How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with John Roberts Realty

 

How to Choose the Right Paint for Your Home

 

Choosing the right color to paint your home is a big decision for a lot of home owner's. Once you decide on a color the next step will be choosing the right paint for your home. Here are three things to consider to help you find the right paint type for your next home project:

1. Pick High-Quality Paint

First, you don’t need to choose a paint brand based on color. So, if you’ve found a fabulous color from a brand that costs $100 per gallon, don’t despair. Paint color-matching technology has become very sophisticated and online tools, such as color-swatches.com, let you convert colors from one brand to another. The key is to look for the best-performing paint you can afford. You should stay away from the cheapest paints, but spending the most money doesn’t always mean you get the best quality

2. Look for Eco-Friendly Paint

If you’ve ever had a headache or felt dizzy after painting, it was likely from the paint emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These toxic substances pose many health risks. Although the majority of VOCs are released into the air as paint dries, VOCs can continue to emit into the air for years. Thanks to stricter federal and local standards, however, paint manufacturers have had to reduce VOC levels. You can now find many high-quality zero-VOC paints. But do your homework first. When you choose a zero-VOC paint be sure the colorant mixed into the paint to create the fabulous color you want doesn’t add VOCs back into the final mixture! Ask your paint or home improvement store if the paint brand and color you’ve chosen are both VOC-free.

3. Select the Finish

Finally, you need to pick the right paint sheen or finish. The finish makes a big impact on how the paint looks on the wall and also determines how durable or washable the paint is. In general, the higher the shine, the more durable the paint, but each finish has its pros and cons.

Flat or Matte

This finish has the least shine so it reflects the least amount of light.

Pros: Good for hiding imperfections or for covering rough surfaces.

Cons: Harder to keep clean, so not recommended for high-traffic areas.

Best for: Bedrooms and other low-traffic areas, or surfaces like ceilings that you want to downplay.

Eggshell or satin

This type of finish is more light reflective than flat and has a subtle pearl-like sheen.

Pros: Stands up to washing, so works well in higher-traffic areas.

Cons: The added sheen means imperfections will stand out more than with a flat paint.

Best for: Kids bedrooms, dining room, bathroom, or kitchen walls.

Semi-Gloss

Pros: Durable, washable, and moisture-resistant.

Cons: Details or imperfection will stand out.

Best for: Kitchen, bathrooms, trim, and doors.

Gloss

Pros: The most durable, shiny finish.

Cons: Very shiny – every detail or imperfection will stand out.

Best for: Windows, trim, and doors.

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Comments (11)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Pat, these are very good report about how to choose the right paint for a home.

Apr 28, 2021 08:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share.

In our community, we need to get approval for changes in exterior colors.

Apr 29, 2021 05:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, I was showing a couple nights ago, and the whole house was painted a glossy white, and we had this discussion about what colors and types of paint.

Apr 29, 2021 06:48 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Pat! Thank you for the helpful tips on choosing paint

Apr 29, 2021 07:02 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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John, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week ahead.

May 10, 2021 07:40 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Roy, we are lucky in my we don't have to get approval for our changes. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week ahead.

May 10, 2021 07:42 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Joan, When I am showing homes this topic comes up often. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week ahead.

May 10, 2021 07:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Pat.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

May 10, 2021 08:07 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Pat, we are seeing a bit more bold colors in homes, but the grays seems to be most desired.

May 11, 2021 10:44 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Joan, we are seeing the same in our market area. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have  a great weekend.

May 14, 2021 09:43 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday afternoon, Pat.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

May 14, 2021 12:42 PM