The pros and cons of flat paint finishes

(NC)—Do it yourself homeowners across the country are often faced with the uncertainty of when to choose between flat, eggshell or semi–gloss finishes for certain paint projects in their home.

Even after you choose the perfect colour for a room, there's another very important decision to make – the paint finish. With different paint finishes to choose from, it's important to know the benefits of each to determine the right one for your paint project.

Dominique Pépin, Marketing Manager for Sico Paints and a Chairholder of the international colour forecaster Color Marketing Group, explained that the finish you choose depends largely on the space and the uses and functions of the room.

“Typically, higher gloss finish paint is more durable and is formulated to hold up very well to cleaning and scrubbing. However, the major drawback to this finish is that it will magnify any surface imperfections, so careful preparation and sanding is essential before painting with glossier paints,” she explained.

Pépin actually does not recommend using semi–gloss paints for walls and ceilings in rooms, such as living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, to avoid showcasing ceiling and wall imperfections on these larger walls. “For wall colour beauty and richness, it's recommended to choose flat finishes that will add depth to your colours and hide irregularities and defects, as these finishes do not reflect light.” she added.

One of the highest performing flat finish paints over the last few years has been Sico's Cashmere paint. It's an elegant finish with no gloss, which adds extra depth to your colours thanks to exclusive thermoplastic beads that also makes it more washable than conventional flat paints available on the market. A favourite with designers, it's ideal to dress up walls in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms with high hiding power and saves you time and money as it's a paint and primer in one formula. To top it off, it's also more eco–friendly choice since it's part of Sico's line of VOC–free paints, making future paint projects more enjoyable. More information on the latest paint finishes is available at

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