Basic Rundown Of The 5 Most Common Interior Paint Finishes

by Diane Barnes

When you want to repaint the inside of your home, you need to know not just what color you want to paint the inside of your home, but what you want the paint finish to be as well. Here is a basic rundown of the five most common types of interior paint finishes.

Gloss Paint

Gloss paint is very common finish for home interiors. Gloss paint has a high shine to it. One of the downsides of the high shine is that gloss paint really highlights imperfections on your wall if you don't properly prepare your walls before painting them. Gloss paint usually requires more than one coat of paint. Gloss paint is often used on woodwork over walls.

Semi-Gloss Paint

Like gloss paint, semi-gloss paint has a nice shine to it, but the shine is not as bright as the shine produced by gloss paint. With semi-gloss paint, it is easier to get away with applying just one coat of paint and still getting good coverage.

Semi-gloss paint has a hard finish to it, making it great for walls that are in areas that are used a lot. You can also easily clean semi-gloss paint with a little water and basic dish soap if necessary. Semi-gloss paint is great for hallways and kids bedrooms for this reason.

Eggshell Paint

Eggshell paint still has a little shine to it, but the shine is a lot more subdue when compared to the gloss and semi-gloss paint. The subtle shine can help hide imperfections on your walls, making it a great paint for less-than-perfect looking walls inside of your home. You generally also only need to apply one coat to get a good finish.

Satin Paint

Satin paint has a unique finish to it. It is not quite matte or glass; instead it has more of a soft light look to it. Satin finishes reflect light and smooth the appearance of the paint. Satin paint, like gloss paint, can highlight imperfections though, so it works best on really well-taken care of walls. Satin paint also makes your walls easy to clean.

Matte Paint

Finally, there is matte paint. You will see matte paint inside of most homes. It doesn't have any shine to it at all, and thus doesn't reflect light. With matte paint, the focus is on the rest of your home, not the paint on the wall. Matte paint, due to the lack of reflection, is great for walls that have imperfections on them. You also only generally need one coat of paint.

When choosing what type of paint finish you want for inside of your home, consider how reflective you want the paint and your walls to be, if you want to be able to easily clean your walls, and how many coats of paint you want to apply to your walls. Contact a service, like Carvey Painting & Decorating Inc, for more help.