• Flat finish: A flat finish is opaque, non-reflective, and sophisticated. It works great on interior walls and ceilings. As the least shiny finish available, it doesn’t clean well and isn’t suited for kitchens, baths, and isn’t ideal for children’s bedrooms, or homes with pets that may run into walls frequently. However, it hides imperfections well, and is great for older homes or homes with uneven wood framing behind the drywall, or for homes where running into/touching walls frequently will not be an issue. 

  • Washable Matte finish: Washable matte combines the best qualities of flat and eggshell, but it is more expensive. It comes in a very low sheen, so it resembles a flat, and hides imperfections well. However, it is also washable, durable and more scuff resistant. This paint is ideal for customer’s that want to have it all!

  • Eggshell finish: An eggshell finish is often used for decorative finishes because it provides a low sheen. It cleans up better than a flat finish, but not as well as you would want in a kitchen or bathroom. It has shine, and shows imperfections, but not as much as satin. This finish is a great choice for people that like having a little sheen to their paint, and want something relatively washable.

  • Satin finish: Satin has more sheen than eggshell, and also cleans better.  This finish is a good choice for powder rooms and kitchens. It’s also great for younger kids’ bedrooms. 

  • Semi-gloss finish: A semi-gloss paint is very washable, scrubbable and gives more shine than satin. Semi-gloss is the standard go-to finish for cabinets, trim, moldings, doors, windows, and bathrooms that have showers. 

  • Gloss or High-gloss finish: A high-gloss finish has a shiny, polished look. It’s also stain resistant and very scrubbable, which makes it a good choice for the areas of a home that get the most wear and tear, such as kitchens and baths. Food splatter or even crayon marks will clean up easily on a high-gloss finish. High-gloss is generally used for accent walls, to make a statement, and Gloss is often used for exterior trim. 

Not mentioned due to being atypical, are low lustre, medium lustre, and industrial high gloss. Also, there are specialty paint finishes/types, such as chlorinated rubber paints for marine/ship coatings; epoxy blends or 100% solids epoxies, often for garage floors or commercial spaces/factories; catalyst coatings; whiteboard or chalkboard coatings; elastomeric coatings; and more. If it exists, we do it- just ask! If you have a commercial or special situation and need professional guidance, we are here to help.