Washable, durable, shinny – you choose!
A flat paint finish has no shine. It reflects no light, so it conceals flaws more easily. A flat finish provides excellent coverage for most adequately-prepared surfaces. It is easy to maintain. Flat finish paints should only be used in areas with very little traffic (people touching/hitting the walls), as they are not as washable or durable as paints with more shine.
“Matt” finish is often used synonymously with “flat”. However, depending on the paint company, a matt finish may have a little more shine than a flat paint. A matte finish has less shine than a satin paint. Matt paints are semi-washable, so they should be used in rooms where little shine and some wash ability is desired.
Eggshell Finish ( Kid-Friendly Finishes)
Again, it depends on the company, but an eggshell finish is either going to have the same amount of shine as a matt or a satin finish. An eggshell finish has a low amount of shine and reflectivity. The more shine the finish has, the more durable the paint is going to be.
Satin Finish (Kid-Friendly Finishes)
Paint with a satin finish has just enough shine to softly reflect light in a room. It gives the walls a soft glow. However, the light will detect any flaws in the wall, so dents and cracks should be fixed beforehand. A satin finish is fairly washable and durable so it may be used in rooms with a higher amount of traffic.
For high-traffic areas, as well as high-moisture areas, a semi-gloss is a fine finish. The kitchen and bathroom are examples of both. A semi-gloss finish is very durable, as well as scrubbable (able to be scrubbed). Semi-gloss finish paint is fairly shiny, however, and it will accentuate flaws in the walls.
High gloss paints have an almost reflective quality, as their shiny finish mimics the look of enamel or plastic. Though not widely used in home interiors, it is becoming more popular for a dramatic look on cabinets, trim, and furniture in very formal and very contemporary settings. This finish will magnify any surface imperfections, so careful preparation and sanding is essential before painting with high gloss paints.