Choosing the Right Paint for Your Room

Choosing the right paint for your room can become quite a challenge for those who aren’t into home improvement. There are many other things, apart from the color, you need to consider before you start tearing down your wallpaper and get ready to put fresh paint on your walls.


The first thing you’ll want to think about is the type of paint you want to use.  A majority of residential paint jobs make use of latex (water-based) paint.  This is because it dries rather quickly on most surfaces.  The only problem with this is that it ends up leaving some rough brushstrokes if the paint job wasn’t done evenly.   A quick solution is to make use of a conditioner or extender in the paint base to let it dry more slowly and to avoid any unsightly brushstrokes.

On the other hand, oil-based paint does a better job of withstanding a lot of wear and tear.  If you expect the area you’ll be painting will receive a fair amount of wear and tear, you might want to consider sticking to oil-based paint.  On the plus side, paint jobs come out more evenly because of its slow drying properties.

Next, you’ll want to consider the type of sheen for the paint job.  Sheen (also known as gloss) refers to the amount of light that reflects off the paint.  You will need to choose between high-gloss paints that reflect a lot of light, and matte paints that do the opposite.  If you want something to stand out, then look for paints labeled as high-gloss.  For something more subdued, then you could always go for the matte type paints.

Once you’ve decided on the type of paint you want to use, it might also be a good idea to get a good high-quality bristle brush for the job. Some people are tempted to save on costs by buying a cheaper foam brush, but they don’t realize that doing so can compromise the overall paint job. Foam brushes have less penetration than a bristle brush and tend to create more air bubbles while painting.

Finally, consider applying a protective sealer or topcoat to the paint if necessary.  Most paints already contain protectants which give it added durability.  However, if you plan on making the paint last longer, especially from the ravages of weather and the like, then it might be a good idea to add an additional layer of protection.

If you ever need professional help with painting your room, Southern Painting is more than willing to help you out.  As painting contractors austin that services homes and offices, we will be glad to assist you with any painting job.

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