Are you getting ready to paint a room in your house? If so, we have compiled the information that will educate you on the various types of paint finishes. The finish that you choose will determine if the end result is shiny or matte once it has dried. Generally speaking, oil-based and latex paints can be found in every paint finish available. Oil-based paints are popular in semi-gloss and glossy finishes, while latex is usually a matte/flat to a semi-gloss finish. To help you better understand, we have listed below the various paint finishes and when they should be used:
Matte or Flat
A matte/flat finish is often used on walls and ceilings or in low-traffic areas because it does not stand up well to rubbing or cleaning. Matte/flat finishes do not reflect light, making it an ideal pick to hide small defects such as cracks or bumps.
Eggshell is similar to the sheen on an egg, and it is a little shinier than the matte finish. It also reflects some light, so it is a good choice for interior hallways.
This finish has a smooth, velvety look with more gloss or shine than eggshell. It is commonly used on window and door trim, but because most manufacturers formulate satin-finish paint to be able to stand up to some rubbing, it is a reliable option for bedroom or bathroom walls.
Mostly applied to baseboards, molding, cabinets, and built-in-shelving in bathrooms and kitchens, semi-gloss dries with a subtle sheen without being too shiny, and it stands up to repeated scrubbing. Semi-Gloss can be used on walls and ceilings, but because it reflects light so well, proper surface preparation before painting is critical since it will show minor imperfections in a wall’s surface.
You will want to use this finish in stand-out spots such as trim, cabinets, and furniture because it is similar to a plastic or vinyl coating. But because of the shine factor, prepping the piece (sanding; scraping) before painting is necessary.
We hope you have learned a bit more about various kinds of paint finishes and where and when to use them. Happy painting!