If you want to save money and time, buy high-quality paint from the best paint brands such as Benjamin Moore and Behr (my personal favorite). In lab testing by Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping and Consumer Affairs, Benjamin Moore Regal Select came in first. It is the most expensive paint but goes on easily, one coat coverage, lasts for years, is extremely durable and cleans easily. Behr Premium Plus was voted best for bathrooms, laundry areas and other damp areas while Behr Marquee was voted best for hiding old paint with just one coat. Low-quality paint simply doesn’t cover or last and will almost always cost you more time and money in the long run.
Regardless of brand, go with the highest quality and ‘paint/primer in one’ products for the best coverage and durability.
There are 6 degrees of gloss/shine to consider. Flatter, low-luster paints roughen the surface, creating an even coat that hides flaws. Glossier paints form a smoother, more durable finish, but they show imperfections. The higher the sheen, the more scrubbable. In general, Satin is the most versatile, multi-purpose wall finish. Gloss is used mainly for woodwork in high use areas.
Baths & Laundry Rooms: Satin or Semigloss sheen with mildewcide for damp areas
Entries & Stairways: Eggshell washes off fingerprints
Bedrooms: Satin or Matte finishes give off a warm glow
Ceilings: Flat hides imperfections & have an even tone
Kitchen: Satin or Semigloss are scrubbable & resist mildew
Trim & Built-ins: Oil-based gloss for a hard, scrubbable finish
20+ years of residential experience.