Building & Renovating

101: Liven Up Dark Wooden Mahogany Walls With Paint

Transform your space with the right materials

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

When renovating the home, it's best to keep in mind that there are different types of paint meant for specific surfaces. RL Reader Cheryl messaged us on Facebook to inquire about old wooden mahogany walls. She thinks that the walls in her house look sad and she would like to make it attractive again. The solution? The right paint! Interior designer Jeselyn Chuan shares the following reminders that you might also find useful in the future:

Use Acrylic latex paint

For paining walls, consider choosing paints that are resistant to stains and dirt. Acrylic latex paint like Boysen’s Permacoat Latex or Davies’ Megacryl Latex are good choices since they are fit for masonry, properly primed wood, or dry walls. They also come in a wide range of colors! Choose fun and trendy shades like Pantone's Colors of the Year.

Go for a matte finish

Commonly, we use paints with a semi-gloss finish to aid the cleaning and maintenance of our walls. If you prefer a flat-like finish, Boysen’s Virtuoso paints offers a low sheen to matte finish for wooden walls.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Jeselyn Kaye Chuan is a freelance interior designer and an awarded alumni of the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You can get in touch with her through mobile at (0917) 8667015 or check her portfolio at

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