Choosing paint colors for the interior rooms of your home can be an arduous process, one that involves taking into consideration the furniture, architectural details, flooring, lighting and, of course, the mood of the room. But once you have finally selected the color you love, there is one more decision regarding paint: the level of sheen you want to use.
Each paint sheen has its own characteristics and practical applications. Some sheens are highly durable and easy to clean, while others are great at full coverage and hiding imperfections. Some absorb light in the room, while others tend to reflect it. Accordingly, different types of sheens can be ideal for different areas of your home. The higher the sheen, the higher the shine, and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. With these things in mind, which sheens are best for which room? Let’s take a closer look:
- High Gloss or Semi-Gloss – These two sheens are the most durable and reflect light the most. High gloss and semi-gloss are great for rooms where there will be high traffic and sticky/dirty fingers such as: children’s playrooms, kitchens, mud rooms, and younger children’s bedrooms.
- Satin – This sheen has a velvety luster that looks soft to the touch. While this sheen is fairly easy to clean, it does show imperfections in the walls, so be sure that cracks, bumps, or holes are properly filled and sanded. A great application site would be in areas such as: family rooms, dens, and older children’s bedrooms.
- Eggshell – Named because of its eggshell luster, this sheen covers imperfections well, but is a little less durable or tougher to clean without wiping off the actual paint. This sheen would be great to use in dining rooms or low traffic areas.
- Flat or Matte – This sheen soaks up the light rather than reflect it so if your walls have imperfections this would be the paint to use. The best places to use this sheen are in an adult bedroom or an area that sees little traffic. Some homeowners choose to use this as their ceiling paint as well.
Do you have questions about the durability and light absorption of the paint for the room(s) you have chosen? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
As painters for the last three decades, we often get asked some common questions about paint and the painting process. Here are a few of them for your research before you choose the professional you plan to work with. If you have more specific questions regarding your home please call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
- What type of paint do you use and why? We primarily use Benjamin Moore Paints due to the high quality of their paints.
- Do you offer environmentally friendly paints? Most paints now have low VOCs but we can certainly use non-VOC paint or paints with low odor. Talk to us and we can take care of your concerns.
- How long should my exterior paint job last? There are many factors that determine how long the paint lasts including preparation of the surface, quality of the surface, quality of the wood, and environmental factors such as location and access to direct sunlight. We would be able to assess this better after viewing your home and the environment surrounding your home.
- What are the different kinds of paint finishes, and how do I select them for each room? There are several choices for paint sheen, although different brands call them different things. In general there is high-gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell, and flat. We can help you decide which may be better for high traffic areas or areas that see more moisture like kitchens and bathrooms.
- How do I choose a color for either inside or outside my home? At Jerry Enos Painting we offer a color consultant that you can work with to determine what color palette would be best for your home.
- Is there any way to increase the life of the paint on my interior walls? We suggest regular cleaning with soap and water, or even just a damp cloth that can quickly wipe away grease, grime, and unsightly smudges, especially around light switches.
Do the walls and trim of your home have a few scrapes, scuffs, or gouges caused by the normal wear and tear of typical high traffic areas? Many homeowners try touching up these blemishes on their own, only to find that, despite the relatively small size of the marks, they are not as simple to fix as they may seem. Some factors that are often overlooked include not taking into account the temperature/humidity, the original sheen, the porousness of a surface, and the original application method. Due to this, many touch-ups look and feel different from the surrounding surfaces. This is a problem if you were aiming for the eyesore to blend in seamlessly again. Here are a few of the troubles that homeowners encounter when touching up tarnished surfaces.
- Matching the Color – If at all possible use the same batch of paint to be sure the color matches identically. If that is not possible, take a sample and have a paint professional match the color using the technology that is now readily available. Do not use old paint as it may not be mixed as well or may not match precisely.
- Fixing Gouges – Many times, gouges or scratches in the drywall must be fixed before painting the area to match. This could be tricky because the drywall filler may absorb the coating at a different rate than the finished wall, thus giving a different look to the paint.
- Sheen – Be sure when fixing small touch-ups that you have chosen the right paint with the same sheen as the original coat. Nothing calls attention to a touch-up more than covering up a flat paint wall with a high-gloss touch-up.
- Application Method – If you rolled-on the paint rather than brushing it on you should follow the same procedure when completing touch ups. The way the paint looks on your walls or trim is partly determined by the application method.
If you are considering doing some touch-ups around your home or business, call Jerry Enos Painting for help to get it right the first time. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
Take a look up! When was the last time you painted the ceilings in your home? Do they have stains, marks, or cobwebs forming in the corners? It may be time to think about how your ceiling can change and freshen up the look of your interior rooms. The ceiling is often called the “fifth wall” of a room or many times the forgotten surface as many homeowners overlook the importance of this surface as it can provide detail, color, and character for your room. In fact, many homeowners don’t realize that the ceiling is in dire need of painting until after having painted interior walls and they see how wonderful and fresh those look. What are some options when it comes to adding detail, color or personality to your ceilings? Let’s take a closer look at ceiling paint.
- Color – Many homeowners opt for traditional white for their ceilings in order to make the wall colors pop or to create a sense of height in the room. Other homeowners choose a color that either coordinates with or enhances the color that is currently on the walls. For example, if you are choosing a deeper blue on the walls, a lighter shade of that same color family may add some visual appeal to the room.
- Details – If your ceiling needs something to give it life, you may want to consider details such as trim or molding that come in a wide variety of styles. Some homeowners choose to add architectural features above windows, or to really go all out and create a tray ceiling or other add-ons that can bring out the character in any room.
- Personality – Let’s face it, ceilings provide a great location to show off your personality whether it is with the details or color choices we mentioned above, or in other ways such as a unique lighting choice, texturing with the ceiling paint, or going all out and installing a patterned tin ceiling. The choices are endless.
If you are looking for interior painting solutions, or just something a little different for your ceiling, call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
Quick, what’s the first color that your clients or employees see when they enter your office? Is it a muted, neutral color palette with grays, beige, or white adorning the walls? If so, your office is like so many of the companies around our area that have been “playing it safe” without really thinking about how a splash of color could boost morale and productivity. Let’s take a closer look at color palettes for workspaces and how they impact both clients and staff members in regards to workplace productivity and morale.
A University of Texas study on color scheme and productivity led by researcher Nancy Kwallek, Ph.D, examined three color schemes in particular: white, red, and pastel blue/green. The study looked at how these different colors affected workers in the office. The results suggest that color scheme alone may impact mood and can also affect productivity. Dr. Kwallek’s research gives support to the actions of many companies today who are seeking to positively impact the office environment with the use of color.
Blue/Green – These two colors are common in nature and tend to be associated with terms like restful and calming. They also are associated with improving focus and efficiency.
Yellow – The color of happiness can trigger innovation according to psychologists who study the impact of color on mood. Studies suggest that variations of this hue be used in work environments where artists, writers, designers, developers, and other creative professionals work.
Red – While this color tends to be alarming to some people, it is a great accent color that draws the eye to the most important feature in a room. This color is thus used on things like exit signs, fire extinguishers, and can be used to capture the attention of employees or clients.
White – According to research behind the Psychology of Color, white is the worst color to paint the office since it gives off feelings of being sterile or too clinical feeling.
If you are considering painting your business offices, be sure to research what a color scheme may do to your workforce productivity and mood. Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.