Interior Painting Horsham, PA: Understanding Different Paint Finishes


Interior Painting Horsham, PA: Understanding Different Paint Finishes


When choosing types of paint for interior painting in Horsham, PA, most homeowners focus primarily on a paint color. 

There’re thousands of paint colors to choose from, and picking the right one can be overwhelming. 


Well, paint color in a story for another day. 

Today we will talk about one paint aspect that many homeowners in Horsham, PA, rarely consider when choosing paint; the paint finishes. 


The type of paint finish can have a significant effect on the character of your room, and on the atmosphere, you want to create.


If you need some help to decide which type of paint finish to use in different parts of your home, here are some solid ideas. 


Flat or Matte Finish


A smooth and uniform appearance characterizes this. It is an ideal choice for the main rooms of your home, such as the living room and dining room.


One advantage of this type of finish is that it hides surface imperfections, such as bumps, nail holes, or patches.


It is also a good choice for ceiling painting. Also, matte finishes often require fewer coats than semi-gloss and gloss paints.


Besides, they are easier to touch up, because there is less contrast between the touch-up paint and the rest of the painted surface.


Egg Shell Finish


When in doubt, an eggshell finish is always a safe bet. It has a soft appearance that works well in family rooms and hallways.

This type of finish takes its name from its distinctive effect, which gives a painted surface the texture of an eggshell viewed at an angle to the light.

It is not very shiny, but more reflective than flat finishes.

The eggshell is also easier to clean than a flat finish and is more durable.


Satin Finish


Satin paint is probably the most used. Like the eggshell effect, this finish can give a room a warm feel and appearance.

It is ideal for children’s bedrooms, hallways, and family rooms. It is easier to clean than the matte or eggshell finish.

In addition, walls painted with satin paint repel water and have excellent stain resistance.


Semi-Gloss Finish


This finish is more reflective than satin. It is particularly appreciated for its ability to brighten up pale tones.

Semi-gloss paints are also ideal for very humid areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, because of their high resistance to humidity.

It is a great finish for trim and doors  and is also easier to clean (with rubbing or light wiping). 

The downside to a semi-gloss finish is that it shows the imperfections on a wall or ceiling.


Gloss Finish


Gloss finish is the most light-reflective of any paint sheen. It has a hard, shiny finish and is the most durable and easiest to clean of all the paint finishes. Gloss is a good choice if you want to highlight a particular element in a room such as a fireplace surround or mantel. It is recommended for wood trim, cabinets, and doors. It will however, accentuate imperfections and irregularities on the surfaces it’s applied to so you should keep this in mind when selecting a gloss finish.



Calling on a professional painting contractor in Horsham, PA, is often the guarantee of a successful project. 


The painter will advise you on the paints and types of finish best suited to your building and the rendering you are looking for. 


If you need professional help to choose the best type of paint and repainting your home interior, our team at Aspen Painting & Wallcovering, Inc. can assist.


We have years of experience in interior painting with a long list of happy customers in Ambler, Dresher, Ft. Washington, Blue Bell and surrounding areas.


Call us today on 215-773-8422 for a FREE estimate to get started.



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