Paints and Finishes, Part II: Painting Interior Rooms

MOTHER's Handbook part II of the paints and finishes series, painting interior rooms. Includes tips and information on painting the interior of your home.

This chart indicates the range of interior finishes and their applications. The listings, from left to right, show increasing levels of hardness and degrees of light reflection. In general, flat finishes are soft and forgiving of surface irregularities; the gloss enamels highlight imperfections, but resist marring fingerprint marks and wear from repeated cleaning. As a rule, the higher a paint's sheen level, the greater its durability. Though washable flat wall paints are sometimes labeled enamels, that term is best applied to paints—usually gloss or semigloss—with enough resins to handle frequent scrubbing.