Semi-gloss paints offer a slightly glossy appearance but are less reflective than gloss paints. They offer good stain resistance and some moisture resistance making them suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and high traffic areas. Semi-gloss paints offer a less glossy finish for wood and metal and can be used as an alternative to gloss paints for use on windows and doors. They also make a great finish for for floor paints, where you want something harder-wearing with some light reflection but not a full shine or glossy finish
As a glossier finish, semi-gloss paints will show more imperfections than lower sheen paints.