DIY is terrific. There are so many ways to be creative when it comes to customizing your home and making it look exactly the way that you want. DIY projects can be inexpensive as you may be able to substitute expensive materials with something cheaper, but just as good. Paint, however, is not one of those things.
What is a Good Paint?
When it comes to selecting paint, it’s best to stick with the pros at Consumer Reports who don’t get paid for their reviews or accept advertising. Their findings indicate that economy grades of interior paint don’t perform well in any category. This leaves you with the higher end paints from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Glidden, Sherwin-Williams, and Valspar. Behr brand interior paint is exclusively available at Home Depot, while Valspar can be found only at Lowe’s, while Glidden can be found at Home Depot and independent stores. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are available exclusively through their retail outlets.
Finishes are as Important as Color
The finish that you use is just as important as the color that you choose. For instance, when painting the room a darker color, choose either satin or semi-gloss paints to reflect light and make the room more open.
- Flat finishes can be terrific and look very sophisticated, but they don’t have much stain resistance and can be hard to clean.
- Eggshell and satin finishes fall right between flat and semigloss and should be used on smooth, primed, and prepared services. They’re durable enough for high-traffic areas like family rooms or kids’ rooms.
- Semi-gloss paints are the most durable of all, and the easiest clean. They’re perfect for kitchens and baths, kids’ rooms, mudrooms, or high-traffic areas.
- Glossy paints are generally used for exterior trim, or very easy to clean, and very durable. They can be used indoors but are highly reflective and may be jarring against more matte finishes.
Modern, high-quality paints are also much lower in volatile organic compounds – called VOCs. These compounds give paint its distinctive smell, but over the years through regulation these substances have been reduced. However, for a paint to call itself low VOC, it has to conform with EPA requirements of less than 250 g/L the oil-based paints can have up to 380 g/L.
When it comes to interior painting, sometimes best thing is to hire experienced interior painters. Blue Coyote Painting of Phoenix has the experience that your project needs to look terrific and last for years. Call us and we’ll show you what our interior painters can bring to your project.