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A Guide to Eggshell Paint

Selecting the right finish for your interior paint is equally as important as picking out a colour. Rather than being an afterthought, selecting the right sheen for the job will not only enhance your design but it will also be hardwearing, durable and easy to clean at the same time.

What is Eggshell Paint?

Eggshell paint falls somewhere between a matte and satin finish sheen, reflecting light for a low luster an giving a room a gentle glow. It’s easy to care for, it’s durable, and does a great job at hiding bumps and imperfections. It’s the most popular option for walls throughout your home in any room. Use eggshell when painting common areas like living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, or even the bathroom. Flat paint is the most popular ceiling surface as it doesn’t have reflective qualities. Even so, if you’d like your ceiling to have reflective qualities, eggshell paint would be the best sheen for this.

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What are the Benefits?

As mentioned before, eggshells lack of shine makes it easy to hide flaws and blemishes, as opposed to a high gloss paint. Eggshell paint is also easy to work with and applies nicely to walls. It’s easy to clean, as it has just enough gloss to prevent any stains from soaking in.

What’s the Difference Between the Other Finishes?

The difference between a satin and an eggshell finish is the satin has more of an obvious sheen compared to the eggshell. The difference between a matte and an eggshell finish is the eggshell has slightly more sheen compared to the flatness of the matte. Its sheen level makes it slightly more hardwearing than matte paints. When compared to a matte paint finish, eggshell is much more durable and cleanable. An eggshell finish can be used in high-traffic areas where matte paint would chip or become damaged.


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