Over the past couple of weeks I’ve posted some ideas about selecting the right paint finish for your home decorating project. In selecting the right finish you need to consider a number of things, including the style and mood that you are endeavouring to create (Check the last two posts in this series to see the other factors). This time, semi gloss finishes.
A semi gloss finish offers high washability and is extremely scuff resistant. As the sheen level is higher it is also more light reflective than a regular low sheen paint which can be of benefit in a dark area. Dulux markets a semi gloss finish with anti-bacterial qualities for use in high moisture areas like bathrooms and laundries and in some cases for kitchens where there is little natural air flow. A semi gloss finish is appropriate for skirting boards, architraves and internal doors where more durability is required than a low sheen paint would offer but offers lower light reflective qualities than would be achieved with a high gloss finish. Semi gloss paints can also be used on exterior trim and many paint companies now offer a paint that can be used for both interior and exterior timber.
Next time I’ll post something about high gloss finishes.