Use The Right Paint Finish

Use The Right Paint Finish

Ready to paint your home? Be sure to use the right paint finish in each room to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finishes can backfire for homeowners if the wrong ones are used in the wrong spaces. Below, you’ll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied to.

Paint Finishes
  • Flat is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections. It’s ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls, and ceilings, but doesn’t clean as well as other finishes. Many homes were painted in flat paint for years, but with the addition of other finishes, this is my least favorite paint finish.
  • Matte has a low luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and also hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms, and interior walls. This is my favorite paint finish for those low traffic areas and what I use to paint bedrooms and hallways in my home.
  • Eggshell Enamel has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms. I love the look of the eggshell finish, which is easy to clean and touch up. It is the finish I used in my great room and dining room.
  • Satin Enamel if you desire a pearl-like appearance, this is the finish for you. Terrific when painting moderate to high traffic areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens, then satin enamel is a great choice and the choice I used in both my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room.
  • Semi-Gloss Enamel if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen this is great for cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas. It was commonly used in kitchens and bathrooms years ago, but was replaced with the introduction of Satin Enamel. I had a client use this finish on garage cabinets where he wanted a slick finish that was durable and easy to clean and it sure did make his garage modern and updated.
  • Hi-Gloss Enamel creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces.

With so many paint colors and paint finishes these days, the home improvement stores have products for everything you could wish to do paint wise. Painting is also one of the most economical items you can change in a room or your home, and I can’t tell you how great it is to have a listing that has been freshly painted and how wonderful it is to show homes to potential buyers as that new paint smells drifts through the air when you enter a freshly painted home.

If you would like more information on paint finishes here are a couple of great articles for you to reference, that will give you some wonderful ideas, tips and tricks as you begin your painting projects:

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