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Finishes

So if you're new to painting, you're probably wondering, "What the heck is a finish?" It's simple. A finish is a certain type of "look" the paint has once it dries. Some paints have a shiny finish, some have a smoother finish and others have a muted finish. Best part is, it's totally up to you what kind of finish you want. But before you check out our recommended finishing charts (below) let's define exactly what these various styles of finishes are.

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    • Finishes
       

      A paint’s finish, or “sheen” refers to the surface texture the paint creates as well how much light bounces off of the painted surface — both of which can affect the way the eye perceives color.

      So, in addition to paint color, the finish, as well as the surface, needs to be considered before painting. Some finishes work better than others on certain surfaces in specific colors and in particular light. Check out our recommended finish charts to help you choose which finish is right for the job.

      Here is an overview of each type of finish and where each works the best.

       Flat: Provides a smooth, uniform look — an ideal choice for the more formal rooms in your house, such as living rooms and dining rooms. Flat or “matte” finishes get their name from the lack of reflection from the painted surface. This is one of the benefits of a matte finish, because it helps hide surface imperfections, such as dents, nail holes, or patches. It is also a good choice for ceiling painting. Flat finishes often require fewer coats than semi-gloss and gloss paints and also are easier to touch up because there is less contrast between the touch-up paint and the rest of the painted surface.

      Eggshell: When in doubt, an Eggshell finish is always a safe bet. It has a soft, washable look that works well in living rooms, family rooms and hallways. It gets its name from its distinctive effect that gives a painted surface the texture of an eggshell when viewed at an angle in the light. Eggshell finishes are low-gloss, but more reflective than flat sheens. Eggshell also is more easily cleaned than a flat finish and is more durable.

      Satin: Satin finish paints are probably the most commonly used finish, on both interior and exterior surfaces. As with eggshell, this finish is good for high-traffic areas like kids’ rooms, hallways and family rooms. Satin finishes resist mildew effectively and are easier to clean than flat or eggshell finishes, and can be wiped down or scrubbed lightly. On exterior surfaces, satins are ideal for painting siding that is in good to excellent condition. Outside surfaces painted with satin paint also shed water effectively and don’t fade quickly from the sun. They are also a good choice for painting trim and shutters.

      Semi-gloss This finish is more reflective than satin, but is not as shiny as gloss. Semi-gloss and gloss finishes both provide walls with a shiny appearance and brighten a room’s appearance. Off-whites and pale shades of lighter colors are punched up and made brighter by the glossy effect created with these finishes. They are ideal for use in areas with high humidity such as bathrooms and kitchens, particularly semi-gloss, because of its high moisture resistance. They are also the easiest to clean (with light scrubbing or wiping), compared to other finishes.The downside to a gloss finish is that it shows almost every imperfection on a wall or ceiling.

      Gloss: This finish has the highest level of reflection. Perfect for use on doors, cabinets, molding and trim that is washed often. Outside, gloss is good for door jambs, window casings and shutters. Semi-gloss and gloss sheens often require more coats than less glossy paint finishes and they often require more preparation, such as sanding.

    • Interior Paint Finish Chart
       

      Choosing a color scheme that reflects your tastes is only part of a new interior paint project. You can also project your personality with your paint finish choices. Remember, these are only general recommendations — making your home yours is your job and yours alone.

      Walls Flat Flat Enamel Eggshell Satin Semi-Gloss Gloss
      Family room



         
      Dining Room



         
      Bedroom



         
      Home Office


           
      Stairway  




      Playroom  



       
      Hallways  



       
      Kitchen      

       
      Bathroom      

       
      Ceiling

             
      Accent & Trim Flat Flat Enamel Eggshell Satin Semi-Gloss Gloss
      Doors      


      Windows    



      Room Trim    



      Cabinets    


       
      Walls
      Family Room
      Flat
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss  
      Dining Room
      Flat
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss  
      Bedroom
      Flat
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss  
      Home Office
      Flat
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin  
      Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss  
      Stairway
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Playroom
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Hallways
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Kitchen
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell  
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss  
      Bathroom
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell  
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss  
      Ceilings
      Flat
      Flat Enamel
      Eggshell  
      Satin  
      Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss  
      Accent Walls
      Doors
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell  
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Windows
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Room Trim
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Cabinets
      Flat  
      Flat Enamel  
      Eggshell
      Satin
      Semi-Gloss
      Gloss  
    • Exterior Paint Finish Chart
       

      Whether you’re just refreshing your exterior or making a drastic whole-home color change, remember that the paint’s sheen is just as important as the hue. Here are our recommendations for exterior paint finishes.

      Surface WeatherAll Flat WeatherAll Satin WeatherAll Semi-Gloss Gloss
      Exterior


       
      Exterior Trim  


      Garage Doors  

       
      Exterior Doors      
      Surface
      Exterior
      WeatherAll Flat
      WeatherAll Satin
      WeatherAll Semi-Gloss
      Gloss  
      Exterior Trim
      WeatherAll Flat  
      WeatherAll Satin
      WeatherAll Semi-Gloss
      Gloss
      Garage Doors
      WeatherAll Flat  
      WeatherAll Satin
      WeatherAll Semi-Gloss
      Gloss  
      Exterior Doors
      WeatherAll Flat  
      WeatherAll Satin  
      WeatherAll Semi-Gloss  
      Gloss

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