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Choosing a Finish puts the "Pain" in Paint


The Paint Choosing Guide

Choosing the type of finish you want from your paint retailer can be a difficult challenge. Sheen or shine; flat or matte; it can be tough to determine what type of paint is going to be best for the project you are looking to accomplish. Here at Revivify Painting we have created a quick guide in order to help you make better decisions about the paint you are buying.


There are three general categories that paint finish falls into:


• Flat Finish — Also known as matte finish. • Eggshell Finish — Also known as satin finish (this is a low-luster finish) • Glossy Finish — Glossy finishes include both high gloss and semi-gloss finishes.


Flat Finish

Flat finishes do not reflect a lot of light meaning that they look a little more uniform then their glossier counterparts. Imperfections in the drywall behind are more difficult to see, which also means that the amount of time that you need to put into preparation is significantly lowered.


Flat finishes should be used in low-traffic areas of the house. This could be an adult bedroom, or at-home office. Flat finishes are also great for ceilings or walls that are out of reach of hands and fingers. The paints are also not meant for areas of high-moisture/high humidity like a kitchen or bathroom.


Eggshell Finish

Eggshell finishes are your general sort of medium gloss finish. These paints are most often used in bedrooms and living rooms around the house. Because of it's medium matte and medium sheen it also becomes the easiest paint in order to hide imperfections but at the same time able to be washed if it gets a little too dirty.


Gloss Finish

Gloss or Semi-gloss finishes resist stains and dirt the best out of all of the different sheen levels. The surfaces end up staying cleaner for longer. The paints are also made with a substance that allows it to repel moisture and humidity which makes it the ideal sheen for bathrooms and kitchens. When you are painting interior trim such as windows or door frames, opt for the glossiest paint you are using as a way to make it stand out from the eggshell walls.


Be warned - it is a lot more difficult to do touchups to a gloss finish and you will need to do a lot more preparation before you begin painting.


If you have any questions on paint sheen, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Revivify Painting team at info@revivifypainting.ca. We would be happy to help you determine what is the best sheen for your project!