Terms of the Trade: What is Eggshell Enamel Paint?

Paints have all different kinds of finishes -- all are not created equal. An eggshell enamel has a soft, velvety look that resists dirt and usually has a medium-level durability. It's shiner than a flat paint, but not as shiny as a gloss. Use an eggshell finish in high traffic areas of your home such as stairwells and hallways where you may want to clean the walls from time to time -- eggshell is perfect for frequent cleaning.