Selecting the right paint color for your interior walls isn’t the only choice you face when updating your home’s look. You also need to choose the paint finish, which is vital to getting the look you desire. Our professional interior painters know that two of the most popular paint finish choices today are satin and semi-gloss paint.
The Pros and Cons of Semi-Gloss Paint
Semi-gloss paint features a radiant sheen that makes architectural details in a room stand out, such as moldings, stair railings, window and door casements, and mantelpieces. Light from windows and lamps reflects off semi-gloss paint, often giving your room an actual glow.
Semi-gloss paint is also easy to keep clean since you can wipe most stains off with a damp cloth. However, semi-gloss paint can be unforgiving in a different way. If your walls have many imperfections, the high sheen of semi-gloss paint will highlight them and draw your eye to every defect.
The Pros and Cons of Satin Finishes
Satin finish paint is less lustrous than semi-gloss while still providing a hint of a sheen that imparts an elegant look to walls. It offers greater reflectivity than matte, flat, or eggshell paints, which can end up looking drab. Satin finishes are also more forgiving to walls with underlying scrapes or pockmarks, so they save time on wall preparation.
Satin paint is also easy to clean, though it may require a bit of detergent (which can lead to wall damage if too abrasive). It’s also slightly less expensive than semi-gloss paint, which can add up if you’re repainting your whole home.
How to Choose Between Semi-Gloss and Satin Finish Paint
When it’s time to choose the right finish for your walls, pay attention to what room you’re painting. Semi-gloss paint is a great choice for rooms that may endure a lot of traffic or require a lot of cleaning. Choose it for bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms, as well as children’s rooms, where you may end up cleaning Crayon off the walls. On the other hand, Satin finish paint is an excellent choice for most living spaces and bedrooms, where high-intensity cleaning is rarely needed.
At Padlo’s Perfect Painting, we can help you make the finish and color choices that perfectly suit your tastes and complement your space. Contact us today for more information about our interior painting services.