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What Type Of Paint Should I Use For My Home?

Updated: Aug 5, 2021


There are many options when it comes to paint, but one of the most important and practical considerations is the durability, protection, and what kind of finished look you'd like to achieve.

It's Not All About Looks

If you are painting a new space or room in your home, make sure that the paint you choose has excellent coverage so there are no visible brush strokes and/or patches after completed. Not only will this help protect your investment, but it will also provide more peace of mind in knowing that your new space is protected from harmful elements such as mold and mildew!

What Are All The Different Types Of Paints?

High Gloss:

There are many benefits to using High-Gloss paint. It's glossier which results in a brighter appearance and it protects the surface for longer periods of time. It is thin and more transparent, which means it doesn't hide as much of the wood or texture underneath. In fact, high gloss paints can create a 'mirror like' finish when trying to achieve a glossy look in something like an entertainment center. High-Gloss paint requires more maintenance because it does not offer as much protection from moisture/mold. It also chips much easier than other options, so make sure you use a good primer to help protect against this!

Semi Gloss:

Semi-Gloss paints are slick with a sheen that is not quite as high as High Gloss. This type of paint is best for people who want protection from moisture and mold, but also want to see some of the natural wood grain or texture on a piece of wood. It offers more protection than flat paints but less than high gloss. Semi-Gloss paints are not quite as easily chipped either, making it an ideal choice for those who are looking for a long lasting finish!


Satin paint is a good choice for those looking for more of a 'semi gloss' look. But unlike semi gloss paint, satin paint has a much smoother, softer finish. Satin paint is excellent for trim work as it's not shiny and harsh looking like a high gloss, but it also gives the wood an attractive and well-protected finish. Satin paints are more of a middle of the road option when it comes to protection and durability. They offer a durable – yet not overly glossy - finish, and are best used in areas of your home you want to be protected, but also want a more natural finish.


Eggshell paints are a great choice for the finishing touches in your home. It is softer than a gloss or satin paint, but offers more protection than a flat paint. They are more translucent, so this means you'd be able to see the natural wood grain or texture underneath. These paints are also very easy to clean and maintain, which makes it perfect for kitchens and bathrooms that you want to keep looking nice and fresh!


Flat paints are semi-gloss paint, but they are not as shiny. They are good for a more natural finish and they also offer the best coverage. You can use flat paints to cover wood surfaces as well, but you need to make sure that the surface is clean before painting. This type of paint is best for old and worn areas of your home that you want to make appear newer. Flat paints are also a great option for basements or outdoor wood projects such as a fence.


Matte paints are the most natural finish of all the different types. These paints have a high-quality finish that is softer than other types, but they still offer great protection against moisture and mold. Matte paints are also good for people who want to bring out more of the texture or wood grain on a piece of wood, but don't want to see it as clearly as an eggshell or semigloss. These paints are perfect for people who want a natural looking finish, and are ideal for kitchen cabinets!

So Which Paint Should You Choose?

There are so many different types of paint out there, and it can be hard to figure out which one is the best for your project.

One of the most important decisions you'll make when painting a room or the exterior of your home is what type of paint to use. It's not just about picking a color that looks good on paper or choosing something that matches your decorating style. You need to consider things like durability, ease-of-use, and cost before making this decision.

We're here to help! Nova Construction has been provides quality painting services, and we've seen all sorts of paints come through our doors over the years. Our team knows how important it is for you to get the job done right and on time, so we're happy to help you navigate all your options. Call (509) 361-8697 or request a consultation online!

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