I’ve always wanted to try out Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint to give my walls a richer colour and elegant finishing. During our renovation a year ago, we seriously considered Nippon Momento but unfortunately, the painters from our Interior Design company were not trained in it. Thus, our ID recommended us to use wallpapers instead.
V and I were concerned about the durability of wallpapers, therefore we didn’t pursue that option. I do not know why at that time I didn’t try to source for another painter. And so, I regretted big time after that. =(
Earlier this year, V and I discussed about Nippon Momento again. After visiting a friend’s new home that is beautifully painted with Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint, I was SO tempted to try it. Initially, V was a little reluctant because of the hassles – especially since we’ve moved in and all our built-in furniture are in place.
I assured him that the professional painters from Nippon Paint will protect our furniture and the painting process is rather quick as we will only be doing it on the feature walls (not the entire house!). Alas, he agreed and I quickly fixed the appointment with Nippon.
We met with the paint specialist from Prestige Painting to discuss about our home makeover using Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint. We were SO impressed with their past works. Talking to Jen, the paint specialist at Prestige Painting, is just like talking to my trusty hairstylist – someone whom I can connect and entrust.
First, she assessed the colours and design of my home. Then, we discussed about the results that I want to achieve. Jen is an experienced and skillful paint specialist – we can easily tell judging from her past works. She’s also someone who takes pride in her works. Therefore, we’re confident to work with her.
As an introduction, Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint has 3 different collections:
1. Textured Paint Series
This is the first range of Nippon Momento that is available in 174 colours across four contemporary variants – Elegant, Sparkle Silver, Sparkle Gold and Sparkle Pearl. It creates specially textured walls using four unique special effects.
2. Enhancer Series
A special line of semi-transparent Nippon Momento Special Effects Paint that can be applied onto any wall, glazed over any existing wall colour. Available in Cloud and Frost effects across five variants – Cloud Gold, Cloud Pearl, Snow Frost, Pearl Frost and Gold Frost.
3. Designer Series
The latest and most sophisticated line of professional special effects paint that masterfully mimics the extraordinary beauty of real-life textures, featuring six distinctive special effects. Available in three variants – Optical, Rust Box and Travertino.
For our Master Bedroom, we’ve decided to use the Textured Paint Series Sparkle Gold (item #1 above). Sparkle Gold is a textured semi-metallic finish with majestic colour dusted in a golden shine. I loved how it creates a lavish ambience for my room!
The colour that we’ve selected is Champagne MG 158, and the effect we wanted is soft and criss-cross.
First, the painters covered all my furniture and floor with plastic sheets. I saw them sticking masking tapes around the sockets and across ledges. This made me felt entirely at ease, knowing that my home is well taken care of before the painting.
Next, a layer of Momento Primer was applied on the wall. When it comes to painting, I know that a good preparation is everything. The primer will conceal any cracks on the wall and provide a smooth ‘canvas’ for the application of Momento. In the long run, it will increase the durability of the paint too.
Nippon Momento is a special effects paint that is totally different from the normal paint. Its texture is thick – not watery and doesn’t drip at all! Thus, the application is very clean and fuss-free.
Here comes our paint specialist, Jen, performing her ‘magic’ on our wall. Jen is very experienced in Nippon Momento. She’s very skillful too. I stood there admiring her swift and gentle brush strokes that came together so naturally – I was SO amazed!
Nippon Momento top coat is applied using criss-cross application strokes with a special brush. It’s not as easy as it seems. She had to do it fast before the paint dries out in order to produce the stroke effects. She took about half an hour to complete the wall in our master bedroom. We were extremely surprised by her speed!
Before and after:
Here’s the most anticipated moment – are you ready to see the before and after photos?
Here’s how the criss-cross pattern looks like from afar. The golden shine further illuminates with our bedhead cove lighting.
We’re extremely happy with the results! V totally loved it, and he joked about changing his sleep position to face the feature wall because it is too beautiful and he wants to admire it every night. Haha!
Overall, we really love our new feature wall with Nippon Momento Textured Paint Series Sparkle Gold in Champagne MG 158. My room looks instantly brighter now with a lavish ambience that radiates in golden glow. The paint has a rich colour and elegant finishing. Most importantly, it’s very durable. I also liked that there’s no lingering paint smell at all!
In my next posts, I’ll share with you how we created a beautiful brick wall in our living hall using the latest Nippon Momento Designer Series – Travertino. And Edison’s room had a makeover too!