How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Color isn't the only consideration when planning your next paint project. The finish you choose will determine how vivid details appear and how easy the surface will be to clean. Our pros explain how to pick the right sheen for every job.

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At one end of the spectrum you'll find the chalky finish known as "flat," which features a matte sheen that absorbs light and helps hide surface imperfections. Flat paint is ideal for high-traffic areas and ceilings where irregularities and lap marks may exist. It's important to note, however, that all flat paints aren't created equal. The kind made specifically for ceilings is designed to roll on with minimal spatter and resist yellowing over time. Image courtesy of Farrow & Ball

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