Designers Love A Good Challenge
Right? Here you go:
Two large and 1 small pumps can fill a swimming pool in 4 hours. One large and 3 small pumps can also fill the same swimming pool in 4 hours. How many hours will it take 4 large and 4 small pumps to fill the swimming pool.(We assume that all large pumps are similar and all small pumps are also similar.)
Kidding. I have no idea what the answer to that math problem is.
But we DO have a challenge for you.
Our challenge isn't that hard.
Here's the real challenge. We're going to ask you a question, and your answer cannot include the word "color". Sounds pretty easy...
When specifying paint, what's the first thing you look for?
Seriously, we want to know!
I bet this is harder than you thought it would be.
Many designers look at paint purely as color! Color is a big decision when it comes to choosing a paint, but it shouldn't be your leading decision. We've gone into this in depth in a variety of posts, but there are a lot of problems that can occur in your designed space if your decision is based purely on paint color trends. From color matching to low hide, there are numerous ways your paint decision based on color can affect your space.
The most important thing to think about when choosing a paint is the demands of the space you're designing. You'll want to make sure you choose the right paint for your project when it comes to durability.
Which leads us to the fun part...
Choosing A Paint To Fit Your Needs
We'd love to choose a paint based on color, too, trust us. It would make things so much easier! Plus, who doesn't love picking just the right shade of white for your corridor project? But performance is a critical part of the equation when evaluating paints that will fit your project. High traffic spaces need a durable specialty paint that can take a beating, and look good while doing it too.
Testing a paint's durability requires a method more objective than whether or not the paint "looks pretty". The durability test method that the paint industry uses is the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D2486 scrub test. In this test dried paint samples are repeatedly scrubbed with an abrasive brush until the surface of the paint deteriorates. Thrilling!
So what should you look for? Make sure you're carefully selecting your paint based off of that ASTM scrub rating number. The higher the number, the longer the paint will last in your area. This is especially important for projects that include high traffic interiors. If you're working on a project where you know the walls are going to see a lot of traffic and you're choosing a paint based purely on color, that paint that lasts for 300 scrub cycles is going to need to be repaired and/or replaced very frequently.
It's Not All Rainbows And Unicorns
(But We Wish It Were)
While we know that many people will continue to choose paint based on what color under the rainbow best fits their design scheme, we hope that this has helped shed some light on why you should really consider the durability of the product you choose for your interior projects. It can't always be rainbows and unicorns! Specialty paint can save you and your clients a ton of headaches (and expense) down the road. Check out our ROI guide for more info on how specialty paints are worth looking into for your next project. You can download our ROI guide right here to see the breakdown.