Painting the interior of your home is the simplest way to transform a space, but a great paint job requires consideration. Spend time working out your needs before leaping into the project.
With so many types of paint on the market with differing descriptions, such as flat, eggshell, low sheen, matt acrylic and satin acrylic, it’s easy to be daunted by paint selection.
Here is a brief guide to help you sort out the satin acrylics from the eggshells, so you can decide which will be the right paint for your next project.
Also known as flat, ultra flat and matt acrylic, flat paint has little or no shine. This paint is ideal if you have less than perfect walls; its coarse pigments deflect light, so it’s ideal for making imperfections less obvious.
Paints such as eggshell fall under low sheen. They have a lower level of shine and work well in a living space or bedroom. Like flat acrylic paint, low sheen is ideal for masking perfect imperfect walls.
Satin paint is mid sheen and ideal for children’s bedrooms, as satin takes more wear and tear than flats or low sheens and is suitable to be lightly scrubbed.
Ideal for trims, skirting boards and interior doors, semi gloss can handle a bit of man-handling, yet is relatively low-key in feel and lustre, unlike gloss.
Gloss paint is the shiniest paint of all – commonly used on window and wall trims, as well as architraves. Traditionally, this toughest of paints is oil-based, but today it is also made with water-based technology and is a little less hard-wearing, but the clean-up is a lot easier.
Environmental issues have led manufacturers to formulate paints with less Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), which are still found in many oil- and water-based paints. As extended exposure to VOC’s can be harmful to the user, it’s always best to be aware of this when selecting your paint.
If you are looking to make a statement, textured paint may be a worthy choice. There are many effects in our Artisan Collection, such as shimmering metallics and copper, to concrete looks and textured sand.