Paint’s Biggest Myths

Just about every interior decorating project involves picking a paint color. Recently I received a new color specification kit from Sherwin Williams, and I am loving using it. Finding the perfect color is easy because of the way they have grouped the colors along with the kit’s large 4 x 4 swatches.

paint color specification tools by sherwin-williams
Color specification kit

But selecting the perfect color is only part of finding the perfect paint. You also have to pick the finish and product. There is a lot to know to choose the best product and finish for your application. The amount of sheen a paint finish has can alter the aesthetics of a paint color. Also, where the paint is going and how it will be used should be considered to pick the correct product.

There is so much to color and product selection that I spent two days with my Sherwin William’s Rep to learn about their paint. It was so informative, and I am blown away with the level of support I get as a designer. They provide me with specification tools and professional development and, on top of that, extend an amazing discount to my clients when I specify the color and product for them. By amazing, I mean up to 50% off MSRP depending on the product.

Many finishes to choose from

During my training session, my Rep and I discussed things that most people believe about paint that aren’t true, and here they are:


Paint Myth #1: MATTE PAINT CAN’T BE WASHED

Some matte paints are washable. This is good news because matte paint is an excellent choice for walls that are not perfect. You do not have to choose between wash-ability and hiding imperfections on your walls. It is worth mentioning that washable is not the same as scrub-able. There is also matte paint that is scrub-able.


Paint Myth #2: ALL PRIMERS ARE THE SAME

All primers are not the same. Different colors require different primers. Priming the walls with the correct primer will ensure that the color you selected will have the same appearance as the swatch you selected. If you do not prime the walls correctly, the color being painted over may change the way the new color appears on the wall.

different paint color primers that are availavle
Different primers for different colors

Paint Myth #3: DRIP MARKS FROM STEAM IN A BATHROOM CAN’T BE HELPED

Have you ever seen marks on walls that result from the condensation that forms on the bathroom walls that get steamed up from the shower? I am happy to report that these drip marks from steam are avoidable. You just have to know what product to use. Look for a product with water spotting and burnish resistance.


Paint Myth #4: THERE IS LITTLE TO NO DIFFERENCE IN PAINT QUALITY BETWEEN BRANDS AND PRODUCTS

There is a massive difference in paints across brands and products. Higher quality paint has more pigments. better coatings, and are self-leveling. All of these things help the paint apply easier and look better.

Lower quality paint has fillers that are added to keep the cost down. Paints with fillers do not cover as well as paints without fillers. This results in needing more coats to cover the wall. More labor, no thank you.

The most significant difference will be how long the paint will continue looking good. Some low-quality paint will only last a year. With outdoor paint, good quality paint could last more three times as long as low-quality paint before it has to be reapplied. So that means painting the outside of your house every six years with low-quality paint or every 18 years with good quality paint. The take away here is less cost per gallon doesn’t necessarily mean less expensive. When you are comparing prices, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.


Were you surprised by any of this? I know I was. If you are getting ready to paint, you may enjoy reading Sherwin-Williams 2020 Color Forecast is a Home-run. You may find Why is picking a white paint so tricky helpful.

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Barbara Rose

Hi I am Barbara Rose. I am an Interior Designer and I started design2bhappy to inspire others to think of Interior Design as more than just creating a beautiful home. It is about living comfortably, while being surrounded by things you love. It is about creating an environment that we feel good in while providing a sanctuary to counter- balance the stress that life can throw at us. This blog is aimed at helping others achieve that "there is no place like home" feeling.

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