You've finally picked out the perfect color paint and hope it looks as good on your walls as it did on one inch sample. You take a quick walk down the paint aisle and now your head is spinning again trying to decipher the paint type lingo. Do I want - Flat, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Latex, Oil, Acrylic, Enamel... Most often people are using Latex (water based) vs Oil for it's faster drying times and easier clean up. It's not uncommon to see Enamel, traditionally reserved for oil, on a can of latex paint. Modern innovations in Latex have dramatic increased it's durability. See below for advantages of each paint type and where they should typically be used. Flat Non-reflective - therefore conceals imperfections. Flat paint is easier to touch-up, but harder to clean because it lacks sheen. Typically used for ceilings and walls not subject to wear and tear - living room, dining room. Eggshell Harder and more durable than flat. Slight sheen (similar to the shell of an egg). Easier to clean that flat paint. Typically used for higher traffic areas - hallways, bedrooms, family rooms. Satin Shares many of the same characteritics to eggshell, with a slightly higher sheen. Very durable and easier to clean that flat paint. More elegant shine. Typically used in higher traffic areas - hallways, bedrooms, family rooms; including kitchens although some people prefer semi gloss for it's added protection and washability. Semi-gloss Very durable and easy to clean. Provides additional protection in high moisture areas. Typically used for trim or cabinets to give them that added 'pop' and bathrooms / kitchens for it's added protection and washability Try adding stripes of the same color paint in a different sheen for a more dramatic look. In lieu of a chair rail try a 2"-3" stripe of semi gloss over a flat painted wall.