Picking out colors for your home can be really difficult. It is best to get samples and apply them to the walls instead of just holding a small paint swatch against them. Samples may only come in an eggshell sheen so keep that in mind as well, because if you are going with a flat or satin sheen the color could look slightly off compared to the eggshell.
Sheen is the amount of shine in the paint. Flat has no shine and High Gloss has the most. Colors that are light and flat will hide the most drywall flaws so it is good to choose lighter colors with the least sheen in say two story foyers with a lot of sunlight coming into the area.
Sheens in order are:
- High Gloss
Flats will always look the best because they absorb light instead of reflect it but you can't wash them. If you touch a flat wall it easily leaves a mark that will need touched up. If you have young children in your home you will want at least an Eggshell sheen so you can wipe it off without leaving a mark.
I get asked frequently about the best paint brands. On the interior it doesn't matter as much, regardless of what you choose you will have to do two coats and it will last until the next color change. I like Sherwin Williams Cashmere brand and it is pointless to spend more money on Duration or Emerald even though that is what they will try to sell you. Behr paint from Home Depot is fine. Valspar from Lowe's is fine and by the way is now owned by Sherwin Williams. Benjamin Moore and Porter Paints are good as well. On the exterior you will want to spend money on a good paint or stain. I like Resilence from Sherwin Williams or Woodscapes (Stain) for the house and Superdeck for decks.
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