Why do we use flat paint on ceilings and some other surfaces?

October 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Category: Interior Painting


From Sherwin Williams, flat paints, sometimes confused with matte are awesome when used correctly. Because they are non-reflective, they tend to conceal surface blemishes better than paints with more sheen. In a visual sense, these finishes effectively “smooth” walls that are dented or rough. And, since flat finishes actually deflect attention from surfaces, flat paints are a great choice for ceilings or other surfaces you want to downplay.


Unfortunately, stains are often difficult to remove from flat finishes. Unlike paints with higher sheen, a non-reflective, flat paint finish has a porous texture, which can trap dirt and result in burnishing when scrubbed or rubbed. However, if you still love the flat look but want a more durable finish to consider a matte finish such as Duration matte from Sherwin Williams or one of the other companies who provide a matte finish.

Typically this will be flat when looking straight on but have an angular sheen, easier to clean and can be scrubbed. We have been steering clients into the matte finish for some time now and is actually what I have in my own home.

Matte is a great finish for people that need some durability but don’t want any kind of shine. Matte is very close to flat as far as shine goes, but the durability nearly doubles. This makes it appropriate for kids and family rooms where stains are easily wiped off as well as powder rooms and even small kitchens. Although the matte finish is durable and can even be scrubbed, it does tend to soil quicker than eggshell or glossy finishes. Benjamin Moore even makes a matte finish exclusively for the bathroom called Aura Bath and Spa.


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