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How to Pick the Right Paint Finish

Picking the right paint finish can make all the difference in the room or item your painting! But, which paint finish do you pick for what items? I will help you to decide which finish will look best on whatever you are painting.

Get out your brushes and rollers, and let’s get painting! Here is your decorating cheat sheet for the inside and outside of your home.

Flat Finish

A flat finish is like a matte finish, if you are more familiar with that term. These finishes are usually used in low traffic areas. This is also the best finish for covering up imperfections in anything your painting.

So, if have a couple nicks on the wall, this would be your go to paint finish! Flat or matte is said to be best on ceilings and the walls of bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms.

A matte or flat finish comes in the recently popular chalk board paint! This is a creative way to add fun to any room, especially for kids!

If you’re looking to paint the exterior of your home, flat and satin are the best choices.

Eggshell Finish

An eggshell finish gives a more rich and warm look. It’s low gloss so not very shiny and subtle. This finish adds depth to surfaces. Eggshell is great for more high traffic areas such as hallways, living rooms, and dining rooms.

This is an extremely common paint finish used in homes. Eggshell is also the best choice when painting interior brick.

Satin Finish

Satin is also for moderate to higher traffic areas. It has a velvety pearl like look to it.

This finish can be wiped clean, very good for places where kids can make a mess on the walls! It’s also good for areas exposed to moisture which makes it a great option for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and kids rooms. Also, very good for doors and trim!

Semi-gloss Finish

Semi-gloss is most likely used in high traffic areas. Just like satin, it is great for cleaning and is stain resistant. This is a huge plus if kids are in the picture! Mom and dads, this will make your life a little easier!

A semi-gloss paint finish is amazing for doors, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, bathrooms, kitchens, trim, molding, and woodwork. A very versatile paint finish that people love!

If you’re looking for a paint finish for exterior trim, semi-gloss and high gloss is the way to go!

High Gloss Finish

This paint finish gives you the greatest level of shine! Also used in high traffic areas in the home. Keep in mind that it is highly reflective. An awesome plus to high gloss is that it is durable, tough, and stain resistant. Again, hello moms and dads!

This paint finish is used best for highlight architectural items such as trim and molding.

Remarkable Home Finishes

Your home will be looking lovely as ever with these new paint finishes that work best for each part of the home.

The exterior will be as stunning as the inside with all the right finishes and colors. Happy painting!