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Paint Finishes

Most paints offer your pick of sheen preference, from flat to high-gloss. In general, the flatter (or more matte) the finish, the harder it is to clean; the glossier (or shinier) the finish, the easier it is to clean! 

When it comes to kitchens, you definitely want a paint finish that can handle a little water, soap, and grease. This makes satin or semi-gloss paint finishes a perfect choice.

A satin finish is often used interchangeably with an eggshell finish, but it actually possesses a little more sheen. When used in the kitchen, a satin finish will look soft, silky, and have a glow. Satin finishes are also good at resisting mildew, stains, and dirt and are fairly easy to clean.

A semi-gloss finish has more gloss in it, typically anywhere from 40-70%. It reflects a lot of light, and has a lovely gleam and glow to it without being too over-the-top shiny. The higher gloss content also means that it's very durable and easy to wipe clean — a great choice for kitchen, and necessary for the backsplash.

The major downside to higher-gloss finishes is that they'll show any crack, crease, or other imperfection in the wall. So that's something to be aware of if your walls have some problems!