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Which Paint Finish Fits Which Room?
9 March 2015
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A painting project is more than just choosing the colour palette. More than the shades you will use, it’s important to think about the paint finish in every area. Your decision on the paint finish decides how much visual impact the room hold for guests and potential buyers.
When you want an excellent painting project, you have to get the finish right. To do that, you must be familiar with the different types of paint finish and where these choices work best.
Flat & Matte
Flat and matte are two different finishes with similar characteristics. They have low sheen, but they make up for it by hiding the imperfections of a wall. They diffuse light, making them good for low-traffic areas. Flat works best in ceilings, whilst matte is suitable for bedrooms and dining rooms.
Do note that both are quite difficult to clean, as they hold dirt.
For a more washable, low-sheen finish, eggshell is your best bet. Its key benefit is that it provides a smooth surface. Like flat and matte, eggshell is great for low-traffic areas, such as foyers and hallways.
Elegance is the key trait of the satin finish. This is a paint treatment you can simply wipe clean, plus it is highly versatile. Satin is ideal for active areas, such as the family room, the playroom, the kitchen, and the laundry room. It is also a good choice for shutters, doors, and trims.
Semi-gloss is your choice when you want a finish that is easy to clean and usable for both indoor and outdoor settings. Its sheen is perfect for high-traffic areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways.
Surfaces with a gloss finish are easy to clean and appear smooth and shiny. This is great for surfaces that need washing quite regularly. The problem with this finish, however, is that it also highlights every imperfection on the surface, from cracks to stains. Nonetheless, this finish is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It also works well on cabinets, woodworks, mouldings, and trims.