Finishes & Interior Painting

If you have just jumped in to your first interior painting project, things can get very overwhelming very quickly. There is so much more to paint than just color. When ordering your paint, you’ll need to choose a brand, base, quality, and sheen for each color and amount. First and foremost, let’s talk about price. The shiniest, high-sheen paint will always cost more than flat or matte. As you go up the “sheen” scale, price increases by a few dollars at each step towards high gloss.

When it comes to finishes, a typically good rule to follow is that sheen = durability. The higher the shine, the more damage it will be able to withstand and the longer it will last. A high sheen means high shine, and high shine means a longer life for your paint. The lowest amount of sheen is flat/matte, slightly higher than flat is eggshell, and then satin, semi gloss, and high gloss is the highest sheen available. While a painting novice may be tempted to paint the entire house in the cheapest type of finish, it is actually incredibly important to choose the right sheen for each area of your house in order to save as much money as possible and increase the lifespan of your paint job.


For kitchen painting projects, your best choice is always going to be a high-gloss finish. High gloss is the most durable sheen available. Because your kitchen will typically experience more chemical-based daily wear and tear than your other rooms (think smoke from burnt bacon, oil splatters from frying chicken, and residue from cooking spray), you must choose a finish that can withstand damage and constant cleaning. The paint sheen required for this must be tough, and high gloss is a perfect choice. This sheen is ideal for doors, trim, and 

cabinets, but isn’t best for interior walls due to its light-reflective nature. Extra care must be taken when using high-gloss paint due to its super high shine, which causes any imperfections to be super-visible. Be sure to take your time during this portion of your painting project, or hire some professionals to help you.



Family Room

For a family room, you’ll want a paint that can be easily cleaned and stand up to high amounts of traffic. The best choice for this lively room would be a satin or semi-gloss finish. Semi-gloss has a high level of durability that can handle moisture, pet dirt, and grime, and is also ideal for trim and anywhere that takes a significant amount of daily damage. Satin is another great choice due to its ability to be very easily cleaned. A satin finish also has a uniquely beautiful luster. However, it does show flaws more than semi-gloss and doesn’t do as well when touched up. For this reason, satin tends to be cheaper than semi-gloss. When it comes to paint, you do get what you pay for, and investing in the integrity of your home is always a good choice in the long run.

Dining Room

Your dining room area is typically low-traffic and well-decorated. In order to impress your guests, you’ll want a clean and smooth-looking finish with no imperfections. The best choice for this would be eggshell. Eggshell is a fairly flat finish with little luster, similar to a chicken egg. This sheen does a great job of covering imperfections like brush strokes and drips, and is ideal for an area with lower traffic and bright lights.



For the lowest-trafficked area in your home, you will likely want a flat or matte finish. The high-pigment wall coverage will help reduce your overall paint costs. Flat sheens are always the cheapest price point for finishes and provide the most pigment and therefore the most coverage.This means you can use less paint in the same amount of space. Eggshell paints tend to absorb light rather than reflecting it. This makes it ideal for covering imperfections. Eggshell finishes are harder to clean and this makes it ideal for low-trafficked areas such as the master bedroom.

The highly-trained painters at Great Expectations Painting will always choose the right sheens for each area of your home. Whether it’s interior or exterior, we know which level goes where. Keeping your budget in mind, our professionals will help direct you in choosing the perfect paint to make your home shine in the best way possible.