CHI Good Questions: Eggshell OK on Imperfect Plaster?

Betsi wrote in with a question: “I just purchased a vintage condo and will need to repaint the ENTIRE place, ceilings and all, since the previous owner was a smoker. However, the walls are plaster, and though we’ll be repairing the larger cracks and damage, they are definitely a bit lumpy. During inspection, someone mentioned that we’ll need to use matte or flat paint due to the wall imperfections. Any thoughts on whether we can actually use an egg-shell finish in some rooms?

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Matte walls are so difficult to clean that I’d like to avoid them in high traffic areas, but if it will look awful on the plaster walls, I may concede. Thanks for your help!”

Please share your thoughts on paint finishes for this situation with Betsi in the comments…