in paint finishes
You finally select
the perfect shade of paint for your latest decorating project,
you hand the color chip to the salesperson to mix up your
color, when he asks you what finish you would like. What finish?
You have a choice?
The most common
choices are matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and glossy,
ranked in terms of how glossy (or shiny) the paint will appear
to be on the walls.
Matte finish is
the best choice is you have walls scarred by bumps, dents,
cracks, scuff marks, and many other disasters that have come
in contact with your walls over the years. Matte is the most
commonly used paint in most houses, particularly in high traffic
or damage rooms such as hallways and playrooms. But if you
anticipate washing the walls often, you should probably choose
Eggshell is the
next step up, with just a touch of "shiny". So what
exactly is eggshell? Picture the low degree of sheen on an
actual eggshell, then picture that sheen on your walls, and
voila, eggshell paint.
Satin finish has
a little more added gloss. Satin tends to be used more on
mouldings and doors, but it can be used for walls when you
need to do light scrub downs of the walls.
Semi-gloss is also used for mouldings and doors, but tends
to be a bit shiny for walls, particularly when they do have
scratches and bumps that are not properly prepared before
High glossy paint tends
to be used more for furniture and accents in a house, due
to its high gloss. It is very reflective, meaning whatever
you use it on needs to be properly prepared before painting,
otherwise every imperfection will be highlighted with the
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