to refresh your homeís interior walls with a new coat
of paint, but arenít sure what type to use for each
room? Or do you have other items around the house that
need to be spruced up? If painting is on your to-do
list, whether itís by hiring a highly rated
professional to tackle the task or rolling up your
sleeves and doing it yourself, our experts provided the
best paint options to consider for each project.
paint do I pick for the interior?
can find color inspiration anywhere ó a flower garden,
a fancy cocktail, even a pair of blue suede shoes. Paint
stores have the ability to match any color you bring
them, so use your imagination (consider
Use a satin or semi-gloss paint, which are easier to
Use a satin or eggshell sheen to help ward off
watermarks. "A lot of people think the higher the
sheen, the more washable it is," says Andy Neis,
owner of Andyís Custom Painting in Indianapolis.
"Thatís not true. Donít go with a semi-gloss;
itís way too shiny. The higher the sheen, the easier
it is to see the imperfections. Donít use anything
higher than an eggshell or satin, and pay a little bit
more for quality paints ó theyíre more
"High traffic areas need a satin finish to resist
the dreaded marks left by bumps and rubs when people
walk down the hall," says Greg Bowers, owner of All
Pro Painting Company in Indianapolis. "If you have
a flat finish, youíll see finger prints. Satin also
stays cleaner, as the dirt doesnít grip to the slick
surface as much as a flat finish."
Use a semi-gloss, which offers a bit of sheen and is
easy to clean.
room or bedroom: A satin or eggshell paint flatters
Use flat paint to reduce light glare and hide
your kitchen cabinets are in good condition, they can be
painted to suit your style or upgrade a dated finish,
says Andrew Wagoner, president of Spectrum Painting
Corp., in Carmel, Ind. "This is an area of
expertise for us, and we have very specific processes
for painting cabinetry."
who want to tackle the job should scrub and lightly sand
the cabinets, apply a primer, and then finish with
specific finish coat enamel paint of choice is one of
the waterborne oil/alkyd enamels from Porter Paints,
Sherwin-Williams, or Benjamin Moore, typically in the
semi-gloss sheen," he says.
want to use a semi-gloss paint that will hold up to the
constant handling and can be washed," says Greg
Mrakich, owner of Greg Mrakich Painting in Indianapolis.
He advises homeowners use a 4-inch-wide roller to apply
the paint, and then go back over it with a brush to
remove any roller marks.
save money, sometimes builders wonít paint a wall if
they know wallpaper is going up. "The paper is on
there so well and tight, it becomes part of the
drywall," Mrakich says. "It just doesnít
strip off. The damage you do to the drywall isnít
says homeowners can apply primer over the paper, smooth
out any joints and then paint. "It looks
good," he says.
no matter what paint you go with, our experts agree:
Steer clear of the cheapest choices. "A key element
to success is to use premium quality primer and paint
products," Wagoner says.