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How To Pick the Perfect Paint Finish For Each Room Of Your Home

Picking the right kind paint for each room in your home is a task many first time and seasoned homeowners alike can find daunting. You may know the color you want for each room but picking the right interior paint finish for your home is another step that’s very important to get right the first time to save yourself headache down the road.

There are some basics you can follow to know the best paint finish for bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and other areas of your home. For instance, you can safely assume the higher the sheen of the paint, the higher the shine and thus the more durable that paint is. However, knowing more about the most popular types of paint finishes is helpful in choosing the best finish for every room in your home.

In this blog we will discuss four main types of interior paint finishes: matte, eggshell, semi-gloss and full gloss.

Flat or Matte Paint Finish

Matte paint finish, also known as flat paint finish, is a very common type of finish used for a variety of reasons. When applied to a wall, it produces a velvety texture with virtually no sheen or shine. This type of paint finish is good for hiding imperfections on a wall and doing small touch ups, as with its low sheen it soaks up any light in a room rather than reflecting it.

Matte is a great type of paint finish for bedrooms and interior rooms that won’t be used by children and pets, as it is also harder to clean than other finishes. It is also not as durable as other types of paint finishes, and thus is better used in less high trafficked areas.

Typically, you will want to use a matte paint finish when you are painting with dark or rich colors and do not want to wall to have a shiny effect. Also, if you are painting a wall that has a lot of imperfections in it, using a flat paint finish will help hide those imperfections better than high sheen finishes.

Eggshell Paint Finish

Unlike matte, eggshell paint finish is easy to wash and very durable. It only has a moderate amount of sheen, so it reflects very little glare from light in the room. Eggshell is a great paint finish for high trafficked areas of your home, especially if you are looking for as little light reflection as possible in those rooms.

Eggshell will look a lot like flat paint finish when applied to a wall and is also good for walls with a lot of imperfections as its low sheen will help hide them. Eggshell is one of the best paint finishes for kitchens, bathrooms, and kid’s bedrooms.

Semi-Gloss Paint Finish

If you are looking for a paint finish for rooms with moisture in them, semi-gloss is a great choice. This type of paint finish is resistant to moisture and drips, and thus one of the best paint finishes for bathrooms and kitchens.

Semi-gloss is, as the name implies, not the shiniest paint you can buy. However, it is still a higher-sheen paint finish and will produce some shine compared to flat or eggshell. Due to this higher-sheen, semi-gloss paint finish is typically used for accents in a room such as windows, doors and trim. It is also a great paint finish for baseboards that tend to see a lot of foot traffic as it is a very durable and washable paint finish.

Full-Gloss Paint Finish

One more step up on the paint finish sheen scale is full-gloss. This is one of the shiniest paint finishes and thus reflects a lot of light. This is a great type of finish to use when you want to add an accent or pop of color to a fixture. The high reflectiveness of the paint helps small detailed areas standout in a room.

This is an extremely durable and washable paint finish, and thus great for high trafficked areas of your home. Some great applications for full-gloss paint are:

  • Baseboards
  • Kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Interior doors
  • Windows and trim

Get the Best Interior Painter in Woodbridge, Milford, Fairfield and Nearby CT

Choosing the best interior paint for your home can be a time consuming and sometimes stressful task. It’s always a good idea to contact a professional painting company when trying to decide what paint is right for each room of your house.

If you are looking to upgrade your home with an interior paint job, look no further than the expert painters at C&M Painting and Home Improvement. Since 1980, our painting company in Orange CT has been providing expert interior painting for customers in New Haven and Fairfield Counties.

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Give us a call today or contact us online to schedule your Free Estimate for any of our expert home improvement services. We look forward to speaking with you.