How to Pick a Home Exterior Paint Finish

home exterior paint finishes

You’re embarking on your biggest paint project yet—the outside of your home! You have your paint color all picked out, which is a huge feat, so congratulations on getting that far. And if you haven’t gotten that far, make sure to paint huge swatches on different sides of your house to see how it looks different in different areas and lighting. But there’s another piece of the puzzle to think about as well, and that’s what kind of home exterior paint finish you’d like to go with your brand new, gorgeous paint color. So, what does satin, matte and glossy mean exactly for the outside of your abode? Here, we’ll lay out how to pick a paint finish for you so you can get a move on with prettifying your home!

satin exterior paint finish

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Satin finish (also known as eggshell finish)
This type of home exterior paint finish has a lovely, subtle sheen to it (think of a real eggshell), and it’s the most versatile. A satin finish is also easier to wipe down than matte when cleaning is in order, which is great for outdoor spaces. However, just know that if there are any divots or bumps on your walls, they’ll stand out more. But it’s still our top choice for a home’s exterior as it gives your home a little luster and brightness to it, no matter the color you choose.

matte exterior paint finish

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Matte finish (also known as flat finish)
Matte is the paint finish that has the least amount of shine. If you have cracks or bumps or any imperfections on the exterior of your home, this paint finish will keep it hidden better than other types. The downside to a matte finish is that it’s the toughest to clean if it gets marked up. That said, an annual pressure wash (which we—and most painters—highly recommend to keep your exterior paint looking fabulous) should wipe out most stains.

home exterior paint finish

Gloss paint finish
While gloss paint can be fun to play with on the interior of your home, especially if you like a glamorous or dramatic look, gloss paint on exterior walls or trim is not recommended. This shiniest of options draws the most attention wherever it is, and that includes highlighting any minute imperfections on your siding or exterior trim. Where it could work well, depending on the look you are going for, is your front door.

So what do you think? Still need help selecting your home exterior paint finish? We’d be happy to advise you.

Looking for a quality painter in Atlanta to handle your home exterior painting project? Just give us a ring and we’ll get the project going, stat.


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