With a seemingly infinite number of hues available, it's easy to get stuck on color as the primary factor to consider when picking out paint. If you're about to embark on a renovation project, what other key features of your potential paint products to you need to think about?
Before you start the selection process, make a list of what you want the paint to do. Obviously, covering the walls in a new color or rejuvenating the existing hue is a primary objective. But it's not likely that your decorative desires end there. Choosing the appropriate sheen and formula for your interior spaces is necessary if you want the paint to go beyond just looking good.
What do you need to know about paint sheen? Look at this easy room-by-room guide for paint finishes.
It's the heart of the home. Kitchens are high-traffic areas that get plenty of use. Even though aesthetics are part of designing a new (or renovating an old) kitchen, this utilitarian room is a highly functional space. Using your kitchen often means making a mess. And this mess can easily splatter onto the walls, making it essential that you choose a durable paint that's easy to clean.
Higher gloss paints have more shine and tend to be more durable than matte or flat finishes. If you'll need to wipe down your kitchen walls often, high gloss or semi-gloss selections are ideal. Not only do these sheens clean easily, but they're also more stain resistant than the less shiny sheens.
Avoid matte and flat paints in the kitchen area. You might like the way they look, but they aren't likely to stand up under the spills, splatters, and sticky fingerprints that may coat your kitchen walls.
Like the kitchen, the bathroom requires a paint selection that's easy to clean and is stain-resistant. Again, high gloss or semi-gloss paints work best for this room. Even though you may not have the same types of splatter issues in a bathroom that you have in the kitchen, hair styling products, cosmetics, and soap/bath products can easily end up on the walls. These can stain or cause sticky messes if you don't have an easy-to-clean paint sheen.
Along with the sheen, you'll also need to choose a mildew-resistant paint for your bathroom. Even with an exhaust fan on, bathrooms get (and often stay) damp during shower and bath times. While a glossy sheen makes it easier (in comparison to matte or flat) to wipe the excess water away, any moisture that remains could support mildew and mold growth - and in as little as 24 hours.
Mildew-resistant paints are specially formulated to stop water from soaking into the surface. This chemical barrier reduces the risk (but may not completely protect) of mildew or mold growth in your bathroom.
When it comes to your bedroom walls, the sheen depends primarily on your aesthetic preferences. If you're trying to create a tranquil or peaceful environment for resting, a matte or flat finish provides a softer look. This type of sheen also holds pigment well, giving you a full color and hides minor wall imperfections.
Children's bedrooms may not stand up to a matte or flat paint. If your child touches the walls in their room (especially if they have sticky hands) or regularly takes crayons to their walls, a satin or semi-gloss may be preferable. These are both easier to clean than matte and flat paints.
The Living Room
Living room paint sheen selection is similar to what you'd choose for a bedroom. If you have a formal living room that doesn't get much use, a matte, flat or eggshell are all acceptable choices. But if your living room doubles as a playroom or a family room, a satin is a more durable option.
Now that you've chosen a sheen, do you need a professional to repaint your home? Contact American Best Painting Inc. for more information.