Choosing Paint Finishes for Your Property

When it comes to painting your property for showing potential tenants, selecting the color is only half the battle. There are a variety of finishes to choose from depending on what you room you are painting, the durability you need, and the look and feel you want.

Types of Paint Finishes

Flat – Flat paint is exactly what it sounds like, flat with no shine to it. Flat paints are the better choices for hiding surface flaws in the walls or ceilings. While it is the least expensive finish to purchase it is not the most ideal, because it is difficult to clean and is not ideal for high traffic areas.

Matte – Matte is very similar to flat, but with a slight sheen to it. Each manufacturer varies and it is best to see a test sample of any matte textured paints you are considering. What you may think is one step above flat, may actually be a pricier version of the same thing.

Eggshell – Eggshell is named so because the texture resembles the outer shell of an egg, flat with a slight sheen. This is a great choice if you want a flatter look but easier ability to clean. This a great choice for any wall surfaces in a low traffic and humidity areas, such as hallways.

Satin – Paints with a satin finish are smooth to the touch and have a little more of a glossy look than the flatter textures. This texture is common on doors, window and wall trims, and ceilings. However, it is a good selection for high traffic and humidity areas such as bathrooms or kitchens. It is also a good choice for children’s rooms since you can clean it relatively easy.

Semi-gloss – Semi-gloss is most commonly used on cabinetry, trim, and doors. It sets off a nice subtle shine without being gaudy. If you choose to go with a semi-gloss it is important to properly prepare the surface or imperfections will only be accentuated by the semi-gloss.

Glossy – Glossy finishes are highly reflective and give off the look of shiny plastic. This is not a commonly used interior paint, but can be used to obtain a dramatic look. As with the semi-gloss, it is important to handle any imperfections in the wall surface or the look will be magnified.


Most rental properties are going to have a high traffic rate, especially if the tenants have children. While the glossy finishes are bold and add a nice shine, a more suitable choice would be a flatter finish such as eggshell. It is a happy medium with a little sheen and durability to withstand wear.

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