I love remodeling my home. I think I probably drive my wife a little nuts by constantly adding new projects to the agenda, but she always loves the outcome. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot and I love sharing my tips with you. I’m as honest as I can be, sharing my mistakes and things I’ve learned in the hopes that I’ll save you some time, money, and frustration.
Today I want to talk about painting. Not choosing the paint colors – I wrote about that in a separate post. Instead, I want to talk about choosing the right paint products. Did you know that there is more than one way to order say white paint? There are actually five ways and each one gives you a different look.
The Types of Paint
First, let’s look at the different sheens available:
Okay, great there are all these types of paint, now what? How do you tell the difference and does it really matter? It does matter. Fortunately, I already knew the differences. If I didn’t, I might have been pretty mad if I painted my kitchen in a flat paint. With the amount of grease my wife splashes around in the kitchen, my walls would have been ruined in no time.
The Uses for Different Paints
So what’s the difference between the different sheens? Check it out below:
- High-gloss – This is the easiest type of paint to clean up. Guess where I use this one? In the playroom that I created for my grandkids. I can already tell there will be handprints galore all over the walls. I want them to have fun, but I want to keep my walls clean too. High-gloss wipes right up, leaving no messy residue behind.
- Semi-gloss – If you still want walls that are easy to clean, but that aren’t quite as shiny, choose semi-gloss. I always tell my clients to use semi-gloss in the bathrooms and kitchen, if they don’t want the high-gloss look.
- Satin – Satin gives your walls the same smooth finish, but without the gloss. Some people are just averse to the glossy look at all and the satin sheen helps tone that down. You can use satin sheens in bathrooms, and high traffic areas too, as it cleans up pretty well.
- Flat – Flat or matte paint has no shine. But that can be good for imperfect walls. It can hide your wall’s ‘issues’ but it won’t clean up well. If you have kids, or are just messy yourself, don’t paint with flat paint – you won’t be happy about not being able to get it clean.
- Eggshell – This is a version of flat paint but that is easily cleaned. It hides the wall’s imperfections like flat paint, but it also cleans up easily like gloss paints. Parents typically pick this sheen.
I know it sounds like a lot of decision-making, but it’s not that bad. Honestly, choosing the color is the hardest. You should know what sheen you want based on the traffic in the room, who will be in there, and the condition of the walls. As a rule of thumb, choose satin or eggshell if you aren’t sure. This way you don’t get too much gloss, but can still clean the walls as needed. Good luck!