How To Select The Right Paint Finish For Each Room


Based off the popularity of past paint color posts, and on the number of questions which follow them, today I thought I’d discuss several tips on how to select the right paint finish.


A foyer staircase which illustrates different options on How to Select the right paint finish.


How To Select The Right Paint Finish For Each Room


A fresh coat of paint can transform any room and breathe new life into your home.

Of course, most people consider painting to be the ultimate do-it-yourself project, so people tend to make their own paint choices and paint the rooms themselves.

If you’re doing this yourself, it’s important that you do your research on which paint type will work best for your particular room.

This depends on a number of factors from the lighting to the floor color, but one of the biggest factors is the finish of the paint.

Different paint types will result in a completely different look.

By following these tips you’ll have everything you need to make whatever room you’re making over sensational.




The Right Paint Finish For Each Room - flat or eggshellour family room – more info on this space here



Depending on the area of your home and the look you’re going for, you’ll need to make a decision about the type of finish that you want the paint to have.

There are several options for paint finishes and each of them results in a completely different look:


A Flat Finish

Flat finishes come from low-sheen paint. Its non-reflective finish means that you’ll be able to touch up the walls and hide imperfections.

It’s a good option for low traffic areas of your home as well as ceilings.


                         my husband’s home office – more info on this room here.


A Matte Finish

A matte finish is perfect for a low or moderately trafficked area in your home.

It’s easy to maintain and durable so even occasional wear and tear won’t result in a need to completely repaint the room.



my daughter’s bedroom – more info and sources here.



Eggshell Enamel

Eggshell enamel has a soft, luxurious finish that looks great in moderately trafficked areas like living rooms or hallways.


Satin Enamel

The satin enamel finish is soft and almost pearl-like.

It’s a good option for areas that might experience some exposure to moisture.

These could be kitchens or bathrooms.



Semi-Gloss Enamel

Semi-gloss enamel paint is great for accents and trim.

It does very well in high-traffic areas and high moisture areas, so it’s perfect for cabinets in either the kitchen or the bathroom.


choosing the right paint finish for your home, our kitchen cabinets in semi gloss
                                                  our kitchen – more info on this here  


Hi-Gloss Enamel

This is the highest gloss you can possibly get.

It works very well for the high use surfaces of your home, like staircase banisters.


our antelope stair runner – more info on this here.


High gloss is also gaining popularity as a real statement maker in smaller rooms with saturated colors.

It creates a “jewel box ” effect. See our blue butler’s pantry for an example of this.


our high gloss butler’s pantry



There are a number of factors that go into choosing the best paint for your project.

The lighting of the room, the purpose of the room, and how much traffic the area gets will definitely affect the type of paint which will work best and have the longest-lasting results.

Before you choose the paint you want to go with, it’s a good idea to discuss the project and your vision for the results with the professionals where you buy your paint.

If you’re planning on testing out paint samples (and you absolutely should not skip this important step) make sure to get the correct finish in the sample as well.

They’ll be able to help you make the most informed decision and get the beautiful home upgrade you’re looking for.

Regardless of your sense of style or your home setup, a fresh coat of paint can have a beautiful effect on your home.

The possibilities are endless, and you’ll absolutely love the way your home expresses your personal style through color alone.



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  1. Kim wrote:

    How would you compare Elephants Breath w BM’s s Manchester Tan. It’s a color I’ve used in several homes and loved

    Published on 11.18.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Elephants Breath is a lot more gray with hints of magenta/lilac undertones. Manchester Tan, while beige, seems to have more of yellow undertone.
      Both are beautiful.

      Published on 11.18.20 · Reply
  2. Cheryl wrote:

    I have an 8 foot ceiling , can I use satin for the ceiling to make it look taller?

    Published on 10.2.21 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:


      Published on 10.4.21 · Reply