Best Paint for Commercial Buildings

February 16, 2021

Paint is used to add style and beauty to the atmosphere of your commercial space. There's no right or wrong color to paint your space. But there are certain types of paint that can work better in a commercial setting.

The good news is that there are many types to choose from that allow you to customize your space. There are no limits, and enough options to achieve whatever look you prefer.

Are you wondering what the best types of paint for your commercial space are? We'll cover the pros and cons of all of them in this article.

What Are the Different Types of Paint?

Before you can choose the right type of business paint, you have to know what each one is meant to do. Some are better suited for different purposes, but all have their uses.

Let's dive into the many different types to choose from.

Semi or High Gloss Paints

This type of paint has reflective properties that give it a beautiful shine once it's dry. They're used in many different applications, but it's especially great for areas that need a highly-durable paint.

It's long-lasting, even if it's applied in an area that is bustling with activity. Not only that, but it's also very easy to clean.

One con to consider is that once applied, you'll see many properties of the wall underneath. But, taking extra care to prepare the wall before applying the paint can help to lessen the effects.

Despite its one downfall, this is a great choice.


Satin paints are less glossy than the semi and high gloss, but they do offer a little shine. It's subtle but enough to add some personality to an office space or other area.

One great thing about satin paint is that it still keeps many of the properties that you get with gloss paint. Though not as strong as gloss paints, satin holds up well in humid areas and remains easy to keep clean.

To add a bit of luster to your commercial space, satin paint can do the job well.


If you're looking for a cost-effective way to paint your commercial building, flat paint is the way to go. It's cheaper than the other options and simple in all aspects.

Unlike gloss paint, flat paint is great for hiding bumps and other undesirable traits on the wall. It's also simple to apply.

It's weak in the area of durability, however. For example, cleaning takes more care and carefulness than it does with other types of paint.

It's also quite weak to moisture.

If you're looking for a paint that is cheaper, but can still hold up in the right setting, this might be the best choice for you.


Have you heard of walking on eggshells? Well, you don't have to worry about that! Eggshell is paint that's actually applied to the wall.

It's very similar to flat paint, but with added durability and better light reflection. It's often used in spaces that need a little extra light.

Being similar to flat paint, it's not as durable as the other types. However, it can thrive in an area that doesn't see too much traffic.

If you have an area that's usually calm with not much movement, this could be the ideal paint type for you.

Where Will You Be Painting?

When prepping for a commercial paint job, you'll have to let them know where they'll be painting. This can affect which type of paint would be best suited for the area.

In high-traffic areas, satin paint is a great choice. It's durable and a little stronger than the other types. Gloss is another popular choice that works well in these areas.

Semi-gloss and gloss paints are also the best choice for areas with high-humidity. They're great for withstanding moisture. So, if you're looking to paint the bathroom in your building, a gloss paint of some type will be the best choice for you.

What's Your Style?

Your office or warehouse space says a lot about your business. You want to make sure that you have the right paint for your space while sticking to your branding or style.

If your branding isn't a concern, then you might consider choosing colors that promote productivity or even emotions. For productivity, blue and orange are great colors to paint an office space. For relaxation, you might paint it green.

The color and design might also depend on where you plan to paint. For example, you might go with a neutral color in an office space but go with a bold color in a boardroom.

While choosing the right type of paint is important, picking the right colors and shades are also important factors to consider.

Which Paint Is Best for My Business?

The answer to this question can be dependent on your needs and wants. If you run a business such as a restaurant where humidity can be high, high gloss paint can be a great option for this.

But if you have office space, you may benefit from using flat or eggshell paint.

Typically, it's best to look at your situation, traffic in the area, and style to choose the right one for you. This will help you to make the best choice for your building.

You can also mix and match the different types of paints to suit different areas. This can diversify the look of your building while maximizing the durability of the paint.

Choose the Right Types of Commercial Paint for Your Business

With knowledge of the different types of paint to choose from for your commercial building, you're ready to paint! Whether you mix and match or stick with just one type, you now have the right information to make the right choice.

At Petrusse-Norris Painting, we specialize in painting commercial buildings. We can help you achieve a beautiful paint job that you and your staff will love.

Are you interested in getting your commercial space painted? Contact us today to find out how we can help!

The Author | Melissa Petrusse
Melissa Petrusse, President, Petrusse-Norris Painting - Licensed Painting/Decorating Contractor and Color-Expert. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa with any painting project questions, as she is happy to be of service. Simply fill out the Contact Form found on our Contact Page, as Melissa personally receives each request. View More Post from Melissa Petrusse