How to Choose the Right Paint

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Choosing the right paint is not as simple and waltzing into your local home improvement store, selecting a swatch and driving home with a gallon of freshly churned paint. While you can choose to select your paint in that manner, choosing your paint without previous knowledge of paint sheens can be detrimental to your kitchen remodeling design. Choosing the right paint can be difficult if you do not know what each type of paint sheen means and where they are beneficial.


While each brand refers to the sheen differently, the main differentiating factors are basically the same, which are the luster and washability of the individual paint. Paint finishes refer to the shine or lack of shine that exists in the paint. A "flat" paint is a matte finish, which has no shine whatsoever. A "high-gloss" finish is an extremely shiny finish. The amount of resin in the paint is what makes the paint appear shiny. The more resin in the paint, the more shine.


Choosing the right paint sheen involves both aesthetic and practical considerations. The right sheen can create visual interest or help to extend the paint job, while the wrong sheen can be easily dulled or become an eyesore. Below are the descriptions of basic paint finishes to help you make the most out of your kitchen remodeling.


A Flat Finish
A flat finish is a chalky and matte finish with no shine. This type of finish absorbs light instead of reflecting it and therefore helps to hide imperfections that might occur during your kitchen remodeling projects. Minor dings and dents as well as wall imperfections are virtually unnoticeable with a flat finish.


An Eggshell Finish
An eggshell finish has just a smidge more luster than a flat paint. The slight shine of an eggshell finish can be paired with semi-gloss finishes and high-gloss finishes creating a unique effect. An eggshell finish is ideal for spaces that are not highly traveled or that need a boost of glamour without the shine created by its lustery counterparts.


A Semigloss Finish
A semigloss finish reflects light and creates a bright appearance. Semigloss paints are best used in spaces that are cleaned frequently such as kitchens, bathrooms, closet doors and trim. Generally speaking, the shinier the finish, the easier it will be to clean. Semi-gloss finishes are perfect for kitchen remodeling because they can be used in eating areas without the fear of heavy cleaning requirements.


A Satin Finish
A satin finish is similar to eggshell finishes and semigloss finishes, but they provide a warm and pearly finish. Satin paints are more durable than eggshell finishes, and are more frequently used in spaces where dirt and stains are present. Satin finishes are perfect for and remodeling or repainting areas including hallways, entry ways, kid's rooms, and on general woodwork throughout the house and in your kitchen to ensure lasting paint jobs.


A High-Gloss Finish
High-gloss finishes are not as common as their counterpart finishes; however, they are known for their depth of color. The higher the sheen in the paint, the more rich and vivid the color will appear. Colors that are ideal for high-gloss finishes are jewel-toned reds, forest greens, navy blues and deep purples. These paints are used often by designers on wood tables and cabinetry to add a pop of color just about anywhere in the home. However, high-gloss finishes do not hid dents well, so make sure it is a piece that is not susceptible to damage.


Various paint sheens can help or hurt the outcome of your kitchen remodeling project. Shiny surfaces make a space feel larger because they reflect light. Semi-gloss finishes can help to visually expand a kitchen or bathroom and can be an added touch to your kitchen remodeling project. Bedrooms on the other hand should have and eggshell or flat finish to help hide imperfections. Choosing the right paint and sheen can mean the world to the outcome of your kitchen remodeling project. Understanding the basics of paint choices and sheens can help you choose the best paint for your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and any room of your home.

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