Decorating your home can be a really fun way to express yourself and improve your surroundings, but the interior design world moves pretty fast, and so it can pay to research the latest trends and advancements before you plan your latest project. At the moment, one thing that is big news in home decorating is milk paint. If you are not yet clued up on the milk paint trend, here we take a look at what it is, and why it is attracting such a following:
It might sound weird, but milk paint is what it sounds like – paint made from milk. This was actually the traditional way of making paint for walls, furniture and all kinds of other things for centuries, and people would make it themselves and pass down family paint recipes through generations. It is made using curdled milk and earth pigments, and when it dries it gives an incredibly durable finish that looks fantastic. Of course, this is the 21st century so you don’t have to learn how to make your own milk paint to use it in your home – you can buy formulas for a wide range of colored milk paints from companies like www.realmilkpaint.com, who can also give you lots of useful tips on using milk paint for whatever type of project you have in mind – from aged effects on furniture to painting your walls or outdoor features.
In an age where we are becoming more and more concerned about our impact on the environment, milk paint is an excellent product because it is completely biodegradable and non-toxic. With other commercial paints, disposing of the paint you don’t use safely can be problematic, but with milk paint you can pour it away or even throw it on your lawn – it is completely natural and doesn’t harm the environment at all. It also doesn’t give off any dangerous fumes when you are using it, though it is still recommended that you paint in a well ventilated area because some of the ingredients can be mildly irritating to eyes or when inhaled. It is also safe to let your kids help you paint when you are using milk paint, as long as they are supervised.
Milk paint produces a nice, matte finish on flat surfaces, and you can also use natural finishes on top of the paint to get different effects. When used on wooden furniture, it can be lightly sanded to create a beautiful ‘antique’ look, which can look fantastic on light wood. Although milk pint uses natural pigments, companies who make milk paint have worked out exactly what to use to create just about any color you can buy in other types of paint, so you don’t have to compromise on your ideal color scheme to be able to use natural, safe paint.
The milk paint trend has really taken off and many people now swear by natural milk paint for all their home decorating needs. Why not give it a try?