Choose a paint color
The first step when painting a room is choosing a color. A color can add a personality or mood to a room. Certain colors have certain personality, so it’s important to think about what personality you want for that room. Blues adds a soothing and calming atmosphere, greens create a fresh and serene feel, yellows are optimistic and cheerful colors, oranges typically add an energizing and fun feel, reds are exciting and emotional colors, and finally, purples generate a spiritual and creative atmosphere.
You can always find inspiration for a color in a magazine, on Pinterest, or go to the Dunn Edwards Color Visualization Tool. The Visualization Tool is a great way to see if you like the color in a room before you paint it on the walls. You just upload a picture of the room you want to paint or pick one from Dunn Edward image library. Then, you choose a color from Dunn Edwards Palette and see what you think!
Choose a paint sheen
Once you picked the perfect color, then you must choose a finish or sheen which is a key feature in determining how your final product will look and wear. HomCo sells all Dunn Edwards Paints and they have seven different types of finishes or glosses of paint. So let’s talk about each of the sheens you can get for the room you are painting.
Selecting the right sheen for your paint project can be easy if you understand the practical and aesthetic use for each sheen. Dunn Edwards talks about sheen as a gloss level. Gloss describes how much light is reflected from the surface of the paint. Dunn Edwards states, “If a painted surface is very smooth and glass-like, the reflection is perceived to be “shiny” or “glossy”. Conversely, a flat paint has a rough surface profile after it dries. Light that hits such a surface is reflected and scattered in many different directions, so it appears “flat” to the eye. The gloss level of paint can have a significant impact on both appearance and serviceability.
Increasing gloss improves the durability of paints – including scrub-, stain- and moisture-resistance. However, higher gloss levels tend to highlight defects and imperfections on a surface” (Source: Dunn Edwards). Simply choosing between them is a matter of weighing your room conditions, needs for durability, personal taste and personality you want the room to portray.
Types of Paint Sheens from Dunn Edwards
Flat is the most forgiving finish. If your wall has imperfections like uneven texture, patches or joints, flat paint will absorb light and make them less noticeable. Flat paints have the least amount of gloss, so they will conceal surface imperfections rather than highlight them. Flat paint also touches up better if you like to do that periodically. The down side of the flat finish is that it is not very durable meaning if you scrub the flat paint, it can wear down the finish and cause sheen to appear in patchy spots.
Best for: Ceilings or rooms that do not experience a lot of traffic
Velvet finishes resemble the flat paint finish but have a slight glossy view from the side. This is a little more durable for cleaning the surface.
Best for: Living rooms and dining rooms
Eggshell finishes are one step glossier than velvet finishes and two steps glossier than flat finishes. They convey a greater warmth and depth to surfaces than flat paints. This paint is very durable, and you can clean the surface a little more than the other two finishes. The paint experts at HomCo say that this finish the best paint to use in most of the house, like in the living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.
Best for: High traffic areas.
Low sheen is a good choice for areas where some gloss is desired. This finish has a slightly glossy appearance.
Best for: Kitchen, bathroom, kids’ bedrooms, and laundry rooms, where some gloss is desired.
Semi-gloss finishes have a slightly glossy appearance and are less reflective than the gloss finish. They offer a good stain resistance, are easy to clean, and are most often used in rooms requiring frequent scrubbing. Semi-gloss is also a good alternative to gloss paints for use on windows, trim, cabinets and doors. This is the finish to use in house for the bathrooms, kitchen and kids’ rooms because it very easy to keep clean.
Best for: Bathrooms, kids’ bedrooms, kitchen, windows, trim, cabinets, and doors
Gloss finishes have a highly reflective appearance imparting a slick, contemporary look. They are tough, durable and stain-resistant. Gloss paints are easier to clean than lower gloss paints and are typically on doors and cabinets exposed to fingerprints and grime. Because of its high reflection, gloss paint can highlight surface imperfections.
Best for: Doors and cabinets
Dunn Edwards states that, “high gloss paints have the highest reflective appearance. They are the toughest, most durable and most stain resistant of all finishes. High gloss paints are the easiest to clean and are typically used on doors and cabinets exposed to dirt and oil and can also be used for trim and some woodwork. High gloss paint can emphasize surface imperfections.”
Best for: Doors, cabinets, trim, woodwork
Mike, the resident HomCo paint expert and department lead, has owned and operated a painting business in Green Valley for 22 years.
Mike recommends: Flat or velvet for the ceilings and eggshell for most of the house except for kids’ rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. He would recommend semi- gloss for the kids’ room, bathrooms and kitchen because this finish is easy to clean.