Benefits of Using Only the Best Interior Paint for Your Home
DIY is terrific. There are so many ways to be creative when it comes to customizing your home and making it look exactly the way that you want. DIY projects can be inexpensive as you may be able to substitute expensive materials with something cheaper, but just as good. Paint, however, is not one of those things.
Finishes are as Important as Color
The finish that you use is just as important as the color that you choose. For instance, when painting the room a darker color, choose either satin or semi-gloss paints to reflect light and make the room more open.
- Flat finishes can be terrific and look very sophisticated, but they don’t have much stain resistance and can be hard to clean.
- Eggshell and satin finishes fall right between flat and semigloss and should be used on smooth, primed, and prepared services. They’re durable enough for high-traffic areas like family rooms or kids’ rooms.
- Semi-gloss paints are the most durable of all, and the easiest clean. They’re perfect for kitchens and baths, kids’ rooms, mudrooms, or high-traffic areas.
- Glossy paints are generally used for exterior trim, or very easy to clean, and very durable. They can be used indoors but are highly reflective and may be jarring against more matte finishes.
Modern, high-quality paints are also much lower in volatile organic compounds – called VOCs. These compounds give paint its distinctive smell, but over the years through regulation these substances have been reduced. However, for a paint to call itself low VOC, it has to conform with EPA requirements of less than 250 g/L the oil-based paints can have up to 380 g/L.
How Often Should You Paint Interior Walls?
Some walls in your home need to be repainted more frequently than others due to daily wear and tear. For example, if you only eat in your formal dining room a couple times a year during the holidays, you probably won’t need to paint the walls as often as those found in your kitchen, hallways, or bathroom.
- Living Room & Dining Room: If you used high-quality, durable paint in these rooms, you likely won’t need to repaint for quite a few years. Even if you use your living room more often than your dining room, the durable paint and room decor can often protect it from wear. You will want to paint your house interior every 5 to 7 years. This frequency generally does the trick for both of these rooms.
- Kitchen & Bathroom: Food splatters in the kitchen. Messy fingers on walls. Moisture in the bathroom. These factors and others require that kitchens, bathrooms (and laundry rooms) be repainted more often than dining and living rooms. Professional painters use the most durable, gloss paints on trim and satin paints on walls in these rooms to ensure the paint lasts as long as possible. You will likely notice that your kitchen and bathroom will need fresh paint every 3 to 4 years, sometimes longer.
- Bedrooms: If you don’t have kids, you will find that the paint in your bedrooms can last a long time. Because adult bedrooms are typically used less frequently, you may find that you won’t need to repaint until you want to change up the color! But kids’ bedrooms are an entirely different story as they are used for both sleep and play. Professional painters often use an eggshell or satin sheen when repainting a child’s bedroom walls. This can ensure that paint will last longer even when it has to be scrubbed down multiple times over. Kids’ bedrooms usually need repainted every 2 to 3 years.
- Hallways: The hallways and corridors of your home are walked through more often than any other space in your house. This means that you will see a lot more dents, scuff marks, and other wear and tear in these areas. Have professional painters paint these spaces every 2 to 3 years to keep your paint looking fresh and new.
Quality Paint vs. Standard Paint–Is there a difference?
Quality Paint: Higher price, prime pigments, more additives, more binders
Standard Paint: Lower price, extender pigment, less additives and less binders…more liquid
Ok, now I know what you’re thinking..”what the heck does all that mean? I thought additives were bad.”
So let’s break it down, without getting too technical and going all chemistry teacher on you (which I am clearly not, as you will see from my description of each of these–very basic).
- prime pigment–increases color and hiding power. Provides better one-coat coverage.
- additives–bad for you; good for paint. Quality texture, improved surface (wall) life, improved shelf-life, increased UV- and rust-resistance.
- binders–better durability, quality gloss, increased scrub and stain resistance, adheres to wall better.
- extender pigment–does little for the color; serves more as a filler
- less additives
- less binders
- more liquid–serving no purpose
Educate Yourself as to Proper House Painting Procedure
Once you’ve chosen the color schemes and paint, the next step is to start the home painting itself. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, be sure to read up on proper painting procedure, from surface preparation right on down to finishing touches. Figuring it out as you go can be a valuable learning experience, but where painting is concerned it can also mean a lot of extra work and unsatisfactory results when it comes to the final product. If you think home painting might be a little out of your league, talk to an experienced painting contractor in your area about getting your house painting job underway so you can enjoy your beautiful new exterior paint job for years to come.
Painting Fosters Creative Growth
Many people put themselves in either the right-brain or left-brain boxes when they’re younger, and then decide that is who they are for the rest of their lives. Painting comes easiest to artistic, right-brain people. But this doesn’t necessarily mean left-brainers won’t benefit from painting.
Taking up a hobby like painting isn’t just for the creative types. The more analytical left-brainers can stimulate and nurture their creative growth by painting as well. Practice and focus, two skills inherent in left-brain individuals, allow these people to learn creative skills at their own pace.