I want to paint my apartment, and I love the vibrant paint colors and chalky texture you find when traveling...the blues and greens of the Carribbean, the yellows in Havanna, the pinks and reds of India.
Our paint here is all flat.
How can I achieve that "third world" look here in new york city without resorting to faux painting. Is there a company that makes a similar type of paint?
Dear Lisa, we know what you mean. That nice chalky texture that seems to be created by sun and hot, dry air over many, many years... It isn't a finish that American paint companies are after. They like to sell stuff that is neat and clean. We don't really know the answer, but would look for really light, bright colors and would try experimenting with the following:
- really cheap flat paint (ie. Martha Stewart paint at Kmart)
- full spectrum paints that have more pigment in them (but we think the colors here are muted):
- Natural Paints and Milk Paints that have less polymer compounds in them. Here is a great link to a lot of them.