What is emulsion paint used for and when should you avoid it? Our DIY experts have the answers

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Just what is emulsion paint used for? With so many different types of paint available, it can be hard to know which one is best for the particular project you are tackling.

"There are many different types of paint to choose from, but while some vary in their finish, others are defined by their ingredients or usage," explains DIY expert Steve Jenkins. 

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Steve Jenkins

Steve is has been a writer and editor for two decades. He is an avid DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating homes. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has strong all-round building skills, having previously worked in the industry for 10 years.

Patrick O'Donnell
Patrick O'Donnell

As Brand Ambassador for Farrow & Ball, Patrick O’Donnell knows exactly how to bring a room to life. Patrick has been at Farrow & Ball since 2012. He’s always had a flair for interiors, with an ISVA Fine Art & Chattels qualification and having studied specialist paint decoration at the Leonard Pardon School. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.