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How to pinpoint the right paint finish for each room

Photo Caption: In this photo, the walls are painted with Benjamin Moore's Normandy in Aura Waterborne Interior Paint in a matte finish, with a satin finish on the doors and trim, for a monochromatic look.

(NC) When refreshing your home with paint, choosing the perfect colour is not the only consideration to be made. A growing trend among designers, now being adopted by homeowners, is selecting a paint finish that complements the aesthetic look and the functionality of the space. Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore, offers practical tips on how-to choose the best finish for any room:

For the bathroom: The most popularpaint finish for any room is a matte finish, as it does not reflect light and offers excellent coverage against small cracks or bumps on the walls. A key consideration however is that humidity can have detrimental effects on paint in the bathroom. To solve this, designers recommend Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa, since it offers mildew resistance against a steamy environment. “The extreme coverage and durability means walls can easily be washed, while the colour and beautiful matte finish stays intact,” Grech points out. “It's specially formulated by our company to lock out moisture and keep it from penetrating and streaking the film.”

For the kitchen: For high traffic areas like the kitchen, it's imperative to have a finish that will stand-up against scrubbing, but also give off a subtle glow and depth. A satin finish offers a smooth even look with a slight sheen, so it works well for well-lit rooms like the kitchen.

For the children's room: Kids will be kids, which means anything that can get dirty, will get dirty, including their bedroom walls. In this case, a pearl finish is preferred and is even considered “childproof” by Grech. A pearl sheen has a smooth, less porous surface, so it's less likely to absorb stains while remaining extremely easy to clean.

For trim and doors: These areas tend to collect dust easily, so choosing a gloss finish is recommended, as dust is less likely to stick compared to a matte finish.A designer trick that is on-trend for spring is going monochromatic: choosing one wall colour and continuing the colour on the trim and doors, only changing the sheen, for a clean, streamlined look, as shown in this photo. To really go bold, use a gloss finish throughout for a contemporary look with a reflective quality.

More information on choosing the correct finish is available online at

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