When people think of house paints, they often think only of the actual paint and gloss-over all the different kinds of paint finishes and sheens available, from glossy to matte, that can add so much character to your favorite paint color. These different types of interior paint finishes can utterly transform a room. When choosing the right paint finish, it is always a good idea to consult with a painting professional.
Paint sheens are the paint finishes that are measured by how much light reflects off the paint. The two ends of the paint sheens spectrum are glossy and matte, and everything else falls in between. Glossy is a very shiny finish while matte is the flattest paint finish.
There are different sheens of paint, but they can all be categorized into five different types of finishes for paint such as matte, eggshell finish, satin finish, semi-gloss finish, and high-gloss finish paint.
A matte/flat finish paint is great in rooms where the walls are slightly cracked or damaged. This type of paint finish absorbs light rather than reflects it, which helps mask any imperfections. On the other hand, flat finish paint can attract dust more easily.
It is important to note that matte paint is known as a very low gloss paint finish, as in very little shine, while flat paint has no shine. Typically, the two names are interchanged but there is a small difference.
Eggshell paint finish is a sheen that is slightly glossier than matte or flat finish paint. When it comes to different types of paint finish, this one is great for both rooms that are in high-trafficked parts of the house, walls with imperfections, and even ceilings that require a slight shine.
What is satin finish paint? A satin finish reflects more light than matte or flat. This is one of the best types of interior paint finishes because it is easy to clean and maintain. Its pearl-like appearance offers the perfect balance of glossiness.
It is important to note that this type of finish does not hide wall imperfections well and touch-ups will be easily noticeable.
A semi-gloss paint finish has very reflective properties, shiny.
High Gloss finish paint uses oil or acrylic to give it that sparkly shine. Light particles just bounce off the surface.
It is important to note that this kind of sheen may be too bright or shiny for all the walls in the house because of its reflective properties.
When choosing the right paint finish for you, there are many factors to consider. The reason why you are painting and what you are painting must be part of the decision-making process. It is also great to consult with professional painters for advice.
The type of surface that you are painting will determine which type of finish paint you should choose. For example, if you are painting walls, ceilings, trims, or cabinets. It is important to keep in my mind that the glossier the finish the more it will highlight imperfections.
Different types of finishes for paint should be chosen according to the traffic that the room you are painting will experience. For low-traffic rooms, matte or flat paints are acceptable, but for high-traffic rooms such as kitchens or playrooms, more durable finishes are recommended.
The different types of interior paint finishes must match the different types of rooms. In a room with plenty of natural light, it may be better to choose a matte finish to hide imperfections. However, in rooms with a lot of artificial light, semi-gloss or high-gloss finishes are a better choice.
This point of consideration is connected to the traffic of a room, it is always best to choose a more durable finish. Semi-Gloss or High-Gloss is best for playrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Depending on what you are painting, it is important to choose the right sheen. Different paint finishes have different properties and applications. Please contact our team at Oahu Pro Painters and we will make sure that you find the right finish for your painting projects.