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Flat Paint vs. Gloss Paint: Which One Should You Choose?

When it comes to painting a room, one of the most important decisions you'll need to make is choosing the type of paint finish you want to use. Two of the most popular options are flat and glossy paints, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. In this blog we'll take a closer look at both types of paint finishes to help you decide which one is right for your project.

Flat Paint:

Flat paint has a matte finish that is often described as non-reflective or velvety. It is ideal for covering imperfections and hiding any surface blemishes because it does not reflect light. Flat paint is a great choice for medium-traffic areas such as hallways, bedrooms or living rooms, or for surfaces that do not need to be cleaned frequently, like walls and ceilings.

One of the biggest benefits of flat paint is its ability to absorb light and create a smooth, even surface. This makes it an excellent choice for rooms where you'd like your surfaces or walls to look perfect. Additionally, flat paint typically has less VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and is better for the environment than glossier paints, making it a great choice for all projects.

However, flat paint does have some drawbacks, because it does not reflect light, this paint may appear darker than the same colour in a glossier finish. Flat paints are often less durable compared to glossier paints due to the lack added resins, this can be remediated by choosing a higher priced and higher quality line of paint, such as Benjamin Moor's Regal or Aura.

Gloss Paint

Gloss paint has a high-sheen finish that reflects light and is often described as shiny or glossy. It is ideal for surfaces that need to be cleaned frequently, such as kitchen and bathroom walls, cabinets, and trim. Gloss paint is also great for highlighting architectural details and making a room feel more open and spacious.

One of the biggest benefits of gloss paint is its durability. It is more resistant to staining and damage than standard flat paints, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas. Additionally, gloss paint is easier to clean than flat paint and will last longer without showing signs of wear and tear.

However, gloss paint has some drawbacks as well. Because it reflects light, it can accentuate surface imperfections and blemishes. Another drawback to glossier paints comes with repainting or touching-up areas. Trying to repaint a small area with glossier paint will cause "flashing". Flashing is caused by the inconsistent ratios and mixing of the pigments and resins, this will leave the newly painted section shinier than the rest of the area. Additionally, gloss paint is more difficult to apply than flat paint and is typically more expensive.

In conclusion, both flat and gloss paint have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. When choosing a paint finish, consider the room you're painting, the amount of traffic the room receives, and the look you want to achieve. With the right type of paint finish, you can transform your room into a beautiful and functional space that reflects your personal style. Contact AutumnHill Homes today for a free consultation!


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