When it comes to choosing the right paint color, there's more to consider than just choosing white or cream. Other factors like the finish and wearability of the paint are also important things to consider.
One of the first things to consider when choosing paint is the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) level. VOC refers to the chemicals in the paint that allow the colors to blend and the paint to dry. So for health reasons, we always choose paints that low VOC.
Paint usually comes in 3 main sheens or finishes - glossy, satin and matte. Glossy paint are very eye catching and are usually used brighten dark spaces and make things pop. Satin finishes provide an appearance of depth and hide stains and marks better than glossy paint. The matte finish helps conceal any wall blemishes and deflect attention. We prefer matte paint because it's the easiest finish to touch up.
Tying It All Together
The paint in a room should help bring a cohesive feel to the room by pulling together the floors, ceilings and furniture colors. One thing to consider is that paint colors can be diluted. We really love using Benjamin Moore HC-172 Revere Pewter because it provides a wonderful background color for so many of the pieces we used in our design.