What Paint Sheen Should I Use?

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For the most part, when people think of doing a painting project in their home, they tend to focus mostly on color. But once your color is finally selected, you also have to decide what sheen you would like as well. The sheen, shine or finish of paint is the basic measure by which light reflects off of the surface once it is dry.

Almost every sheen can be used in any room of the house, but some are better suited for different areas of the house, such as high-traffic versus low-traffic areas.

Here are some of the different types of sheens:

  • Flat
  • Matte
  • Eggshell
  • Satin
  • Semi-Gloss
  • Gloss

Flat or matte sheens provide a smooth finish and are frequently used on ceilings because they have high durability and hide flaws extremely well since they don’t reflect light.

Eggshell finishes are similar to the surface of an egg and are easier to wash than a flat finish and is more resistant to stains and scuffs.

Satin sheens are slightly more reflective and excellent at resisting mildew, dirt and stains. Very easy to clean and are frequently used in high-traffic and multi-purpose rooms. Satin finishes are typically used in Living-rooms, Dining-rooms, Bedrooms and Foyers.

Semi-gloss or glossy sheens tend to show more imperfections, but they are also much easier to clean. They reflect light and can make a room brighter. Normally a semi-gloss sheen is used for your doors and woodwork and in areas like kitchens and bathrooms.

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