There are four main paint finishes: flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss – and here’s how you can use them in your home:
1) Flat Paint – also known as matte finish – has the least amount of shine. Because it doesn’t reflect light, it’s the best choice to hide any imperfections like bumps or small cracks on walls. It also goes on smoother over rough surfaces, so it’s a good option for textured walls. Keep in mind though that flat paint is a little harder to keep clean, so it’s not recommended for high traffic areas like the kitchen or bathroom.
2) Eggshell Paint – sometimes called satin finish, has slightly more luster than a flat finish. You can’t really go wrong with eggshell finish on your walls. It also resists stains better than flat and can be wiped with a wet rag. Eggshell finishes are often used in bathrooms, kitchens, children’s rooms, and other high-traffic areas.
3) Semi-Gloss Paint is tougher than eggshell, so it will show less wear. It reflects even more light when dry, so if there are any imperfections on your walls before you paint, they’ll stand out. Semi-gloss stands up the best to water and cleaning so it’s a good choice for a child’s bedroom or a bathroom. This finish is also often used for trim, doors, and furniture.
4) Gloss Paint is best reserved for window and door trims. It’s also a great choice for furniture because of its hard and shiny finish. If going for a glam look – try using glossy paint on the walls.