Paint finishes are designed for specific surfaces and uses. It's important to find the appropriate finish for the space you're painting. Note that some paint manufacturers have their own names for these finishes. If this is the case, refer to the manufacturer's literature or ask the person mixing the paint to help you make the best selection.
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A matte finish, flat is the first choice for interior ceilings and exterior walls; it's the second choice for interior walls. Flat does not reflect light and is the best for camouflaging small wall bumps, cracks, or other surface imperfections.