Paint comes in different colours, textures and sheens. So, it isn’t a surprise if you’re confused as to which one would suits your home best. When choosing the right paint for your room, there are many factors you need to keep in mind like where the room is located, how it will be used, how large or small the room is, and the overall look you’re trying to achieve.
All places that provide you with paint colours for your home are bound to have samples, so it’s wise to take as many samples possible before finally deciding on one.
Paint is a mixture of four basic ingredients: pigments, resins, solvents, and additives. Pigment is the color of the paint; the resin is the binder and the solvent is the carrier that makes it all liquid and evaporates as the paint dries.
Additives also provide specific performance characteristics, such as stain-blocking or mold-killing properties.
The majority of wall paint we find in the market today is water-based, mainly because it’s easy to use. If your walls have been previously coated with an oil-based paint, be wary when switching to water-based paint as it may have trouble sticking.
While dealing with this situation, it’s important that you wash down the wall and roughen it up a bit before putting a coat of water based paint on it. You can rough up the wall by using sandpaper, to make it dry and hard to avoid peeling of the new paint coat. Some of the advantages of using water based paints are that it prevents mildew growth and dries up quickly.
They are also resistant to cracking and doesn’t fade over time. These are the main reasons as to why people go for water based paints these days.
Paint sheen also comes in an oil finish. Oil based paint is great for priming real wood moldings as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint wood.
The glossier the paint, the easier to clean up, this is a wise decision to go with especially if you have kids as accidents are bound to happen. High gloss paint lets you easily wipe the wall down with a damp sponge.
You can change the feel and look of any room in your house with a little colour and varying the shades for a certain look or feel.
There are a variety of finishes that you can choose from while painting as well. Sheen options vary by their brands and manufacturers, but share some common characteristics. Matte paint is one such finish that is gaining popularity.
A matte finish is the least reflective sheen available. It has a velvety texture and helps hide any imperfections that may be present on the walls or ceilings.
Satin paint is highly durable and has some level of reflectivity. Low-sheen or satin finish paint combines the soft finish of flat paint with the ability to wash of semi-gloss. It is ideal for walls in high-traffic areas that need to be wiped clean regularly.
They are often used in environments like kitchens and bathrooms where easy cleanup without a highly glossy finish is desired.
A semi-gloss paint is mostly used in kitchens, doors, window trim, accent walls, and bathrooms. They are considered to be one of the most reflective sheens and are highly durable and can withstand multiple cleanings.
They are traditionally used on baseboards, moldings, and doors. However, the main disadvantage with this finish is that it tends to highlight imperfections. It is also more difficult to apply this paint in comparison to the other finishes.
It’s all about how you want to set the atmosphere of your home. A matte sheen gives you a calm and serene feeling, because of that textural element. On the other end of the spectrum, gloss adds energy and excitement. We hope we have given you an insight on how to choose the right paint for your home!
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