Depending on the surface you plan on painting, the finish can make a great impact on how your paint looks and functions. Each sheen is different and has different properties, and therefore should be different depending on the surface.
For a reference for what finish to use in which areas of the house, follow this table:
|Types of Paint Finishes||Interiors||Exteriors|
|Flat/Matte||Wood finish||Ceilings and low traffic walls|
|Eggshell||Wood, Siding||Bedrooms, rooms with some but not much traffic|
|Satin||Cement, masonry trim, window frames, shutters, siding, vinyl||Higher traffic rooms, kids rooms|
|Semi-gloss||Gutters, railings, trim, shutters||Bathrooms and kitchens|
|Gloss||Exterior Doors, trim, decorations||Kitchens, highlights|
Types of Paint Finishes
Flat paint isn’t reflective, so it offers no shine compared to other paints. It excels in uneven surfaces and wood, but it is not very resistant to wear and tear, making it less than ideal for areas with traffic.
Eggshell paint has some gloss to it, but much less than the other paints. It’s ideal for bedrooms and low traffic areas that receive some traffic.
Satin paint is often considered the middle ground of paint sheens. Not too glossy or too flat, and perfectly abrasion-resistant for most applications, this is the go-to finish for exterior siding, cement, and higher traffic rooms in the home.
Semi-gloss paints are abrasion-resistant and perfect for exterior accents and bathrooms, where the paint needs to be more resistant to humidity and water.
Gloss and high gloss paint is typically reserved only for accents like trim, but can be utilized well in areas that receive a lot of traffic, such as exterior doors.
Find The Perfect Paint Finish For Your Home
Each paint has different properties when it comes to coverage and durability. If you’re having trouble choosing what’s best, don’t hesitate to call the experts at AHC Painting and Remodeling.