These terms indicate the sheen or gloss level, or degree or light reflectance, of the paint. Basically, these are terms that are used to describe paint’s shininess.
Where to Use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and window sills
Comments: More durable, stain-resistant and easier to wash. However, the higher the gloss, the more likely surface imperfections will be noticed.
Where to use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, hallways, children's rooms, playrooms, doors, woodwork and trim.
Comments: More stain-resistant and easier to clean than flat paints. Better than flat for high-traffic areas.
Satin Eggshell (Range overlapping eggshell and semi-gloss). Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Can be used in place of semi-gloss paints on trim for a less shiny appearance.
Where to use: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell.
Comments: Similar characteristics to semi-gloss and eggshell it resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.
Comments: It resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.
What to use: For general use on walls and ceilings. Hides surface imperfections. Usually not as washable as satin or eggshell.
Comments: Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, non-reflecting appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas.
Matte: Same characteristics as flat.