Interior Painting: How To Select The Best Paint Finish

From flat to gloss, both latex and oil/alkyd paints offer a full range of finishes. The sheen you choose is based on the final look and wearability you want to achieve.

Flat – A non-reflective appearance that helps hide surface blemishes, making walls look smooth. This finish, which cleans easily with a damp sponge, is ideal for:

  • Adult bedrooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Formal living rooms
  • Ceilings

Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of richer look. It works best for high-traffic areas such as:

  • Halls
  • Woodwork
  • Children’s bedrooms
  • Family rooms

Semi-Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that get cleaned frequently, such as:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Utility area
  • Closet doors
  • Trim

Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim or any area that you would like to highlight and is excellent for:

  • Wood trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Furniture

Pearl- A subtle shimmer midway between egg-shell and semi-gloss offering a lustrous finishing touch.

Flat Enamel- A non-reflective appearance that helps conceal surface imperfections while providing some washability.

Matte- This flat finish is great for hiding surface imperfections, while its angular shine helps make walls smooth and washable

Egg-Shell- Great to use for walls, egg-shell finish has a slight hint of shine and holds up better to cleaning.

Low-Luster- A smooth, subtle sheen that’s durable and easy to clean.

Medium-Luster- This higher-gloss finish is perfect for doors and trim.