Interior Product Guide: What Paint Should I Use Hero Wide Image

Looking to redecorate your home? Tikkurila has an extensive range of interior paint products, each designed with a different end-use in mind. Whether you’re refreshing your bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom – we’re here to help you make the right choices to get you the highest quality, long-lasting results. Take a look at our interior paint product guide below to get started!

 Interior Product Guide: Living Room


Our Optiva range is the perfect solution for walls in living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways. A stain-resistant, easy-to-apply paint with zero VOCs and suitable for high traffic areas.

Optiva paint is available in 4 different sheen levels; Full Matt, Matt, Satin Matt, and Semi-Matt. The product numbers associated with the paint match one of these finishes (the lower the number, the flatter – or more matt – the finish). Not sure what we mean by sheen?  Why not check out our handy guide to sheen levels here.

Available in thousands of colours, and in 3 different tin sizes; 1 litre, 3 litres, and 9 litres. To help you achieve a high-class finish, this range also includes Optiva Primer – the perfect preparation product that provides an optimal surface for subsequent finishing coats.

Or perhaps you are looking for a crisp, white colour palette? Then Optiva White is the one for you. Available in true white, and 19 more unique shades of broken white will illuminate your room.

Optiva offers a best-in-class, durable finish with a Class I scrub rating. If the space being painted won't be subject to repetitive traffic and cleaning - a Class II scrub rating may be more than sufficient in which case we would recommend our Vinyl Matt.

Alternatively, we have an additional trade emulsion range; Nova.

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 Interior Product Guide: Bathroom


When it comes to decorating, there are few rooms in your house as challenging as the bathroom. Frequently filled with steam, this is an area that is not only wet but also tends to be cleaned with some of the harshest chemicals, so the paint you use in this room needs to be able to deal with these things in a sustained way.

Tikkurila’s Luja hygiene range is specifically designed with these challenges in mind. Luja is a high-performance, anti-mould paint designed to provide incredibly hard-wearing film suitable for repeated cleaning. Suitable for use on new and previously painted walls, ceilings, and tiles.

This is a water-based range with ultra-low VOCs and available in 3 finishes; Matt (Luja 7), Semi-Matt (Luja 20), and Gloss (Luja 40). We recommend pairing with the Luja Primer for the best results.

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 Interior Product Guide: Kitchens


Similarly to bathrooms, products used in kitchens need to stand up to a challenging combination of steam and grime, the result of repetitive cooking and cleaning. Easy-to-clean and durable solutions are the key to achieving a quality finish that won’t let you down under these pressures. Depending on which surface in the kitchen you are painting, Tikkurila has a product to suit:

  • Kitchen walls: Our top recommendation for kitchen walls is our Luja paint. Formulated to resist moisture, staining and general wear and tear, Luja has a tough finish – the perfect solution for busy family kitchens. Alternatively, if the walls won't be subject to direct and frequent steam, then Optiva would be the ideal choice.
  • Kitchen splashback and tiles:  After cleaning down your surface thoroughly to remove any residue, prime with our Otex Akva adhesive primer, followed by Luja as a topcoat.
  • Kitchen cupboards: To protect your woodwork whilst maintaining complete scrubbability, we recommend our Helmi range.

For more extensive guidelines on how to update your kitchen cabinets, check out our handy 7-step guide here

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 Interior Product Guide: Kid's Room

Kid's Room

When it comes to decorating your kid’s bedroom, you want to choose a paint that does not release harmful compounds even when used for an extended period. Tikkurila’s wide range of products includes both paints and lacquers that meet these requirements, and they are suitable for painting everything in the kids’ room, including the walls, furniture, and toys.

All of the Tikkurila paints suitable for kids’ rooms – such as Joker, Helmi, Taika, and Liitu – are in the highest M1 category of surface materials. The M1 Label shows that the products have been tested by an independent laboratory. Joker also bears the Allergy Label, awarded by the Allergy and Asthma Federation of Finland.

For the walls of children’s bedrooms and nurseries, we recommend our Joker paint. A high-performance matt emulsion with zero latex and ultra-low VOCs. It’s odourless, water-based and highly scrubbable (which might come in handy!)

Looking for something unique? We also have a range of special effect paints to add even more personality to their space (including chalkboard, glow in the dark and metallic paints). Browse the full range here

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 Interior Product Guide: Ceilings


Looking for a high opacity, matt emulsion ceiling paint? Look no further than our award-winning Anti Reflex 2 white ceiling paint. This is an anti-reflexive, latex paint that eliminates flashing and removes and hides imperfections perfectly, leaving a smooth surface. It provides high coverage, and has a deep matt finish, regardless of the light angle.

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 Interior Product Guide: Wood

Doors, Windows & Trim

For painting wood, including skirting boards and doors we would recommend the Helmi furniture paint range.

Check out our video guide on how to paint furniture here for tips and tricks to get you started.

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Browse our full range of interior paint products here.

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How much paint do I need? 

Use this calculator to work out your requirements, if you have any question please get in touch with one of our team who will be more than willing to help you.

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Disclaimer: Tikkurila UK Paint Calculator is provided as a guide only. The coverage rates will vary depending on surface being coated and the particular product range being used. More information on these products can be found on the cans, on the technical data sheets on individual product pages, by using our live chat service or by calling our technical team on 0131 334 4999.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, however paint requirements may vary depending on the surface, type of paint, sheen level and colour chosen.