Choosing the Right Paint Finish
With so many different paint finishes available, choosing the
right one can be confusing to someone who has never worked with paint before. Using the right finish for
the surface being painted ensures durability. Painting trim in flat paint, for example, would be a terrible
Paint finishes include flat, matte, eggshell, satin,
semi-gloss, gloss and high gloss. The glossiness of a paint finish varies between companies, or even brands
within the same company.
We helps customers make the best decision when choosing
paint for the house. This article explains the most common paints available and where you should use them in
Flat paint usually costs the least amount of money per gallon. The paint
is typically dull, with no gloss, although some flat paints are a little glossy. Sherwin Williams
paints like CHB and Eminence, are true flat paints that we use often when
Flat paint reflects very little light, which can actually make a room feel smaller and enclosed
when used on walls. It works well for hiding imperfections on drywall. It looks great
on exterior stucco. The problem with flat is it doesn't clean well when wiping the surface.
This paint should not be used on walls in a kids bedroom, bathroom, stairway walls,
trim, or doors.
There are many
variations of matte. Some paints look very dull, some look shiny. For example, Duration Home in the matte finish, a
paint we use a lot, looks more like an eggshell finish. Matte is usually a good choice for those
wanting a dull surface with a touch of gloss for better cleaning.
is a little more glossy than matte and can be cleaned easier. Eggshell is one of the most popular paints used on
interior walls and bathroom ceilings. But as mentioned earlier, the gloss factor varies between
Satin is very glossy, but less shiny than semi-gloss. Satin is
a good choice for trim and walls, although some folks find the paint to be too glossy on walls, and when
darker colors are used, wall imperfections (seams, uneven areas, nail pops) become very noticeable. It is an
excellent choice for exterior trim and doors because it doesn't accumulate airborn debri as much as flat and
can be cleaned easier with a garden hose.
Semi-Gloss, Gloss and High
These paints are the most glossy out of the group and are best for painting cabinets, furniture,
doors, trim, or walls in commercial settings that need to be cleaned frequently. Semi-gloss
is commonly used for painting trim and doors.
paint cabinets and interior wood work with semi-gloss. Gloss and high gloss are extremely shiny and we rarely use
them. Semi-gloss is the best option that won't make a surface as reflective as a
you haven't picked out colors yet for your painting project, check out these house paint color schemes. For information about our services, or to request
a quote, call us at 847-845-6876. You can also send your
request for a free estimate online and we will follow-up with