Types of Paint
Attempting the decorate a room in your new home? Have you been left bewildered by the different types of paint finishes? You’re not the only one.
Q: Are you considering redecorating but confused by all the different paint types and finishes. You don’t know what Matt and Gloss are, or the difference between Satin, Eggshell, Silk and Sheen? What’s the best type to use for various surfaces?
A: Choosing the right sheen level will transform the look of your home when decorating, so make sure you consider different finishes to make the most of your space. Here’s a guide to help you make a considered choice when planning your decorating project:
Matt emulsion is smooth, velvety and helps to hide imperfections on less-than-perfect walls. it’s great on the older properties walls which still have all their character without highlighting the imperfections too much.
Flat matt emulsion
Flat matt emulsion is even more velvety and because matt surfaces don’t reflect light, they make all colours look as similar as they can be in very different light conditions. Flat matt works wonders on deeper shades, too.
Satin and Silk
Satin and Silk are ‘mid-sheen’ finishes, which means they look like a slightly polished surface and reflect a bit of light. Silk is a finish associated with walls and satin for woodwork. You can clean marks from silk wall finishes easily which makes them practical but if you have less-than-perfect walls, all the lumps and bumps show up a lot more and from different angles the paint job may not look as good as you would like. A satin finish on woodwork helps to hide imperfections and gives colour a softer appearance which is an over all more subtle.
An eggshell finish has a shine that’s extremely subtle but without the same smoothness as a satin finish. Thus, it doesn’t highlight imperfections quite as much, making it a much more suitable interior wall paint. It’s easy to apply and can often cover well with a single coat, making it a better choice for many people.
Besides matte paint, gloss paint is the most common interior wall paint. It’s one you can use on most walls, although some people use it sparingly on these surfaces and prefer to use it on woodwork because of its high shine. Gloss paint shows all the imperfections on a wall and achieving an even coverage on a wall will often need more than a single coat.
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