Understanding Different Types of Paint Finishes – A Handy Guide

If you want to paint your home but are unsure about what type of paint finish you should use, don’t be too hard on yourself! There are so many options available today and as many factors to consider, that deciding one option over another can be an overwhelming experience. However, you needn’t worry! Here’s a list of different types of paint finishes and their features created by our seasoned paint professionals to help you make the best choice for your next painting project. 

Exploring the 5 Different Types of Paint Finishes and the Best Areas to Use Them 

Before you start your paint-hunting expedition, you need to understand your goal. For example, do you want the paint to hide imperfections like scuff marks or do you want it to provide more depth to your walls?  Each paint finish has a unique look and serves a specific purpose. Once you are clear about your objective, it will be easier for you to choose a finish that helps meet that goal. 

Let’s discover the various paint finishes and their attributes.

  • High Gloss Finish These paints are shiny and reflect a lot of light. They are highly durable and easy to clean. However, they are unforgiving of flaws such as bumps and nicks. Where to use: 
  • They are perfect for high-traffic smooth areas that get easily dirty – like trim, doors, and cabinets. 
  • They can also be used on walls for creating a dramatic or decorative effect.
  • Semi-Gloss Finish These paints provide a noticeable amount of sheen, are easy to clean, are resistant to mildew, and are durable.
    • They are perfect for high moisture areas like bathrooms, as well as kitchens and trim work.
  • Satin Finish – They have a velvety sheen and are relatively easy to clean. They are also less durable than semi-gloss paints but can stand up to everyday wear and tear. However, these paints tend to be unforgiving if not applied with finesse.
    • Due to their durability, mildew, and moisture resistance, they are great for high-traffic areas like kitchens, children’s rooms, and bathrooms. 
  • Egg-Shell Finish – Having a soft subtle sheen, these paints have medium durability and can conceal imperfections. They are aesthetically appealing and are fingerprint resistant.
    • They are ideal for high-traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. 
  • Matte / Flat Finish – As the name suggests, matte paints have no shine. They can easily hide imperfections. However, they are not easy to clean. 
    • They are a good choice for low-touch areas like ceilings.

Choose a Paint Finish that Works!

Deciding on the right paint finish for your home can be a difficult choice. However, knowing about the various paint finishes and their attributes can help you make an educated decision. Always keep in mind your purpose for painting your walls, the room/s you want to paint, and how durable the paint finish should be. So, whether it’s a high gloss finish that you want or a paint to hide imperfections, make your room look stunning by choosing the right paint finish.

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