Have you ever gone into a paint store and knew exactly what you were going to get? You had agonized over the paint color, measured so you knew the amount of paint needed and had gotten multiple estimates from area painters. So you walk up to the counter and tell them what you need. And then you are asked “what finish would you like?”. What?! There are different types of paint? Yes my friend, there are. And here is what each is best used for.
Flat is usually used on interior walls almost everywhere. It shouldn’t be, especially if you have children and/or pets. Flat finish paint is used best in lower traffic areas such as guest bedrooms or the master bedroom where kids aren’t always welcome. It doesn’t wipe easily so sticky fingerprints and muddy paw prints are really difficult to get off. But if you need to touch it up, it does blend well.
This is my preference for high traffic walls. It is wipeable but doesn’t really have a sheen. There is just enough of a shine to it so it allows for easy removal of those finger prints mentioned above. I use this paint in the kitchen and family room, kids bedrooms and stairways.
This is my bathroom and mudroom paint. It is good at repelling moisture and is pretty hard wearing, as far as wall paint goes. My mudroom takes a beating with, well, mud from the dog and kids as well as me cleaning all of my painting equipment. I wipe down the walls constantly and still haven’t had to repaint, 2 years later. And in bathrooms it doesn’t streak and discolor from moisture. That’s why I like it!
Trim and interior doors looks best in this finish of paint. It has just enough shine to stand out, even if you use the same color as your walls for the trim. It is wipeable and easy to blend. I also use it on furniture. It doesn’t show brush marks too badly and sprays really well. It is very hard wearing. I have also used it to layer over the same color flat paint to make it look like wallpaper.
I call this statement paint! You use it when you want to make a statement. Some designers use it on feature walls or ceilings. It really reflects light well. You can also use it on trim and furniture. It is very hard wearing and easy to wipe.
I hope this is helpful and you never get tripped up at the paint store again!