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Painting Interiors

The art of painting the interior of a home goes beyond the simple act of choosing a paint color. As diverse and exciting as those options are, it’s also important to choose the right paint finish to ensure long-lasting quality. Painting is inherently a refinishing activity, and which finish you choose will determine the ultimate feel and aura of the living space.

On a paint store shelf, you will see different types of paints. These types are determined by the kind of finish that will result from each paint’s application. Paint finishes exist on a scale from flat to gloss, gloss being the most reflective or shiny and flat being the most concealing. There are several in between, which we will explore in the following Paint Finishes section of our CalFinder Library.

That exploration will include characteristics, possibilities, textures and general uses for each type of paint and paint finish. Also included is information on faux-finishes - the more labor-intensive but liveliest of paint finish options. Enjoy!



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