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The Best Paint Finish for Walls, Ceilings, Trims, Doors and More…

Posted on January 6, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

 

Paint Finishes 101

Not sure which paint finish is best for your surface? Once you figure out what your needs are, it can be easier to figure out which sheen is best (excluding Charlie, he’s a hot mess).

For example…

  • Do you need wipeability? You sometimes get small scuffs on your walls.
  • Do you need washability? You have 4 kids, 3 dogs, 2 gorillas and an elephant in your home – you need a Hazmat suit to wipe down your walls.
  • Do you have damaged walls? Too many haphazard picture hangings or ‘honey, we don’t need to hire a drywaller – I can fix it!’ situations?

Sherwin Williams Wall Street and Wool Skein, coffered ceiling, moldings dining room,entryway. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint colour consulting. Client photo

In this photo, there are four different paintable surfaces with different needs

What paint finish or sheen should you use?

Flat Finish 0-5% gloss

Flat paint has little to no sheen. Because of this, it’s usually not washable or even very wipeable. A few of the higher-end brands have some luck with basic washability (Benjamin Moore Aura and Sherwin Williams Emerald), but I’m sceptical over the long-term for high-use areas.

Benjamin Moore Trout Gray small powder room, rustic wood feature wall, shiplap in gray wash stain. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy online paint color consultant

Matte 5-10%

Matte paint can have a 5-10% gloss finish, making it slightly more washable, but still not as durable as a shinier finish.

Eggshell 10-25% gloss

An eggshell finish is similar to that of an eggshell, not flat, not shiny – kind of in-between. Eggshell is a great overall finish for most rooms and is most popular for its wipe/washability and sheen level. The only eggshell finish that is different is Behr which is more like a satin finish (I would use it for furniture or trim, not walls, personally).

Repose Gray hallway with Pure White trim, Sherwin Williams, bright white light bulbs. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger. Client photo

Satin or Pearl 25%-35% gloss

Satin or pearl is the next step up from eggshell. Satin/pearl has a reasonable amount of sheen to it without being as glossy as a semi-gloss. This is usually my bare minimum sheen for trim work and is quite washable. Satin can also be popular for bathrooms where the ventilation is poor.

Kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore White Dove, walls Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn), dark oak wood flooring, island. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy

Satin finish (and glossier finishes) can slightly brighten and enhance colour compared to flat and eggshell finishes.

Semi-gloss 70-85% gloss

This one has some kick to it with a sheen level that will reflect light back into the room. It’s the second most popular finish for trims and doors, but rarely for walls or cabinets.

High gloss 85% + gloss

The full meal deal. A high gloss finish adds drama, impact and has supreme washability. I usually find it to be way more than is necessary and prefer satin or semi-gloss.

However, the sheen is irrelevant if you buy crappy paint. The better quality your paint is, the more durable your finish should be.  a la moi

The Best Paint Finish for Trims, Doors & Mouldings

Satin or semi-gloss 

If you get a lot of dust, drips and build-up on your baseboards, a higher sheen paint will be more washable and last longer.

Sherwin Williams Dovetail gray paint colour. Online Color Consultant Kylie M Interiors. E decor

  • old homes look fabulous with a semi-gloss trim
  • newer or modern homes tend to suit a satin finish
  • shiny finishes can expose flaws, so make sure your trim is in tip-top shape – same with your painting skills
  • the photo above shows a satin finish

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The Best Paint Finish for the Ceiling

Flat

In 99% of cases, a flat finish is best for a ceiling. Why? There are a few reasons…

Living room with flat finish ceiling paint, no sheen. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl walls and rustic reclaimed beam, chandelier

  • you don’t want your ceiling reflecting light back at you and shinier finishes are reflective
  • Ceilings are often textured and textured finish will be enhanced with shiny paint
  • a flat finish is the best for reducing the look of the texture and camouflaging flaws on a flat ceiling

Read more: What Colour Should I Paint My Ceiling?

The Best Paint Finish for Walls & New Drywall 

Flat, matte or eggshell

When it comes to walls, there are many considerations…

Sherwin Williams Moody Blue eggshell finish in small bathroom with white vanity and tile floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

The best paint finish for walls that are in great shape – flat, matte or eggshell

  • If your walls are smooth, in good condition and you don’t have kids or dogs, you can definitely consider a high-quality flat/matte finish.
  • If your walls are smooth, in good condition and you DO have kids, dogs or a spouse with Dorito fingers (oh, we’ve all had them) you may want eggshell. That being said, I have all of the above and prefer matte walls for the LOOK, even though they aren’t as washable.

The best paint finish for walls that are damaged or uneven – flat, matte or eggshell

  • Any sheen will expose flaws on your walls, so if your walls look like they had a mortar thrown at them, you may want to consider a flat or matte finish.
  • However, if you have kids/dogs/spouse/gorilla, you may need to sacrifice that low sheen for some wipeability with eggshell.

The best paint finish for textured walls – flat or matte 

  • The great thing about textured walls is that the texture will help disguise any fingerprints, smudges, etc…
  • IF you’re worried about washability, you can use eggshell, but it will enhance the look of your textured areas.

SHEEN WILL ENHANCE THE LOOK OF TEXTURED WALLS OR CEILINGS, MAKING THE TEXTURE LOOK MORE OBVIOUS

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The Best Paint Finish for Cabinets & Furniture

Satin 

In my experience, I’ve yet to meet a semi-gloss or high-gloss cabinet that I love UNLESS it’s on a flat panel cabinet in a more modern setting. Satin is almost ALWAYS the best finish for cabinets.

Gray quartz island countertops, Benjamin Cloud White and rustic, reclaimed wood island legs or supports

Look to the left of the island to see the sheen level of Benjamin Moore Advance – satin finish (my fave). Check out more of these painted maple cabinets.

  • Hands-down, my favourite sheen for cabinets is satin-pearl (particularly Benjamin Moore Advance).
  • This sheen is great for washability, without reflecting my purdy lil’ face back at me. I have done some pieces in semi-gloss and they looked sharp but were too reflective. And again, the shinier the paint is, the more you will see flaws, so if you are painting your own cabinets, satin will have a bit more forgiveness for a less than perfect job.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White on bathroom vanity, gray floor tile, LG Viatara Quartz countertop, crystal knobs. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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The Best Paint Finish for Your Front Door

Satin

When it comes to the front door, satin is usually a safe bet. Why?

exterior of home with chelsea gray painted shakes, black painted double front door and white trim with dark charcoal ledgestone

  • Direct natural light can expose flaws such as dents, scuffs, brush and roller marks. Add a glossy finish to this and it’ll be a hot mess.
  • Flat or eggshell finishes can look chalky on the front door and aren’t washable enough for the wear and tear that doors get.
  • Satin finish on the front door is my fave. Wipeable, classy – not glassy.

Read more: What are the Best Paint Colours for My Front Door?

The Best Paint Finish for a Brick / Stone Fireplace

Eggshell 

Brick can look abrasive when shiny, yet dull when flat. For this reason, I like eggshell for a brick fireplace (more than satin).

the best sheen to update and paint an old brick fireplace

  • If you’re painting your brick a dark colour, eggshell finish looks best.
  • If you’re painting your brick a light/white colour, eggshell or MAYBE satin.

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A few more tidbits…

  • If you are painting a medium or dark-toned colour (feature wall or whole room), it can look garish with too much sheen. Ideally, you would use a flat/matte finish.
  • The more coats of paint you put on, the higher sheen you will get. What looked eggshell at 2 coats can look shinier at 5!
  • The quality of your brush and roller matters DESPERATELY! Invest well.

Well, that about covers it! If you’re thinking of hiring a painter though, I highly recommend you read this: The 10 Questions You Need to Ask BEFORE Hiring a Painter!

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Chat soon!

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Originally written May 2017, updated 2021



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Comments

  1. What a great, interesting article! I LOVE your posts, Kylie, and am trying to read as many of the older ones as possible, as I have just relatively recently discovered your blog. I love the way you get into the “nitty gritty” about color and paint and tell us all the important points!
    Anyway–you did mention Behr paint above. Have you seen how their Marquee line has two different sheens for the same color on the same large color chip (semi-gloss and eggshell?) It is amazing how different the color looks with different sheens under different lights!
    Speaking of Behr–I checked Consumer Report’s latest paint ratings and Behr is still on top (Marquee is ranked the highest of all!) Even Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra is ranked higher than Benjamin Moore’s Aura . I was hoping that if Benjamin Moore was ranked higher than Behr, I could justify the extra cost, LOL! I am wondering, how come designers usually specify colors from the more expensive Benjamin Moore, or Sherwin Williams instead of the reasonably priced, but good quality Behr? We have usually used Behr in the past and really need to stick with a paint in that price range as we will be painting most of our home soon, in preparation to put it on the market and we are on a very tight budget. I tried having some samples of a few Benjamin Moore colors computer matched in Behr, and they came out close, but different enough that they really had different undertones.
    Maybe you could post about Behr colors sometime—or do you not like the paint or their colors–or their sheen, LOL? Are their pigments just not as good and able to get the beautiful colors that Benjamin Moore has? Just wondering! Thanks.

    1. THAT is a good question. I love Behr paint and have had a lot of luck with it, particularly the ‘Ultra’ line. Now (this is just opinion), I think that designers refer mostly to BM and SW because back in the day (you know, like 5 years ago), the colour options were MUCH better. However…Behr has really upped its game with its colour selection. Now I still think SW kicks everyone’s butt in the gray/greige/beige world, but Behr has definitely improved their colour options, particularly with the Marquee line. In fact just yesterday, I was thinking of writing a blog post re: Behr’s Best Neutrals, so your note is that extra boot that I needed!
      And yes, I DO find the Behr Ultra eggshell sheen a bit of a bother on walls. It’s just got a bit extra sheen to it and I find it a bit too much. I love it for furniture though, it’s perfect. If i use Behr Ultra on walls, I almost always do the flat finish, so I don’t have too much gloss…
      Chat soon!
      ~Kylie

  2. P.S. Btw- I love the tip about using satin, not semi-gloss on a front door! I am going to repaint our door in satin, as it is currently in Semi-gloss, and yes, it does show every ding and imperfection and dirt spec! Thanks again.

    1. Thanks for commenting Phyllis! And yes, the Satin finish is great – just remember that you’ll need to give that door a good sand (and maybe even a coat of primer) so that the new paint sticks to that shiny finish!

      🙂 Kylie

  3. My ceiling is flat, the walls matte and the trim and doors satin. What sheen should I use for the cornice and crown moulding please?
    Thanks,
    Dorothy

      1. Same finish as the walls or as the trim? I have a ton of wainscoting in my historic looking home. The ceilings will be flat, the walls will be in eggshell and based on this article I will be doing the baseboards in semi gloss (was open to satin too but I have an older looking house plus kids). 2 Questions: I am assuming all trim (window/door casings and the inside doors themselves should also be in semi gloss as well?). What do you recommend for the crown molding and wainscoting? I really don’t like an overly shiny look but also want durability and the wainscot is a large chunk of the wall. Please help!! Thanks!

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          And if it were ME, even though it’s an older home, with having wainscoting, I would stick with satin, which will give you wipeability without the increased sheen of semi-gloss ;).

  4. Hi Kylie, big thanks for sharing so much wonderful information. I’m all the way down in Oz so we can’t get the brands you are referring to but regardless your other info is gold…plus that you are a hoot – love your sense of humour and I am hanging out for a wine myself right about now!

    1. Wahoo – a kindred spirit! BTW, I do have Dulux (which apparently is a brand you carry) and I heard a CRAZY rumour that Sherwin Williams might be coming to your part of the world – wouldn’t that be awesome?!
      ~Kylie

  5. Our interior doors and trim were recently painted with satin. We just got hardwood floors and need to paint the baseboards. Would it be weird to do those in semigloss instead of satin? Or should they match doors and trim?

  6. I have a some what small foyer with stairs off of it. WAinscott on the bottom of wall. I was thinking of a flat paint for upper part f wall but nit sure what to use for,my wainscott,below. MY hallway,is,somewhat traditional with some furniture. MY painter says to go with a pearl by behrs but wondering if that will be too much of a sheen??? I could go with benjamn,moore paint if you feel that would be a better choice. ALso,the doors leading frm hallway shuld they be the same colour. I am thinking f swiss coffee for wainscott?

    1. Hi Carol, I would be inclined toward a pearl or satin finish as well, but that being said, I find that Behr’s finishes are a bit shinier than most other brands. In Behr I might even do the eggshell (this is what I did when I used Behr on painted furniture pieces). The Benjamin Moore Advance Satin finish is a beautiful finish. Hope that helps!

      1. This is helpful thanks! If I do wainscot in satin does that mean I should do my doors/trim/baseboards in the same finish or do they need to not match? Our smooth walls will be eggshell b/c of the kids. I am so confused! 🙂

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          Hi Michele, I would DEFINITELY keep the wainscoting and trims/doors/etc… in the same finish and have only the walls be a different finish (and flat on the ceiling) :).

  7. Came here after a search… just finished my guest/toddler bath, and while the color is gorgeous, the sheen is crazy. I used Behr PP Ultra in Majestic Blue, a rich and deep color, eggshell finish. The trim is the same paint in Ultra Pure White semi gloss. The deep blue actually looks glossier than the two step up in sheen trim! Ack!! All that time and deliberation about such a deep (yet luxurious) color… looks tacky instead. Where we now live, walls are textured (side note that I can’t stand that, having come from another part of the country). So every little bump shows as highlights. This is the second room we’ve painted from builder greige, in the same manner. Only the first room, the walls are a light grey. Eggshell looks fine in that room. Both rooms got two coats. Is the deep color the reason for the added sheen? Both in terms of contrast between highlights and shadows, and added materials/pigment? I got a sample of Behr PP (not Ultra) flat, but it looks too dull. And this is a bathroom, after all. The guy at the paint store said Behr PP Ultra matte is the same as Behr PP flat, but the chips looks a little glossier. Long-winded, but do you think the matte will be a safe compromise between the too-shiny eggshell and dull flat for a bathroom wall? I’m starting to not trust the sample tins, as I suspect they behave differently.

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      Hi Lavender, yes that is something I’ve discovered with Behr paint, is that their sheens seem to be higher than the other brands, so often, an eggshell can look like a Satin finish. Also dark colours tend to carry sheen more, so when I do dark I’m more inclined to do a matte finish. And it wouldn’t be bad if the matte was a bit shiny as when it comes to bathrooms and dark colours, you can see a lot of the moisture on the walls if they are too dry/flat looking. You’ll need that bit of sheen for wipeability…

  8. Hi
    My ceiling will be painted a flat finish, presently my crown mouldings and base boards are a pearl finish.
    I will be refreshing those too.
    Question is that I’m not sure if I should paint the crown mouldings this time flat just like the ceiling for a change and more modern feel.
    Or should I paint them pearl again as I will doing the baseboards?
    I am not sure of how it will look with different finish of baseboards and crown mouldings
    Keep in mind that the paint colour will all be the same( ceiling,crown and base)

    What do you think?

    Thank you for you input

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  9. WONDERFUL POST! thank you.

    If I paint my trim and shiplap in a white satin finish by sherwin Williams, what finish should I use on the walls? It is a new construction modern home and I chose “big chill” for the walls.
    I’m thinking EGGSHELL? I have small children, so I am steering clear of flat.

    let me know 🙂
    THANKS KYLIE!

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  10. Hi Kylie:

    Great info.

    Bottom section of our kitchen is done in pine . would like to paint it a soft ivory. What sheen of paint do you recommend.

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      Hi Josepha, if you’re talking about walls, I would lean toward eggshell for sure. If it’s cabinets, then probably a satin/pearl finish 🙂

  11. Repainting my dining roon, I want to paint my chair rail, bottom 1/2 of my wall and all moulding same color, do I use the same finish paint, or use eggshell on wall portion and pear or semi for trim?

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      Hi Diana! I would be most inclined to do any ‘trim’ detailing in satin or semi-gloss and any ‘drywall’ in eggshell. This can be a really nice way to set off a colour as the sheens will shift the look of it slightly!

  12. Just found your website after researching paint sheens. I am painting my basement and am going to do Benjamin Moore White Dove for the walls, wood work and ceilings. I was planning on doing the ceiling flat, walls eggshell and trim/doors satin or semi-gloss. Will doing different sheens make it look like different colors of paint? Also, my home is about 9 years old, would you go with semi or satin for the trim and doors?

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      Hi Kristin, you’re bang-on with the sheen, that’s perfect! And yes, the sheens will slightly alter the look of the paint, only slightly. But that being said, on every wall, with shading/lighting a colour can look slightly different anyway. I find it to be a really neat look with the trim has that touch more sheen than the walls. Super duper subtle, but lovely. As for trim and doors, I’m 50/50 but generally lean toward satin.

  13. Great information!
    Regarding ceilings-We’ll be doing our kitchen ceiling in a beadboard or shiplap-ish type of thing. Think the ceiling should be done in flat, or because it will be beadboard, should I do a satin or eggshell finish to give it just a hint of sheen?
    Also-Our cabinets will look like Alabaster. Having a hard time finding a “warm” white subway tile for the backsplash. Any idea if a subway tile exists that looks like Alabaster?
    Thank you for any advice!
    -Marie

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      Hi Marie, thank you! It all depends on the room and the quality of light coming in/hitting the ceiling, but sometimes a shiplap can be a nice in an eggshell finish. As for a warm white subway tile, there are so MANY whites that it’s just a matter of going to your local stores and bringing samples home until one hits the spot! Online images are unfortunately poor renditions of the real thing!

  14. Hi, Kylie! What do you think about using the same paint color but in different sheens, in an open floor plan? I have a small house (seriously, small, picture small…). The kitchen, living room and short hallway are open to each other. The drywall texture is… not so nice. It’s a badly done orange peel texture. So, I thought I might try flat sheen for the living room (which is also the … ahem… “entry”), and then do low-lustre in the kitchen and hallway. Luckily, there are corners to “die” one sheen and switch to the other (almost all inside corners, only one outside corner). That way I would have more durability in the kitchen and hallway, but better looks in the living room. P.S. I’m using SW. I’ve heard that SW Cashmere’s version of eggshell, called “low-lustre,” has a slightly higher sheen than most eggshells. That’s why I’m trying to avoid using it everywhere. I just wonder if this question has ever come up for you! Thanks!

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      Hi Ashley, great questions!

      I LOVE the same paint colour in different sheens, absolutely – but really only with whites and off-whites. Now I’ve used Cashmere eggshell a LOT in our last home and truth be told I love it, it’s nice and washable, but I BET you won’t love the sheen on it as you are right, it does. IN our new home I’ve switched to BM Regal in the ulti-matte, which obviously doesn’t help you with using SW…I would ask them for their MOST washable ulti-matte…

  15. Hi Kylie,
    Your chart with all the paint finishes is very helpful!
    My question is this….would you paint the drywall and board and batten trim with the same finish? If so, what finish would you use? Thanks!!

    Teresa

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      Hi Teresa, thank you! And yes, I think I know what you’re asking, I would paint the wall part and the trim part of board and batten the same finish – probably a nice satin!

  16. Hi,
    Wonderful article.
    We are contemplating painting the entire interior Simply White from BM – regal. Was thinking of applying the eggshell finish throughout the house to keep the flow intact.
    We want to use the same colour for the trims / windows and doors but using the Aurora line. Would the satin finish in this case the way to go? Would it create enough difference between the walls and trims?
    Thanks.

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      Hi Betty! I’m just not familiar enough with the Aura finish to give you a good thought on that. What I can say is that I love the BM Advance paint in the satin/pearl finish for trims and what not – it’s like a nice cabinet finish that levels quite lovely!

  17. I really appreciate all your information- it is so informative! I’m having a hard time deciding on a sheen for my walls and baseboards. I have 6 boys and they are HARD on my walls. Like artwork, goobers and handprints everywhere. Our walls are currently Semi-gloss and they are so shiny and I don’t really care for it. I need to be able to wash my walls, trim and doors regularly. We have a split level and the brightness and sheen is different in every spot in the house. What would you suggest? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Walls will be SW Agreeable Grey and trim/baseboards I haven’t decided yet. Probably Pure White.

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      Hi Melanie, it sounds like you need a durable eggshell, something like SW OPulence/Cashmere. If you’re so inclined, BM has a fabulous paint called ScuffX, which is SOOOOO durable – SW just doesn’t have anything quite like it. The ulti-matte is beautiful….

  18. Hi Kylie! I love your blog!!! You’ve helped me tremendously! Based on your advice I chose SW Colonnade Gray over BM Revere Pewter and I love it in our bedroom! It has turned out beautiful!!! I asked the guy at SW what finish was best to use for the bedroom wall and he said Satin. Yikes! I wish I’d read this article before purchasing, but I’ll be ready when I begin painting my kitchen. Definitely going with eggshell next time! Thanks again for your insight and great info!!!

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      Well damn, right away I was like NOOOOO, NOT SATIN! Well, now you know 😉 And I’m glad the colour info came in handy!

      ~Kylie

  19. Hi Kylie,
    We are going to paint the master bedroom tongue and groove vaulted ceiling . The large beams and rafters will be left as existing – dark stain ed. We have already painted the same type ceiling in the master bathroom with semi gloss white But the master bedroom has many windows and lots of bright light and I think the semi gloss will be too shiny. Should I use eggshell or flat? We live outside a National Park in a rural area and are constantly chasing cobwebs.
    Thanks for your help.

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  20. Hi, I see the chart at the end says semi or high for trim on older homes and then doors says satin. My home is 30 years old and while the doors were replaced 6 years ago, the trim is not in the greatest shape and just needs to be replaced also. I have 3 questions. Do you think it would look silly to have 4 panel eyebrow doors but completely flat baseboard and casing? Doors are already semi, should I stick with that or change everything (doors casing and baseboard) to satin? What type of Sherwin Williams paint is best for those types of areas? We seem to be pretty rough on the trim in some areas and I planned to do the pure white.
    We’ve also been slowly painting repainting the entire house walls with satin and have a little less than half done, but I will be making that change to eggshell and then eventually repainting the areas already done. I do notice the wall imperfections more. So glad I stumbled upon these posts.

  21. Thoughts on “ceiling paint” vs. flat paint in the same white color as cabinets for ceiling? Would you suggest using the “ceiling paint” that comes in all the major brands (I’ll probably use Behr) or a flat paint in the same white color that I’m painting the cabinets and trim/molding in my house? The house has lower ceilings and the white cabinets will run straight into the ceilings. I’m worried the “ceiling paint may have a dingy grey tinge to it.

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      Hi Danielle, if it were me, I would continue with the same colour that is on the cabinets, then you don’t need to worry about clashing undertones!

  22. Hi Kylie! We are finishing our basement. I went to Sherwin William’s and ordered the wall paint in eggshell. The rep there told me that their eggshell and satin are the same thing? I asked several times to be sure. He said there was no difference. We purchased the duration line. Have you ever heard of this? We used the paint (the can says satin). All the walls are painted. It doesn’t appear too shiny… so for the trim and interior doors he told us to use semi gloss? I’ve painted the trim and baseboards in semi-gloss and it’s definitely more shiny in appearance than the walls. So, should I do the doors in the same semi-gloss? So confused with sherwin William’s right now. I should mention two kids will be using this basement as a play area ????. Thanks!!!
    Laura

  23. Another great article! I have been using your website as a resource for my own home renos and just have to say thank you for providing such incredible content! You do amazing work 🙂

  24. Hi Kylie,
    What sheen of trim looks best with matte hardwood floors? The floors are a natural color and I am planning to paint the walls with BM White Dove in a matte finish. I’m using the same color for the trim.
    Thanks!

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      Hi Lauren, I would look at a satin finish, so that you still get some wipeability, but don’t have TOO much gloss ;).

  25. Hi Kylie, thanks for your easy to understand explanation of finishes! You said, “The only eggshell finish that is different is Behr which is more like a satin finish.” Do you think this is across the board with Behr’s paints? I’m looking at the Behr Premium Plus Ultra. I’m considering satin because it’s a darker basement, but maybe eggshell is just the thing.

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      Hi Kristi! I have found that pretty consistent with most of the Behr finishes, especially compared to the finish you’d get with Sherwin or Benjamin. If it were me, I’d go for eggshell in Behr for sure!

  26. Hi Kylie! Your posts are so inspirational.

    Quick question. I have a small west facing front office in my house with tall vaulted ceilings. I just painted the walls with SW eggshell color matched to F&B Hauge Blue.

    Now I’m staring at a tall white ceiling, and want to go full in and paint the ceiling to match, paired with a Carrera top desk and warm leather chair.

    My question is do I just use the same eggshell paint for the ceiling, or do I get the Hauge Blue in flat/typical ceiling paint? Also, thinking about lightning the ceiling paint by 25%?

    Thoughts and thanks!

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      Hi DJ. I lean towards doing it eggshell. The thing is, finish affects how a paint colour looks and vaulted ceilings ‘tend’ to reflect a bit more light than straight vertical walls. I wouldn’t lighten it though as the natural change in lighting/ceiling slope will do wild and wonderous things for you!
      ~Kylie

  27. I love love love your blog/website! As for ceilings in bathrooms, do you still use flat paint? One of my bathrooms doesn’t get much ventilation. There is a fan but no windows.
    I was planning on using eggshell on the walls but worried about flat on the ceilings. Would you use matte Or continue with eggshell on the ceilings as well?

    Thank you so much for all your awesome information!

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      Thanks Madison! Ooo yes, if you don’t have great ventilation, eggshell woudl be a minimum. Heck I might even do satin on both…I know satin can look iffy if it’s a textured ceiling, but I’d hate for that moisture to penetrate!

  28. We are remodeling and adding shiplap to our 10′ beam, pitched ceiling. We want to paint it all white and have chosen BM Super White to use with possibly BM Collingwood for the walls. Are these 2 colors good together?

    What sheen should we use for each? Thanks so much, I enjoy your posts.

  29. Thanks for this great information! Would you do the same sheen for an accent wall as the other walls. We have satin on the other walls. Thanks!

  30. Kylie, this was awesome!! We’re about to paint our downstairs bathroom and I was just second-guessing my decision to go with eggshell. Then I read this! No more second-guessing! Thank you so much!
    I have one question. You said to make sure to use quality brushes and rollers. Is there a particular brand or type you like?

    Thank you!

  31. I am looking to paint a chair rail and the drywall under the chair rail the same white color. Should I do the chair rail semi-gloss and the wall under the chair rail eggshell. Or do both the chair rail and wall semi-gloss?

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      Hi Bill, if you have mouldings under the chair rail, I would do them/the drywall/the chair rail all the same finish (usually satin, but semi can work). If it’s ONLY drywall underneath, I would definitely to it ‘wall finish’, so that would be matte or eggshell. Without mouldings, it would look odd to have the lower walls the same finish as the chair rail :). I hope that helps!

  32. Hi,

    I enjoyed your post and I’m loving the dining room. Can you tell me what color is on the walls in the dining room picture?

  33. Hi Kylie!
    Would you do a matte/flat finish for SW Greenblack as an accent wall in a low-traffic office? I want to paint the crown and baseboard trim Greenblack also – Satin for that? Thanks!!

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      Oh you know, I would! Dark colours can just look abrasive in a higher sheen (if you ask me) where as they pick up a more classic look in a matte/flat. I would look at Emerald for that :).

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