick a different finish for your woodwork, which requires a more hard-wearing paint type than wall emulsion. For a matt effect, try eggshell, or consider satinwood or gloss for contrast.

When painting the room, remember that flat paint is a little harder to keep clean, so it's not recommended for high traffic areas and those messy fingers in the likes of the kitchen or bathroom.

Advice on how to paint a room:


For some inspiration with on-trend paint colours, check out https://www.trustatrader.com/help-advice-articles/colour-me-beautiful-2019s-on-trend-colours

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