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Vin:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_11414").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});Matte / flat finish

Matte or flat-finish paints dry with no sheen that is, they have a matte finish that does not reflect light. They work wonderfully at hiding imperfections on the wall and are forgiving on novice painters. Some paint specialists advertise washable matte paint. However, a matte finish is generally hard to clean, so it's advisable to keep leftover paint on hand for touch-ups. Matte paint is a good choice for ceilings or walls in rooms that receive little traffic, such as a study.
Eggshell finish

An eggshell finish is similar to a matte finish but it has a tiny glimmer of sheen when dry. Picture the low sheen of an egg and that is the effect your paint will produce. It suits walls as it washes slightly better than flat-finish paints.
Satin finish

Also referred to as velvet finish, a satin finish is often the glossiest finish a decorator will recommend for walls in rooms other than the bathroom and kitchen. It's ideal for children's bedrooms and other high-traffic areas such as hallways and living areas as it's suited to washing and light scrubbing. Satin-finish paint is regularly used for windows, doors, trims and ceilings, too.
Semi-gloss finish

Semi-gloss paint dries with a significant shine without being too glitzy. It is most often used on doors, windows, trims and bathroom and kitchen walls. It withstands water and frequent cleaning. Ensure, however, the surface is properly prepared prior to painting as its reflective nature highlights imperfections.
High-gloss finish

High-gloss paints have a reflective quality. They bring out even the slightest of imperfections, so meticulous surface preparation is essential. Some people find it too shiny and opt for semi-gloss instead. It is used mostly on windows, doors and trims. High-gloss is a good choice for painting furniture as it creates a modern, durable finish.

DecorativeWalls:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_11463").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});Hey Vin,  this was really nice of you and should be very helpful to others viewing.  :)

there should be some kind of sticky to have it posted to the top - like the "evaluate the paint brush"

rmichael:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_11466").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});DecWalls... Your wish is my command...  :D

DecorativeWalls:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_11468").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});wow- that was great and fast rmichael  :).   

I looked and thought , in a blink of an eye- where did it go.
 
Hopfully our viewers will find this helpful.

BrushJockey:
jQuery(document).ready(function($){jQuery(function(){jQuery("#msg_11521").css("overflow-y", "hidden");});});I need to add a caution- different paint manufactures use different terms, and it can be confusing.  For instance, some like Benj Moore a satin is higher sheen than eggshell, but I have seen some companies use it lower.  Best to get a sheen chart of the paint you are going to use. But Vin's guide is a good rule of thumb to start with.

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