Choosing the Best Paint Finish for Your Redesign

When planning to repaint a space on your property, don’t feel confused about the different options for paint finishes. On a scale from glossy to flat, these paints primarily differ in their coverage, cost, and ease of cleaning.

High Gloss

High gloss paint finishes are as shiny as they come. They also tend to be the most expensive, and for good reason. High gloss paint is durable, easy to clean, and stands up well in high-traffic areas and exposure to debris. It does reveal imperfections, however, and is therefore not ideal for most walls. Instead, use high gloss for doors, window frames, and chair rails.


A semi-gloss finish is one of best options for a look that is in between matte and glossy. Not only does it stand up well to humidity, making it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, but it is also exceptionally easy to clean. Many people use semi-gloss finishes on furniture and trim. The look is smooth and slightly shiny.


While satin finishes are also easy to clean, they do not hide imperfections very well. They are slightly shiny, with a velvety lustrous look. They work well for high-traffic areas, places that tend to need regular cleaning, and for accents, like doors and trim.


An eggshell finish is so-named because of its likeness to the low-sheen of an egg. It is not as easy to clean as paints in higher glosses but works better for hiding imperfections on rougher walls. This versatility makes it a good choice in both residential and commercial spaces, including living rooms, bedrooms, and conference rooms.


Flat finishes cover imperfections well but require significant scrubbing to clean. Because they absorb light rather than reflect it, they also tend to appear deeper in color on the wall. Also known as matte finishes, they are much less expensive than glossier paints and are popular choices for ceilings.

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