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Distemper or Emulsion?

When it comes to your dream house, every little detail of it is planned so meticulously. Every element of it is designed, imagined, and chosen over hundreds of options. These choices get even tougher when it comes to paints. Paints add color and life to the walls of your home. They set the mood and the theme and even tell a story. Even before picking a color palette for your home, it is important to decide on what type of paint is most suitable for your home. And here comes the big question, distemper, or emulsion?

There is no hard and fast rule to decide which one is better, but here are a few key points to consider before making a choice.

  1. Budget

               Distemper paints are available from 25 rupees onwards per liter, and emulsion varies from over 120 rupees to 600 rupees per liter. While that is a huge gap in the price range for distemper and emulsion, consider the usage of it. If it’s for a rented house, or for storage areas of the houses which are non-visible, distemper can be used. And for the more visible areas of the house such as the living room and the main areas, the emulsion can be used. It all boils down to the budget you have planned.

For a restricted budget, distemper is a way to go, and for a more flexible budget, the emulsion can be chosen.

  1. Durability

              When it comes to durability, emulsion paints take the trophy. Distemper paints are less durable, as they cannot be wiped clean when they become dusty. Or if your home has toddlers that draw over walls, they cannot be wiped off. Not only that, once you paint a wall with a distemper, emulsion paints cannot be painted over them; the wall surface must be scrapped off first before going over with a fresh coat. When it comes to emulsion paints, the walls can be wiped clean with a simple sponge application and the walls are as well new, making them very durable.

  1. Finish

               Distemper paints when put directly on the wall give a coarse finish. While emulsion is exceptionally smooth. However, distemper paints can be given a smooth finish when the surface is prepared with a primer first. And depending on the wall and the quality of primer used, several layers of it may be required to attain a smooth finish, and yet, it’s never as smooth as an emulsion.

  1. Composition and environmental impact

       Distemper paints are mainly composed of chalk, lime, and water. Water-based distemper is environmentally friendly, while oil-based ones are not. This is because they let off some fumes which could be harmful to the environment. Emulsion paints are mainly composed of various chemical pigments and binders, and these are blended into the water. Because of the use of chemical pigments, volatile organic compounds can be released during the drying process, and these are harmful to the environment as well as humans if inhaled. It’s best to not be around after the application.

  1. Range of color options

              When it comes to distemper paints, the color options are very basic and limited. The colors will also slightly fade over a period. But it is still a good option if the color palette you choose for your home is limited to basic and neutral shades.

Where emulsion paints offer you innumerable color options over a wide range of color palettes and the colors do not fade over time either.

This is a good option for you if you’re looking to experiment with different themes and color palettes for your home.

Deciding what is best for your home is a tremendous task and a task that cannot be achieved alone. We, at Surya colors, would be very happy to help you out with this. Our experienced staff will help you make the right choice that fits all your needs. Please contact us for further information.