Choose paint with some heft and a little sheen for walls and ceilings with long-lasting good looks. Here are some getting-started tips for Bulletproof Decorating
Although there’s no such thing as an indestructible interior, there are steps you can take to make your home stand up better to kids and pets. One key element in “Bulletproof Decorating” is how you choose paint. The right blend, finish and color can make a difference in how the paint wears and resists grime and abuse.
Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.
Oil change. The most common types of paint are oil based and water borne. (You might know the latter as latex, but nowadays it’s typically an acrylic-based paint, which wears better.) While oil-based paint has traditionally been the tougher of the two, advances in water-borne paint have made it nearly as durable, and you don’t have to suffer through the painstaking cleanup, smell, yellowing and environmental hazard that you get with oil-based paints. (To reduce environmental impact even more, choose paint that has a low-VOC or no-VOC that produces fewer volatile organic compounds.)
There are times when oil based is better, Daly concedes. But in most applications, a water-borne paint should be your first choice.
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