When it comes to painting, there’s a lot of information out there! From colors to finishes to textures, choosing the right paint for your commercial space isn’t always a straightforward decision. Luckily, our team of experts at Visual Enhancements Inc is here to help! Keep reading to find out more about different paint finishes, and how to choose the perfect finish for all of your spaces.
Flat paint, also known as matte, is zero-gloss. This means that rather than reflecting light, they diffuse light throughout the room. Affordability and easy application are some of the hallmarks of this type of finish. Unfortunately, flat paints are easily damaged by cleaner and so can’t be scrubbed at—they’re best for low-traffic or low-touch areas, such as storage rooms or ceilings.
Slightly more lustrous than flat paints, eggshell finishes are so-called because they have the barest hint of a sheen—similar to an eggshell. These paints cover imperfections easily, and—while not as durable as satin or gloss paints—are more durable than flat paints, making them a good choice for medium-traffic areas, like offices or conference rooms.
Satin finishes are the most popular choice for many commercial buildings, and it’s easy to see why; these paints combine durability and affordability, and with their velvety sheen they lend elegance to any space. One of the downsides of satin paints is their tendency to show brushstrokes, meaning that it’s not always easy to touch up this paint down the road. Satin paints are great for high-traffic areas such as cafeterias and common spaces.
Semi-gloss is exactly what it sounds like: a finish that is shiny and reflective. Semi-gloss paints are very durable and mildew-resistant which makes them the perfect choice for rooms that may see a lot of moisture, such as bathrooms or janitors’ closets. They’re also a good choice for rooms that may see a lot of wear-and-tear, such as daycares and kitchens.
High-gloss paints are the shiniest and most reflective paints. They’re incredibly durable and can handle daily cleaning and hard scrubbing, which makes them perfect for high-touch surfaces like doors and cabinets, or places where dust collects such as trim. One disadvantage to high-gloss paints is that they do not hide imperfections, which means that thorough prep work is mandatory—no skipping the primer for these paints!
With endless colors and several different finishes creating thousands of paint options, choosing the right paint for your office space may seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone! Our team at Visual Enhancements Inc can assist at every step—from the initial choices to the final product, we’re here to help your project come to life. Get in touch with us today to find out more about how we can make your vision a reality!