A Guide to Different Paint Finishes

A Guide to Different Paint Finishes

Aug 10, 2023Bridget O'Neil

Transforming your living spaces into something new and fresh, selecting the right finish can make a significant difference in your interior design. We will explore various paint finishes, their unique characteristics, and how they can enhance the ambiance of your home. Whether you're going for a rustic, modern, or classic look, we’re here to help you select the perfect finish for your painting project. Let's start the enchanting journey of discovering the variety of finishes!


What is a Finish?

A paint finish refers to the final appearance and texture of a painted surface once the paint dries and cures. Paint finishes come in various types, each offering distinct visual and tactile qualities. The choice of paint finish can influence how light interacts with the surface, affecting the perception of color and the ambiance of a room. 


Types of Finishes

Matte Finish

Matte finishes are ideal for creating a soft, velvety appearance on your walls. Unlike other finishes, matte doesn't reflect light, making it perfect for hiding imperfections on your surfaces. Matte finishes are an excellent choice for any easy touch up that is streak-free. This finish may bring markings and stains so it is best to avoid applying it to high-traffic areas. Matte paints are sure to bring a touch of class to your interiors.

Eggshell Finish 

The eggshell finish strikes a balance between matte and satin, offering a versatile and timeless option for your walls. This finish is slightly more lustrous than matte, making it easier to clean while maintaining a low sheen. If you have children or pets at home, an eggshell finish will be perfect given its practicality and resistance to stains and scuffs, ensuring your walls look perfect overtime.

Satin Finish

For those seeking a contemporary look, the satin finish is an excellent choice. It exudes a gentle sheen that reflects light subtly, adding depth to your walls and bringing sophistication to any room. Satin finishes work well in living rooms, dining areas, and bedrooms. Bear in mind this finish does not hide imperfections well when doing any touch ups. Nevertheless, satin paints are easy to clean, making them durable for spaces where spills and stains are likely to occur.


Gloss Finish

For a bold statement, the gloss finish is the ultimate choice. Its high reflectivity creates a mirror-like shine that is captivating. Although less commonly used on walls, the gloss finish can be an addition to doors, furniture, and trim. Gloss paints offer exceptional durability, making them perfect for accentuating features in your home. 

Semi-Gloss Finish

If you're looking for a finish that stands up to frequent cleaning and moisture, the semi-gloss finish is the way to go. Its rich appearance brings a modern touch to any space, making it an ideal choice for kitchen and bathroom walls. Semi-gloss paints are formulated to resist mildew and moisture, ensuring your walls remain clean and unblemished even in high-humidity environments.


Wax Finish

The wax finish is a classic technique that adds a subtle yet rich luster to various surfaces. This finish involves applying a layer of wax, usually made from beeswax, carnauba wax, or a combination of both, to protect the underlying material. The wax forms a thin, protective coating that deepens the color and grain of the wood, while also creating a smooth and velvety texture. Waxes are a popular choice to elevate your furniture and woodworking projects, ensuring they stand the test of time. 

Lacquer Finish

The lacquer finish is for those seeking a glossy and radiant finish to any surface. It is commonly used on furniture and decoration, given its characteristics of being fast drying, protected against water, low maintenance, and doesn't yellow with age. One disadvantage to take note of is it is difficult to remove scratches and dents. Whether you want to add a glossy touch to your furniture or achieve a stunning statement piece, lacquer is the ideal finish for creating a polished look.

Craquelure Finish

The craquelure finish is a unique technique that adds a touch of vintage charm to any surface. This finish effect creates a web-like pattern of fine cracks on the painted surface, mimicking the aged and weathered appearance. The craquelure finish is an excellent choice to apply to furniture and decorative accents, bringing a timeless elegance that'll transform your home.

Choosing the right finish is essential in achieving your desired aesthetic and maintaining the longevity of your walls and furnishings. 


Shop our Annie Sloan Collection ranging from wax, matte, lacquer, and craquelure in which each will bring a unique aesthetic. Whether you prefer the elegance of matte, the timeless appeal of eggshell, or the sophistication of satin, our range of finishes is designed to meet your specific needs. 

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