Part 3 Selecting a Finish
Flat – Flat paint is best suited for ceilings, areas where surface imperfections might be visible, and anywhere else that a muted low-reflecting surface is desired. Because it takes more effort to clean, a flat finish is ideal for the low-traffic areas of your home.
Low-luster, satin, or eggshell – Use low-luster, satin, or eggshell paint on areas where you want a sheen. Easier to clean than flat paint, they’re great for high-traffic areas such as hallways, bathrooms, bedrooms, and playrooms.
Semigloss or gloss – Go for semigloss for kitchens and bathrooms; choose gloss for banisters, railings, shelves, doorjambs, and windowsills. Also, keep in mind that the higher the gloss, the more it emphasizes any surface imperfections.
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