Here’s what you need to know about four main paint finishes, there are 4 basic sheens: flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss. Below is a list of the best bets for where to use them in your home. But please remember: There are no set rules for how certain paint colors look in each finish; that decision is totally up to you!
Flat: also may be referred to as “matte”. This sheen has the least amount of shine. It is also the least resistant to stains and harder to clean. It does cover cracks and imperfections well and is a good option for textured walls. Plan to use this finish in lower traffic areas like a formal dining room and it is perfect on ceilings.
Eggshell: also may be referred to as “satin”. You really can not go wrong with an eggshell paint. It resists stains better than a flat paint, wipes clean easily, it also has a little more luster and shine than a flat paint. We use this in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas….everywhere!
Semi-Gloss: this is a tough paint and will show less wear than flat or eggshell. It reflects more and will show imperfections in the wall more than the aforementioned finishes. We use this solely on trim work, mouldings and doors.
Gloss: shiny and a good choice only on trim and furniture. If you are going for a “glam” look, you can try this on the walls. We have not done that yet, so if you do, please send us pictures!