Futura Interiors

The World of Design at Your Fingertips


by Erline M. Altamira

Some of the important details in design are the finishes designers specify for various items. For example the finishes for paint, furniture surface areas, and metal hardware are a few to consider. You will find through experience that fine details like this will help prevent performance issues for the overall piece in the long run.

Paint: Depending on the manufacturer you will come across finish terms like Flat, Eggshell, Satin, and Semi-Gloss. Flat has a matte look usually the least expensive because it is usually used for ceilings that are rarely touched.  Eggshell is a bit more durable and has a low sheen. Satin finishes is my preference due to its moderate sheen and high durability; can be wiped down occasionally. Semi-Gloss is usually used for high moisture areas like bathrooms & kitchens or surfaces that need to be whipped down regularly.

Surfaces: Depending area your furniture piece (ex: console) is in, designers also need to consider the function of the surface area. If your console is in a penthouse in the far bonus room that is rarely used then a standard finish that the manufacturer recommends should be suffice. If the console is used in a high traffic lobby space or an entry area in a residence, then you consider polyurethane type finishes to withstand the regular contact the console will have with keys, rings, or hard objects.

Hardware:  A polished chrome finish is luxurious but in time a user or hotel housekeeping will be annoyed polishing and re-polishing metal rails, doorknobs, etc. because smudges are noticeable on this finish. A satin or brushed nickel finish will be cost efficient because less maintenance is involved.

Remember to consider the application of your piece and specify a finish that best suits the use. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions and I will try getting back to you!


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