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A Guide to Paint Finishes

When decorating a room in your home, it’s not only important to consider the colour of the paint but also the finish. The finish you pick can have a huge impact on the look of your room. As a general guideline, we would recommend using matt paints in low-traffic areas that are unlikely to get scuffed or marked, these make an excellent choice for walls. While finishes such as acrylic durable matt are better suited to high-traffic rooms. Gloss, Satin or eggshell finishes are also suitable for woodwork. The choice of paint finish ultimately depends on your taste, the desired effect and durability. A gloss finish tends to make a bold statement, while satin or eggshell finishes offer a more understated look.

Gloss Finish Paint

  • Ultra shiny, hard and reflects light
  • Shows imperfections on surfaces
  • Most durable and easiest finish to clean
  • Great for busy areas of the home, like hallways and kitchens
  1. Crown Trade Full Gloss Tinted Colours
    Crown Trade Full Gloss Tinted Colours
    From £15.66 £13.05
  1. Johnstone's Trade Aqua Water Based Gloss Tinted Colours
    Johnstone's Trade Aqua Water Based Gloss Tinted Colours
    From £22.62 £18.85
  1. Dulux High Gloss (Pure Brilliant White)
    Dulux Trade High Gloss Pure Brilliant White
    From £15.12 £12.60

Satin Finish Paint

  • This finish is less shiny than semi-gloss, with a velvety luster
  • Easily cleaned, offering high durability 
  • Good for furniture and trims
  • Can reveal imperfections 
  1. Armstead Trade Quick Dry Satin Brilliant White
    Armstead Trade Quick Dry Satin Brilliant White
    From £14.36 £11.97
  1. Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec Scuff X Satin
    Benjamin Moore Ultra Spec Scuff X Satin
    From £108.00 £90.00
  1. Dulux Trade Satinwood Pure Brilliant White
    Dulux Trade Satinwood Pure Brilliant White
    From £20.72 £17.27

Eggshell Finish Paint

  • This is a finish between satin and matte
  • Flat finish with a little lustre 
  • Washable finish
  • Good for high traffic areas 
  1. Johnstone's Trade Acrylic Durable Eggshell Tinted Colours
    Johnstone's Trade Acrylic Durable Eggshell Tinted Colours
    From £34.21 £28.51
  1. Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell
    Little Greene Intelligent Eggshell
    From £39.00 £32.50
  1. Benjamin Moore Aura Interior Eggshell
    Benjamin Moore Aura Interior Eggshell
    From £37.00 £30.83

Matt Finish Paint

  • This is perfect if you have imperfections on your surface(s)
  • Soaks up light rather than reflecting it
  • Highly pigmented, ideal for coverage and reducing costs 
  1. Farrow And Ball Modern Emulsion
    Farrow And Ball Modern Emulsion
    From £59.00 £49.17
  1. Johnstone's Trade Covaplus Vinyl Matt Brilliant White
    Johnstone's Trade Covaplus Vinyl Matt Brilliant White
    Rating:
    100%
    From £13.44 £11.20
  1. Crown Trade Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt Tinted Colours
    Crown Trade Clean Extreme Mould Inhibiting Scrubbable Matt Tinted Colours
    From £38.50 £32.08

Mid Sheen Finish Paint

  • Less shiny than high gloss paint
  • Benefit from stain resistance 
  • Great for rooms at risk of high moisture, like bathrooms and utilities 
  1. Dulux Trade Vinyl Soft Sheen Tinted Colours
    Dulux Trade Vinyl Soft Sheen Tinted Colours
    From £42.12 £35.10
  1. Macpherson Trade Mid Sheen Tinted Colours
    Macpherson Trade Mid Sheen Tinted Colours
    From £19.93 £16.61
  1. Johnstone's Trade Vinyl Soft Sheen Tinted Colours
    Johnstone's Trade Vinyl Soft Sheen Tinted Colours
    From £26.34 £21.95

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