What Is the Best Paint to Cover Wall Imperfections?

Color can play an invaluable role in disguising wall imperfections. Flat paints absorb light, concealing bumps and bruises while glossy sheens reflect it away.

Avoid ultra-glossy paints as these tend to highlight any flaws instead of hiding them. Instead, opt for satin paint as this offers greater shine but less glossiness than its eggshell counterpart.

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Flat or matte

Color and finish choices will have a big effect on how visible any imperfections are. Matte or flat paints tend to conceal wall blemishes more effectively than glossier options, which scatter light around and magnify their effects. Matte paints are more forgiving of rough surfaces than glossy ones and their matte texture softens bright colors; however, they may require more cleaning efforts or show up scuff marks more readily than glossy options.

Interior paint comes in various sheen levels, from dead flat (matte), satin eggshell and semi-gloss. Each sheen determines how much light is reflected back onto walls as well as how easy they are to clean down with damp cloths. Dead flat or matte finishes have the lowest sheen percentage and are best used to hide wall imperfections by not emphasizing bumps or ridges on the wall surface; however, matte paints should not be used in high traffic areas since they will become susceptible to scuffs and fingerprints more quickly than their more reflective counterparts will do.

All major paint brands provide matte paints specifically designed to meet the needs of interior spaces and exterior surfaces like siding. Selecting this kind of paint will ensure that your walls look their best while being sturdy enough to withstand regular use. Alternatively, satin or eggshell varieties offer slightly greater resilience while still offering low sheen levels.

Satin and eggshell paints boast a slight sheen that helps them better resist moisture and dirt than matte or flat finishes. Because of this feature, these types of paints make great choices for areas like kitchens and bathrooms that experience heavy usage; their resistance allows scrubbing without damage being done to surfaces like cabinets. Plus they add an element of shine that makes woodwork pop in any given room!

High-gloss paint features a reflective sheen that makes it perfect for high traffic areas as its reflective sheen stands up well to frequent scrubbing and cleaning, as well as trim where its natural beauty can shine through. Although not as durable as satin or eggshell finishes, high gloss offers easy maintenance for high traffic spaces.

Dark colors

Dark colors have the power to open up spaces, add character and conceal wall imperfections more effectively than white paints can. Unfortunately, using dark hues isn’t always simple – it often requires research and trial-and-error before finding the ideal shade; perusing through nuanced paint fan decks may seem daunting! Thankfully, a few designers have shared their tried-and-true shade recommendations in order to help you choose an ideal dark hue for your home.

Flat (low-sheen) paint can help conceal imperfections on walls by having less shine and not emphasizing them like glossy paint does. Furthermore, flat paints are easier to touch up and mask uneven wall surfaces more effectively. However, if you plan to paint an entire room in dark colors then be sure to opt for high quality matte finishes for best results.

One way of covering up imperfections on walls is through applying textured paint, which contains tiny specks of texture to hide any dents, indentation or surface irregularities. While not suitable for every room, they could make an effective addition in places like bathrooms and bedrooms.

Remember, no matter which kind of paint you choose, no matter how high-tech or expensive, will always be able to completely cover up drywall imperfections. For instance, major holes or depressions in the wall must first be patched before painting can cover them up.

One effective method for concealing drywall imperfections is using a primer specifically tailored for imperfect walls. This can strengthen its bond and minimize chances of flaking or peeling. Rust-Oleum Zinsser EZ Sand Primer for Drywall provides superior adhesion as well as moisture/mildew protection, and top coating can usually take place within one hour after application.

An additional way to disguise drywall imperfections is by applying a layer of textured paint before painting your wall. Available in several shades, textured paint features a rough surface that helps cover imperfections on walls. Although more costly than standard latex paint options, textured options will stand the test of time and remain durable over time.


Eggshell paint’s subtle sheen makes it ideal for concealing wall imperfections, similar to its matte or flat cousins but without their high sheen level. Eggshell’s low luster helps obscure wall cracks without making them too visible, making this choice suitable for high traffic areas like living rooms and dining rooms.

Ceilings benefit greatly from choosing this sheen as it absorbs light more effectively and is less reflective, thus protecting surfaces from being magnified by sunlight. Furthermore, trim, doors and windows can all use it for an elegant classic look that stands the test of time.

Eggshell and satin paints may not cover minor blemishes as effectively, but their sheen still makes them easier to clean than more reflective options. Scuff resistance and moisture protection make these ideal choices for bathrooms or kitchens; just be sure to choose high-quality paint with reduced VOC content as fumes may be harmful.

Eggshell paint will save money over time as it is more durable than other sheens, making it suitable for bedrooms, dining rooms and home offices where repainting isn’t as frequent. Ceilings may still benefit from using eggshell but it may not suit vaulted ceilings as much.

Satin sheen paints are more durable and resistant to scuff marks than their flat counterparts, making them a good choice for heavy traffic areas such as stairways and railings. Walls may also use satin sheen, though molding or trim will show fingerprints easily.


Before you paint, it’s essential to consider both the color and sheen of your paint as well as its condition on the walls before beginning.

Flat paint will more easily cover small bumps and wrinkles than its glossy sheen counterpart; furthermore, darker colors reflect less light so as to lessen the visibility of dents on walls. If your walls contain large dents or other flaws that need masking with paint, consider opting for a textured finish as this type of finish has thicker layers which make sanding down more difficult and helps hide imperfections more effectively.

Satin paint features a gentle sheen while still offering better resistance to scrubbing than flat and eggshell varieties, making it suitable for high traffic areas such as bathrooms and kitchens, trim and woodwork and resisting mildew growth. Its easy maintenance makes this an excellent choice.

Gloss paint is the hardest-wearing choice, yet also shows up the most imperfections. To avoid an overwhelming high-shine effect, gloss should be reserved for woodwork or trim such as baseboards, door or window casings and front entryway door casings unless going for an overtly shiny effect.

If you want your walls to look their best, use a low sheen finish such as satin or eggshell that corresponds with the surface it is being painted upon – for instance if painting baseboards and door or window casings, select a sheen that either matches or falls just below that of your wall finish for a crisp contrast between surfaces.

No matter the sheen you choose, multiple coats are always required for an even coverage. When painting darker colors than your existing paint color, be sure to apply a primer first – Rust-Oleum Zinsser provides fast drying times so you can move onto applying your chosen sheen quickly – plus this product offers built-in scuff defense which resists marks and scratches to help keep walls looking brand new! Although this option costs slightly more, in the long run it could save both time and money!