The secrets to picking the right paint color

Top Dog Painting has 3 tips for choosing the right paint color that have helped customers avoid color mistakes.


I know it seems natural to get the biggest things done first, but it is much easier to choose a paint color that goes with your furniture and decor than it is to choose decor to go with a paint color.


Any sheen in a paint will accent flaws, so if you are trying to mask flaws go with as little sheen as possible.Here are some general guidelines for the different finish choices:

  • Flat (Matte): No shine at all. Perfect for for low traffic areas like living rooms and bedrooms, as well as ceilings.

  • Flat Enamel: Has almost no shine but is a bit easier to clean than flat paint. This is also perfect for low traffic areas but may be a better choice if you have kids or pets.

  • Eggshell Enamel: Has a tiny bit of shine and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.  In my experience most scuffs can be wiped off of this surface with a damp cloth.

  • Satin Enamel: Has a bit more shine and works well in high traffic areas or areas that have moisture.  It is also super wipeable which is why it is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms.

  • Semi-Gloss Enamel: Shiny but not glass-like.  This is what you should use on cabinets and trim, or in really high moisture areas.

  • Hi-Gloss Enamel:  Shiny! This gives an almost glass-like finish and is perfect for high use surfaces (like a railing) or furniture.


Use the darkest color on the strip to discover the true color.  This will save you from ending up with paint that is too pink, too blue, too yellow, etc. I don’t mean you have to paint your entire house the same color, but especially in rooms that open into one another consider what each room will look like when standing in another.  If you are going to play it safe and go with one color, I would suggest that you at least go a few shades lighter or darker in one room or even on one focal wall.  It is a great way to add depth and interest to a space.Model homes are a perfect example of having a color theme throughout a home.

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