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Choosing The Right Type Of Paint For Your Home

Painting is a quick and (relatively) cheap way to give an old room a breath of fresh air. It can also help make your house more sellable if you decide to put it on the market. As you probably know, painting a room or even a single wall in your home is a project that can have a major impact on any space. But with the entire rainbow to choose from, picking the perfect paint colors can be an overwhelming task. Here is some information to help you get started.

Paint comes in a variety of types

  • Latex paint is the most common and preferred paint type to use because it is easy to clean up and is long lasting. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint.

  • Oil based paint is great for priming real wood moldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint.

Different Sheens

  • Flat Paint is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections. It's ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings

  • Eggshell has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms

  • Satin has a soft pearl-like appearance, and is a great choice for painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens or baths

  • Semi-gloss has a sleek, radiant appearance that is great for cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas, and high-moisture areas

  • High Gloss creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces

Regardless of your experience level, it’s always a good idea to consider hiring a professional painting service for several reasons. A good painter can offer expert guidance (like what sheen should I really get?!?!) and they can save you time as well as the hassle of prepping your space and cleaning up afterward, not to mention the high-quality finish.

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