How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home

Adding a fresh coat of paint to a room in your house is a great way to give the room new life without spending a ton of time or money. You can give yourself a practically brand new space in a matter of hours for the low price of a can of paint and painting supplies. While the painting process itself doesn’t take much time, it’s important that you carefully consider which type and color of paint you use on your wall. The last thing you want is to start painting only to realize that the color you chose doesn’t look right once it’s on the wall. Follow the following advice from paint stores in Seattle to ensure you get everything you dreamed out of your newly painted room.

The right color

The first step in choosing the right new paint for your house is picking out the best color. While choosing a color might sound easy, it’s actually anything but simple. Not only are the color choices vast, but paint also tends to look different on your walls than it does in paint stores in Seattle. Be sure to pick up a few samples and paint a small patch of each color on your wall. That’s the only way to ensure you’re choosing the perfect color.

The perfect paint type

In addition to coming in more colors than you can imagine, paint can either be oil- or latex-based. Many professional painters choose latex paint for walls because it’s less fade-resistant than oil-based paint. Latex paints also breathe better, which results in less blistering over time. It goes without saying that, if your paint doesn’t fade as much or blister as quickly, you won’t have to deal with repainting it as often. While latex is favored for walls, you may want to consider using an oil-based paint for real wood trim and baseboards. Oil paint seals and stains knots in the wood better than latex paint. Speak with one of our staff members to learn about the advantages of latex and oil paints.

The spot-on sheen

After you’ve decided on a color and paint type, you’ll need to figure out which sheen you want to use. The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean up spills and messes that get on the wall. This makes glossy paints a great option for playrooms or spaces where your children hang out (and inevitably make messes). On the other hand, glossy paints also make imperfections in your wall more apparent. Semi-gloss is a good choice for kitchens, because it cleans up well without showing too many imperfections. Flat paint is a great choice for walls with a ton of blemishes, but it’s hard to clean anything that gets on the wall.

If you need a new look for your home, look no further than your local paint stores in Seattle! Stop by Stewart Lumber & Hardware Co. to speak with one of our friendly team members about all of the advantages of repainting, and let us help choose the right paint for you and your home.

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