Ready to change the look of a room? The easiest way to do it is with a coat of paint. But choosing the color is only the start of the process. Do you know what’s the best paint for your room? Is it flat, semi-gloss or gloss?
Start by asking yourself, “how active are we in this room?” Different rooms have different needs. And different paints offer different durability levels. It’s important to match the use of the room with the type of paint that will give you the best coverage, and wear well overall over the next few years.
Let’s take a look at the qualities of flat, semi gloss, and gloss paint.
Going with a flat finish is an excellent selection for a room with a low amount of traffic or activity. The finish goes on dull, but will hide most imperfections on the surface area it covers. It adheres well to any finish, and is especially effective on rough surfaces. The disadvantage with flat paint is that it is difficult to clean, and therefore should be avoided in high traffic areas like bathrooms and kitchens where it will quickly pick up dust, dirt and grease.
Semi Gloss paint
The next option is semi gloss, which is a popular choice because of its versatility. Semi gloss is generally used for most family rooms and living areas, as well as children’s bedrooms and kitchens. It has a slightly shiny finish when dried and will cover some imperfections. Semi gloss is easy to wipe clean and looks good in almost any room of the house.
Finally, gloss paint is recommended for high activity areas such as doors, cabinets, and kitchens. While it will not cover up surface imperfections, gloss has a tough shiny finish that will hold up to repeated cleanings.
Make your painting project one to remember by going with a color that reflects your personality, and a finish that meets your active lifestyle.