Types of Interior Paint Finishes

There are many types of paints for interior walls, and the more you known about the surfaces that could be painted and the effects the appropriate paints can achieve, the easier it is to make the right choice. It is also possible to mix different types of paints on the interior wall – depending on the project type; whether you are remodeling a kitchen, doing an overall finishing –  but you should know what you are doing. Here are some tips you need to take a look on the types of paint finish best for interior.

Matte Paint

Matte paint is one of the most common interior wall paints. There is no sheen or shine to the finish, which makes it the ideal choice for walls and ceilings where you do not want visual distractions. It is easy to apply, although it can often take more than one coat to create a good solid color. Matte paint can be applied with a brush or roller and work well covering imperfections on the walls. This makes it ideal for older homes. On the negative side, the matte paint can easily get marked. Although some marks can be removed with a damp cloth, matte paint needs to be retouched regularly.

Matte Enamel

Matte enamel is much like the matte paint, but tends to be much more durable. It is easier to clean and doesn’t need regular retouching, which is a great advantage, especially if you have young children. This also makes it excellent for places where you have to periodically clean the walls. The visual effect is very similar to the matte paint and can be applied in the same manner.


Satin finish is one of the types of the paints used for interior walls that many people know but few really understand. The finish is somewhere between matte and gloss and produces a low soft shine. This makes it ideal for areas where you need to regularly clean the walls. However, you should not use a satin finish when you have a wall with imperfections, as they will become more evident.


This has a shine that is extremely subtle but not with the same smoothness as a satin finish. Therefore, it doesn’t highlight imperfections as much. So it’s a much more suitable paint for interior walls. It is easy to apply and can often cover well with one coat, making it a better choice for many people.


Semi-gloss another paint for interior wall, although it is most often used in the perimeter rather than walls. It provides a hard finish, it is suitable for heavy use and is easy to clean with water and soap. The produced shine is less than full gloss paint, but it is generally easier to get a good covering with a single coat.