How to Choose Interior Paint for Your Home

There are two main considerations when selecting paint for the interior of your home: the type of paint and the paint sheen.

Paint is considered as either oil (solvent based) or latex (water based). Oil-based paint requires mineral spirits for thinning and clean-up while latex paint can be thinned and cleaned with water.

Latex is the paint of choice for walls and ceiling while either oil-based enamel or latex enamel can be used on trim and woodwork. Oil-based paint dries harder and slower than latex, resulting in a smoother surface that holds up better. On the other hand, oil-based paint produces a stronger odor and is harder to clean up, while latex paint resists yellowing and mildew better.

Paint sheens include:

  • Gloss
  • Semi-gloss
  • Satin
  • Eggshell
  • Flat

Gloss paints resist dirt and are easier to clean while flat paints do a better job of hiding surface imperfections.

Watch this video to find out more.


  1. Can you paint cedar siding? If so what type of paint should you use? Oil or latex? Love the show. Always great information.


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