Selecting Paint Finishes

Selecting the Correct Paint for Your Home

Selecting the correct paint for your lifestyle is not always easy. With the endless color choices, different shades and finishes, who would not be a little confused. Selecting the correct paint, for the area you are painting, is really important and can save a lot of time and money.  The finish of your paint may change depending on the traffic in that area.

Flat/Matte Finish Paints

Flat enamel is a paint with a durable flat, matte finish. It’s a good choice for powder rooms and halls, as it holds up to occasional cleaning. This is a great finish to choose if you have imperfections on your walls. It’s especially good if you have to camouflage small wall bumps, cracks, or other imperfections, as this finish does not reflect light. Some flat paints are starting to be marketed as washable, this is not necessarily always the case, it’s always smart to keep extra paint on hand for touch ups.

Eggshell Finish

If you can picture the very low sheen of the shell of an egg, you have an idea of how an eggshell paint finish will appear. With only a slight hint of shine or gloss, it’s good for walls and holds up better with cleaning than a flat finish paint.

Satin Finish

Satin finish paint has a smooth, velvety look with a bit more gloss. It is most often used for windows, doors, trim, or ceilings, but can also be used as wall paint. This is particularly suitable for kid’s rooms, kitchens, or bathrooms, or in areas which get a lot of traffic. Paint with a satin finish is formulated to hold up to cleaning and light scrubbing.


Semi-gloss paint is most often used on doors, trim, and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easily cleaned and lays down a nice, subtle shine, without being too glitzy. Take care with pre-paint preparation work, as poorly prepared surfaces can be a bit distracting when highlighted by a semi-gloss surface.


High gloss paints have an almost reflective quality, as their shiny finish mimics the look of enamel or plastic. Though not widely used in home interiors, it is becoming more popular for a dramatic look on cabinets, trim, and furniture in very formal and very contemporary settings. This finish will magnify any surface imperfections, so careful preparation and sanding is essential before painting with high gloss paints. High gloss paint offers high durability and is very easily cleaned.

For help selecting paint in the Raleigh, Wake Forest and Surrounding areas give us a call.This service is FREE to all customers who are having a hard time selecting the perfect paint for them.