Here’s How To Take The Mystery Out Of Choosing The Right Paint For Your Home…
Ever notice how paint colors always look different on your wall then on the sample sheet at the paint store? The reason they can appear so different is because there are several different paint finishes available in the same shade of color. A paint color can appear slightly darker or lighter depending on the finish you choose. There are several paint finishes you can choose from, with each one reflecting a different amount of light, thereby changing its hue. The most common finishes available today are… flat, eggshell, and gloss. Here’s how to choose which one is best for you.
Flat finish: a flat finish will appear lighter because it reflects less light than an eggshell finish. It’s also the easiest to touch up when walls get scuffed or nicked. Flat finishes work well on ceilings and in rooms where sheetrock joints are more visible. The flat finish helps to minimize the appearance of wall imperfections.
Eggshell finish: an eggshell finish will reflect a warm luster and has a slight sheen. It is used most in formal spaces and is more difficult to touch up. It’s common to paint living room walls with eggshell because of its inviting tones.
Gloss finish: a gloss finish will reflect the greatest amount light and will appear darkest. In general, gloss finishes are used in modern interiors or in spaces that demand a wipe-able finish, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Semi-gloss finishes are commonly used on trim and cabinets.