Once you choose the color for your home, you need to decide the paint finish and texture. This can be pretty simple, but I often find this decision stumps everyone when the question is asked. There are different textures for different paint manufactures, but basically there are 4 different finishes.
Matt or Flat – This is a dusty, modern finish paint. It doesn’t have any reflection or shine.It creates a soft backdrop and is perfect for bright spaces and highlighting art.Flat also has the most pigment, so it will show color differently than other finishes.If you have bumps or poorly finished walls, flat is a great choice.
The downside of the flat is that stains or finger marks are difficult to remove. Some paint manufacture boasts the cleanup power of a flat paint, but the makeup of a flat paint is differently than the other finishes.
I always spec flat for a ceiling, the ceiling lights will bounce off any sheen and I don’t recommend this unless it is a specific look you are going for.
Eggshell (Eg-Shel) - One step up from matt or flat. Truly this is similar to the sheen of an egg. This offers a slight hint of a shine and holds up well to touch ups and cleaning. Beware, some manufactures eggshell is a little bit shiner than others!
Satin or Semi-gloss –Ideal for doors and heavily steamed bathrooms. Satin tends to be a bit smoother of a finish and Semi-gloss a bit shiny. Both area also a good choice for cabinets but I would not use this finish on a wall unless doing a creative treatment. Our home was painted with semi-gloss paint when we moved in and it was no Bueno! Too much sheen on that knock down drywall…
High gloss – Typically used on baseboards or trims, cabinets and mantles.While this finish is
shiny at first, it will eventually soften over time.
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