You’re likely to feel like a kid in a candy store while wandering in the color aisle trying to choose the right paint for your home project. But wait a minute! Color isn’t the only way to add character to a room; the paint finish is also to be considered. In fact, depending on the finish, the same paint hue may seem dramatically different when you observe the final outcome.
Not only are there hundreds of hues to choose from, but there are also a variety of finishes to consider. The greatest advice is to educate yourself on the applications and benefits of each finish before deciding which one is ideal for your project.
There are five types of paint finishes sorted based on their reflectiveness:
1. A Flat Finish
Low-sheen paint produces flat paint finishes. It has a non-reflective surface, which allows you to touch up the walls and cover defects like bumps, dents, or scratches, which is why it is usually referred to as “concealer” paint. However, there are three drawbacks to using flat paint. It is difficult to clean, chips readily and is not moisture resistant. Because of this lack of permanence, flat paint is difficult to clean without ruining it. It will not withstand vigorous scrubbing.
As a result, flat finishes are an excellent choice for low-traffic sections of your home, as well as for your ceilings.
2.The Eggshell Finish
Eggshell finishes are a prevalent type of paint finish. They’re somewhat more glossy than flat paints with the delicate low sheen of an eggshell, yet they still hide flaws and are more durable than flat finishes. Eggshell paints are ideal for low to medium traffic areas such as living rooms, corridors, and entryways.
3.The Satin Enamel
The satin enamel finish is smooth and pearl-like. This finish combines the aesthetic of flat and matte paints with a bit more scuff resistance. Satin finishes are ideal for high-moisture environments such as kitchens and baths.
4.The Semi-gloss Finish
The semi-gloss coat is commonly used on kitchen and bathroom doors, trim, and cabinets. It is simple to clean and has a beautiful, subtle sheen without being excessively flashy. Take care of pre-paint preparation, since badly prepared surfaces can be disturbing when accentuated by a semi-gloss, light-reflecting surface.
5.The High-gloss Finish
High-gloss sheen is at the very top of the sheen scale. It’s incredibly gleaming and will draw attention to any flaws in the wall, no matter how minor. High-gloss is usually not a good choice for spaces where you spend a lot of time since the shine might be overpowering. It is, however, an excellent tool for highlighting less gleaming coats in your home.
High-gloss finishes look fantastic around windows and on doors. It may make certain areas of your home stand out and look fantastic.
Choosing the optimum paint finish for your home is influenced by a variety of factors such as the lighting in the space, the purpose of the room, and the amount of traffic the area receives. Before deciding on the type of paint finish, it’s a good idea to consult specialists about your home project and your vision of the outcome. If you’re thinking about scheduling interior or exterior paint finishing for your home, get in touch with the interior or exterior painting contractors at Hynes right now! Our experts take pride in our industry expertise, professionalism, and unrivaled outcomes!
(President, Hynes Roofing and Siding)
With over 35 years experience in the roofing and siding industry, Michelle Hynes has built a business from 2 people into over 45 people and 19 trucks!