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A Guide Explaining the Differences in Paints

Aug 25

When our customers first decide to hire us to paint their home's interior walls, we enjoy having a conversation about the best type of house paint. Not only can the type of paint determine its durability, but it can also influence the style and color choices.

We suggest that customers visit their local hardware to check out the vast array of color options. We recommend that customers go to their local hardware store to look at the many colors available and choose the type or paint they want to use. We prefer Sherwin Williams paint. We also offer a color visualization tool to assist customers.

Every paint available will come with a small sample.

We understand that it can be daunting. The best way to make this easier is to identify the room that you wish paint.

Below is a useful guide which explains the differences in paints depending on what rooms you're interested in painting.

Different types and finishes of paint

Flat -- Ceilings in dining rooms and adult bedrooms.
Matte is for use in the Home Office, Kids Rooms, Laundry Rooms, Kitchens, Indoor and Outdoor. It has a pearl-like matte with a slight sheen. The most popular.
* Entryways, Living Rooms, Hallways.
Semigloss- Bathrooms, Kitchens. Higher traffic and higher moisture rooms.
* - Cabinets & Trim, most reflective, easy to clean and decorate.

Different types

Paints with no sheen are called flat or matte. They absorb light more effectively, so they are non-reflective.

Paint finishes that have a semi-gloss or glossier sheen reflect the light, giving them a shine.

Paints that are somewhat in between have just that: they have a low or mid visible gloss that absorbs a little light and then reflects a little.

Different Types of Paint Finish


Flat finishes have a non-reflective, smooth look that's best for low-traffic areas and walls.
The matte paint needs fewer coats that the gloss paints. It can be easily touched up and cleaned up by using a warm damp towel.


Satin is a matte-like finish that looks pearly with a hint of sheen. It is great for both indoor and outdoor use due to its durability, versatility, and ability resist mildew. It's great for indoor use, including kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry rooms. They are easier to clean than low gloss finishes and can be used in moderation with gentle cleaners.


The eggshell finish gives a more elegant yet subtle look. This finish is ideal for hallways and entryways that get low to mid traffic. The finish is a mix of gloss and matte, so it's easiest to clean with a damp towel.


Semi-gloss has a more reflective finish and a smoother surface that gives rooms a sleek look on the walls. Semi-gloss is popular in high traffic rooms. They have a high resistance against moisture so they can be used in areas with higher humidity like bathrooms, laundry rooms, doors, utility rooms, and kitchens. Multi-cleaning options is one of the most convenient cleaning methods.

Our Painting Expert Tip


High-gloss finishing are the highest shine option. This finish is almost glass-like and provides the greatest level of reflection. High gloss can be used for cabinets and doors, molding, trim, and also outdoor applications such as shutters and window cases. High gloss is decorative but also easy to clean.

The design of the room is the most important factor in choosing the right interior paint finish. There are so many choices of paint finishes, and this guide should be helpful. We look forward to working closely with you.


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