Where to start: A novice guide to shopping for paint

With so many varying types of paint and a never-ending array of colours to choose from, the options can sometimes feel overwhelming, but don’t let the fear of mucking up stop you!


British Paints have taken the uncertainty out of your decision, with a paint that’s specially formulated to suit any surface, taking on any challenge that your walls might present.


Here are our top tips for navigating the Bunnings shelves and choosing your very first paint.

1. Selecting your paint type

The first thing to consider is the surface that you’re painting, is it your interior wall or is the task at hand a sun exposed exterior wall? 


Whatever the surface, there’s a paint designed to take it on. Check the label to see what surface is matched with that paint, it’s on the front of the tin so you can’t miss it!


If you’re trying your hand at painting weatherboards or an exposed brick house, we recommend British Paints 4 Seasons as it is self-priming on most surfaces* and designed to defend against Australia’s ever changing and ferocious climate.


For an interior paint that is both beautiful and resilient, get your hands on British Paints Clean & Protect Low Sheen for an interior finish that can be wiped clean time and time again.


Painting over a dark colour or bare substrate? You may need British Paints 4in1 Water Based, which combines the functions of a sealer, primer, undercoat and stain blocking in one convenient product.


If you’re painting high impact areas such doors, windows or trim, then you’ll be wanting to get your hands on an Enamel Paint, as they’re formulated with a hard-wearing finish to withstand everyday wear and tear.

2. Choosing your colour

Now that you’ve narrowed down which line of paint is going to be your best asset, the next step is to choose a colour.


A good way to start is to use one of our online tools, such as browsing through our colour charts, looking at the colour schemes or getting creative with the Colouriser™.


If your fear persists, you can seek expert advice from our professional Colour Consultancy.


The best way to make your final decision is to grab some sample pots and paint some sheets of plain white printer paper. Just tack them up on the wall so you can see how they look throughout the day.


Colours will look different in each room dependent on the light, whether it be natural or artificial, so this is a must!

3. Don't forget your allies

While your paint is going to be the star of your DIY project, don’t forget to include the unsung heroes who make the job easier, efficient and effective.


Quality brushes, rollers, tape and drop sheets are essential to protect your floors and ensure precision in application.


*Be sure to check our product labels for undercoat requirements.