The finish of your paint can have a huge impact on the way the paint color appears when it is applied on the surface. Also, the finish of your paint determines the durability of your paint. There are many different types of paint finishes like a flat, matte, egg-shell, satin, etc. Actually gloss and sheen create the main difference between these types of paint. Flat and matte finishes have no or minimum gloss and as a result, these two types of paints are often used interchangeably. However, as their name implies, there are some basic differences between flat and matte paint finishes.

Matte Paint Finishes:

According to the paint experts, a matte finish can be termed as velvet finish. Matte paint usually has very low-gloss, but it has more shine than a flat paint finish. As these types of paints have a low-gloss, they are the best to cover the imperfections of your wall. This is because these paints absorb light rather than reflecting. As these types of paints have the most pigments, they offer the best coverage rather than the flat paint.

Flat Paint Finishes:

According to the paint manufacturers and paint contractors, flat paint has no shine at all. This means flat paint is unable to reflect even a little amount of light. As a result, flat paint too can be a great choice for hiding imperfections and irregularities on the walls, ceilings, or other surfaces. Also, it is easier to add touchup coats to the flat paint finishes because this type of paint finish blends better than the paint finishes with high gloss. Also, most of the flat paints that are available nowadays are easily washable and can hold up to mild cleaning.

Because of their nature, flat and matte paint finishes are ideal for use in ceilings and walls. Also, both these paint types are ideal to use in a room that received low traffic, but you should not use it in places like a kid’s room, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.

However, this is true that there is actually no standard industry rule to define the uniformity of paint finishes. As a result, a paint finish type that one paint manufacturer defines as ‘flat’ may be similar to the one that another company calls ‘matte’. The best way to determine which paint type would the best between flat and matte paint, you should purchase a sample first and then test it on the surface on which you want to apply the paint.

As a homeowner, you need to have a clear idea about the difference between matte and flat interior paint before deciding to paint the interior of your house. You might have agreed upon a particular shade of paint that you wish to use for the interior walls of your home. However, there is something that you need to think about, i.e. to finalize the finish of the paint. If you are aware of the interior paints, you have surely heard about paint finishes like matte, flat, gloss, velvet, satin, eggshell etc.

The trickiest part is to specify a particular paint finish to be applied to the interior walls of your home. You need to specify the paint finish type you want beforehand to the painting contractor that has taken the contract to paint the interior of your house. Although you may not think much about the difference between the matte and flat paint finishes, the fact is that a paint sheen can make a huge difference in achieving the perfect paint finish.

What is Flat Finish?

Flat finish is a type of finish that has no or least amount of gloss. Therefore, flat interior finish has little or no reflectivity. Flat finish is ideally recommended for the walls that do not have a smooth texture and have some irregularities. Since there is no gloss in the paint, all types of irregularities and imperfections of the walls are likely to be hidden when a flat paint finish is used. Flat paint finish is ideal to be used in ceilings as this type of finish has no reflectivity.

What is Matte Finish?

The matte finish is a finish that has low or medium gloss. However, compared to a flat finish, matte finish has a higher percentage of gloss. Although there might be little variations in terms of the gloss percentage present in the matte finish of different companies, the gloss percentage is usually low in these types of paint. Even though the matte finish has little or medium gloss in it, it can also hide the imperfections of the walls. There is an added advantage of using this type of finish, i.e. you can scrub to remove any marks from the surface of a wall due to its glossy nature. Just like the flat interior finish, you can use a matte finish on the interior walls. Both flat and matte finishes are especially suitable for the bedrooms.