When you’re getting ready to begin a home remodel, paint is often a crucial part of the design process, and making sure you choose the right paint for each project is just as important. Not only can the color make or break the look you’re going for, but the type of paint is often just as imperative as the color scheme. Not only should you do your own research, but consulting with your design team never hurt anyone either. Often they will point you in the right direction to make sure your project looks perfect. Let’s take a look at the different types of paint out there and each of their uses.
Oil-Based Paints: Oil-based paints can be used on almost any type of surface, and are generally the choice if you’re looking for high durability and a nice rich finish. They boast an attractive glossy finish, and are good for rooms that are prone to higher moisture. Often they will take a little longer to dry but typically will dry nice and smooth not revealing any brush strokes. Be sure to have some turpentine on hand since you will not be able to wash brushes out with water.
Water-Based Paints: Water-based paints are typically what most people will use, especially for painting walls, as they are easy to use. However if you are planning to use a water-based paint over an oil-based paint, you may have trouble getting it to stick. Typically water-based paints do not require a pre-treatment (unless you need a primer to cover up a darker color), they dry quickly, and are easily cleaned up with water. They also remain quite stable over time and will not yellow or fade in sunlight.
Paint Finishes: Once you’ve chosen the type of paint that best suits your project’s needs, you will need to choose the appropriate finish to best highlight your project as well.
- Semi-Gloss and Gloss Paint: These types of paints are best used in kitchens, window trims, doors, bathrooms, and accent walls. Semi-gloss and gloss paints look just how they sound – shiny and reflective. They are easily cleaned but can easily highlight imperfections so need to be used intentionally.
- Eggshell Paint: This type of paint has some reflectivity and are quite durable. They can be used in high-traffic areas as they are easily cleaned and hide imperfections.
Matte Paint: This type of paint has the least amount of sheen possible, and a texture that mimics velvet. It is good at hiding imperfections in walls but is not so easily cleaned. Typically it is a good choice for colors as it shows them off well.