Summertime is a great time to start AND finish home projects. Painting is a perfect undertaking – not too overwhelming to accomplish and can change an entire space in one day. I’m always surprised when a client or friend has such a difficult time to committing to a color or a specific shade of a selected color. Maybe this is why I have 14 paint colors in a 1 bedroom apartment – it’s a bit too easy for me. Of course the question of what type of finish is appropriate adds a 2nd coat of confusion.
Here are the 5 types of finishes and their *recommended application:
- flat/matte – preferred by cheap landlords b/c it hides many a flaw. the difference b/w an expensive flat & not is visibly obvious. If you like the sterile feel of flat – buy the best you can afford. Be forewarned spot cleaning isn’t an option.
- eggshell – is the happy medium b/w flat & satin. The finish gives a little sheen, conceals minor imperfections and is easy to clean. Eggshell is my compromise finish when my
opponentclient wants flat in high traffic areas.
- satin – is my love, so rich and illuminating. Super easy to clean, although it can highlight rather than hide cracks and uneven spackling. I think it generates a real warmth to the wall.
- semigloss – similar to satin in it’s cleanup ability. Ideal for trim, baseboards and doors. This finish is well suited for bathrooms and kitchens. Use a mildew resistant formula if using in a bathroom that generates a lot of moisture.
- high gloss – provides the highest shine and is the most durable finish. Looks great on architectural details, trim & doors and is the easiest to clean. Also the most difficult to apply.
* use whatever finish makes you happiest – I love the look of a thick lacquered wall, so I have my bathroom & kitchen finished in high gloss. Flat paint makes me think of model homes and tenement apartments, so I suffer with visible cracks & dents in order to have warmer finish.
Whichever you choose – paint can be transformative.
Post your pictures of your proudest paint job. I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours.