Why Should You Use Satin Paint In the Kitchen?

Improve the kitchen area with satin paint which provides the surface with a subtle sheen.

When painting the interior of your home, you first have to choose colors, which can be an ordeal in and of itself. Past that, choosing finishes is the next step. Thankfully, though, choosing the finish for each room is much easier than choosing colors. In rooms like bedrooms, the living room, or an office, flat or satin paint works just fine. In the bathroom, satin and semi-gloss are good choices. But what about the kitchen? You can choose any finish for the kitchen, but there’s something to be said for choosing satin over flat or semi-gloss paint.


Flat paint offers the richest pigmentation, has 0 to 10 percent gloss, and is generally used for wall or ceiling paint in rooms with lower traffic. Flat paints are forgiving when it comes to the surface of the wall as it can mask imperfections a bit better than glossier finishes, but it can be more difficult to clean. Because there is not much gloss protecting the surface, frequent scrubbing can damage the overall look of the paint.


Satin or eggshell finish paint looks matte when you look at it straight on, but from an angle, it has a subtle sheen. While flat paint is the most pigmented of the bunch, satin paint is a bit more “scrubbable,” – it’s a bit easier to clean and the finish is a bit more durable than flat paint. Flat paint can develop a bit of a shine when it’s scrubbed a lot—something that you may end up doing in your kitchen, depending on how much you use it. Satin paints are between 25% and 35% gloss, and are slightly glossier than eggshell paints, which are between 10 to 25% gloss.  Satin paints work well in high traffic rooms and can also be used for trim. The finish gives rooms a somewhat silky feel.


Semi-gloss paint is 35 to 70 percent gloss, and goes on smoothly with a nice sheen without being too shiny. These paints are better used for window casings, doors, and other trim. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints are durable, but they show more imperfections in the surface of the wall. If you choose to go for something like this, know that it is quite the visual statement and may be more difficult to get it to look as nice as you want it to.

Choosing the finish for your kitchen is seemingly a no-brainer. Satin offers a forgiving yet smooth finish that is easy to clean and durable. Keep in mind the use of a room when you choose the finish of paint, and you’ll be able to enjoy each room for years to come.