Whenever I’m engaged to assist clients with colour selection for their home, one of the questions that usually pops up is “What gloss level?”
These days there are so many choices in finishes of paint and it can become confusing. Different paint companies will have different names for the finish. Below you will find a basic explanation for each of the types of paint.
However, my usual response is – Low Sheen on the walls, Flat on the ceiling and Gloss on the woodwork or trim. Naturally this gets altered depending on the age of the building, the style of the building and what effect or mood the client wants to create, but it’s a good starting point if you are planning on doing it yourself.
- Flat Finish also called matt finish will diffuse the light and minimise glare. It will also conceal a multitude of flaws. It is usually used on ceilings or to mask joints or patching.
- Low Sheen is a great all-rounder with a subtle sheen. It is washable so ideal for most walls in the house.
- Satin and Semi-Gloss provides brightness without the glare, sheen without shine. This finish needs more preparation and is great for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms and high traffic areas.
- High Gloss gives a very shiny, durable, easy maintained finish, but can show up imperfections. It looks great on doors, window frames and skirting boards.
- Glaze has a shimmery pearlescent, mother-of-pearl finish with rich lustre. It can be applied over a base coat for a luminous colour.
- Fresco or Stucco is an old style of textured paint, originally applied in a plaster mix, but now also available in synthetic. It can also be coated in a wax finish for a richer finish.
- Milk Paint is milk powder and pigment mixed with binders which gives a soft finish and can be mixed to any strength.
- Metallic paint uses finely ground minerals to create a shimmering modern effect. For best effect use a cross-hatching method of application.
If you require assistance in choosing colours or gloss levels for your home renovation, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.