choosing paint finishWhen it comes to painting your home, choosing a color might seem like the hardest part of the process, but on top of choosing color, you also have to choose finish! Paint is offered in a variety of finishes, each with their own unique characteristics. The most commonly used paint finishes in homes across the United States are flat, satin, and glossy. The Tempe painters at CertaPro Painters of Mesa, AZ have put together a guide to paint finishes, and include which rooms in your home each type will work best.

  • Flat: Flat paint finish, also known as matte, is available in a number of options, including dead flat finish and flat enamel. Flat paints are known for their ability to hide imperfections, making them best fit for ceilings or in rooms that don’t require a lot of upkeep, such as a bedroom or closet. Because flat paint absorbs light, it is able to cover any kind of flaws on your walls with ease. The color of flat paint comes off very vibrantly, but it does require regular cleaning to prevent an uneven or patchy appearance.
  • Satin: Satin paint, also called eggshell or low-luster, is a combination of flat and glossy and gives a subtle sheen to a room while also covering imperfections. Satin paint looks best in common areas of the home like kitchens, entryways, and bathrooms. Paints with a satin finish are resistant to mildew, stains, and dirt, making them perfect for use in high-moisture areas of the home. Surfaces painted with a satin finish can be cleaned as necessary without running the risk of damaging the surface.
  • Gloss: This finish is more commonly called semi-gloss. This finish reflects light without appearing too shiny. They are the most durable paints, making them very easy to clean. Glossy paints hold up well in humid areas of the home, but they do not cover imperfections well at all and are best used on walls that don’t have a lot of preexisting damage to them.

As a general rule, know that the greater the shine, the more durable the paint, but high gloss paints also show imperfections more easily. Use this guide to make finding the right kind of paint for your home simple!