Different paint finishes have different
appearances and characteristics. Not all paint finishes look
good for all rooms in your home. Below is a chart of which
paint finishes are recommended for what purposes as well as
what the appearance of each paint finish is. You can use the
information below to decide which paint finishes are most
suitable or your needs. Interior paint (latex and alkyd) comes
in a variety of paint finishes from flat to shiny high gloss.
All paint finishes have their own uses.
Flat paint finishes
finishes are recommended for little used rooms
such as dining rooms and guest bedrooms. Using
flat paint finishes, the rooms will be soft
matte, slightly porous and soft. Flat paint
finishes absorb grease and moisture and are not
paint finishes are best for hallways and family
rooms because eggshell paint finishes are soft
matte with a slight sheen that absorb grease
Satin paint finishes
Satin paint finishes are good for hard wear
rooms such as children's bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and
hallways. Satin paint finishes are slight sheen and reflect
light. They are scuff and scratch resistant. Satin paint
finishes are also cleaned easily using sponges.
Semigloss paint finishes
Semigloss paint finishes are good for
woodwork and trim. They are somewhat shiny and reflect light.
Semigloss paint finishes are highly scuff and scratch resistant
and can also be sponges cleaned very easily.
Pearl paint finishes
Pearl paint finishes are good for cabinets,
woodwork and trim, Pearl paint finishes are glossy sheen and
are highly scuff and scratch resistant as well as are easily
High gloss paint finishes
High gloss paint finishes are good for
cabinets, woodwork and trim. They are very glossy sheen and are
as easily cleaned as the pearl paint finishes.