We get it.
You want paint that looks good, for sure, but also performs the way you need it to. Especially if you have a busy household with kids or pets, your interior paint has to offer form and function.
It used to be that your paint’s gloss, or sheen, dictated how durable and washable it was. For example, ceilings were almost always painted with a flat or matte finish since they don’t see a lot of activity. Plus, flat finishes cover blemishes well, absorb light, and are easy to touch up.
In high-traffic, or higher-moisture areas (think bathrooms or kitchens), glossier finishes were recommended. The surface was harder, locking out moisture and making it much easier to clean. This also made higher-sheen paint a good option for trim, wainscoting, cabinets, baseboards, etc.
Paint for walls in general spaces, like your living room, more often than not were done in eggshell finishes. Eggshell offers a nice balance of softness and durability.
This raises just one important question: what if you don’t LIKE glossier finishes? Or what if you live in an older home where surface imperfections come with the territory, and you’d rather not highlight them with shiny, unforgiving paint?
Good News: Flat and Matte Paint Is More Durable Now Than Ever
As the EPA’s standards changed over the years, manufacturers did a tremendous job keeping pace by improving their paint formulas. Fumes and volatile organic compounds went down, and durability went up.
In fact, today’s flat and matte paint finishes are extremely functional and sturdy, offering a nice blend of strength and style. We still recommend talking to your painting company about your specific needs and requirements, since every home is different, but you are certainly NOT locked into one sheen over another.
As a side note, the performance and longevity of your paint really does depend on the brand and quality you choose. Don’t go for bargain, big box store options. You get what you pay for, and an investment in good products will pay long-lasting dividends.
Have any additional questions? Contact us at A.G. Williams Painting Company! We’re here to help, and would love the opportunity to serve you and your home.