Paint finishes: a guide to paint finish types

Finding the right paint finishes for your home can feel like a daunting task. From eggshell, matte, satin and gloss to milk, distemper, chalk and limewash, there is a seemingly endless list of paint finishes, each with their own characteristics and recommended usage.

Paint finishes can have just as much of an impact on a room as the color, so it is important to make an informed decision when trying to bring your paint ideas to life. As a general rule, matte paints are best for low-traffic areas that are unlikely to get scuffed or marked while glosses are more durable and better for high-traffic rooms or those that are exposed to high-levels of moisture and humidity.

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