When building a new home, many are surprised at the vast number of options they have available. From the type of flooring to the color of their trim, there are many decisions to be made. One such decision relates to the type and color of interior paint you use. Different types of paint have different characteristics and are used for different purposes. It may seem challenging to sift through these options, but knowing just a few basics can relieve any stress, and help you make the best paint decisions for your new home. Let’s look at these basics and help narrow down your interior paint selections.
In general, there are two distinct types of paint used for interior walls, oil based and latex. Both are valuable with particular characteristics. Water-based latex paints are a fantastic option for your walls. Latex paint contains a plastic resin that helps it to stick better and provide flexibility. Latex is easier to maintain than oil and tend to resist damage including peeling, flaking, and blistering. Oil paint does have its benefits. While latex may be the best choice for walls, oil-based paints are great for other things such as trim, furniture, and cabinets. Oil-based paint provides exceptional adhesion and creates a durable protective coating. They also have a smooth, glossy finish that many people enjoy. However, for most applications in your new home, latex paint is likely the optimal choice.
Paint sheen refers to the way your paint will look to the eye. There are several choices for paint sheen that include matte or flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Choosing a sheen involves several considerations including personal taste, function, room traffic, and others. Matte or flat finish is an outstanding choice for low traffic areas of your home such as ceiling. Flat paint has very little sheen, which helps hide any imperfections in the surface. However, it can be damaged more easily than other finishes. Eggshell and satin finishes are an excellent in-between finish. These are usually used in high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. They are generally the easiest to clean and tend to resist moisture and mildew. Semi-gloss and gloss provide a shiny and even glass-like finish. Gloss finishes are very durable, easy to clean, and highly resistant to moisture. Because of these characteristics, they work very well on cabinets, doors, windows, and trim.
The colors you choose is perhaps the most personal choice when it comes to selecting paint. The color is highly dependent on your own style and preferences, but it is wise to consider a few critical factors when deciding on your color scheme. Different colors can have different effects on the room in which it is used. For example, using dark colors can make spaces seem much smaller. Also, consider using a color wheel to help select colors for adjacent rooms or accent walls. It is wise to use complimentary colors or harmonious colors when possible. However, color hues are endless and whatever colors you choose should be ones you love. It can be helpful to use digital tools to help visualize what your rooms will look like with your chosen colors. Taking digital photos of your room and applying different colors with photo software can be an excellent way to try out various options.
Choosing the color paint used in your home is a fun and exciting part of the home building process. Understanding these paint basics can be a significant help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed. Have fun, and remember that even if your initial paint choice does not work, or if your tastes change, you can repaint it whenever you desire. Your builder can also be an excellent source of help when choosing paint. Their experience is a benefit that can help you make the best decisions for a beautiful interior.
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