It is important to keep in mind when painting, how much protection you want in a paint if you need to clean the walls more often than others.
Latex - Has a long lasting sheen and is commonly used on walls and ceilings. It is less toxic and has easier clean up with soap and water.
Oil Based - Commonly used on cabinets, trim, and furniture. It provides more protection with a smooth finish. Holds up well in high traffic areas. Has stronger longer lasting fumes with mineral spirits needed for clean up and cannot be washed down the drain.
Depending on how you will use room and the type of painting protection from fingerprints you want.
Most quality interior paint will have
- Good stain resistance
- Hides imperfections
- Coverage of about 400 sq. ft. per gallon
- Easy touch ups
This is what the finished product will look like when it drys.
Flat or Matte - Little to no finish that helps hide imperfections with little to no protection. For use in low traffic areas.
Eggshell - Low shine and easy to clean. This is a god compromise of protection with good light reflection.
Satin - Pearl-like finish and good stain resistance. Creates a protective shell that helps to resist moisture and mildew.
Semi-Gloss - Good shine and very resistant to moisture. Good for trim and cabinets.
High-Gloss - Long lasting and high shine. The glass like finish is best for making trim pop.
Living/Family Room - Easily cleaned and can stand up to everyday family traffic. Best choice would be a satin finish.
Kitchen and Bathrooms- Again, durable and easy to clean but also moisture protection as well. Best choice would be a Semi-Gloss finish
Dining Room - Clean smooth looking walls with low traffic . Best choice is an eggshell finish.
Bedrooms - Good coverage and low traffic areas with little shine. Best choice is either a flat or matte finish.