When Should I Use Matte Finish?
Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to refresh a space. You can use fresh paint as a standalone room renovation project or as part of a more comprehensive makeover. You’ll get dramatic results either way. In addition to choosing among a dizzying array of colors, you’ll also want to select the proper paint sheen for your living spaces.
Painting experts categorize sheens by the ratio of resins to the pigment that they contain. Paints that have higher sheens contain more resins than pigment, and they reflect light well. A matte finish contains less resin and more pigment and doesn’t reflect light. While semi-gloss paints are popular choices among many households, there are several reasons to select a matte finish for your painting project.
Reasons for Using a Matte Finish
For Covering Large Areas Economically
While many people praise high-gloss paints for their durability, any paint expert will tell you that it costs more to cover walls in high-gloss paints than in matte finish paints. Paints that have less pigment often need several coats to avoid uneven sheens and hide bleed through of old paint. Matte finish paint, which has the highest amount of pigment of any paint sheen, soaks into walls and offers velvety color on the first application.
Unless your old walls are covered in an intensely dark or bright color, you won’t have to pay extra material costs for several coats of paint if you use a matte finish. Some home renovation experts recommend that you should never skip the primer. If you take their advice, ask about two-in-one paint and primer products, which could save you some money.
For Eliminating Unwanted Light Reflection on Ceilings
Aside from the rare lighting trick from a rogue decorator, most interior designers recommend matte finish paint for ceilings. Residential ceilings aren’t usually smooth. If you look up at the ceilings of various home models, you’ll see everything from sophisticated swirls to knock-down plaster texture.
These subtle, decorative designs don’t need to reflect light. Matte paint is the correct choice to mute texture and hide imperfections in plaster application techniques for ceilings.
For Camouflaging Wall Imperfections
Not many walls are perfectly smooth, level, and without cracks. You might have inherited patched drywall from a previous renovation on your older home, or the walls of your new construction home may have cracks due to settling.
Room additions that need new drywall often show faint lines on walls. You’ll see those imperfections when drywall seams aren’t properly taped.
Matte paint hides these imperfections better than any other paint sheen. Since it absorbs light, you’ll enjoy a rich color on your walls that doesn’t spotlight small dents, puckers, or drywall seams.
For Easy Application and Retouch
When you’re anticipating a room renovation, you want the job to be completed properly and promptly. Matte paint yields great results in the shortest amount of time. High-gloss paints often need two or three coats to bring their true colors to your walls.
When asked about common painting blunders, home improvement experts say that applying extra coats of paint too soon is a way to ruin the entire paint project. For proper application, you’ll wait longer for project completion with high-gloss paints than with matte paints.
Matte finish isn’t always the best kind of paint sheen to use. Their low levels of resin compared to higher levels of pigment mean that they reflect less light than other finishes. However, this makes matte finish a great option for hiding wall imperfections, preventing light reflections on ceilings, and saving money. Call us today to schedule a free consultation on your commercial painting job.