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The Many Variations of Paint

Aug 25

We love to have the first conversation with customers when we start painting their interior rooms. It will not only determine how durable the paint is, but also help to narrow down the options.

We suggest our customers to visit their local hardware shop to see the many color options. You can not only choose your favorite colors, but you can also pick the type of paint that you'd like us use. We prefer Sherwin-Williams paint. To help our customers, we also offer a great color visualizer.

Each paint you see will have a sample.

However, it can seem overwhelming. Knowing which room you would like to paint will make the process easier.

Below, you will find a helpful guide on which paints are best suited for your room.

Different Paint Finishes

Flat- Ceilings and dining rooms, adult bedrooms. Lowest reflective, best for low traffic.
satin - For indoor and outdoor use, children's rooms, laundry areas, kitchens, bathrooms, etc., Pearl-like matte w/hints of sheen. This is the most popular.
* - Hallways and living rooms, entryways, mid-traffic areas. Balance of matte & gloss. Easy to clean w/damp cloth
Semigloss Bathrooms, Kitchens, Higher Traffic & Higher Moisture Rooms
High gloss Cabinets, trim & molding, The most reflective, easiest to clean and decorate.

Different types of sheen

Flat or matte paints have no sheen. They absorb more light making them non-reflective and non-shiny.

Paint finishes with semi-glossy or glossier sheen reflect light and give it a shiny look.

Paints with an in between sheen can be described as having a low-to-mid visible gloss, which absorbs some light and reflect a little.

Different Paint Finishes


Flat surfaces provide a smooth and non-reflective finish that's ideal for low traffic areas. It can be used on ceilings, walls, and dining rooms. However, it can also be used in living rooms, spare bedrooms, and other low traffic areas.
The matte paint takes less coats than the gloss paints. It's easy to touch-up and clean up using a warm, damp cloth.


A pearl-like matte, with a hint or sheen, the satin is the most common option. This is because of its versatility, durability, and ability to resist mold and fading. This is a great choice for busy indoor areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Lower-gloss finishes are easier to clean and can be cleaned with gentle cleaners.


The eggshell finishes are elegant but not as smooth. They can be used in entryways and living rooms, hallways, and other areas that see low to moderate traffic. It's easy to clean with damp cloth.


Semi-gloss is more reflective and has a smoother sheen that gives rooms a sleek, glossy appearance. Semi-gloss is often used in high-traffic rooms. Because they are resistant to moisture, they work well even in humid areas like bathrooms, laundry, and doors. Multi-cleaning options make it easy to clean.

Our painting expert tip: White and off-white paints are often used in semi-gloss finishes to give rooms a brighter and more vibrant appearance.


High-gloss finish are the most reflective and high-sheen. They look almost like glass. High gloss is great for cabinets, doors and molding, trim, as well as outdoor objects like shutters or window casings. High gloss is decorative and easy to clean.

The room's use will dictate the interior painting Denver finish you choose. It will most certainly affect the final appearance of your room. There are so many options for paint finishes. We hope that this guide helped you.


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