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Choosing the right emulsion

Which emulsion is right for you?

At Wickes, we understand that every room is unique, so we've developed a range of practical emulsions to keep each room in your home looking great for longer. Take a look at our quick guide below to find the emulsion that's right for you.

Which finish should I choose?

Essentially, it's down to the type of look you prefer, but here are a few tips to help point you in the right direction ('sheen' is the term used to describe the level of shine, or reflection of a finish).

Generally the higher the sheen level, the easier it is to clean the surface (although clever products such as Durable Matt have been developed to offer superior scrub resistance, but in a Matt finish).

Shinier surfaces can give the illusion of an open, airy space by reflecting light into darker rooms. Our Vinyl Silk is ideal for those who prefer a shinier look, whilst our Bathroom Emulsion offers a moisture resistant soft-sheen finish ideal for high condensation areas.

Matt finishes are better at covering imperfect surfaces, as they reflect less by absorbing more light. Chalky Flat Matt is the 'flattest' of the Wickes Emulsions, and provides a designer look ideal for feature walls or period rooms.

Level of sheen Washability Moisture resistance No. of colours Tin size Coverage per litre Ideal for
Vinyl Matt Low Wipe-clean Low 75 Colours + Brilliant White 2.5L – all colours 5L/10L – selected colours 11-13m² General living areas
Vinyl Silk High Wipe-clean Low 75 Colours + Brilliant White 2.5L – all colours 5L/10L – selected colours 11-13m² General living areas
Bathroom Medium Scrub resistant High 20 Colours + Brilliant White 2.5L – all colours 5L Brilliant White 11-13m² Bathrooms, shower rooms, kitchens, general living areas
Durable Matt Low Scrub resistant High 30 Colours + Brilliant White 2.5L – all colours 5L Brilliant White 12m² Kitchens, bathrooms halls and stairways, children's bedrooms, general living areas
Chalky Flat Matt Very Low Wipe-clean Low 20 Colours 2.5L – all colours 12m² General living areas, feature walls

Which finish should I choose?

Essentially, it's down to the type of look you prefer, but here are a few tips to help point you in the right direction ('sheen' is the term used to describe the level of shine, or reflection of a finish).

Generally the higher the sheen level, the easier it is to clean the surface (although clever products such as Durable Matt have been developed to offer superior scrub resistance, but in a Matt finish).

Shinier surfaces can give the illusion of an open, airy space by reflecting light into darker rooms. Our Vinyl Silk is ideal for those who prefer a shinier look, whilst our Bathroom Emulsion offers a moisture resistant soft-sheen finish ideal for high condensation areas.

Matt finishes are better at covering imperfect surfaces, as they reflect less by absorbing more light. Chalky Flat Matt is the 'flattest' of the Wickes Emulsions, and provides a designer look ideal for feature walls or period rooms.

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