When picking out the paint for your next interior paint job, the color may seem like the biggest choice. But from flat to high gloss there are many paint sheens to choose from. There are a few things to know about each sheen and where they are best used for.
Flat or matte paint has the least amount of shine and is the most pigmented. However, it also has the least amount of durability. This means it is best used in areas with low traffic where not much cleaning is needed such as dining rooms or adult bedrooms. Its high pigment makes it great to use with darker colors. It can also be the least expensive paint as the price may go up as you go up the sheen scale.
Eggshell is the next step up on the sheen scale. It has a slightly flat appearance with just a small amount of shine which makes it slightly more durable than flat paint. Eggshell paint is ideal for walls with imperfections as it can easily hide them with good coverage. Because it still has a pretty low durability against cleaning, it is best used for areas with less traffic such as adult bedrooms and dining rooms.
Satin paint is again more durable as it has slightly more shine going up the sheen scale. It is more durable for more trafficked areas throughout the home such as kid’s bedrooms, family rooms and hallways. It also will have a greater depth than a flat or eggshell sheen, making it feel warmer.
Semi-gloss is great for rooms you want to brighten. It is more durable than its lower shine counterparts making it a better choice for the rooms that need more cleaning in home such as the kitchen, bathrooms and trim.
High gloss paint will have the highest shine and reflective light quality. It is best to avoid using in an area where you do not want to create a glare. Also, it is best to avoid using on walls with many imperfections. It will show every bump and mark it goes over. However, its high shine also means it is the most durable against stains. High traffic areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and front entry doors that require more cleaning would be best with high gloss paint.
Choose the sheen that best suites the room’s functions and need for cleaning. Finding the right balance for shine and durability will create both the look you desire for your space and function to keep your paint job in quality condition.