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30 Mar

Top 5 Types of Paint

There are many types of paint that you’ll encounter while decorating, all of them have different uses and finishes. This article will give you all the information on the Top 5 types of paint for to make it easier to decide which is the perfect type of paint for the job.

Matte Paint

Matte paint is the most common paint used in interior decoration, this paint offers a sheen free appearance, which is great for accent walls as the colours are very bold. This type of paint is very easy to apply, though it will take a few coats to bring out the full colour. This paint is great for ceiling and walls, as its low gloss level doesn’t reflect as much light, making it less distracting. This paint is great for walls with imperfections as it covers them up easier as the paint doesn’t highlight them. This paint shouldn’t be used in high traffic areas of a home as cleaning this paint can easily damage it, causing it to require touch-ups.


  • Covers up
  • Strong solid colours.
  • Doesn’t reflect light.


  • Can’t be cleaned easily.
  • Needs touch ups.
  • Not great for high traffic rooms.
  • Damages easily.
  • Poor coverage.

Eggshell Paint

Eggshell paint has a slightly higher gloss factor than matte but still holds the appearance of a matte paint. Eggshell paint is great for rooms where it may get dirty as the slightly higher gloss factor lets it be cleaned, but must only be cleaned with basic soap and water otherwise it could cause damage. As this paint has some shine to it, imperfection will start to show. This type of paint can usually be applied with a single coat, this means you can achieve more coverage for less with this paint.


  • Easier to clean.
  • Durable
  • Can be applied with a single coat.
  • More coverage.
  • Great for higher traffic rooms.


  • Cleaning can cause damage.
  • Marks easily.
  • Imperfections may be slightly highlighted.

Satin Paint

This paint offers a slightly higher gloss factor compared to eggshell paint. This higher gloss factor means this paint will produce a shinier look but will cause imperfection of the wall to appear more prominent than a less glossy alternative. This paint is great for a wide range of rooms as it is much easier to clean because it won’t fade or damage as easily as some other paints.


  • Can withstand light cleaning.
  • Durable
  • Can be used almost anywhere.
  • Soft Sheen.


  • Will highlight imperfections.
  • Can be damaged by

Semi-Gloss Paint

Semi-gloss paint is as its name suggests it has a medium gloss factor. This means that it will reflect more light making it shine more than the paints listed before. With this paint, imperfections will be very prominent, so this paint should be avoided for walls and ceiling which has minor to major imperfections.


  • Great for trims.
  • Good coverage.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Doesn’t mark easily


  • Brings out imperfections.
  • Needs careful application as not to cause streaks.
  • The shine can be distracting.

Glossy paint

As the name suggests, this paint has the highest gloss factor, this paint is usually used for trims and doors, not walls. This paint is very easy to clean as it is very durable. This paint reflects a lot of light meaning it wouldn’t be great for walls especially if they have imperfections as this type of paint will highlight all of them.  As this paint is so glossy it usually isn’t used on walls as it tends to look like plastic.


  • Easy to clean.
  • Great for high traffic rooms.
  • Great coverage.


  • Reflected light can be
  • Highlights imperfections.
  • Needs to be applied evenly.


In conclusion, there are many types of paint, with many different benefits. We hope this guide helped you figure out the differences between paint types.