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All About Paint


Paint is an interior product that almost everyone uses. But how do you know which paint is right for you? There are many brands to choose from, some that we specify at PKB DESIGN LLC are Benjamin Moore, California, and Sherwin Williams. Whichever brand you choose you will need to select the type, sheen, and color.

What are VOCs and Why Should You Care?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-containing chemical compounds. Everyone is familiar with the smell of a freshly painted room. However, most people don’t think about what they’re actually breathing in. VOCs are essentially toxins that are being released into the environment, contributing to poor indoor air quality. The paint manufacturers have addressed this issue by creating low VOC paints. When you paint a room with a low or no VOC paint, there is little to no odor, because there are little to no VOCs to off gas. Low VOC paint has been available for some time and now paint manufacturers are creating additional low VOC options as well as paint certified for allergies and asthma. Originally, low VOC paint was only available in light colors, but that’s changing. No matter what brand of paint you want to use, make sure you ask for the lowVOC option, if they don’t offer it look to another brand.


Selecting The Right Sheen The sheen level you select will have a huge impact on the look and performance of your paint. The four basic sheen levels are flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss (some paint manufacturers offer more sheen options). We rarely specify flat or gloss. Typically for walls we specify an eggshell finish; it has a low sheen level to help hide wall imperfections and it’s washable as opposed to flat. We often specify semi-gloss on wood trim, doors, and windows because it is slightly more durable than eggshell and not nearly as shiny as gloss.

Selecting The Right Color Picking the right paint color is a challenging task. It seems like the options are limitless. There are three main attributes of color: hue or color family (red, blue, green), intensity or saturation (purity of color, vividness, dullness), and value (lightness, darkness).You have to consider all three when selecting the right paint color. We typically use this order when selecting a paint color for a client. First we determine the hue we are interested in and then the intensity we want. This will narrow down the choices to a few paint strips in the fan deck. Then you just have to decide on the value.

Paint is a great way to add color to your life and breathe new life into any room!

If you have questions or want an expert opinion, we can help!  Call us!


Design Team


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