Types of interior paint finishes

The type of interior paint finish to choose for your interior walls depends on the amount of shine, durability you want and the house painter that is advising you on it. The most common interior paint finishes are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The look, durability, and ambiance you want will determine the type of paint finish you will get.

Flat finish: this is only available in latex paint. It is opaque and sophisticated. It can work great on interior walls and ceilings. However, because it is the least shiny finish available, it doesn’t clean well and is not suited for kitchens, baths or children’s bedrooms.

Choose carefully if you have kids.

Eggshell finish: this type of finish is usually used for decorative finishes because it provides a low luster. Though it cleans up better than a flat finish, probably not as well as you would want in a bathroom or kitchen.

Satin finish: this is the most popular paint sheen. It has more sheen than eggshell or flat and cleans better too. Satin finish is a good choice for walls, woodwork, doors and hallways. It is also great for bedrooms and dining rooms. It is washable but is not scrubbable, therefore you probably don’t want to use it around your toddler’s space.

Semi-gloss finish: A semi-gloss finish will give your room a subtle shine. It is scrubbable and also good for moldings, windows, doors, baths and kitchens.

High-gloss finish: A high-gloss paint has a shiny, polished look. It is also stain resistant and very scrubbable. This makes it a good choice for the areas of your home that get the most wear and tear, like baths and kitchens. Food splatter or even crayon marks will clean up easily on a high-gloss finish.

When deciding on which sheen to use, remember that the higher the sheen, the darker and intense the color will be. Know also, that high-gloss paint reflects light and will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable. Therefore, before applying this paint finish, make sure you prep your walls and make them extra smooth.

Though most paint finishes are available in either latex-based or oil-based paints, you will want to evaluate the pros and cons of latex-based and oil-based paints to determine which is right for you.

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