Start with the Right Paint

Inspired to decorate?
Start with the right types of paint

What types of paint should you get for your project? There are a lot of categories to consider: Most paint products include explanations on the cans about gloss level and the best application use. Below is some information about the range of gloss in interior paints:

  • Flat: These paints have no shine at all, are not washable and are best for the living room and dining room, low-traffic areas and ceilings.
  • Velvet: These have a slight sheen and are good for kids™ rooms and hallways.
  • Eggshell: These create a warm look, resist stains better than flat paints and are good for high traffic areas.
  • Low sheen level gloss: These paints are good for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Semi-gloss: These are best for highlighting details such as trim and cabinet doors.
  • Glossy: These are most often used for kitchens, bathrooms, doors, and windows.
  • High gloss: These are highly reflective and most often used for kitchens, bathrooms, doors, and cabinets; they make surfaces easy to clean, although they may show imperfections when used on walls.



  • Drive around your neighborhood and visit homes that are up for sale to look for colors you like. When you find one, ask the owner the paint names he or she used.
  • Make sure to observe that house throughout the day to see how the colors change in a variety of lights.
  • When you zero in on colors you like, buy an eight-once sample to paint on walls to see how it looks during the day and night.
  • Read more about Burk’s Custom Exterior Painting.


  • Pick up home decor magazines to look for color ideas; many will list paint names and manufacturers.
  • Lighter colors, such as shades of white and pastels, make rooms look larger and more open.
  • Dark colors will close rooms, making them look smaller and more intimate.
  • Read more about Burk’s Custom Interior Painting.
burks team