How to select the Perfect Paint and Finish – By Carrie Oesmann

Giving that room a fresh coat of paint is a cheap and easy way to an old space a breath of fresh air.

Here are some tips on choosing the perfect color:

What Type of Paint Should I Select?

Paint comes in a variety of sheens as well as in either oil or latex. Latex paint is the most commonly and preferred paint type to use because of its ease of clean up and long lasting durability. It also tends to be more fade resistant and breathes better than oil, resulting in less blistering of the paint.

Another reason latex is usually preferred to oil base paints is because of the smell and Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) which off-gas during the drying period. Most major paint manufacturers have addressed this problem by providing LOW-VOC or NO-VOC Latex paints, but they have not solved this problem as readily with oil bases paints.

However, there are times when oil based paint is the right choice; for instance it’s great for priming real wood moldings and trim as it tends to seal stains and knots from the wood better than a latex paint wood. Also, I often specify oil based paints if I am suggesting a client paint a hand rail or newel post as the finish is extremely durable. (It does take longer to dry than a latex paint though, so plan for more drying time.)…   continue reading this article on Carrie’s blog at
About Carrie,

Carrie Oesmann is the ASID, CAPS and AKBD certified Interior Designer of Bailiwick Interior Design, a business she has owned and operated in New Jersey since 1999. Last year she had the pleasure of expanding her business and relocating to the Lehigh Valley, so she now lives in downtown historic Bethlehem with her husband John. Her “Journey to Bethlehem” inspired her to start sharing her adventure on her blog, which you can find on her website, You can also follow her on Facebook. Carrie’s home also doubles as Bailiwick Interior Design’s Pennsylvania office and unique lifestyle showroom, a place where her clients can experience a variety of options in a real home—it’s unlike anything we have seen in the Valley! Call Carrie for a personal tour of the lifestyle showroom.