How to Choose the Right Paint Finish for Your Commercial Space: A Guide for Property Managers

How to Choose the Right Paint Finish for Your Commercial Space: A Guide for Property Managers

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You might be the type of person who just wants to get something done as quickly and efficiently as possible. If that’s the case, you probably want to skip this article. But if you’re the type who loves learning about all the different aspects of creating a space, from lighting fixtures to window coverings and more, then read on. 

In this guide, we’ll go over why it’s essential to choose a paint finish for your commercial space, what options are available, and how to choose one that fits your needs best.

Consider the Function of the Space

When choosing a paint finish for any space, it’s important to consider the room’s function. Different types of finishes are better suited for different purposes. For example, high-traffic areas such as hallways and lobbies should use high gloss or semi-gloss paints because they are easy to clean and maintain. In contrast, flat or matte finishes are better suited for low-traffic areas such as conference rooms or private offices.

USA Today states that apart from gloss, semi-gloss, and matte, you can also choose satin and eggshell finish for your walls. When it comes to painting sheens, a satin finish is a versatile option that can work well on almost any surface. While it has less shine than gloss or semi-gloss paints, it still offers a subtle luster and is generally simple to clean. 

On the other hand, eggshell paints derive their name from their similarity to the texture of an eggshell, giving off a soft glow rather than a pronounced luster. Due to this quality, eggshell paints are often employed on interior walls and ceilings.

Evaluate the Lighting

You should also consider the type of lighting in your commercial space. Natural light can make a big difference in the appearance of a room, so take into account how much natural light is available (if any) and whether you need to add more. 

Homes & Gardens suggests that in a small room that lacks natural light, utilizing lighter hues can create the illusion of more space. Conversely, darker rooms may feel chilly, and it is wiser to choose whites with a yellow or red undertone to add warmth to the area. White paints can produce a gentle, inviting ambiance and aid in balancing the available natural light in the room.

Consider the Durability

Another important factor to consider when choosing a paint finish is durability. A higher gloss finish may be more durable and resistant to stains, but it can also show imperfections more easily. In contrast, a matte finish may be more forgiving of imperfections, but it may not be as durable as a higher gloss finish.

Consider how much traffic the space will receive and how often it will be cleaned. If you’re using your commercial property for an office building or retail location where people will constantly walk in dirty shoes and have hands full of food crumbs from lunchtime snacks, you’ll want something that can stand up to frequent cleaning without showing signs of wear too quickly. The last thing anyone wants is an unsightly mess.

Look at the Existing Decor

When choosing a paint finish for your commercial space, it’s important to consider the existing decor. If there is a lot of wood, consider using latex or oil-based paint. If there is a brick in the room, acrylic paints will work best because they’re more resistant to cracking than other types of finishes. And if you want something that’s going to last longer than most other finishes (such as metal), urethane paints should be on top of your list.

The color and style of your existing decor can influence how you choose which type of paint finish would look best in each room too. For example, if the decor is modern and sleek, the high gloss may complement this style nicely. Whereas if someone else likes traditional or rustic styles better, then matte might suit them better instead.

Test Samples

When you’re trying to choose a paint finish for your commercial space, it’s always a good idea to test samples in person. This will give you an idea of how the color looks under different types of lighting and in different environments.

You can order sample sizes online or visit a local paint store and ask them to cut some small pieces of their most popular colors for you. You may also want to consider buying one or two full-size cans (or even gallons) so that everyone involved can see what they look like when applied over an entire wall surface.

According to a recent article in The U.S. Sun, artist Mandy Bealer’s test paint hack has gained popularity on Instagram. Instead of risking damage to her walls, Bealer utilizes contact paper to try different paint colors. “This is my go-to method for testing paint colors,” she explained. “Just attach the contact paper to the wall and paint it!” Many Instagram users were impressed by Bealer’s technique and shared their admiration in the comments section.

Consult With a Paint Professional

Consulting with a paint professional can be a valuable step in choosing the right paint finish for your commercial space. Professional color consultation services can provide expert guidance on factors such as durability, lighting, and the existing decor of your space. They can also recommend specific products and finishes that will be best suited to your unique needs. 

Working with a professional can help ensure that you choose the right paint finish and achieve the desired look and feel for your commercial space. This can ultimately save you time, money, and frustration in the long run and ensure that your space looks its best for years to come.

Absolute Painting, a professional color consultant service, states that in today’s market, there is an overwhelming abundance of paint choices, making the task of choosing the appropriate color and brand for one’s home or business a significant decision. 

The company recommends working with a professional to help ensure that you select the right paint finish, which can ultimately help you minimize unnecessary expenses.

Determine the Desired Aesthetic

The first step in choosing a paint finish is determining the desired aesthetic. There are many different factors to consider, including:

  • The other spaces in the area. What does your neighborhood look like? Are there similar properties nearby that you can refer to for inspiration?
  • What do customers expect from a space like yours (e.g., if you manage apartment buildings, do most tenants want more modern interiors or traditional ones)?
  • Other properties you manage. Not only those with similar layouts but also older and newer ones. This will help you determine whether it makes sense to go with an old-school style or something more contemporary.


We hope that this article has helped you to understand the complexities of choosing the right paint finish for your commercial space. It’s important to keep in mind that any paint job is going to require some trial and error, but with some planning and research, you can make sure your project goes smoothly from start to finish.

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