What To Avoid When Choosing House Paint Colors, Painter In Old Saybrook Ct

The variety of choices in paint cans alone can be overwhelming – and then you add in the finishes! It may seem like the decisions will never end, but when your project is complete, you won’t regret a single one of them (we hope, of course).  This is why we created this blog What To Avoid When Choosing House Paint Colors, Painter In Old Saybrook Ct

 Knowing the different finishes you’re looking at can really help, too. What makes them all unique? The difference in each finish isn’t just going to affect the paint’s shine, it’s going to affect its durability, too. There are 5 finishes that are the most common; flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Let’s explore each of these more so you know what to avoid when choosing your paint finish.  This is the same information professional house painters go by as well.


When doing interior house painting, flat has the least amount of shine to it and is actually available only in latex paint. It’s most commonly used (and best suited) for interior walls and ceilings. While it can turn an environment from plain to sophisticated, the flat finish does have it’s disadvantages, too. Unfortunately, it’s the hardest finish to clean. Therefore, it’s not recommended to use for higher traffic areas, children’s playrooms or bedrooms, and bathrooms.


One step up from the flat finish, you have an eggshell finish that appears to give off a little more shine. With that, you’ll probably find that it’s a little easier to clean up areas that are painted with eggshell.  You can also use it for areas like the kitchen or bathroom.  Interior house painters usually will suggest this.


Satin seems to have just the right amount of shine for areas like dining rooms, bedrooms, etc. Which fits perfectly because it’s much easier to clean than a flat or eggshell finish. In fact, it’s washable – just don’t take anything abrasive to it, no scrubbing! Which also means, you probably wouldn’t want to use this finish in your children’s room or playroom, you probably wouldn’t be able to get all of their creative messes off of it!


A step above satin, semi-gloss gives you an even brighter shine. It looks great for decorative finishes like mouldings and trim and bathrooms because of it’s ease to clean. Unlike satin, you are able to scrub semi-gloss, so now’s the time to pick up that can for your kids playroom finally!


The highest amount of shine out of these 5 and you can guess what comes next – the easiest to clean. High-gloss finishes are completely stain resistant and extremely easy to scrub and wash. Many homeowners opt for high-gloss finishes in their bathrooms and sometimes the kitchens, but typically you’ll find this finish highlighting the decorative aspects of a home. Door frames, mouldings, trim, any architectural elements around your house, can really pop when they’re painted with a high-gloss finish!

Now that you know more about what you’re looking at in your home improvement store, it may be easier to choose between the different finishes. Remember, you don’t want to make the mistake of getting a paint that’s too difficult to clean and putting it in a high-traffic area. If you do that, you’ll be wanting to repaint in no time!

 We hope this blog What To Avoid when Choosing House Paint Colors, Painter In Old Saybrook Ct was helpful!  As always, please feel free to call us with any questions you may have!  We are happy to help in any way we can!  If you are looking for a professional painting estimate we can come out to meet you for free!    You can call, text or email.

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