The 5 Best Interior Paint Options for Your Space

11-13-2019

Does your current home need a new look? Or, have you moved into an older home in need of new paint in every room? 

Painting the interior of a house is no small task. While you can handle one or even two rooms on your own, getting in touch with a top-notch professional painting company is your best bet when looking to paint the entire house. But, in either scenario, you will have to choose the paint colors, finishes, and brands of paint you want to use.

What is the best interior paint out there?  Read on to see 5 of the best options.   

Choose Colors and Finishes First

Before you decide on a particular brand of paint, consider what colors you would like to use in each room, and what paint finishes you will need. Although this can be a confusing process, you can be as creative as you want, as long as you keep these basics in mind:

How To Choose Your Paint Colors

Each room in your home has a different purpose, and you might consider which colors suit that purpose. Do you want your master bedroom to feel warm and calm, or more sleek and modern? Do you want a cheery, bright kitchen, or a more earthy feel?

The size of each room will be a factor, too. A small room will look bigger with lighter colored paint. Painting only one wall brightly, leaving the remaining walls in a neutral shade can lighten a room and make it seem larger, too.

Get paint chip samples of colors you like, and experiment with samples of these colors on your wall, with both natural and electric light. Take the time to play with the colors, so the choice you make will please you once the painting begins. 

If you don't know where to start, look online for examples of rooms like yours to get both classic and daring color designs.

Paint Finishes and Where to Use Them

Flat/Matte paint is non-reflective and provides the most coverage. Because it is hardest to clean, use it on master bedrooms, or other non-kids' rooms.

Eggshell paint is a lot like flat, but has a small bit of sheen, like the shell of an egg. Use it in bedrooms or dining rooms.

Satin paint finish is easy to clean and has more luster. This is the finish for the kids' rooms, hallways, or the family room.

Semi-gloss paint is for the kitchen and bathrooms and trim. As the name suggests, it has a glossy sheen, and it is very easy to clean

High gloss finish is for trim or cabinets, not walls or ceilings. It is the easiest to clean and the most durable of all.

Now that you have thought about color and finish, take a look at these best interior paint brands. 

Best Interior Paint: Behr Marquee 

Behr brands are well-known and preferred by professionals and homeowners alike. The Marquee line has outstanding, one-coat coverage, and is an excellent choice for hard-to-cover textured or dinged-up walls. 

The paint is low in volatile organic compounds, (VOCs,) which are chemicals that can emit toxins into the surrounding air. Marquee is available in four finishes—flat/matte, eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, and is stain-resistant.

Marquee paint comes in over 1,000 colors, which will give you many options when searching for the best color options for your space. 

This paint, while not the most expensive, costs a little more than average, but you will use less of it in the long run. 

Best Interior Paint on a Budget: Glidden Essentials

Glidden Essentials boasts great coverage, tons of stunning colors, and it comes at an unbeatable price, so you can keep the costs of painting your house interior down.

This paint has it all: resistance to fading, easy cleaning, and dries in 30 minutes. It's low on VOC's and has little to no paint odor.

Unlike many interior paints, Essentials is not self-priming, so you’ll need to purchase a primer separately. You also might not get the same thickness and coverage as you would from higher-end paints, so two or more coats might be needed. 

Benjamin Moore Regal Select Interior Paint

This five-star rated paint is a water-based acrylic paint and primer combo, which means no primer coats are needed before painting. The best thing about this paint is that it has no VOC's and is also stain-resistant.

Regal Brand applies smoothly, with no brush strokes viable, and dries in an hour. It even stands up to repeated washings and is great for heavy-duty kids' rooms.

Best Primer: Rust-Oleum 286258 

If a primer is needed for any part of your interior paint job, this Rust-Oleum paint has repeatedly been rated high.

The best feature, according to experts, is that this primer is fast-drying, allowing a room to be primed and painted all in one day. This primer also brings out the color of your paint, by sticking well to the wall surface, and providing a flawless foundation for whatever paint color you choose.

Best Ceiling Paint: Sherwin Williams HGTV Home

There are several differences between wall paint and ceiling paint. Paint made for ceilings is thicker and has more viscosity than wall paint, which means less mess and splatter when doing the ceiling. Ceiling paint is flat paint, which keeps light reflection to a bare minimum, and it is more durable than wall paint.

Sherwin-Williams has been a leader in the paint industry for years and is the favored brand in the JD Power 2020 Paint Satisfaction Survey. It is designed with a high-hiding formula, which helps it cover stains and old paint on your ceiling.

It will take more than one coat of this paint to cover your ceiling, but the price is surprisingly affordable, especially coming from a top brand like Sherwin-Williams. 

Ready to Paint

Now that you know the best interior paint for your home, contact us if you're in the Sarasota-Venice area of Florida. We provide excellent residential painting services and can work with your paint selections and preferences, so you can enjoy a brand new look for your home.