When I first meet a client  they have stars in their eyes about all the great things they want to do to their home. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard some fantastical ideas that I would have loved to conquer because they were so cool and amazing. But, a big remodel of tearing down walls isn’t always necessary. In fact many homeowners just get bored with their space and feel that’s the only solution to get what they want.

paint sheen

One of the quickest and easiest ways to freshen up your space is to give it a new coat of paint. New paint can change the look and feel of a space instantly and give your seemingly old furniture a new lease on life.

How to choose the right interior paint sheen

Changing your paint is an easy DIY project that can be knocked out in a weekend. Don’t want to do it yourself? Call around. There are many local paint companies that can knock out your space in a day while you’re at work! The best place to look for good contractors? Try your local paint store. They deal one on one with them and know who will provide the best service.

Once you have a color selected your paint contractor is going to ask you for the sheen. If you’re unfamiliar with this term it’s simply the level of shine your paint will have:

  • Flat paint – Great for hiding imperfections, especially if you live in an older home. Also absorbs light adding depth. However, if you have kids a flat paint can be hard to maintain in high traffic areas.
  • Eggshell – this is one of my favorites. It has a soft sheen, that’s dull without being flat. A great in between option, but because of that slight sheen it can accentuate imperfections. The upside is it’s easier to clean small scuffs, if done with care.
  • Satin – This is the new option for doors, windows and other trim. Where semi-gloss used to be the standard, many homeowners have opted for this less shiny alternative. Easy to clean, and the soft sheen distinguishes it from the walls with eggshell or flat on them.
  • Semi-gloss – this one has lost favor for many folks because its sheen is pretty high. It shows all imprecations and can be down right tacky if not used appropriately. Great moisture barrier, easy to clean but be cautious as its high sheen can be reflective making walls blinding.
  • High-gloss – just as the name says this is the highest sheen available in paints. This one can be especially high-fashion if used on cabinetry, ceilings, or an entire room. Easy to clean, but will show imperfections.
  • Low Voc – Every paint vendor has a green section in their portfolio. Low Voc stands for low volatile organic compounds. Many of the things we place in our homes off-gas, including paint. This can be harmful for someone with asthma, lung disease, or other breathing issues, pets and small children. I suggest everyone go this route if it’s available especially if you have a tendency not to open your windows very often.

Paint can change your space instantly and give it a fresh vibe. Be sure to care for your walls to maintain their beauty.

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