Ann Arbor Painters get a lot of questions about what kind of paint finish should be used on which projects. With so many options available, choosing the right paint finish can be difficult, and the differences can have a major effect on the look and feel of your home!
These are the main types you are likely to see, in order from least shiny to shiniest:
Flat/Matte - With little to no shine, the flat finish (also referred to as “matte”) is the softest looking finish available. This finish reflects the least light, which makes it the best option to cover up blemishes on your wall. Keep in mind, however, that flat paint is the most difficult finish to keep clean, so it’s advisable not to use it in areas that require frequent cleaning.
Eggshell - One of the most common finishes for interior rooms, eggshell offers just a bit of shine, along with ease of cleaning. It also has more resistance to stains than flat finishes, and is a great choice for general use.
Semi-Gloss - With moderate shine, high durability and stain resistance, semi-gloss is great for walls that might get more water or marks on them, such as the kitchen, bathroom, or kids’ rooms.
Gloss - With the most shine, gloss or high-gloss is used less commonly on walls, and more often on accents, such as cabinets, trim and doors. It is the most durable and easiest to clean of all the paint finishes, making it perfect for furniture!
In the end, it’s your choice to pick the paint you want to match the look you want for your home. Free free to use your creativity! These guidelines are just that – guidelines – rather than rules!
If you have any questions or want any work done, feel free to contact our professional painters in Ann Arbor at www.AnnArbor-Painter.com or call at 734-995-2646. “Our work ethic is second to none!”