Occasionally, satin paint finishes are categorized along with eggshell because of their slight luster, but they are slightly more durable and have a higher sheen than eggshell finishes. Since they are more durable and easier to clean, they are a perfect middle ground, offering just a slight glow on walls while still providing many of the same benefits of eggshell and matte finishes. Satin offers about a 25 to 35 percent gloss when compared to matte and eggshell.

  • When Should You Use Satin Paint? Because satin has a slightly higher gloss and more durability than both eggshell and matte finishes, the application can be much more conducive to other areas in the home. It is also easier to clean than the lower reflective counterparts. It is ideal for more active rooms in the home and can even be used outdoors due to its higher durability. Consider its application, because unlike the eggshell or matte paints, satin does not hide imperfections as well and it is much harder to apply in a way that does not show an uneven application, making it difficult to touch up.
  • Where Should You Use Satin Paint? Satin paints are perfect for a lot of high-traffic rooms in the home and can be applied to hallways, foyers, guest bathrooms, on window and door trim, shutters, family rooms, children’s bedrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. Because of their higher durability, they are easier to clean as well and can make any room glow with a beautiful, elegant sheen.