Terms of the Trade: What Is Flat Paint? Terms of the Trade: What Is Flat Paint?

Flat matte paint is a common choice for high traffic areas because it absorbs light and therefore hides surface imperfections. It's a great choice if you have a wall that's a bit uneven in texture because the chalky finish, unlike one with a high sheen, camouflages any unintentional dimension. The downside of flat paint? It can scuff easily.

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