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  • Writer's pictureKirstin Adolfson

Satin Vs. Eggshell Paint

Two of the most popular interior paint choices are eggshell and satin. Neither of them are excessively dull or shiny, just enough to make the paint project stand out. It’s common to know these paint types by name, but do you know the differences they have from each other? Today we will be talking about the similarities and differences of these two paint types that will help you decide which one is best for your next home project.


Conceals Surface Flaws-

Even though satin can resist potential surface flaws, it won’t do as great of a job hiding them. If your walls have scratches, dents or scuffs prior to painting, your best choice would be eggshell. Eggshell does a better job at concealing imperfections because it is dull. Any shine will reflect light and make these imperfections stand out which is why satin is not a good choice for already damaged surfaces. If you have a blemished surface but would rather go with satin, make sure you take the necessary time to sand and fill in these imperfections before painting.


Although it is a $1-$2 difference, eggshell is typically going to be cheaper than satin paint. Satin is more resistant and provides more benefits in the long run making it a couple bucks more than eggshell. The quality of the paints are the same, it’s just a matter of how much value is in the pros.


Small Spaces-

If you are working with a small space, satin will give that extra shine that will add more depth to expand your space. Although the shine isn’t extra by any means, it’s just enough to let off that slight shimmer similar to velvet. Satin is great to use in a small bathroom, hallway, nook or bedroom. In contrast, eggshell is more one dimensional and will not provide any hint of shine to expand small spaces.

More Durable-

Paints with more shine are less pigmented and have more binders added to them. This makes the paint more flexible, tough and durable. If you are working with a piece of furniture or areas of your home that are prone to higher traffic, satin is the way to go. Satin paint is going to be more resistant to dents, divots, scuffs and scratches. Eggshell paint is more likely to become damaged to any rough contact because it contains more pigment and less binding agents.

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