If you're shopping for
interior paint, you may notice that there are several different types of gloss
to choose from, all the way from high gloss to matte or flat paint. Gloss
refers to the luster of the paint, or how shiny it is, and can also affect how
easy the paint is to clean.
Don't feel like you're
required to pick certain glosses for different parts of your house – using the
same paint with the same gloss throughout your home is a very common practice.
However, if you are using different colors
in different areas of
, you can pick out
different gloss levels for greater benefit. Here are a few suggestions.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
Try choosing a high
gloss or semi-gloss paint for these areas. Paints with extra gloss tend to be
more durable when it comes to cleaning. You can scrub at them more easily
without worrying about scraping the paint off, and the gloss generally makes
dirt easier to remove and less likely to seep into the paint. That means it's
best suited for rooms where you may have to frequently clean the walls. That,
of course, includes the kitchen and the bathrooms as especially good locations!
Family rooms, living
rooms, foyers — these are all similar spaces. While the walls and ceilings in
these areas can sometimes get dirty, you don't regularly clean them and you
aren't that worried about stains. A satin gloss
works well here — this middle of the road option is one of
the most popular for homes, and is suitable for these areas. You can't really
rub at it like paints with more gloss, but you can still easily clean if you need
to. An exception may be the foyer or entryway, which depending on your home
might get a bit dirtier.
Hallways can benefit
from satin or eggshell — the gloss level below satin — which produce excellent
color. Hallways rarely collect stains on the walls and won't often need to be
cleaned, so it's all right to choose paints with less gloss. Of course, some
rambunctious families find their hallways develop a lot of marks in certain
areas, so keep this in mind. If you have a quieter house, matte paints can work
Kid's rooms are good
places for satin or perhaps semi-gloss paints. The walls can get dirty, but
it's not as common a situation as it is in the kitchen or bathroom.
Adult rooms are a good
place for matte paints that offer
soft, quiet tones
and very rarely need to be cleaned. Any
of the more private areas in a home are good spots for matte paints.
Doors and Windows
Doors and window trim
tend to collect grime and fingerprints and need to be cleaned fairly often.
This makes them good choices for high gloss or semi-gloss paints.
Still not sure what
paint you need for your DIY project, or what the best way to apply it is? We
can help out!
Give Tar Heel Painters
and we can help
you make the right choices about your painting plans.