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Choosing The Right Paint Finish

Choosing The Right Paint Finish
It can be intimidating to stand in front of the paint swatches at the paint or hardware store and try to make a decision. Picking a color can be hard enough—and then you have to choose the finish. Ugh. Choosing the color is up to you, but here’s a simple guide to choosing the correct finish for your project.

High Gloss

High gloss paint has the most sheen, and will be the most durable. That durability is best suited for the kitchen or bathroom, on surfaces like cabinets, door frames, and window trim. It’s best to avoid using high gloss on walls, because it will be too reflective.


It’s not as shiny as high gloss, but it still provides great durability. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and cabinets, semi-gloss protects from drips, splatters, and other moisture.


Satin has a velvet-like look, but is still a durable finish, and works best in high-traffic areas. Be careful when applying, because satin paint may reveal sloppy brush strokes. Perfect for living rooms, mudrooms, hallways and kids bedrooms.

Eggshell & Flat

These finishes have the least amount of sheen, and are the least durable. Eggshell and flat paints are great for hiding imperfections in your walls, but the low durability means they should not be used if the room has heavy wear and tear from kids or pets. Use these paints in dining rooms, adult bedrooms, ceilings, hallways and other low-traffic rooms.
Do you still have questions about paint or need help picking a color? Contact Arrive Real Estate Group today to ask us specific questions and learn more about current home design trends.

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