Painting the interior of your home is a very common, and sometimes simple, renovation. But it’s not as straightforward as many assume. Most homeowners, when painting inside, don’t know what paint to choose. If you pick the wrong type of paint, there could be a twice-as-expensive do-over in your future.
For various areas of the home, it is recommended to use a certain paint finish. This is usually based on how frequent people could be rubbing against the wall, if it’s just an extra bedroom or if it’s your main living room area.
Here is a guide to choosing the best paint finish for your desired area.
A flat finish works best in low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms and ceilings. This finish will give off the least amount of shine and durability. Flat paint will be damaged when using any type of cleaner, so it is smart to use this finish when painting areas that will be rarely touched. Flat coats provide the most coverage and require fewer coats when covering any imperfections.
Eggshell works best in foyers, living rooms and on trim. It is very similar to flat paint in the way that it can hide imperfections easily. However, eggshell is more durable. Eggshell gives off a flat finish with a delicate, low sheen.
A stain finish is the type of finish you most commonly see inside a home. It works best in hallways, children’s rooms and laundry rooms – due to its high durability. Satin finishes give off a velvety sheen, meaning it is much easier to clean than a flat or eggshell paint finish. One downside of using a satin finish is it shows brush strokes easily, meaning it will be tricky to do any touch-ups down the line.
Semi-gloss works best in kitchens, bathrooms and any areas that get a lot of wear and tear or moisture. It is extremely durable and cleans easily, and it gives off a shiny and reflective sheen. The downside of this finish is it shows imperfections more than a flat finish would.
High-gloss works best when painting any trim, cabinets or doors. It is the shiniest finish of them all – and is also the most durable. This paint finish is best for areas that will need a good scrubbing from time-to-time. High-gloss can also be used on the exterior of your home when painting your front door or shutters. The downside? If applied incorrectly, any painting imperfections will easily be seen.
Don’t think you want to tackle painting a room yourself? Contact Texas Professional Painting today, and schedule us to have your home interior revamped.
Not all stains are bad – especially in the world of painting! Using a stain can make a big difference on a deck or cabinet, for instance. The challenge is in picking the color and type, so we’re here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking the right stain for you.
Color and wood type
The color of stain heavily relies on your specific type of wood. The saturation of the wood is quite different across the spectrum. Some woods already have a naturally dark hue, so picking a lighter stain wouldn’t make much of a difference. Surprisingly, not all wood needs staining. Rare woods are not advised to be stained because of their natural color. For example, mahogany is known for its dark color and high levels of natural oils.
Think about the light
Contrary to the name, staining doesn’t last. The sun can fade or can even darken stains. Your deck will be subject to a lot of light, so you may want to pick a stain that is a few coats lighter than your preferred color. Even the cabinets in your kitchen will catch light piercing through the windows.
All about the stains
Not all stains work the same. They react differently depending on the wood you are using. Varnish stains are a non-pigmented, inexpensive paint that is normally used on the more hidden spots of wood because it can look cheap. Be careful. It takes a long time to dry, so dust may collect on it before fully drying. NGR stains are best for hardwoods, which are often used for decks and fencing. Polar and pine wood is lighter and would best be used with pigmented oil stains. This type of stain doesn’t work well with hard woods. If you are looking for an eco-friendly finish, it would be best to go with a water base. This replaces a normal thinner with water.
Don’t let your stain become a pain. Contact Texas Professional Painting today!