Tips for Choosing the Right Paint Finish


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If you are new to the wide world of paints, you may feel like you are drowning in a sea of options. In between flat paint, which has no shine, and high gloss, which is full shine, are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, all decorative in their own way.

With different paint finishes, one paint color could look entirely different! Read on to learn how the different paint finishes can transform your space by choosing the perfect paint finishes, making a transformative difference on your walls.


Flat or Matte

Known as ‘the concealer of paints’, it has more pigment than other finishes and is excellent for walls with something to hide, like scratches and bumps. The flat finish is non-reflective and soaks up light, making it best for adult bedrooms.



It gives a goes-with-anything glow and is not shiny or totally matte. Like a chicken’s egg, it has a little luster and satisfactorily covers wall imperfections. Eggshell is a great finish for living rooms and dining areas.



Often known as velvety, satin lies in the middle of the sheen spectrum and is more light-reflecting than eggshell but shines less than semi-gloss. It is durable and easy to clean, thus perfect for high traffic areas like kid’s bedrooms, hallways, and bathrooms.



Known for its radiance, semi-gloss is sleek and perfect for rooms where grease stains and moisture challenge the room. It is easy to live with, and when used as an accent, it pairs perfectly with other finishes. It is best for kitchens and bathrooms.


High Gloss

A statement maker and super light reflector, high gloss is glamorous and the most durable of all paint finishes. It is ultra-shiny and hard, excellent for accents you would want to stand out like cabinets, kitchens, and window trims.


When choosing the right paint finish, you should know that a dark and rich paint color boosts the sheen, and the higher the finish, the more defects will show. At Painter Bros, we will advise you on the best paint finish for your space. Contact us to learn more about paint finishes, and follow us on social media to answer all your questions.