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Girlfriend’s Guide to Picking Paint Finishes

February 5, 2016

One of girlfriends wants to redo her bedroom.  Naturally she calls me, we grab brunch or dinner and fawn over ideas, furniture and paint.  She shows me her top three color swatches for paint.  We narrow it down to one.  The next day she calls from Home Depot with the one question I get over and over again, “what kind of finish do I get?”  I can’t tell you how many times that scenario has played out in different ways with family and friends.  But I love them and I love giving my two cents about anything design related!  I give them the quick answer and usually send them a quick guide to reference in the future.  Here’s an example of the finish rules most designers and painters go by.



I am sure you can remember these paint finish rules, but for those of us who are visual, here is an example of what the different finishes actually look like.


paint finish


I hope it will be as helpful to you as it has to my girlfriends!

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