Understanding Residential Painting Finishes. Which One Does Your Home Require?

As a premier residential painting company in Massachusetts, our team at Metrowest Painting has serviced hundreds of homes across the metro Boston area.  With so many homes under our belt, we’ve heard all kinds of questions. However, there’s one question that stands out more than others when it comes to homeowners.  That question, which type of paint finish is best for my home?

Choosing interior paint for your home involves more than color selection. Knowing the different finishes and how they function is crucial to the integrity of your walls.  For example, a high-traffic bathroom requires a different finish than a low key guest bedroom. In this article, we’re taking a look at the different types of interior finishes and where they’re best applied.


Also known as matte finish, flat finishes provide a nonreflective surface.  Although this may be the finish you’re envisioning, if you’re a high-traffic, kid-oriented home, you may want to reconsider.  When considering all of the available options, flat finishes are the hardest to clean. Thus, if your walls are fingerprint, scribble, or dirt prone, you’ll be looking at repainting the surface to be rid of the marks.

However, if the above doesn’t apply, flat finishes may be the perfect option for you! Easily applied and generally lower in cost, this paint is perfect.  Furthermore, the absorption of light allows this paint to effectively hide blemishes on the surface of the wall.


If you’re looking for a finish that provides more durability than flat but isn’t shiny, eggshell may be the solution for you.  More compatible with medium-traffic areas, eggshell finishes can be wiped with a wet towel for cleaning. This type of finish is standard in dining and living rooms.


Continuing on, a satin finish is washable but not scrubbable. Providing homeowners with a velvety look, satin finishes are commonly used for windows, doors, trims, and ceilings.  However, this finish can also be applied to walls.


We’ve finally reached the category that includes bathrooms and kitchens.  Semi-gloss is the first finish our team recommends for these two areas for a few different reasons.  The first, semi-gloss is scrubbable! Thus, these messy rooms are easily kept up to par without compromising surface integrity.  With a nice, subtle shine homeowners are provided with an ideal solution for high-traffic, messy areas of the home.


With the most reflective properties, high-gloss finishes are common for bathrooms and areas that require attention.  With a polished look, this type of finish is growing in popularity with cabinetry and trim work.

When it comes to residential painting, it’s always best to consult with a team of trusted professionals before tackling any project.  Every home is different, every situation is unique, and our team at Metrowest Painting has the expertise to guide you to a long-lasting solution that you’re proud to call home.  Contact our team today to schedule your consultation (508) 393-0000.

Author : Metrowest Painting
Author : Metrowest Painting

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