Interior Designers in Dallas – Selecting the Right Paint Finish
It’s typical to think that the paint color is the most important decision to make while choosing paint and when it comes to finishes there are only a couple of options to chose from. While paint color is for obvious reasons important, the finish can truly create the designing effect you are trying to accomplish. In general paint finishes consist of a couple of different factors that interior designer specifically have to take into account, such as wash-ability and luster.
“Selecting the ideal sheen involves both aesthetic and both practical consideration. From an aesthetic standpoint, sheen creates visual interest and from a practical standpoint, sheen can help extend the life of the paint job,” says Aimee Desrosiers, Director of Marketing for Behr.
Flat paint is on one end of the spectrum while it consists of a more dry lack luster designing finish. Flat paint is a perfect option for walls and ceiling that have imperfections and irregularities and for spaces that are high traffic.
Eggshell enamel is one step up from flat paint but it allows for more scrub-ability compared to the flat paint. In the below image, courtesy of Behr paint, we can see the egg shell paint finish on the walls, the semi-gloss paint on the doors, and the gloss paint on the table which allows for design visual interest to be drawn to each part of the room.
Are you going for a brighter appearance? Then semi gloss would be the finish to flirt with. Having a strong light source with towering windows would allow for the shiny appearance from the semi gloss to come through. The durability is once again much stronger than a flat which makes it an ideal pick for interior designers while designing a kitchen or bathroom.
Interior designers will typically turn to a satin finish when trying create warm pearl like finish to accomplish the look that a semi-gloss or eggshell might create. This finish is perfect for halls, kid’s rooms and woodwork that might need to stand some extra wear and tear.
When interior designers are trying to create a deep rich tone, High Gloss is what they will be turning to. High gloss can tend to show off all imperfections on the flat surface so it is important to make sure the surface is an ideal one. Interior designers are sure to make a statement with their high gloss selection!
Finishes are an important element in the design world for creating the ambiance the designer is looking to accomplish. There are so many options out there so let you creative juices start to flow…happy painting!