The Five Most Common Paint Types for Walls and the Varying Finishes
For any home remodelling job, you may feel like you're ready to head to the paint store once you've settled on a new paint colour or palette. There is, however, one more aspect of paint selection to consider before you get started: the finish. You need to know which paint finish is best for your job before you get out the rollers and brushes.
Five Wall Paints and Varnishes
There are five distinct sheen levels, each with its own effect on ambient illumination.
- 1. Flat or matte paints
have no sheen and are the least glossy option. They are more effective at hiding imperfections like nail holes and require fewer coats of paint than other types of paint. They are the least durable sort of paint and can be harmed by cleaners, therefore they are best used in low-traffic areas like dining rooms and on surfaces that won't be handled much, such ceilings, where they can provide a good level of coverage without being damaged.
- 2. Eggshell:
Eggshell paint finishes are very common. They have a low sheen like an eggshell and are slightly more shiny than flat paints. They still cover flaws and are more durable than flat finishes (though still not quite as durable as satin or gloss finishes). Eggshell paints are great for places like living rooms, hallways, and entryways that don't get too much or too little traffic.
- 3. Satin:
The most common type of paint finish for inside is satin. They have a velvety sheen and are easier to clean than flat and eggshell paints. This makes them a great choice for high-traffic rooms like kitchens, playrooms, family rooms, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. (Before you use a satin paint, you should know that its sheen tends to show brush strokes, which makes touch-ups a little harder in the long run.)
- 4. semi-gloss paints
are shiny and reflective. They are great for high-traffic, moist spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms because of their longevity and resistance to mildew. They help with fitness as well. Inconsistencies are more easily seen in glossy paints than in matte ones.
- 5. High-gloss:
High-gloss paint has the most shine of all the paint finishes. They're also the most durable and easy to clean, so you can scrub them every day. Think about using this group of paints on doors, trim, and cabinets. High-gloss paint can be used both inside and outside. For example, shutters can be painted with it. But it's important to do some prep work before using this finish, because if it's not done right, it can show a lot of flaws.
Which Paint Finish Is Best for You?
There are a few things to keep in mind before heading out to the store to pick out a paint finish:
To start off, driving. Perhaps the most crucial consideration when selecting a paint finish is the anticipated occupancy of the space. Durable finishes, such as satin and semi-gloss, are required for kitchens and playrooms, while eggshell or even flat paint is sufficient for less active rooms, such as dining rooms.
Shine of the paint, second. Sheen levels are used to categorise paint finishes. High-gloss surfaces are exceedingly reflective, while flat surfaces reflect no light at all. Different finishes reflect different amounts of light into a given space, depending on their level of gloss. A shiny surface is preferable to a matte one when trying to bring light into a dim room.
Thirdly, obvious external flaws. Flaws in the surface being painted become more apparent when a reflective finish is used. Walls with numerous nail holes or patchwork may benefit from a low-gloss paint. This will make the wall appear smoother and help conceal any imperfections.