Interior Paint Buying Guide: How to Find the Best Paint for Indoor Spaces

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Paint is an essential component of each interior space. It provides color, depth, and personality in ways that plain drywall, sheetrock, or plaster cannot offer. 

The best interior paint delivers a protective layer that reinforces the value of your building’s structure while offering extra charm. You receive a smooth surface that becomes easier to clean and maintain while protecting against temperature and moisture changes.

When you’re ready to update your home or commercial space, contact the pros at King Installation. We’ll help you find the best interior paint colors to create rooms that everyone will love. 

How to Find the Best Interior Paint

You can select the best paint color and achieve below-average results when choosing mediocre products. 

Most economy-grade interior paint doesn’t perform as expected. It is sometimes necessary to apply up to four coats to cover an existing dark color. The best option is to select a product with an Excellent rating in a Consumer Reports hiding test when an update is required.

It helps to choose an interior paint with an included primer to simplify the process.

When you have high-quality paint available to use, it will be less prone to fading and cracking. In addition, some products are scrubbable, which works well for those with small children in the home.

Early low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints didn’t have the same durability as they do today. Nevertheless, most options perform very well, especially when choosing a premium product.

What Formulation Should I Use for My Interior Paint?

Interior paint ratings let you know how well the product will cover an existing color, resist stains, or prevent mildew.

You’ll find three different formulations with most brands, each of which provides a unique outcome worth considering. Here’s a closer look.

1. Flat Finish

This option does an excellent job of hiding imperfections but has minimal stain-resistant qualities. Therefore, it works better in the low-traffic areas of a home or commercial building.

2. Satin (Eggshell)

This option works well when your walls are relatively smooth and well-prepared to accept paint. The shine it offers can cause a wall’s imperfections to be accentuated, so extensive work before the application is needed to prepare the space for the desired update.

This paint option is reasonably challenging. It’s often used in hallways, bedrooms, and entertainment areas.

Depending on the quality of the paint, you might see some changes to its sheen after scrubbing it clean.

3. Semi-Gloss

This paint has more shine than the other two options. It also delivers the best formulation for standing up to potential stains.

It’s relatively easy to wash semi-gloss paint, but some of the shine tends to dull after you’ve scrubbed it clean a few times.

These traits make it an ideal paint option for bathrooms, kitchens, and stairs—any woodwork in the home benefits from having this product applied to it.

Semi-gloss paint requires a well-prepared surface with few imperfections to provide the best results. It may help to apply primer to it first. 

How to Choose the Best Interior Paint Color

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Once you know what paint quality and style to use, it is time to select the color. Shade-matching solutions have improved to where you can get the exact color you want, but sheens can vary to affect how the hue is seen.

That’s why the first decision should be to choose flat, satin, or eggshell. That lets you know what the eventual color will look like when applied indoors.

Try to use the giant paint chips offered in the store. Don’t rely on the indoor retail environment to determine if you like or dislike a color. Instead, take it home, or at least look at it in natural light, to get a better idea of what to expect.

Light changes in a room as the hour’s pass, so keep up the color choices you like the most throughout the day. If it is ample space, the shading will intensify inside. That means it is usually better to go with something lighter than darker.

Once you’ve selected your preferred color, purchase a small container to test it. What looks good on a tiny card might not feel right once you’ve painted a large sheet of heavy paper.

After you’ve decided on your paint color, brand, and style, King Installation can professionally apply the product to your interior walls. Our pros can help you with the selection process to ensure you’re happy with the results. When you see how fast and convenient our services are, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invest in this update sooner!


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