Say you’re ready to paint your Belleville home, but you want to take it room-by-room. You’ve had an OK time looking at colors, but which paint finish should you use?

The good news for you is that many rooms naturally lend themselves to a specific paint finish. This comes down to the benefits each finish offers, especially when you consider how regularly a room’s walls are going to be washed.

The kitchen or bathroom

If you’re painting your kitchen or bathroom, popular paints tend to have a gloss finish. Gloss-sheen paint is harder than matte finishes, and consequentially it’s more durable and better it’s suited for areas that get dirty (and cleaned) often.

That said, if the walls of your kitchen or bathroom have many imperfections, gloss paint is likely to highlight them. Therefore, you might want to keep your mind open to other options like semi-gloss paints for a “best of both worlds” approach.

EXPERT TIP ON SEMI-GLOSS PAINT: Semi-gloss paints and regular gloss paints are durable and are best suited for surfaces that are cleaned often. Not only are they a good choice for bathrooms and kitchens walls, but also for doors and cabinets all around the house. 

Children’s room

Do you have a playroom or a child’s bedroom where you know the wall is going to fall pray to a lot of shenanigans? The best paint for these rooms (as well as staircases and hallways) is an eggshell paint, also called satin finish. Eggshell is pretty resistant while also offering a nice sheen—this way, you won’t have to worry about the kids ruining the paint quite as easily.

Ceilings and bedrooms

If you are looking for a paint that can help hide imperfections (and that’s your priority), then your choice should be a flat paint. This type of paint finish is used for walls that are showing greater damage as well as ceilings, as it has non-reflective properties that give it a nice, flat, matte finish.

If you are still unsure about which paint to pick, don’t be afraid to ask for professional help nearby—at Valor, we’re always ready to serve!