The finish of an eggshell paint is slightly shiny, and is often used for interior painting. It is the easiest wall paint to clean, making it ideal for households with children and/or pets. To get the true eggshell effect, two coats must be applied and preferably untouched or cleaned for at least 30 days, which is the allotted setting time.
This finish is often used in rooms and exterior areas where some durability is needed. It is not as easy to clean as an eggshell finish, though it offers a non-high-gloss finish, with a bit more shine than an eggshell.
This type of paint finish is oftentimes used on doors, trim, and cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. It is easy to clean and lays down a nice subtle shine without too much glitz. Semi-gloss paints will highlight wall imperfections, so they are best used on smooth surfaces or those with proper pre-painting treatment.
High-gloss paints have a reflective quality, as their shiny finish reflects the look of enamel or plastic. Though not widely used in home interiors, high-gloss is becoming a popular choice for use on cabinets, trim, and furniture. Because of its shininess, this finish will magnify any surface imperfections, so it is best applied on smooth surfaces or those with well-sanded finishes.