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How To Choose The Appropriate Paint For Every Project

Choosing the appropriate paint for your project can seem as tedious as buying a new car or selecting a name for your first born, but our simple tips will steer you in the right direction and help to ease your paint selecting experience. There are many factors to consider when considering the perfect paint.

Understanding Latex vs. Oil

Paint comes in a variety of mediums and the most commonly used is either oil or latex. Latex paint is the most commonly used type of paint mostly due to its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. Because it tends to be more fade resistant and less likely to blister, latex is what we think to use when we paint our interior walls. However, oil based paint is ideal for priming real wood moldings and trim as it is designed to seal stains and knots more effectively than latex paint. Oil paint takes longer to dry and so it is recommended that painters plan for the prolonged drying time.

Selecting the Perfect Color

Although you may envision the perfect room color in your head, actually selecting the color can be tricky. Understanding the terminology will help you to effectively communicate with your painting professional in working toward your desired color.

  • Hue is the term used for color. For example, blue and red are hues.
  • The value of the hue is expressed in terms of light or dark.
  • Saturation is the term used to express how dominant the hue is.
  • Intensity is the brilliance of the hue. Pure colors, such as red, are considered to be more intense.

Using color sampling products available either in store or through your commercial painter is a great way to get started. Purchasing a sample jar of paint and applying it to a portion of the wall will visually demonstrate the color in various lighting conditions. Fluorescent, incandescent and natural lighting can each drastically affect the appearance of the color, so it is important to take the lighting source into consideration. Keep in mind that color appears more intense and dramatic when applied over an entire wall, so it is always best to choose a shade lighter than the intended effect.

Choosing the Right Level of Gloss and Sheen

Now that the paint color is selected, it is time to select the level of gloss and sheen. Typically, the higher the sheen, the more dramatic the shine and the more durable the paint finish. Flat paint has no shine at all and high gloss is extremely shiny. In the middle are eggshell, sating and semi-gloss. When selecting a darker paint color, a lower sheen is recommended. When using a high sheen paint finish, it is important to repair all drywall defects, as high gloss paint draws attention to irregularities in the wall. For more technical information on gloss and sheen as well as the standards, visit here.

Repainting home or office walls sets the tone for the decor and atmosphere, so it is important to follow the proper steps in order to work towards a finished paint project of which you will be proud for years to come.