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What Is the Best Paint for Interior Walls?

best paint for interior walls What Is the Best Paint for Interior Walls?

We'll take a closer look at the sheen options for your interior paint project, but first, let's talk brands. You really do get what you pay for!

While ultra-premium, expensive paints might not be necessary for your specific goals, we do recommend that you invest in a quality paint manufacturer. You need a durable finish - something that will look fantastic but also stand up to the traffic, bumps, and scrapes of everyday life. Cheap paint is made with cheaper ingredients, and that translates to poor coverage, poor color retention, and a shorter lifespan.

In the long-run, working with better paint brands will actually save you money, making it well worth the investment.

High-Quality Paint for Walls and Ceilings

best paint for interior walls What Is the Best Paint for Interior Walls?

So, what do we use here at MB Jessee Painting?

When it comes to painting ceilings and walls, Kelly Moore AcryPlex is one of our go-to choices. For ceilings specifically, we use AcryPlex 550: it's a premium latex paint that leaves a flat, high-end finish, but applies easily and can be touched up as needed down the road.

In general, here are a few more reasons why we like AcryPlex interior paint so much:

  • 100% acrylic, low-VOC paint formula (this means little-to-no odor or fumes!)
  • Self-priming
  • Beautiful finish with excellent coverage
  • Durable enough for your home's busiest spaces
  • Available in a variety of finishes, including a satin finish, flat finish, eggshell finish, and semi-gloss finish too

How To Choose the Best Paint Finish

High-gloss paint, semi-gloss paint, satin paints, matte finishes... There are a lot of types of paint finishes, and the options can get confusing!

It used to be you could narrow the options by your performance requirements: flat paints were less durable, but higher-gloss paints were MORE durable. You could pick and choose accordingly, using flatter paint on your ceilings, and high-gloss paint on trim, doors, and maybe cabinets.

Thanks to ongoing paint formula improvements, the sheen doesn't matter as much as it once did. It really comes down to the style you prefer.

Bonus Tip:

What is the best paint to use on kitchen cabinets? What Is the Best Paint for Interior Walls?

Interested in finding the best paint to use on kitchen cabinets? We've dedicate a whole article to the topic right here, and shared a few specific examples of paint products we really like to use.

Popular Flat and Matte Paint Sheen for Walls

The classic Eggshell paint finish used to be the go-to choice, as a happy medium between flat paint and glossy finishes, but it's been edged out by a new contender.

Matte paint, with virtually no shine, is one of our most popular options here in Oakland and the Bay Area. Specifically, DuraPoxy Matte from Kelly-Moore.

The beauty of this product is that it offers all the benefits of a flat paint sheen, like hiding surface imperfections, but it's plenty durable for high-traffic areas. It really offers you the best of both worlds. And even if your surfaces are in perfect condition, you might just prefer the shine-free look over a semi-gloss sheen. The sleek, modern aesthetic is easy to love, that's for sure.

It's a great long-term choice too, with excellent hide capabilities and easy touch-ups. As you work through your options for sheen levels, this is definitely a great one to keep in mind.

Need Help Picking the Best Interior Paint?

Give us a call at MB Jessee Painting! We'd love to help you walk through your options, and provide paint samples to help you make the right choice for your home. We've been a San Francisco Bay Area painting company for over 25 years, and know what works!

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“In all the years I've worked with MB Jessee, I'm always so impressed by your crews. They are so respectful of everything--you never even know they're there! Except that the paint looks amazing when they're gone. We've had one showing of our home and already have an offer. I'm sure it is because the paint looks so beautiful.”

— Erin T.
Pleasant Hill

“Very easy to work with, they did an outstanding job with our project of re-painting our painting our kitchen cabinets. Given the scope of the job and that our kitchen is roughly half of our upstairs living area they did a fantastic job of minimizing the mess. Workmanship was top notch, would definitely recommend.”

— Vince Scola

“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
San Francisco, CA

“The painters at MB Jesse are top notch! Cesar's team was super friendly and helpful. They were very polite and accommodating. Their expertise in everything painting related was evident in their attention to detail and efficiency painting tricky spaces. The apartment looks brand new!”

— Adam Swisher

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“The entire MB Jessee team is courteous, efficient and professional. From scheduling and estimating to the crew managers and crew, they all did an excellent job on a small (but complicated) two room project in my house. I'm already thinking about getting them scheduled for the next project in the spring.”

— Cari Cheney

“Everyone I dealt with was nice, helpful, and very professional. The price was reasonable! (I didn't feel like I was getting the "San Francisco price." The attention to detail and work quality was excellent. They did what they said they would do in the exact timeframe they said they would do. Highly recommend!”

— Tim Tyson

“The kitchen looks NEW! You guys are amazing.”

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch

“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian

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“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA