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Getting ready to have your living room, bedroom, or dining room painted? Before you have the job done, it’s important to know what the paint you choose will look like on the wall.
After all, there are a wide variety of paint finishes that look drastically different from each other. There’s everything from matte to glossy, and the decision really does show in the finished product. In some cases, certain paints even hold up better than others in areas that are expected to see a little more wear and tear potential over time.
The most important kinds of paint finished to know about are the ones that I’ve listed out here. Keep in mind that you may come across all sorts of other paints and options on the market. However, these are the most commonly used.
It’s hard to say that matte paints are the definitive winner of the “most popular interior paint” award, but it’s definitely true that many people choose this option as their go-to.
Matte paint has a very flat finish without any kind of shine on the surface level. This make matte an ideal selection when you’re not interested in adding any kind of additional visual element to your walls other than the color you’ve selected.
That’s not to say that matte isn’t visually appealing. However, the finish is not nearly as bold as you might expect from a glossier paint.
Matte paint can be marked up pretty easily, so keep in mind that you may need to re-touch it from time to time if it’s in a highly trafficked area.
Glossy and Satin Paints
Matte paint and gloss paint are like apples and oranges – they’re completely different. That said, gloss paint is the other most common kind of paint to use on a home’s interior. It has a bold finish that’s shiny and relatively pronounced. Satin paints are very similar to glossy paints but have just a little bit less shine – making them a popular choice for those who want the look of gloss paint in a more toned down kind of way.
Gloss paint is popular for use on woodwork and metal for this very reason. Before applying gloss paint to your wall, you should take note of the fact that glossier paints accentuate walls and draw attention to imperfections. It often takes a couple of coats to finish a job.
That’s not to say that gloss paints aren’t the ideal choice for your home, but before choosing one, you should carefully consider the implications.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte Enamel paint looks like matte paint, acts like matte paint, and essentially proves to be incredibly similar to matte paint. However, a key difference is in matte enamel’s durability. Unlike matte paint, matte enamel is not easily marked up, making it an ideal choice for use in a kitchen or a children’s playroom.
If you do have kids, you may want to consider matte enamel as a choice for your living spaces as well – it certainly won’t require as much maintenance as matte paints do.
Eggshell paint is becoming more and more popular because it bridges the gap between matte and glossy. If you’re looking for a perfect in-between option that has just the slighest shine, you might be in search of an eggshell finish.
Like with glossier paints, eggshell is also seen as a slightly flatter alternative for a paint that’s going to be applied to wood, metal, or walls that require more durable options.
If you’re choosing eggshell paint, be sure to test out its finish first as this paint can vary slightly between manufacturers.
No matter what you choose, the most important part of any paint job is getting it done right. I’m a painter in Minnesota, and I’ve been working in this industry for over 15 years. If you’re looking for someone who can get the job right and be reliable, effective, and efficient, I’m the one to call. I hope you’ll consider me the next time you’re ready to make a home improvement.