When Selling, Choose White, Choose Matte!
When it comes to home improvement, one of the best ways to spruce up you home on the “cheap,” is with a little wall painting. Choosing the correct finish is extremely important, but confusing if you have no idea about what each finish does to the look of the wall. Without knowing anything, I choose to use semi-gloss paint on the walls and I have to say, that was a mistake! Wall painting with semi-gloss showed all the defects of the wall. Depending on the angle you are looking and the lighting, certain problem areas would become noticeable. I found this article on the differences of paint finishes and this should help you understand what to choose. Since most of our walls won’t be touched, the next time I do some wall painting I am going with the matte finish! Not only will the color be better, but the walls imperfections wont show! Choose the right finish for wall painting!
When painting, choosing the perfect color is only the first step. Picking the right finish is another key ingredient in determining how your final product will look and wear. How to choose? Read on to discover the pros and cons. Paint finishes come in three general categories: flat (or matte), low-luster (eggshell and satin) and gloss (or semigloss). Choosing between them is simply a matter of weighing your room conditions, need for durability, and personal taste. Flat — This gives most forgiving finish with the best color payout. If you want a saturated, velvety wall, a flat finish will give you rich results. If your wall has imperfections like uneven texture, patches or joints, flat paint will absorb light and make them less noticeable. However, flat finishes are not very durable and need to be carefully cleaned. Scrubbing flat paint could wear down the finish and cause sheen to appear in patchy spots. • Best places to use flat paint: Ceilings (which tend to have flaws), accent walls, low-traffic rooms that don’t need frequent cleaning. Low-Luster — Many consider eggshell or satin finishes to be the best compromise between pigment and strength. These finishes look matte from straight on, but viewed at an angle, they have a subtle sheen. This makes them longer-lasting, but the sheen does show imperfections, especially if your room gets direct sun, so prepping the wall and using a good primer is still necessary. • Best places to use low-luster: Living room, bedroom, dining room. Gloss/Semigloss — The most durable finish, it holds up well in humidity and is easy to clean, but it does reflect light, calling attention to any and all minor flaws. In order for it to look smooth and even, the surface must be perfectly prepped and the paint applied very carefully to avoid streaky, uneven sheen. • Best places to use gloss: Bathroom, kitchen, mud room, doors, baseboards.
What finish are you going to choose the next time you do some wall painting?