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- Paint Colours & Types
- Flat or Matte
- Satin Paints
- Semi-gloss Paints
- Gloss Paints
Painting your home - paint colours and types
Paints contain “sheen” which refers to the level of gloss
contained in it. High-gloss will come out very shiny while
“matte” or “flat” paints won’t have any shine at all.
Understanding sheen is important when it comes to choosing
paints for walls and trims as each offer their own unique
contribution. For example, “flat” or “Matte” paints are good
at concealing scratches and imperfections, the other end of
the scale being “high-gloss” aren’t so good, yet they are
fantastic for use in high traffic or moist areas.
Flat or Matte
Perhaps the most commonly used paint for walls as it offers a
smooth and matte finish. Being non-reflective, it is able to
conceal imperfections making it a great paint for uneven
surfaces such as dry walling.
Satin Paints or “eggshell”
These paints offer a low lustre or slight sheen finish which is
perfect if you are after warmth and depth. They also lend
themselves well to imperfect surfaces, especially walls.
This type of paint is very durable but isn’t all that great at
concealing imperfections, yet it is a great paint for bathrooms,
kitchens, kid’s rooms and high traffic areas such doorways,
window ledges, skirting boards and such like.
The most durable and hard wearing of all paint types. When applied
it dries to a high sheen and because of this is great for use on
doors, window and doorframes and baseboards. Not great for imperfect
surfaces though bumps uneven surfaces will reflect back and appear
far worse than they actually are. In order to get around this, you
may be able to first apply a “matte” coating (or two), smooth the
surface down and then apply a couple of coats of “gloss”.