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We understand that navigating the world of paint specification isn’t always easy. As such, within this article, we delve into the different paint finishes available and where to use them. We also explore the benefits of colour matching and how to improve sustainability, to help you make informed decisions for your next leisure project.

What are the best paints for the leisure sector?

Leisure and hospitality settings need to feel inviting, but they are also often incredibly busy, which makes both durability and aesthetics paramount. To achieve both, we recommend the following products:

  • Dulux Trade Diamond Matt is known for its exceptional durability and stain resistance, making it ideal for high-traffic areas like corridors and lobbies. The formula is 99.9% VOC free* and complies with BREEAM and LEED sustainable certifications. Dulux Trade Diamond Matt is therefore ideal if you are looking for the perfect balance between durability, aesthetics and sustainability.
  • Dulux Trade Scuffshield Matt stands out for its ability to withstand wear and tear, offering superior scuff resistance that is ideal for areas prone to damage. The paint is also formulated with a cleanable matt finish and good stain resistance. Choose Dulux Trade Scuffshield Matt if you are looking for the ultimate scuff resistance in high traffic environments, such as entry ways and corridors.
  • Dulux Heritage is another great option. Its premium quality ensures excellent depth of colour and a soft-to-touch finish. The range has over 100 standout colours that are inspired by beautiful periods in British design history, which means it can be used to create an eye-catching and inviting atmosphere in leisure spaces.

How can I ensure colour consistency?

When it comes to creating a cohesive aesthetic within your venue, precise colour matching is paramount. This is particularly crucial for refurbishment projects where there’s a need for a seamless transition between old and new surfaces. It involves not only selecting like-for-like colours but also ensuring that these colours harmonise with existing furnishings for a consistent look and feel.

For new venues, the challenge lies in choosing the right colours that will define its unique character and ambience. Factors such as the venue’s purpose, lighting conditions, and intended audience can greatly influence this decision.

The team at Dulux Decorator Centre provide expert advice and support with both these processes. For refurbishments, they can accurately find the exact colour that matches your venue’s existing palette. For new venues, they can guide you in selecting a colour scheme that aligns with your vision and enhances the overall ambience of the space.

How can I extend maintenance cycles?

Extending maintenance cycles not only saves time but also reduces labour and product costs. Some paints are specifically formulated to help extend the lifetime of the wall coating. For instance, Dulux Trade Diamond Matt is designed for high-traffic areas and can withstand repeated cleaning, helping walls stay cleaner for longer.

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt also has the added benefit of being 99.9% VOC free, so it not only provides long-term cost savings but also contributes to improved environmental efficiency over the total life cycle of the building.

I’m worried about having large areas of my venue out of action while the redecoration is happening – how can I minimise the impact of the work?

A knowledgeable contractor will be able to schedule the work to ensure that large areas of your venue are not out of action for extended periods. They can strategically plan the painting process to tackle different sections of the building in a phased approach, allowing you to keep essential areas open to guests while work progresses elsewhere. The Dulux Connect directory is a great place to start when looking for a contractor. You can filter contractors by sector, so you can be confident that you are choosing a team that has the right experience.

Another way to minimise disruption is to use 99.9% VOC water-based paints, such as Dulux Trade Diamond Matt and Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt. Water-based formulations have a faster drying time than solvent based alternatives and emit fewer volatile organic compounds, resulting in minimal odours. This allows you to reopen spaces to guests sooner, reducing the likelihood of revenue loss.

I’ve decided what paint I need, what is the best way to order?

Once you’ve decided on your paint there are plenty of ways to order with Dulux Decorator Centre. Be it in store, online or by phone there is always a way that suits your schedule. You can find your local Dulux Decorator Centre here and arrange free delivery for non-account holders who order over £50 (inc. VAT) and free of charge with no minimum spend to all trade account holders.

If you have any questions - or are ready to get started and place an order for your next project - get in touch. You can also explore our Specification Hub for further insight.