The Pros and Cons of Gloss, Semi-Gloss, and Matte Paints

The Pros and Cons of Gloss Semi-Gloss and Matte Paints Militello Painting

Whether adding a splash of color to your home or planning a complete room makeover, there’s more to painting than just picking the perfect shade. You should also consider the finish type you want for your walls. Here are the pros and cons of three popular paint finishes.


Glossy paint has a shiny finish thanks to a layer of oil or acrylic that reflects light.


  • Glossy paint is durable and easy to clean, making it ideal for humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms.


  • It shows every imperfection, so you might need to spend extra time smoothing out surfaces before painting.


Semi-gloss paint has a soft sheen that reflects some light, depending on the room.


  • It’s moisture-resistant and easy to clean, making it perfect for doors, trim, bathrooms, and kitchens.


  • It can still reveal surface imperfections and every brushstroke or roller mark.


Matte paint offers a flat finish with no shine, as light scatters evenly across the surface.


  • It hides imperfections well, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, and ceilings.


  • It can be harder to clean, as it tends to collect dirt, and regular cleaning can sometimes remove the paint along with the grime. Some brands offer scrub-able matte paints for easier cleaning. Matte paint is not ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens or children’s rooms.

Each paint finish has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right one for each area of your home. Remember, you don’t need to use just one type of paint for your whole house.

For expert help with your next painting project, contact Militello Painting & Powerwashing. We proudly serve the Jenkintown area and offer top-notch services to meet your needs.


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