When remodeling your master bedroom or bathroom, the type of paint you choose is crucial. Color isn’t the only consideration. There are a variety of interior wall finishes. Each has different effects on various paintable surfaces. Understanding the choices makes it easier to pick the right sheen for the job.
Types of Paint Finishes
Finishes range from matte to glossy. Flatter paints have more pigment and less resin. Shinier finishes have more resin and lower pigment. Let’s delve into the various interior wall paints on the market and what makes each unique.
Matte and Flat
There’s no sheen with flat, or matte, paint. It masks imperfections in walls and ceilings, making it an ideal choice for older homes. Matte is notorious for getting marked and dinged. However, matte-enamel is more durable and easier to clean. Finishes in this category have 0% to 10% gloss.
Eggshell and Satin
Eggshell is between matte and gloss. It has lower reflectivity than most, but slightly more gloss than matte. This type of paint provides an elegant, smooth finish. It’s relatively durable and easy to clean. Eggshell paint has between 10% and 25% sheen.
Satin finishes are more durable with a higher luster than eggshell. They’re easier to clean and provide a slight glow on walls. It won’t hide wall imperfections like matte and eggshell. Satin offers about a 25% to 35% gloss.
Semi-gloss and Gloss
Semi-gloss paints have a noticeable sheen. They are durable and easy to clean, making them ideal for high-traffic areas. However, their higher reflectivity means they won’t hide imperfections in the wall. Avoid this type on areas with patched drywall. Semi-gloss ranges from 35% to 70% gloss. High-gloss finishes have a 70% or higher reflectivity.
Off-gassing from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is part of that “new paint” smell. Paints can release low levels of toxins for years. Instead, insist on low- or zero-VOC paint for a healthier home.
The Right Paint for the Job
Now, consider where and when should you use each different type of interior paint.
When remodeling the bathroom, opt for paints with anti-microbial, and mold-resistant additives. A gloss finish is a great choice here because it’s easier to clean. Also, neutral paint colors are best so they don’t cast an unnatural color on your complexion.
Matte or eggshell finishes are best used in master bedrooms that see very little traffic or dirt. Also, keep in mind that you spend 8 hours a night breathing deeply. Using zero-VOC means you won’t be breathing in potential toxins.
If you have small children, consider professional-quality satin paint. This durable finish makes it easier to clean little finger smudges. Also, ask for zero-VOC to protect young ones from off-gassing.
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