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Best white for a basement

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UntamedShrew Sun 14-Apr-13 21:38:57

I put this in home decor but thought I might get more response here <hopeful>

We have a basement that is going to be a utility and playroom in our new house, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas from the sea of white shades available, please?

It is quite a large room, reasonable (for a basement) ceiling heights but has only one window so doesn't get a lot of natural light and has lots of LED spotlights instead.
Down one wall there is going to be map wallpaper. There are wooden work tops and white cupboards at the utility end. The shelving is all white eggshell.

Any ideas..? Thanks!

FishfingersAreOK Sun 14-Apr-13 22:23:20

Basic trade white? Or Crown tough white. Not pure brilliant...just white. Easy to touch up, no colour matching required if it gets a bit grubby? (Helpful?). Prob not...just my whole house done in white to avoid the very which one to choose problem grin

PigletJohn Mon 15-Apr-13 00:10:17

basements are often a bit damp

Masonry paint is very durable, and in the standard colours need not be expensive.

UntamedShrew Mon 15-Apr-13 07:34:17

Thanks - is masonry paint harder to apply than standard emulsion?

PigletJohn Mon 15-Apr-13 09:40:10

It might be a bit thicker, but is water-based so much the same.

Apply one or two coats thinned with water if bare brick or plaster to seal the surface.

domesticslattern Mon 15-Apr-13 20:26:54

I bow to pigletjohn's expertise on all matters property but if you decide to go with regular paint, I've just done my darkish basement in dulux light and space 'morning light' and very happy with it.

PigletJohn Mon 15-Apr-13 20:45:52

I'm only thinking of extra durability and resistance because some basements can be a bit damp.

Masonry paint is good in a garage too, as they are often rather dirty and it can by washed down or even hosed (but not on a wall that is shared with a room of the house).

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