Repainting your house means choosing from an array of colors as vast as your imagination. But it’s not just the color that’s important. After you find the perfect shade, it’s time to consider the grade. Terms like Satin or Gloss should be a part of your painting vocabulary. High sheen typically means more light reflection while Satin or Eggshell paint creates a medium between matte and gloss. The combinations are endless and can quickly overwhelm even the most seasoned homeowner. Here are a few choices we recommend for the best in looks and longevity.
Using Satin Luster paint will make your outer walls pop. This top quality, 100% acrylic paint looks great on all surfaces. The low-sheen reduces glare from the sun and covers blemishes. It also resists mildew. Use this paint on all body and trim work outside your home. Always seal or prime first prior to painting.
Tip: Use a Gloss Finish on your front door for a stand out look that contrasts the exterior. High sheen paint like this also combats dirt in the high-traffic entryway.
Satin is also a good choice for those who don’t like a high sheen.
Depending on where you are painting inside your house, you have a few choices for top of the line paint. Generally speaking, the higher the sheen, the easier to clean. However, high sheen can draw the eye to imperfections, especially in well-lit or sunny wall areas. Satin Low Luster paints provide a warm depth to any space. To conceal flaws like drywall defects, choose an Eggshell or Satin paint which is a bit less glossy than the Low Luster. For trim and doors, use a Semi Gloss paint to draw the eye and reflect light. To really make your trim and door standout, use Full Gloss.
Tip: Always sample paint colors before committing to one hue. By painting a small portion of the wall and studying it in different lighting, you will get an idea if the paint will work in your chosen space. It’s always best to put several sample colors next to each other to give you a better perspective.
Quality paint matters, as does the grade. Think strategically about how you want the paint to function in an exterior or interior setting. Do you need an eye-catching sheen or a rich shade that still pulls your gaze? How will your paint stand up to the elements? If you plan to have a professional take on the project, make sure they consider these factors too. A qualified contractor should understand these terms like a second language. Remember, all paint suppliers have multiple grades or lines of quality, so evaluate your needs and be sure to ask the contractor which product he is using – yes, there is a huge difference.