If you’re getting bored with the décor in your home, you’re in luck; paint is a quick and inexpensive way to completely change the look and feel of a room! While choosing a new color for your walls is its own tedious process, have you thought about which type of paint is best for your space? Here are some pros and cons about different finishes that will help you pick out your dream paint!
High gloss paint has at least 70% reflectivity, and with current trends it usually is used on cabinets and other furniture instead of walls due to how shiny it is. However, glossy paint is the easiest paint to clean and is great in high traffic areas where children and pets are likely to come in contact with the walls. High gloss paint can magnify imperfections on the walls, so if you have an older home this may not be the right choice.
A matte finish, also known as a flat finish, tends to be used on most interior surfaces. Wall imperfections are hardly visible with this paint since it does not reflect light. While it is very easy to make small touch ups to matte finishes, it is not washable. A matte finish enhances a rustic or worn look and also works well on ceilings. You should not use matte finishes on the exterior of your home or doors.
Semi-Gloss paint is most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easier to clean than matte paint and does not hold the same high reflectivity as glossy paint. Its subtle shine gives a modern look to walls, cabinets, and built-ins. With semi-gloss paint being the perfect middle point between high gloss and matte, it often is more expensive. This is because it is so durable and has a resistance to dust stains.