What is eggshell paint? All you need to know about this common paint type

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What is eggshell paint and what can it bring to your next paint project are common questions for DIY decorators. Eggshell could be the perfect choice for your home. Why? It differs from matt and gloss, sitting somewhere in between the two, and brings with it a subtle finish that is more akin to satin.

Whether you are painting a wall, adding the finishing touches to skirting boards, architrave or door or window frames, eggshell is always an option. Here we take a closer look at where it is commonly used, the benefits of using it and the differences between other popular types of paint. 

What is eggshell paint? In a nutshell 

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.