Once you’ve chosen the type of paintbrush that is best suited to your project, you may want to choose different brush shapes for the bristles to help paint more precisely and help avoid other surfaces.

  • The most common sizes for brushes vary from 1” to 4”. A small brush is more precise and easier to use in tight corners and fine edges, while broad brushes are useful for flat surfaces.
  • Square Trim brushes are good brushes for painting large areas. The bristles will be cut into a flat rectangular shape and the shape naturally holds the most paint.
  • Chisel Trim brushes have a flat and narrow head, much like a chisel. This is an ideal brush for painting accurate straight lines and edges.
  • Angled Trim brushes have their bristles cut to form a slope. The shape makes it easier to paint unusual angles with the brush, such as window edges or ceilings corners.
  • Rollers are designed to paint large areas very quickly while brushes are better suited to painting details and edges. Some painters prefer to use only a brush for painting projects due to the natural ‘roughness’ that a paintbrush creates.

Many different variations on these three shapes are available. For example, a combination of an angled and chiseled brush shape will work best when painting a straight line that should be very accurate or for painting hard to reach corners.

The best part about choosing a brush is that you have a lot of flexibility and the choice of a paintbrush shape is not going to make or break a project. It’s easy to experiment with the shapes of brushes to see what works best for you!