Picking Your Paint
There are two types of paint that you should chose from: Latex-based paint and Oil-based paint. Did you know that latex paint actually has NO latex in it? Instead, what goes into Latex paint are synthetic polymers that look just like natural latex but have a completely different chemical makeup and different properties than latex rubber. This makes latex-based paint easiest to work with as it cleans easily with soap and warm water. Latex paint can go on walls, floors, wood and metal surfaces.
Oil-based paint, on
the other hand is harder to clean up. You will need paint thinners for your brushes and specialty soap for your skin. Oil-base paint is a great stain and water resistant. It adheres to ceilings, wood, and walls very nicely. We recommend oil primers for the bare wood on your porch or the shingles on your house. The painters at Buhler Progressive Painting in Abbotsford and throughout the Lower Mainland will help you choose the right paint for your walls.
Find A Finish
Flat finish: This finish is the most commonly used. It is good for large surfaces, and will not reflect light. It is recommend to be used on ceilings, and in bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. Not kitchens and baths.
Gloss finish: This finish will always reflect light, especially on walls and ceilings and is often used in small quantities (such as on trim).
Satin or eggshell finish: This finish is terrific for brightening up hallways, common areas, and children’s bedrooms and playrooms. It can be used anywhere that a slight sheen is wanted.
Semi-gloss finish: This finish is easy to clean, which means it is great to use in high-traffic areas such as in kitchens, bathrooms, on doors, etc.
Choose The Color
The basic rules of choosing your paint color are as follows: The deep “warm” colors such as reds, oranges, browns and yellows will make a room feel more cozy. The light shades, which are your “cool” colors such as white, green, blue, and violet, will make a room feel more open.
Select A Shade
Paint color will differ in various lighting. We recommend getting a sample color from the paint store (We work closely with General Paint) and painting large sheets of white poster board. You will use these painted poster boards as large, “real world” samples that you can prop up against the walls you plan on painting.
Make sure you critique these poster boards samples throughout the day in order to see how the color shade will look in different light. The poster samples will also give you a sense of how your room will look when it is painted a particular shade and filled with furniture. A word to the wise: deeper paint colors distort more with lighting changes than pastel ones.