You’ve started a project that requires paint, and you now find yourself heading to Home Depot. You think to yourself, “Its just paint. How hard can it be?” Once you arrive, you navigate your way over to the paint department and go to the wall of colors. Now what? I am sure a million and one questions are running through your head and they all start with, what type, color and finish do I need?
Well my friend, you are in the right place. In this short but sweet article, you will learn everything you need to know about paint so that you never look like a Moaning Lisa by the wall of colors ever again.
First, let’s discuss water vs. oil-based paints. How do you know the difference? You can determine this by taking a wet washcloth and rubbing it against the paint. If the surface transfers to the wet cloth or the surface becomes lighter or softens once rubbed, then it is water-based paint. Water-based paint is a latex paint usually used on walls and ceilings. Water-based paint will stick to oil-based paints but will not stick to high-gloss finishes. On the other hand oil-based paint is great for molding cabinets and furniture. Oil-based paint has a smooth finish and is often used as a protective coat.
Now that we have determined if we need water or oil-based paint, we need to determine what color/ colors are needed for our project. Right now monochromatic colors (shades or tints of one color) are really popular. You can get this look by adding a touch of grey into the paint to create a tone. The cooler colors are in right now. What I mean by that is grey and whites. Warmer colors would be your beiges and browns.
We are almost ready to get our paint mixed and head out of the store. We have our paint type and color, now all we need to do is determine the finish, which can also be referred to as the gloss or sheen.
– Matte/flat: smooth finish, hides surface imperfections, hard to clean, suffers damage easily, and best for low traffic.
-Eggshell: Velvety, easy to clean, still pretty flat look, and better for hardwearing areas.
-Satin: Silky, pearl-like finish, stain resistant, resists moisture and mildew, and best for high-traffic kitchens & bathrooms.
-Semi-Gloss: Sleek, radiant, high resistance to moisture, and best for cabinets, doors or windows.
-High Gloss: Very durable, easy to clean and best for trim and molding.
Congratulations you are now able to navigate the paint aisle like a pro. Get out there and start your next project using these tips.