How to choose the right paint finish

Choose the right paint finish for your home with our simple paint tips read more

One of the simplest things you can do to dramatically change the look and feel of your property is to give your rooms a makeover with a new lick of paint. When choosing the perfect paint it’s important to not only consider what colour you want to use, but also what kind of finish.

At Laura Ashley, on top of providing a range of different interior colours we also offer a variety of finishes. With so many finishes out in the market it can be hard to know what finish will suit your home best. To help you find the perfect paint finish follow our easy tips to work out which one works best for your lifestyle and home.

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Choosing the Right Colour

To cover all your colour needs, Laura Ashley offers a plethora of different paint hues to complement any interior space. Our paints are designed to coordinate with our fabric and wallpaper ranges making it easy to stick to your home’s colour palette and create a feeling of flow throughout. We have also used the richest pigments in our paints for depth of colour and even results.

It’s important to bear in mind that your chosen paint colour will vary in shade in accordance with the lighting conditions in a room. This is why it’s important to test the colour with a sample pot in order to be 100% sure of your choice. Observe how the colour matches against fabrics and other accessories planned to be in the same room.

How to choose the right paint finish

Paint Type

Water-based eggshell paint

As the name suggests, eggshell paint was named for its resemblance in finish to that of the smooth outer-shell of an egg. Durable and low-sheen, eggshell paint is perfect for internal surfaces and woodwork. It provides a tough, washable, and easy-to-maintain finish that’s ideal for high-traffic areas including hallways and lounge rooms. It’s low-sheen appearance works by bouncing light around the room, while not drawing attention to scuffs and stains. Water-based eggshell paints do not flow out in the same way as traditional oil-based products so over spreading should be avoided if you want a flawless finish.

Finish Facts: For an expert finish look opt for a water-based interior paint. Not only are water-based paints, easy to apply, low in odour and quick drying they are also easy to clean up after—simply remove as much paint as you can from your rollers and brushes and wash in cool water.

How to choose the right paint finish

Matt Emulsion Paint

With a sophisticated soft matt finish, matt emulsion paint is great for interior walls and ceilings, working especially well in sitting rooms and bedrooms. It’s also easy to apply and known for its excellent coverage. Paints with a matt finish don’t reflect light directly so imperfections on the walls are a lot less noticeable—making this the perfect paint for those with a busy lifestyle.

Painting tip: If using more than one tin of paint in the same colour it’s important to make sure the batch numbers are the same or mix together the tins of paint for an even result.

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Furniture Paint

Whether you want to restore an old piece of furniture or add colour to a wooden school project, you can’t just use any old paint if you want the perfect furniture finish. A water-based emulsion furniture paint with a soft matt finish is the perfect choice for restoring and revitalising interior furniture or perhaps adding a bit of colour to a wooden stair-rail.

Our Laura Ashley water-based furniture paints are tough, water-repellent and easy to apply with brushes and rollers. For added protection and a lasting finish use the range with our Laura Ashley satin varnish. On top of being suitable for wooden and metal interior furniture, our furniture paint can also be used as a wall or ceiling paint, or on wooden trims.

Expert tips: Before painting your old furniture, it’s important to make sure that your surface is prepared in the correct way—this can make all the difference when trying to achieve the perfect finish.

When painting timber, make sure your wood is sanded, cleaned and completely dry before painting. Residual moisture in the timber can result in a poor adhesion of the paint. For metal surfaces, make sure your furniture is fully sanded and free from dust before priming and painting.

Laura Ashley Furniture Paint is not suitable for outdoor use.

How to choose the right paint finish

Kitchen and Bathroom Paint

For these busy, hardworking rooms you should use a paint finish that’s specially developed for kitchens and bathrooms. Using a specialised paint in your kitchen will help repel the moisture and also protect your paint job from stains caused by cooking. It’s important to use a special paint for the bathroom too, especially if you’re a fan of long, hot showers in the winter. Mould is a common household issue that can be minimised by using specialised bathroom and kitchen paints and providing plenty of ventilation.

Our Kitchen and Bathroom paint is durable, stain and moisture resistant with a soft sheen finish. It’s easy to clean and wipeable for those inevitable spills and splashes.


Note: Laura Ashley paints are not suitable for use on radiators or surfaces that may become hot.

Which Laura Ashley paint colour are you coveting at the moment? Let us know in the comments below.


I’m so sorry to hear that Laura Ashley will be closing stores- how long are they likely to remain open, and will either of our stores in Nottingham be spared? Will products still be available online? I am so sad to see you go.

Hi Maggie,

Thanks for your kind words. At this point in time we are unsure exactly what stores will be closing but this will be announced in the near future. Thanks again for your support.

The Laura Ashley Team Xx

I have nearly £50 in loyalty vouchers which expire in may. As I can no longer use them in store, will I be able to use them on line?

I am incredibly sad to see my fab shop go into administrative collapse. The team have always been very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. They actually became friends . The manager was always so welcoming and new everything about her products . Thanku

Hi Rose,

Unfortunately our website does not have the capability to process vouchers as yet. Apologies I could not be of more help.

The Laura Ashley Team Xx

I ordered a coffee table in January. And paid the balance in March. It is in the warehouse in Northern Ireland. And should have been delivered last week. Before you went in administrative. I was promised not to worry as your company willl deliver it to me. I live in Ireland. Can you please tell me will it be delivered. As I am confused as I can see that you are trading on line.
Very unhappy customer.

Hi Linda,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your order. Unfortunately the social media team don’t have access to the system needed to answer your enquiry. It would be best to contact our customer service team in relation to this. Their email is:

I believe that due to the laws in Ireland at the moment due to the coronavirus all non-essential stores are closed, this extends to our warehouse in Northern Ireland. Our warehouse in England is still operating as these laws are not in place here. I believe that this might be the reason you perhaps have not received it yet but you might need to confirm with customer services.

I am sorry I can’t give you any further information and hope this helps.

The Laura Ashley Team Xx

I want to order some emulsion for my bedroom but on the website the biggest pot you have is 750 ml I am sure I have bought bigger pots from you before, is this the largest you now do? I need to cover about 30 sq mtrs with 2 coats with pale duck egg blue.

Have you managed to work out a way of processing vouchers on line yet as we are unable to come into store?

Hi Sally,

Unfortunately, we are unable to process vouchers online currently. To add this function would take developer work and as we are currently in administration we are unable to perform this kind of work. If we get new owners this may be something we could develop.

Apologies I don’t have better news. I hope you are staying healthy during these trying times.

The Laura Ashley Team Xx

Hi Samantha,

At present, Laura Ashley is in administration. We are unable to resupply any sold out stock currently and what is featured on the website is all we have at present. I apologise for the inconvenience.

I hope you are staying healthy in these trying times.

The Laura Ashley Xx

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