When choosing paint colours, pick a paint chip that appeals to you, and match it to the store’s fan deck; the colours are listed alphabetically and numerically. Next, check the light reflective value (LRV) of the paint. This is a scientific measurement of how dark or light the paint will be once it’s on your walls. As a general rule, interior paints should have an LRV of 50% or more. Keep in mind that the colour will appear more vibrant when you apply it to the walls.

Paints come in a variety of finishes, including flat, eggshell, semigloss/satin and high gloss. Flat paint is more forgiving and hides flaws well, but it doesn’t stand up well to scrubbing. High-gloss paint is washable and easier to maintain, but it reveals surface imperfections and painting errors.

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