How to Pick the Best Finish for An Interior Painting Project

Starting an interior painting project opens up a realm of possibilities, from choosing vibrant hues to finding the perfect finish. In this post, Todd Hess from Todd A Hess Painting Co is your guide through the maze of finish options, helping you find the perfect fit for your project. 

From debunking the myth of higher sheen for durability to navigating the delicate balance between appearance and functionality, we’ve got you covered. Join us on this journey as we unravel the intricacies of interior finishes, helping you make choices that resonate with your style and stand the test of time. Let’s transform your space with the right finishing touches!

Understanding the Sheen Myth

In the past, the common belief was that higher sheen equated to greater durability and washability. This led to the prevalent use of semi-gloss paints instead of flat paints. The assumption was that a higher sheen would withstand more scrubbing and resist fingerprints better. However, advancements in paint quality have debunked this myth. With acrylic and latex products dominating the interior painting scene, you can now achieve durability and washability without compromising on sheen.

Consider Traffic Levels

When choosing finishes, consider the traffic levels in different areas. For low-traffic zones, opt for lower sheens like flat or matte to cleverly conceal imperfections on the walls. High-traffic areas, such as a tall foyer, present a choice between appearance and maintainability. Foyers, if possible, are excellent places to use flat and matte finishes, effectively hiding imperfections.

Navigating Wall Finishes

For walls, the recommendation leans towards satin, eggshell, matte, or flat finishes. Imperfections, despite meticulous addressing, tend to reveal themselves on walls. Whether in a modern or older house, sticking to satin, eggshell, matte, or flat ensures a consistent and visually pleasing outcome.

Ceilings and Trim Trends

Ceilings are best adorned with flat finishes, except for bathrooms where matte or eggshell could suffice. The trend in trim work is shifting towards satin, deviating from the conventional semi-gloss. This shift is attributed to the enhanced durability of modern products, resulting in a softer aesthetic for trim. Most cabinetry sets are now in a satin finish, ensuring a harmonious look when adjacent trim has a semi-gloss finish.

Get started on your interior home project today

Todd A Hess Painting Co advocates for a nuanced approach to finish selection. We recommend adapting choices based on specific areas, their usage, and the desired aesthetic. Ready to embark on your painting journey in York, PA

Contact Todd A Hess Painting Co. at 717-881-5807 for professional guidance or get a free quote fast and easy online today. Elevate your interior aesthetics with finishes that seamlessly blend durability, appearance, and functionality.

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