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Interior & Exterior Paint Finishes

House Paint comes in an assortment of finish gloss/sheen levels, which correspond to the differing levels of the finishes specular reflection. Most paints are are not entirely flat nor are they entirly glossy; they come in several levels of gloss, and although different brands offer different finishes, most are based on one of the five categories below, listed from least to most glossy. 


Interior Finishes

 

Flat or Matte Interior Paint Finish

Flat and Matte finishes are the least glossy of all finishes. They have a porous and non-reflective surface. Flat and Matte paint finishes are smooth and dull in appearance and they possess a consistent color profile making them good at covering existing colors, hiding surface imperfections, and hiding imperfections in application (such as brush strokes). Flat and Matte paints absorb light and are great for covering up and hiding defects on walls and making rooms appear larger. Flat and Matte paint finishes are easy on the eyes since it does not reflect light. Their porous surface makes them susceptible to stains, scuff marks, and moisture damage. Their delicacy (in most cases) also means they do not hold up well to scrubbing or cleaning products.

(* The Sherwin Williams Paint Co. does have a Duration Interior and Emerald Interior product line in a Matte sheen that are moisture resistant and washable that work great in kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)

 

When to use Flat or Matte Paint Finishes :
Flat or Matte paint finishes are most commonly used on ceilings, walls in low traffic rooms, and to cover surface imperfections. They are often used for formal rooms and elegant settings. These finishes are ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, hallways, ceiling, and the home office as well as many other living spaces.

When not to use a Flat or Matte Paint Finish :
Never use Flat or Matte (in most cases *) paint finishes in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, kid’s rooms, high traffic areas, or on wood trim around doors and windows (base boards, shoe molding, chair molding, crown molding, door casing, etc.).

Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish

Eggshell or Pearl paint finish gives a surface the appearance of an eggshell, with more shine than flat paint and greater resistance to cleaning. Probably the most widely used finish; Eggshell finishes have just a touch of sheen making them more durable and resistant to scrubbing than Flat finishes. Their slightly glossy appearance also adds a sense of depth and warmth to surfaces.  This paint is also recommended for high-traffic areas. Ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, kids’ room, kitchen and bath, and office.

When to use an Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish :
Both Eggshell and the slightly glossier Satin finish (discussed next) are considered well rounded finishes offering durability without excessive sheen. Because of this Eggshell is appropriate on virtually all interior walls, although particularly high traffic areas which require more frequent and vigorous scrubbing such as the bathroom, kitchen, trim, or kid’s room often make use of the glossier Satin or even Semi-gloss finishes

When not to use an Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish :
Consider using a glossier finish for high traffic areas or areas that will be subjected to frequent or vigorous cleaning..

Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish

Satin or Velvet paint finish has the lowest level of shine and also works well to hide defects. They are widely used because of their durability and moderate glossy appearance. Satin finish has a washable surface and is good for cleaning dirt or stains from heavy traffic. Satin tends to be glossier and more durable than Eggshell, but when comparing different brands you may find that the Eggshell of one brand offers virtually the same gloss as the Satin from another.

When to use a Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish :
Satin finishes are typically used in bathrooms, kitchens, kid’s rooms, and on trim.

When not to use a Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish :
Like Eggshell, Satin is appropriate for most applications; however, some may prefer the less glossy Eggshell for interior walls, or the glossier Semi-Gloss for high traffic areas or trim.

Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish

Semi-gloss interior paint finishes offer, you guessed it, even more durability and more gloss than Matte, Eggshell, and Satin finishes. These finishes provide a medium to a high level of shine for interiors, making rooms feel smaller and in turn more welcoming with the increased shine. Semi-gloss is a durable finish for heavy cleaning. Semi-gloss is generally considered to be too glossy for general application and is reserved for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, doors and windows, shutters, molding, utility areas, and all of the woodwork and trim, as well as other high traffic areas.

When to use a Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish :
Semi-gloss paint interior paint finishes are applied almost exclusively to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, doors and windows, shutters, molding, utility areas, and all of the woodwork and trim or other areas which have heavy traffic, exposure to moisture, or might require frequent and vigorous cleaning.

When not to use a Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish :
Semi-gloss is generally considered too glossy for use outside of the bathroom and kitchen; too much gloss reveals surface imperfections and can give walls an inconsistent color appearance.

Glossy Interior Paint Finish

Glossy interior paint finishes is the least used of all finishes, used so rarely in interior painting that many brands do not even carry an interior gloss finish paint. Extremely durable and stain resistant, gloss paints will dry to an almost laminated look.

When to use a Glossy Interior Paint Finish :
It is sometimes used for artistic embellishment on cabinets or trim.

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Exterior Paint Finishes

Flat or Matte Exterior Paint Finish

Flat (or matte) paint finish absorbs the light as opposed to reflecting it, therefore it is good for covering up and hiding defects on walls. This finish is great for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding. Flat (or matte) paint finish is recommended for painting accents, trims and accessories such as soffit, fascia and eaves, wood fences, and garage doors as well as gutters.

When to use a Flat or Matte Exterior Paint Finish :
Flat/Matte exterior finish is great for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding.  It is also used for painting accents, trims and accessories such as soffit, fascia and eaves, wood fences, and garage doors as well as gutters.

Velvet or Satin Exterior Paint Finish

Velvet or Satin paint finishes have similar uses as that of the flat or matte paint finishes. Satin paint has the lowest level of shine and it also works very well to cover up and hide defects. Velvet paint finish is also known as a Satin finish.  Velvet or Satin paint finish has a washable surface which is good for cleaning dirt or stains. It is ideal for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding. Recommended for painting accents, trims and accessories such as soffit, fascia and eaves, wood fences, garage doors and gutters. Satin finish is by far the most used for exterior in the North Texas area.

When to use a Velvet or Satin Exterior Paint Finish :
Use Velvet or Satin paint finishes for main bodies such as stucco, masonry, brick walls, wood siding, aluminum and vinyl siding.

Semi-Gloss Paint Exterior Finish

Semi-gloss paint finishes provide a medium to high level of shine. It has similar uses as those for low sheen paint finishes. They are ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

When to use a Semi-Gloss Exterior Paint Finish :
Semi-Gloss exterior finish is great for ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

Gloss Paint Exterior Finish

Gloss paint finishes are best when used to highlight details and it is very easy to clean. Gloss paint finishes have similar uses as those for low sheen and semi-gloss paint finishes. These finishes are ideal for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

When to use a Gloss Exterior Paint Finish :
Gloss exterior finish is great for accents, trim and accessories such as doors and windows, soffit, fascia and eaves, shutters, garage doors, gutters, and metal gates.

Interior Paint Finishes

Flat or Matte Interior Paint Finish

Flat and Matte finishes are the least glossy of all finishes. They have a porous and non-reflective surface. Flat and Matte paint finishes are smooth and dull in appearance and they possess a consistent color profile making them good at covering existing colors, hiding surface imperfections, and hiding imperfections in application (such as brush strokes). Flat and Matte paints absorb light and are great for covering up and hiding defects on walls and making rooms appear larger. Flat and Matte paint finishes are easy on the eyes since it does not reflect light. Their porous surface makes them susceptible to stains, scuff marks, and moisture damage. Their delicacy (in most cases) also means they do not hold up well to scrubbing or cleaning products.

(* The Sherwin Williams Paint Co. does have a Duration Interior and Emerald Interior product line in a Matte sheen that are moisture resistant and washable that work great in kitchens, bathrooms, etc.)

 

When to use Flat or Matte Paint Finishes :
Flat or Matte paint finishes are most commonly used on ceilings, walls in low traffic rooms, and to cover surface imperfections. They are often used for formal rooms and elegant settings. These finishes are ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, hallways, ceiling, and the home office as well as many other living spaces.

When not to use a Flat or Matte Paint Finish :
Never use Flat or Matte (in most cases *) paint finishes in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, kid’s rooms, high traffic areas, or on wood trim around doors and windows (base boards, shoe molding, chair molding, crown molding, door casing, etc.).

Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish

Eggshell or Pearl paint finish gives a surface the appearance of an eggshell, with more shine than flat paint and greater resistance to cleaning. Probably the most widely used finish; Eggshell finishes have just a touch of sheen making them more durable and resistant to scrubbing than Flat finishes. Their slightly glossy appearance also adds a sense of depth and warmth to surfaces.  This paint is also recommended for high-traffic areas. Ideal for the family room, living room, dining room, bedroom, kids’ room, kitchen and bath, and office.

When to use an Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish :
Both Eggshell and the slightly glossier Satin finish (discussed next) are considered well rounded finishes offering durability without excessive sheen. Because of this Eggshell is appropriate on virtually all interior walls, although particularly high traffic areas which require more frequent and vigorous scrubbing such as the bathroom, kitchen, trim, or kid’s room often make use of the glossier Satin or even Semi-gloss finishes

When not to use an Eggshell or Pearl Interior Paint Finish :
Consider using a glossier finish for high traffic areas or areas that will be subjected to frequent or vigorous cleaning..

Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish

Satin or Velvet paint finish has the lowest level of shine and also works well to hide defects. They are widely used because of their durability and moderate glossy appearance. Satin finish has a washable surface and is good for cleaning dirt or stains from heavy traffic. Satin tends to be glossier and more durable than Eggshell, but when comparing different brands you may find that the Eggshell of one brand offers virtually the same gloss as the Satin from another.

When to use a Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish :
Satin finishes are typically used in bathrooms, kitchens, kid’s rooms, and on trim.

When not to use a Velvet or Satin Interior Paint Finish :
Like Eggshell, Satin is appropriate for most applications; however, some may prefer the less glossy Eggshell for interior walls, or the glossier Semi-Gloss for high traffic areas or trim.

Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish

Semi-gloss interior paint finishes offer, you guessed it, even more durability and more gloss than Matte, Eggshell, and Satin finishes. These finishes provide a medium to a high level of shine for interiors, making rooms feel smaller and in turn more welcoming with the increased shine. Semi-gloss is a durable finish for heavy cleaning. Semi-gloss is generally considered to be too glossy for general application and is reserved for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, doors and windows, shutters, molding, utility areas, and all of the woodwork and trim, as well as other high traffic areas.

When to use a Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish :
Semi-gloss paint interior paint finishes are applied almost exclusively to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, doors and windows, shutters, molding, utility areas, and all of the woodwork and trim or other areas which have heavy traffic, exposure to moisture, or might require frequent and vigorous cleaning.

When not to use a Semi-Gloss Interior Paint Finish :
Semi-gloss is generally considered too glossy for use outside of the bathroom and kitchen; too much gloss reveals surface imperfections and can give walls an inconsistent color appearance.

Glossy Interior Paint Finish

Glossy interior paint finishes is the least used of all finishes, used so rarely in interior painting that many brands do not even carry an interior gloss finish paint. Extremely durable and stain resistant, gloss paints will dry to an almost laminated look.

When to use a Glossy Interior Paint Finish :
It is sometimes used for artistic embellishment on cabinets or trim.

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