Eggshell vs Satin: How to Decide Which Paint to Use

a room with wall panelling painted in brown satin
(Image credit: French + Tye, c/o Farrow & Ball)

You know what colour you want, now you need to decide on a finish — but when it comes to eggshell vs satin, which should you pick? 

Are you looking for a low sheen finish on your doors and skirting boards? Then eggshell could be the answer. But do you want something that is durable and washable? Is satin a better choice? Do you want something more robust and durable than matt when painting a wall?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.