Choosing the best room in your home for semi gloss paint is the next step after choosing the color you will be using. There are several variables to keep in mind when choosing the correct type of paint for any room.
Pros of Semi Gloss Paint
- Stain resistant
- High reflective qualities
- Adds visual interest
- Extends the life of a paint job
- Tends to decrease mold problems in damp areas
Cons of Semi Gloss Paint
- Magnifies surface imperfections
- May require more surface preparation, such as sanding
- Higher price
- Odor if using oil based paint
Types of Paint
There are basically five different types of paint: flat, eggshell, satin, semi gloss and gloss. Traditionally, flat or eggshell is used in living rooms, family rooms and master suites where there is lower traffic and less wear and tear on the walls. Also, in these rooms you won't need the high washability and scrubbing potential of a semi gloss paint. Semi gloss paint and semi gloss enamel comes in both latex and oil based varieties. The latex type of paint is used most often since it has less odor, dries quickly, soap and water cleans it up, and is easier to apply. A 100% acrylic latex is the highest quality of this paint and is recommended by most experts. Oil based semi gloss or gloss paint is extremely durable and almost indestructible. Stairways, stair risers, floors and woodwork that gets a lot of abuse is the best place to use this type of paint. It has an extended drying time (several hours in fact), is more difficult to apply, doesn't level on its own and must be cleaned up with turpentine or paint thinner. The odor of this type of paint is also quite strong and many people can't tolerate the fumes. As a result, the area must be well ventilated.
Semi Gloss and Gloss Paint
Semi gloss paint is highly used in areas such as children's bedrooms, hallways, kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. These are high traffic areas where walls and woodwork may need to be scrubbed or wiped down frequently. With this paint the job is also a lot easier, since this paint is easily cleaned and very durable. It gives off a subtle sheen that is also light reflective, which makes it good for these areas. This type of paint is not normally used in lower traffic areas or areas where you want a more subtle, softer look, such as a living room or master suite.
Other Uses for Semi Gloss Paint
Semi gloss paint is such a tough surface that it is used on other things besides walls. Traditionally, it was used on woodwork, cupboards, doors and ornamental features both inside and outside the home. Within your home you may want to use semi gloss on the woodwork of a room that has flat or eggshell paint on the walls to protect the woodwork, doors and trim. You can have the semi gloss tinted in the same color as the wall paint so the area is coordinated.