Behind every great room lies a choice: what sheen of paint should I use? When considering which paint sheen to buy, the words “satin” and “gloss” definitely sound more alluring, but that doesnít mean these finishes are the best option when you’re painting a room. Often overlooked, finishes like eggshell have excellent benefits for interior painting. So what’s the deal with eggshell paint?
Eggshell paint belongs in the no- and low-glass sheen family of paints, which means that the paint reflects little shine when painted on a wall. Eggshell is named for the slight sheen that it has — similar to the appearance of an actual eggshell — and the softer appearance it can bring into a room. An eggshell finish is ideal when painting a newly constructed room or for painting a ceiling. Because of its low-gloss sheen, imperfections in your wall are less likely to be noticed, and the overall effect of your new paint job will be maximized.
Pro tip: Keep extra eggshell paint for touching up small nicks and scuffs. Eggshell can be washed, but after a while, you may find yourself needing to touch up areas.
Additionally, when painting a room where a copious amount of joint compound has been used, eggshell paint can help hide the excess compound with its soft and velvety finish. Eggshell offers more depth and warmth than flat finishes while also resisting stains. However, when painting a high-traffic area, like a hallway, it would probably not be the best paint finish to use. The smooth surface paint is best for painting bedrooms, ceilings, trim, living rooms, and foyers.
Pro-tip: Donít use eggshell paint in damp or moist rooms. This can lead to blotchy wall paint as the moisture gathers and eventually thins out your color.
Eggshell paint is not always everyoneís first choice, but it has its perks. Some homeowners prefer how easily it hides flaws and how simple touch-ups can be — not to mention the warm glow an eggshell finish can bring to a painted room. Painting the interior of your home can change the entire appearance of a space and choosing the best paint finish for your area is an extra way to amp up your painting project.
Bluenote Painting can provide you with the quality residential painting job you’ve been looking for, regardless of paint type. We have successfully completed numerous residential painting jobs in the West Oregon area. Read our testimonials to see what Bluenote Painting can offer for you and your residential painting needs.