What are the disadvantages of flat and lower sheen paints?

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Generally, flat paints are less stain and scuff resistant than higher sheen paints, so they should not be used on high traffic areas, washed or scrubbed frequently.

Flat paints are less moisture resistant than higher sheen finishes, so they are not the best choice for areas that are exposed to high humidity levels, like in bathrooms, kitchens or on any surfaces that will be washed frequently.