Flat Paint Finish
Flat paint is a term for a finish that does not reflect light, resulting in no sheen at all. This lack of reflection allows more paint pigment to come through, is more forgiving of flaws, and allows for excellent hide, creating a uniform surface.
Flat is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections. It’s ideal for low traffic areas and has a medium-low durability level. ceilings.
Matte Finish Paint
Matte finish is nearly as shine-free as flat, again providing excellent hide and depth of color, with slightly more durability.
Matte finish paint is another low luster reflective finish that has a medium durability level. Matte paint finish is easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as adult bedroom walls (not children).
Flat and matte paint finishes have the most pigment and will provide the most coverage. They soak up light rather than reflect it, which makes them great on walls with surface imperfections.
Use caution when considering flat paint in high-traffic areas that require frequent attention. Stains are harder to remove from low-sheen paint, and constant rubbing or cleaning can result in paint coming off with the grime.
Eggshell Paint Finish
Eggshell paint finish has a soft luster that resists dirt and grime, as well as mildew. Eggshell falls between satin and flat/matt on the paint sheen levels scale because it’s essentially a flat (no-shine) finish with little luster, like a chicken’s egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and has a medium durability. This paint finish is best for gathering spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs such as your dining room, bedrooms or living room.
Satin Finish Paint
Satin finish paint has a soft pearl-like appearance and is easy to clean. This interior sheen type is a great choice for painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens or baths.
Satin finish paint has a luster that is often described as velvety. This velvet paint finish’s biggest flaw is that it reveals application flaws, such as roller or brush strokes. Making touch-ups trickier. The difference between eggshell and satin paint is that satin has a higher gloss.
Semi-Gloss Paint Finish
Semi-gloss paint finish has high durability, a sleek look, and is resistant to mildew, moisture and wear. Semi-gloss is good for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stains challenge the walls. Its glossy look makes it one of the best paint finishes for kitchen cabinets. This paint finish is also great for trim work that takes a lot of abuse.
Gloss Paint Finish
A gloss paint finish is shiny with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces. This paint finish is the most durable and easiest to clean of all paint sheens. High-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. Think appliance-paint tough.
High gloss is a good choice for areas that sticky fingers touch — cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, has too much shine for interior walls. Which makes it show its imperfections with every bump and roll.