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How to Choose Between Matte and Eggshell Wall Paints

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While the colour of your paint is important, its finish also matters. Different paints can make surfaces look different. If you're painting walls in your home, then you might not be sure whether to go with matte or eggshell options.

Ask yourself the following questions. The answers will help you decide which type of paint to use when undergoing residential painting.

What Effect Are You Looking For?

Matte and eggshell paints create different effects on a wall. Even though these paints are similar — neither gives you a high-gloss sheen — they do look different.

For example, a matte paint looks flat. These paints don't have a sheen and don't reflect light. If you want a uniform colour in your room, then a matte paint is a good option.

On the other hand, eggshell paints have a slight sheen to them. While you won't get a high-gloss effect here, the paint will look warmer. Your walls will reflect a little more light.

Are Your Walls in Good Shape?

The condition of the walls you paint can affect the type of paint you use. For example, if a wall has some imperfections on it, then you might want to use a paint that conceals them and makes the surface look more even.

Matte paints are usually the best way to cover over minor imperfections on a wall. Their flat appearance conceals minor blemishes and bumps. Your wall might look like it is in a better condition with a matte paint coat.

Eggshell paints can do this job too; however, they won't conceal problems as effectively as matte products. The less gloss a paint has, the better it will look on a problem wall.

Will You Need to Clean Your Walls?

You should think about whether your walls will need to be cleaned in the future after you paint them. Some paints are washable; others aren't.

For example, matte paints are typically hard to clean down. You're likely to affect the paint's surface when you try to wash off dirt.

Even though some matte paints are technically washable, they still won't necessarily give you an easy clean. You might be able to wipe off minor dirt and stains but you might not be able to scrub at more stubborn spots without damaging the paint's surface.

An eggshell paint is more washable. Its slight sheen prevents stains from embedding in the paint, so you'll find it easier to clean.

For more advice, contact residential painting services. They can help you assess the best paint to use on your walls and then decorate them for you to a professional standard.