If you’re thinking of sprucing up the interior of your home with a fresh coat of paint, it can be tough to figure out which finish to choose. With the many different finishes available nowadays—from velvet and eggshell to semi-gloss and pearl—it’s tough to know which one will offer the right blend of beauty, flaw concealment and durability for your space. Here’s a paint primer you can use as a guide:
Flat (or Velvet): Provides a uniform, matte look and does not reflect light. It can be effective at concealing minor wall imperfections like bumps and cracks. Works well in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. While many flat finishes today are advertised as scrubbable, it’s good to keep a small quantity of leftover paint on hand for touch-ups just in case.
Eggshell: Has a slight sheen and tends to stand up better to washing than flat finishes.
Satin (or Pearl): Has a smooth look with a bit more gloss than eggshell and washes up well. Great for walls in high-traffic areas like hallways, kids’ rooms or bathrooms. This finish an also be used for trim and doors.
Semi-gloss: Used frequently on trim, doors and cabinetry and in high-traffic areas like bathrooms. It’s durable without being too shiny, but since it reflects light, can highlight flaws.
Glossy: Can lend a dramatic, high-gloss finish to trim, furniture and cabinetry. But be sure to sand surfaces properly because it will draw attention to any imperfections.
Whichever finish you go with, it’s important to choose paint from a reputable manufacturer. High-quality paint is easier to work with, offers superior coverage in fewer coats and will help ensure that you’re happy with the end result. Be sure to visit Mactier TIM-BR Mart for all your painting needs. In addition to a great selection of brushes, rollers and prep tools, Mactier TIM-BR Mart carries the full line of Para Paints as well as Boomerang recycled paints. Contact them today at 705-375-2051 or visit www.doidgetimbrmarts.ca.