PICKING YOUR FINISH.

There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens:

The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be.

Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.

FLAT / MATTE

A friend to walls that have something to hide, flat/matte soaks up, rather than reflects, light. It has the most pigment and will provide the most coverage, which translates to time and money savings. However, it’s tough to clean without taking paint off with the grime.

  • Practical application: adults’ bedrooms and other interior rooms that won’t be roughed up by kids
  • Durability: medium-low

EGGSHELL

Between satin and flat on the sheen (and durability) scale is eggshell, so named because it’s essentially a flat (no-shine) finish with little luster, like a chicken’s egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and is a great finish for gathering spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs.

  • Practical application: dining rooms, living rooms
  • Durability: medium

SATIN/PEARL

Has a yummy luster that, despite the name, is often described as velvety. It’s easy to clean, making it excellent for high-traffic areas. Its biggest flaw is it reveals application flaws, such as roller or brush strokes. Touch-ups later can be tricky.

  • Practical application: family rooms, foyers, hallways, kids’ bedrooms
  • Durability: high

SEMI-GLOSS

Good for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stains challenge walls. Also great for trim work that takes a lot of abuse.

  • Practical application: kitchens, bathrooms, trim, chair rails
  • Durability: high

HIGH GLOSS

The most durable and easiest to clean of all paint sheens, high-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. Think appliance-paint tough.

High gloss is a good choice for area that sticky fingers touch — cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, is too much shine for interior walls.

  • Practical application: kitchens, door, and window trim
  • Durability: very high

100 % acrylic paint that combines the decorative beauty of a matte, eggshell, pearl. Satin. Or semi-gloss finish with excellent durability and ease of application.

Benjamin Moore has the right interior paints for every job and every budget.

  • Excellent hide and leveling
  • Improved colour richness and depth
  • Increased durability, Long-term fade resistance, Highly washable
  • Easy application, clean up and touch up
  • Low odour
  • Self-priming on most substrates
  • Provides a mildew resistant coating
  • Spatter-resistant
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AURA® Waterborne Interior Paint

AURA Interior, with our exclusive Colour Lock™ technology, delivers the ultimate performance for colour depth and richness that lasts.
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REGAL® Select Interior Paint

REGAL Select Interior is a trusted brand that is formulated for easy cleaning and great scrubbability in a wide variety of sheens.
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ben® Interior Paint

ben Interior is user-friendly paint for flawless results and puts premium colour within reach.
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Eco Spec®

With zero VOCs and zero emissions, Eco Spec® is the perfect choice when an environmentally responsible paint is required and is tinted with Benjamin Moore's proprietary Gennex® zero VOC colorant system
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