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Choosing a paint finish to suit your lifestyle

    (NC) From dramatic to subtle, paint is a simple way to transform your space without breaking the bank. When choosing a wall colour, it’s important to also select a finish that matches your lifestyle and design tastes.

    Here are some tips from Jim Moncada, senior merchant of paint at The Home Depot Canada, to help you select a sheen for any room.

    Flat/matte. With a low-lustre finish, flat and matte finishes will give your space a high-end feel straight from a home décor magazine. It is also an excellent choice for hiding imperfections in low-to moderate-traffic areas. If you’re looking to paint your bedroom, living room or ceiling, a flat or matte finish is the way to go.

    Eggshell. With a soft and velvety appearance, this versatile sheen can be used in almost any room in your home. Eggshell paint is easy to clean and is ideal for kids’ bedrooms, hallways and family rooms.

    Semi-gloss. Perfect for high-moisture areas, this durable finish provides a radiant sheen. With a variety of uses, semi-gloss paint is most commonly used on trim, cabinets and moulding, as well as in kitchens and bathrooms.

    High-gloss. To create a glass-like finish on trim, moulding, cabinets and doors, consider a high-gloss finish. It is durable and a great choice to transform old furniture into statement pieces.

    Satin. If you’re after a pearl-like sheen, satin is the finish for you. Satin options are durable and achieve a high-end look that’s perfect for doors and trim. With stain-and fingerprint-resistant qualities, this sheen is also great for high-moisture areas like washrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens.

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