How to choose the right paint finishes
There was a time when we thought that the only choice you have when it comes to paint was brand and colour - but how wrong could we be! One of the basics of paint selection is the finish. There are so many types of finishes, gloss, flat, satin and the list goes on.
So today we're going to decode the paint finish spectrum and tell you what they mean and what they're good for...
Flat paint finishes have a great colour payout (can give a beautiful rich colour finish) and are good at concealing any imperfections. Because it has no shine or lustre, it absorbs light so any uneven surfaces are concealed quite well. The downside is that they can be difficult to clean as marks do show up easily. At the same time, vigorously cleaning flat paint can wear down the finish so you want to use it in areas that aren't going to require frequent cleaning.
Best Use: Ceilings, general household walls.
Satin finishes are a good compromise between pigment and colour richness. They have a subtle sheen without being too glossy and often look incredibly smooth. The sheen can't always be seen from straight on but does show up with good lighting or from a slightly angle. They do show up imperfections, so it's best to use it on a cleanly surfaced wall.
Best Use: Household trimmings, doors, joinery in bedrooms and lounge rooms.
Now when it comes to gloss paint you want to stick to a semi-gloss finish to avoid looking shiny, shiny, shiny. This is known as the most durable finish as it cleans easily and can withstand temperature and humidity changes well. However, the downside is because it is high-sheen, it shows up all manner of imperfections so preparation is key before painting with a gloss finish.
Best Use: High traffic areas like hallways, kitchen and bathroom trim.
Eggshell sits between satin and gloss but is very easy to clean and in some cases can even be scrubbed. It has a gentle sheen so it shows surface imperfections however it can be a great way to paint a room for an 'expensive feel' without having to worry about cleaning.
Best Use: General household walls and areas where cleaning may be required such as hallways and laundries.
So there you have it! The only guide to paint finishes that you will ever need!
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