With the development of new paint technologies, it is now possible to find the right paint for any type of surface or need. The same is true whether you are looking for interior decorative paints to create a unique ambiance inside the home or durable outdoor paints to make your home stand out.
But with so many types of paints, finishes and hues to choose from, how do you determine which one is best suited for the surface you want painted? Here is a short guide on paint finishes and where can apply them.
Types of paint finishes
1. Flat paints
Latex paints with a flat finish work well on ceilings, walls and surfaces where you don’t want any visual distractions. It is not recommended for kitchens, baths or in areas where kids play.
Because there is no sheen, you can easily see fingerprints or any scribbles made on the surface. The only solution to removing any smudges or writing is to apply another coat of paint over them.
A step above flat finishes, the eggshell shell features a bit of sheen. As compared to flat latex paints, the eggshell paints are more durable and easier to clean than matte finishes. However, the eggshell is still not a recommended finish for areas such as the bathroom or kitchen.
Considered the most popular finish, the satin sheen features more shine as compared to the two previously-mentioned finishes. Paints with a satin sheen can be used in hallways, on doors, walls and even woodwork. Use it inside your bedroom or to change the look of your dining area.
More durable than satin, semi-gloss paints also have more shimmer when applied on any surface. These types of paints are washable and scrubbable, making it ideal for use on elements or in areas where there is significant foot traffic or rubbing such as moldings, windows, doors, bathrooms and kitchens.
5. High-gloss finish
For a truly polished look, go for high-gloss paints. Paints with this level of sheen are scrubbable, stain-resistant and durable. Recommended for kids’ bedrooms, craft areas and kitchens.
Tips to choosing paint finishes
1. Use glossier paints in high-traffic areas
The higher the sheen, the glossier it is. Glossier finishes are also easier to clean and more durable than flat paints. These characteristics make it ideal for use in areas where there is a lot of constant activity such as the kitchen.
For areas that are less used, you can go for paints with less sheen. Family rooms, for instance, can be covered with paints that have a satin finish while a flat paint can be applied to the study, the master’s or guests’ bedroom or even a formal living room.
2. Consider the users
Avoid flat or matte finishes if you have very young children or need to move the furniture constantly. The lack of sheen makes the finish more forgiving when it comes to imperfections on the walls or ceiling. On the other hand, cleaning up is more difficult.
If you have kids who love to draw, paint or do crafts, you will have difficulty removing the evidence from surfaces that have a flat finish. Glossier paints are scrubbable and thus easier to clean after messes.
3. Go beyond white
Although a flat white layer of paint can make the room look spacious and airy, it can also make the space look drab and ordinary. Applying dark colors can make the painted white areas and decorations stand out more. When done right, darker paints can make the space feel cozier.
The market is flooded with different types of paint colors and finishes. With these tips in mind, you are in a better position to create unique spaces designed and painted to suit you and your family’s needs. Now you are ready to start canvassing paints and finding the right colors and finishes for your home so go out there and unleash your creative juices.
Author Bio: Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paint manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.