Design Inspo

Mattle-ly in Love


A recent trip to my local Home Depot to get paint for my laundry room makeover, made me realize I know absolutely nothing when it comes to choosing the right paint. When the sales associate asked me if I wanted “eggshell”, I thought he was referring to a color. After standing there with a blank look on my face for about two minutes, it dawned on me that maybe I’m not alone in my cluelessness, or at least I hope not. I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to interior design. Although, my own personal taste is rather eclectic (think modern meets farmhouse meets boho luxe). I pull inspiration for paint colors from places I’ve visited during my travels or homes I’ve seen. I love to walk into a room and feel as though I’ve been transported to a farm in Texas or a coffee shop in LA. Also, I feel working in real estate has given me an eye for what paint colors highlight or hurt a space. In the past, I have just picked a color from a swatch and show up a few hours later to a freshly painted room. When I hired a painter to paint my downstairs bathroom I had a matte black in mind. However, if you asked to me to pick out that color at the store I would be lost. Therefore, I decided to break down paint finishes for all the novice painters like myself.

Ready to paint your home? Be sure to use the right finishes in each room and feature to make the best impact in your home. Using the wrong finishes can backfire for home owners if the wrong ones are used in the wrong spaces. Below, you’ll find the most common finishes and recommendations on where they are best applied to.




Flat is a low-sheen paint with a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.  It’s ideal for low traffic areas, interior walls and ceilings.

Matte has a low luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well, and hides minor surface imperfections. It is great for low to moderate traffic areas, such as bedrooms, and interior walls.

Eggshell Enamel has a soft, velvety appearance and is a good choice for moderate traffic areas such as living rooms.

Satin Enamel if you desire a pearl-like appearance, and are painting moderate to high traffic areas or areas that have some exposure to moisture, such as kitchens.

Semi-Gloss Enamel if you desire a sleek, radiant sheen that is great from cabinets and trim, high-traffic areas and high-moisture areas.

Hi-Gloss Enamel creates a brilliant, shiny appearance with a glass-like finish. This is great for high-use surfaces.

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