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5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Paint Finish

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There are less options for paint finishes than there are paint colors so when it’s time to select the best option for your space it can be a very daunting task. The professional painting experts at  Mesa Painting can make recommendations on how to choose the best paint finish to fit the design and function of your space. Some of the main things to consider when you select the perfect paint finish is budget, aesthetic and cleanliness.

The Perfect Paint Finish

Have you been spending many hours deciding between multiple paint options? Have you taped swatches on the walls, or painted different options all over your walls? Choosing the right color for your walls can feel overwhelming since there is an endless amount of colors to choose from. Even when you narrow it down to just one color, there are so many different shades of that color to choose from?

When the color selection process is finished, you might feel like you’re finally done making decisions. Before you turn your brain off, there’s one more decision to make: paint finishes.

Don’t worry, there are a lot less options of paint finishes than there are paint colors. The finish you choose will partly be a decorative choice that will change how shiny your paint appears, there are also practical factors to consider for choosing the right paint sheen for your space.

The professionals at Mesa Painting can help you with deciding on the perfect finish for the interior of your Santa Barbara home.

Here are some of the basics you should be thinking about when it comes to selecting the best paint finishes:

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#1 Think About Your Desired Aesthetic

Have you been spending many hours deciding between multiple paint options? Have you taped swatches on the walls, or painted different options all over your walls? Choosing the right color for your walls can feel overwhelming since there is an endless amount of colors to choose from. Even when you narrow it down to just one color, there are so many different shades of that color to choose from?

When the color selection process is finished, you might feel like you’re finally done making decisions. Before you turn your brain off, there’s one more decision to make: paint finishes.

Don’t worry, there are a lot less options of paint finishes than there are paint colors. The finish you choose will partly be a decorative choice that will change how shiny your paint appears, there are also practical factors to consider for choosing the right paint sheen for your space.

The professionals at Mesa Painting can help you with deciding on the perfect finish for the interior of your Santa Barbara home.

Here are some of the basics you should be thinking about when it comes to selecting the best paint finishes:

#2 Think About the Traffic

Wearability is one of the biggest considerations you should consider when selecting a paint finish. The walls in your home that are in high-traffic areas will need to be cleaned more often.

Entryways, hallways and family rooms might need to be cleaned more often because of the high traffic.

Eggshells and semi-glosses are more common in these areas because they’re easier to clean than flat or matte finishes The higher the sheen, the easier it is to clean.

#3 Think About the Imperfections

If the surfaces you’re going to paint are older and more blemished, you’re going to want to use a matte or flat paint finish because it is better at hiding imperfections. Since these finishes are less reflective, they do a good job no showing nicks or scuffs, or uneven spots.

They’ll provide a simple and smooth look, even if underneath doesn’t look perfect. Higher sheen finishes show imperfections on the surface. That’s why it’s very helpful to let the experts at Mesa Painting handle the application, especially for higher sheen finishes. If you’re not an expert painter you might be stuck with seeing roller or brush strokes when the paint has dried.

#4 Consider the Moisture

When you’re painting a kitchen, laundry room or bathroom you need to think about the moisture and condensation on the walls. You should choose a paint finish that is less porous to avoid water leaking into the surface and allowing for water stains.

The higher the sheen, the less porous the paint. Flat or matte finishes are more likely to absorb oils, dirt and moisture. We recommend choosing higher sheens in rooms that have a lot of moisture to keep surfaces dry and free of mildew.

Satin paint finishes work well in bathrooms because they resist mold or mildew, dirt and other stains that happen more often in these rooms

Here is a checklist for you to go through to help determine your perfect finish:

Flat or Matte is non-reflective or smooth (no shine)
Eggshell and Satin has a softer shine or soft appearance (little shine) Semi-gloss and High-gloss has a mirror like finish or highly reflective (shines)

#5 Think About Your Project Budget

The cost of your painting finish will vary based on the brand of the pain you choose but in general, the cost rises based on the higher sheens. Since the high-gloss paint is the most durable, you might save a little in the long run on the touch up cost. With a free estimate by Mesa Paining you’ll be able to know what kind of finish is the best choice for your project and you’ll get an idea of costs associated with each selection available.

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Mesa Painting has been providing professional painting services in Santa Barbara county for over 10 years. Schedule your estimate, by calling or filling out our form. We’re excited to speak to you about upgrading your space and we can help you decide the best paint finish that fits the goals of your space and your budget.