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The Best Paint for Every Room

By:Madeline Bokan - July 2, 2019

 
Choosing color is the fun (read: easier) part of a painting project. But when it comes to choosing the right finish? That can feel a bit overwhelming. With half a dozen sheens to choose from, how do you know which will look best in your space once the paint is dry?

Whether you go with flat, satin or something in-between, paint finish plays a crucial part in the final finished product. This is because a paint's sheen is influenced by many variables unique to your space, such as lighting and size of the room, which aren't taken into account for on a paint chip. Read on to learn more about three of the most popular finishes, along with which are best for some of the most important rooms in your home.

Matte Paint Is Perfect For The Bedroom.

This paint is often chosen for bedrooms, as a matte sheen is not durable enough to be heavily cleaned. Think about it: Unless you routinely knock over your night-cap glass of red wine and it splatters everywhere, how often do you actually clean your bedroom walls?

Matte paint is also great at hiding any imperfections or textures on the surface, making it an easy low-prep and low-maintenance option.

This finish absorbs light, which can sometimes make a color look slightly lighter. If you like the color swatch as is, try a shade darker when painting with this sheen.

Tip: The lower the sheen, typically means the lower the cost per gallon. Since homes tend to have multiple bedrooms to paint, you can actually save a few bucks by choosing flat or matte paint for these rooms.

Semi-Gloss Paint Is Great For High-Trafficked Rooms.
 
On the other end of the sheen spectrum you have glosses. A semi-gloss finish is ideal for rooms that are prone to messes, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and home gyms.

The durable finish can be cleaned frequently—you can easily wipe up any makeup or sink splatter with a cleanser and a rag without being afraid of damaging the paint job.

This sheen will reflect light, causing the paint color to look darker. If you like the color swatch as is, try a shade lighter.

Tip: This finish requires more prep before you begin painting, as its glossy sheen will highlight any imperfections in the surface. Allocate yourself time to deep clean the wall, spackle any holes, and let the surface fully dry.

Eggshell Paint Is For Those Rooms in The Middle.

Eggshell is great for dining and living rooms—spaces that are lived-in but not quite as exposed to the messes and moisture frequently found in kitchens and bathrooms.

Eggshell is usually the most true-to-color, as it neither reflects nor absorbs the light. Your walls will have a subtle luster without a shiny over-the-top look.

If you're still not sure what finish is right for you, eggshell is a nice, safe option.