I’m excited to introduce a new series that I will be doing weekly called “Q + A.” Each week I will focus on a question that I receive from your comments. To start off the series I’ve decided to focus on paint. I often get asked about which paint is best for a space. Paint comes in a variety of finishes from flat to high gloss, so when I select paint, I consider not only color but also the right sheen and finish for the room. See below for some of my guidelines on how to choose paint.
1. Picking the Perfect Color
Consider adjusting the strength:
My favorite thing is adjust the strength of a paint color. I feel it personalizes a color to specifically what you love. For example, in the beach house master bedroom and bathroom I used Sherwin Williams Anew gray 25% strength, because I loved the full strength version, but wanted it light and fresh against all the white marble and white ceilings.
Q: “What is the best white with white marble counters?”:
A: You may know I love white paint (remember the white paint guide post ), but here are a couple of whites I love and why I love them. For cabinets that are paired with Calcutta, Colorado gold or any white marble I like to use a bright white lacquer with no pigment in it. It really helps the cabinets not look dingy next to the marble.
Q: “I like white, but not glaring white. What’s a good color?”
A: This is a question I get asked all the time. Swiss Coffee from Benjamin Moore is a color that has worked well for clients who want the white look, but don’t want it stark and cool.
2. How to Choose Paint Sheen or Paint Finish
Today, many super-premium products, such as Benjamin Moore’s Aura® paint, offer the same durability and washability in all sheens, so the selection of the finish is more of a personal preference. But her are a few rules of thumb:
For Walls & Ceilings
Ceiling are generally painted with a flat
Walls are a satin or eggshell finish.
Trim & Doors
For trim and doors, you can choose from pearl, satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss.
Kitchen, Laundry Room & Bathroom cabinets
For kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom cabinets, many people like to use a higher gloss finish, but I have done some kitchen cabinets a satin finish because I wanted them to look more matte. And
Usually when I paint a room white I paint the same color on the trim and the walls, but I use a different sheen. Like eggshell on the walls and satin on the trim, unless you want the trim more shiny, then do a semi gloss. Just keep in mind the more shiny you go the more imperfections the paint will show.
TIP: If you own an older home in which the walls have been patched multiple times, or a home that has a lot of high walls with a lot of natural light, you may want to use a flat or matte paint. This is also true for the exterior of your home.
I hope these guidelines for paint have helped to answer some of your questions. I love hearing from you and want to answer any questions you may have as you update and design your homes. Please continue leave me your comments and questions. I look forward to answering them each week. Have a wonderful Monday.