Choose the Right Paint Finish For Your Residential Painting Project

Below you can find out more information, regarding different paint finishes, so you can pick the best one for your particulate residential painting needs.

  • Flat/Matte

Where to apply: This type of paint is excellent choice for walls with a lot of imperfections. It can be used on ceilings, as well as on dining-room, bedroom, and living-room walls. Do not use in bathrooms or kitchens.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Matte or flat finishes are hard to clean, but easy to touch up. However, premium flat paint finishes have better washability.

  • Eggshell

Where to apply: This low-sheen finish is a good choice for bedroom or living-room walls. You should avoid using it in high-traffic areas, such as hallways, as the delicate finish mars very easily.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Eggshell paint has a washable finish that can be easily touched up.

  • Satin

Where to apply: With a silky, pearl-like sheen, it is a great choice for woodwork, as well as walls in the children’s rooms, family room, kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Satin has a warm finish that is washable. Unfortunately, it is more difficult to touch up, because even the smallest difference in sheen will be evident.

  • Semigloss

Where to apply: Semigloss is a invaluable choice for moldings and trim. It is also ideal for bathroom and kitchen walls, because it is more resistant to humidity and withstands chipping, scuffing, and stains.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Easy to clean and durable, it is the most scrubbable paint for walls. On the other hand, semigloss is more difficult to touch up, as the difference in sheen shows up more easily.

  • Gloss

Where to apply: Since gloss shows imperfections like a mirror does, it is rarely used on walls. It is generally used on moldings, trim, and woodwork. It only works well when the surface is truly smooth.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: It is the most durable finish, as well as the easiest to clean. Keep in mind, that it is the most difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen shows up easily.

Which type of paint is suitable for your particular residential painting project?

There are two main factors you should consider: Is a gloss or sheen to the finish going to conflict with your decorating strategy, and how much wear and tear will the surface suffer. If you are painting a storage room, basement, garage, or other area which will be subjected to hard use and frequent washing, choose the highest gloss you can. If the feel and ambiance of the room is essential, such as a bedroom or living room, choose the lower gloss finishes, for a calm soothing feel. Do not hesitate to consult a reliable and experience painting contractor, such as JMM Contracting, of Baldwinsville, NY.


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