So it’s a great meet-in-the-middle if you’re considering semi-gloss vs. flat paint.
The sheen on satin paint almost works like a protective shell. It makes the paint much more durable and stands up to wear and washings.
Flat paint is still durable, just not as much as satin.
Look and Coverage
When you choose flat paint, it will look very similar on the wall as it does on the paint chip. This is because flat paint is matte and doesn’t reflect light.
Since satin paint has a bit of a sheen, it will look slightly different based on the lighting in the room.
As far as coverage goes, both flat and satin paint cover well.
If you have a lot of dings on your wall that you don’t plan on fixing, flat paint is the way to go. Flat paint is excellent at concealing slight wall damage, while the sheen of satin will highlight it.
Even though many flat paints claim to be washable, they don’t always wash well. It’s hard to get crayons and scuff marks off flat paint without removing the paint itself.
But since satin paint has a bit of gloss, it’s incredibly easy to clean.