How to Select the Right Type of Paint for Your Home Painting Project?
There are lots of colors on hand and they come in diverse shades and tints. With many options to be had, how will you know what the best paint to buy is with regards to home painting? Like many other homeowners out there, it is certain that there are requirements to help your paint job look great and last long. Picking the right paint not only means choosing the perfect color to accent your home. There are other considerations to consider based on the surface you are painting, current condition of the paint and environment.
When making your paint decision just know that Coastline Painter is here to help. We’re not just your CT home painters; we are also your CT home advisors. With over 35 years of experience on the shoreline of CT as well as New Haven and Middlesex county, Coastine Painters will help you select the best color for your home paint job, and the best type of paint to ensure your home is beautiful for years to come.
Types of Paints and Their Uses
There are water based and oil based paints obtainable available in your local hardware stores and paint specialty stores today. Be advised that experts have warned of the adverse health effects of oil based paints for some time now. Even if you have customarily used oil based paints in the past it’s wise to move to water based paints to avoid health problems.
Home painting can be a complicated task. It requires creativity, a thorough understanding of the different types of paints, and how to properly apply them to different types of surfaces. Many homes along the CT shoreline are older and might require some extra care and attention before painting. It’s also important to consider things like the lighting of the room, what the room is used for and the color of the decor. There are numerous types of both oil and water based paints. Emulsion and enamel paints that are water and oil based respectively are also frequently utilized for both exterior and interior home painting.
Amongst the water based paints, there are several types of sheen/gloss obtainable. With the rise in popularity of sheen levels, there has been an increase in durability. This also creates a problem for an amateur painter though. The improved sheen and gloss of paints also highlights imperfections in the surface you are painting. This is where the expertise of a professional painter comes in to play as they will know exactly how to smooth out the surface being painted.
Satin and eggshell finishes are utilized in heavily used rooms or areas because they are more durable. On opposite ends of the spectrum is glossy and matte. These two finishes are exactly as they sound. Satin and eggshell contain some of the benefits of glossy and matte. Satin is a little more glossy while eggshell is a little closer to matte. Eggshell and satin are commonly used in rooms like the kitchen, bathroom or family room because of the higher levels of traffic.
The matte finish is usually harder to clean but it does a better job of hiding flaws. Matte finish paints are typically used in home offices and rooms with less traffic. Acrylic paint matte finish is utilized on many walls and acrylic eggshell as well as gloss finish is frequently utilized on trim and woodwork.
After choosing the type of paint, the shade choice is the next consideration. One common mistake is over painting/coloring an area. This requires a good deal of tact and balance. The shades exude mood. While vivid colors could emanate happiness as well as activity, too much of it could cause a headache. More subtle shades could be perfect for serenity and calmness; however used excessively can create a look of dullness.
With the huge variety of paints available today, you have to be extra careful about your choice. Coastline Painters can help you choose the best paint to suit your preference, needs and budget.