🎨How TO Choose your Finish🖌

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Imagine this: your spouse finally gives in after months of convincing him to let you repaint the kitchen’s ugly yellow walls with all the grease and grime, smugged handprints from the kids through the years.. You’re so excited, you can already see the gorgeous, smooth, smudge-free baby blue walls with the perfect snowbound trim. All the people you can now invite over for dinner, you can finally host the big family dinner, all your dreams are finally coming true! You call us, we set updates, it’s almost gone time, you can almost smell the fresh paint, but wait- what’s your finish? Wait, WHAT IS A FINISH?

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Today we are going to break down all the different types of finishes and where they are best used.



  • The higher the sheen the easier to clean
  • The higher the sheen the more wall imperfections show
  • The higher the sheen the more expensive

                                FLAT = NO SHINE                                 GLOSS =  MORE SHINE

High Gloss

  • Most Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Ultra Shiny – reflects lights well
    • Good for busy areas (Kitchen, door, trim, cabinets etc. )
    • Shows most imperfections in the wall (Depends on coat thickness)


  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Reflects light
    • Good for wet rooms (Bathroom, kitchen etc. )
    • Shows imperfections in walls (Depends on coat thickness)


  • Soft, velvety look
  • Easy to clean
  • Can show strokes of brush (Depends on coat thickness)
    • Ideal for foyers, halls, kids rooms


  • Soft, velvety look
  • No shine
  • Resists stains
  • Can wipe with a wet rag but cannot be scrubbed
    • Ideal for dining rooms, living rooms etc.


  • No shine – soaks up light
  • Hides imperfections in walls well
  • Hard to clean


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