The Dummies Guide to the Different Types of Interior Paints

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Once you've taken the time to properly prepare the interior that's about to be painted you can finally get to the painting itself – at long last! But it's not simply a matter of throwing paint up on a wall and hoping for the best. You do need to be careful about the type of paint you use – the finish might not be what you expected otherwise.

It does not matter whether or not you choose oil based or water based paintings there are still a lot of choices to make. You can have glossy, satin, flat, semi-glossy, eggshell or a matte finish. What type of finish does each one give? Well it does what it says on the tin – so to speak so the actual descriptions will save you a lot of guess work.

Gloss paint, as the name suggests, leaves a shiny finish that's very easy to clean but they do tend to get dirty very easily too. If you have little feet running around you might spend a lot of time cleaning handprints off the gloss on your newly painted walls. If you use this type of paint it will mean the room will reflect a lot of the light coming into it. This can be ideal for rooms that do not get much natural light. Semi-gloss is basically the same type of paint but not as intense in terms of the sheen from it.

Satin paintings are generally good for use anywhere in the house – they're very versatile in that way. Walls painted with a satin paint will be easy enough to keep clean and have a low gloss look to them.

Eggshell paintings … well … try to imagine what an eggshell looks like and you'll have an idea of ​​the type of sheen you'll get from this type of paint. Not too glossy and not too dull – because of this it works well in most rooms in a home.

Matte or flat paint is exactly what it sounds like. You do not need to apply a lot of it and it reflects almost no light. This might make it sound a bit gloomy as a paint choice but it's far from it. It can look really well in bedrooms – where minimizing light is usually the idea. One of the main places you'll see matte paint in use is on ceilings – have a look at your house or apartment now to check.

Now all you need to do is pick out a color scheme and you're good to go – you'll be picking the perfect type of paint for whatever room or painting project you have in mind!