The Rooms Where These Finishes Shine
Matte, also known as flat, finishes aren’t shiny. It absorbs a lot of the light that falls on it, making it great for hiding imperfections. This makes it great for low traffic rooms like home offices and adult bedrooms. Matte finishes aren’t very durable, though. You’ll want to be careful cleaning it because it damages easily.
Eggshell finishes are flat with a little bit of a shine to it, like looking at a chicken egg. It hides imperfections pretty well and cleans more easily than matte. This is a great paint finish for dining and living rooms.
Satin finishes have a sort of velvety look to it. It’s shiny which means it looks good but imperfections in the wall can be seen more cleanly. Brushstrokes and roller lines can show up more easily too. It’s great for hallways and family rooms.
Semi-gloss finishes are great because they’re durable and have a pretty shine. They can stand up well to heat and moisture which is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.
Glossy finishes are very shiny, which isn’t great for walls. All the imperfections on a wall will show through. But, glossy paints are great for kitchen cabinets!