Different Types of Paint Finishes
When painting, choosing the right color is only have the battle. In addition to the multitude of colors that are available, there are also multiple different paint finishes. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the sheen, or shine, that a paint finish has, the more durability the paint has. Here’s your guide to paint finishes.
High gloss paints are the most durable and the easiest to clean. They are hard and ultra-shining. This finish is a good choice for high traffic areas where there will be a lot of sticky fingers, such as cabinets, doors, and trim. However, high gloss paint is too much shine for interior walls. Additionally, it will show everything! Every bump and crack in the wall. Be sure to do proper prep work before applying a high gloss paint. Use a high gloss paint in kitchens, on doors, or on a window trim.
Semi-gloss is another very durable paint finish. It is good for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stain possibilities are high. It is also great for trim work. Use a semi-gloss paint for kitchens, bathrooms, trim, or chair rails.
Despite its name, satin finishes are often described as velvety. Satin finishes have a high durability and are easy to clean, making them a great option for high traffic areas of your home. However, satin finishes tend to show application flaws, such as brush or roller strokes, which makes touch-ups tricky. Use a satin paint in family rooms, foyers, hallways, and kids’ bedrooms.
Eggshell finishes land somewhere between a satin and flat finish in terms of sheen and durability. Eggshell finishes cover wall imperfections well. It works well in areas that don’t get a lot of bumps. Use an eggshell finish paint in dining rooms and living rooms.
Flat or matte paints have a lower durability than all other paint sheens. Flat paints soak up light rather than reflect it, which helps to hide imperfections. However, it’s tough to clean without taking paint off the walls. Flat or matte paints work best for adult bedrooms, areas that don’t get a lot of traffic, or ceilings.
When choosing what finish you’d like, know that adding sheen also adds money. Typically sheen usually adds an extra dollar or two per gallon of paint.