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Knowing The Difference Between Paint Sheens And Their Uses

What is Sheen?


Sheen is the glossiness of a paint finish. Glossy and flat (matte) are typical extreme levels of glossiness of a finish. Glossy paints are shiny and reflect in a mirror-like direction. Flat paints diffuse most of the light in a range of angles. When choosing paint sheens, there is a basic rule of thumb: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine, the more durable the paint will be.

SHEEN GUIDE

Types of Sheens


Considering the area you are painting is important when choosing the type of paint sheen to use.


1. Flat - It yields a smooth and subtle finish that works best in living rooms, dining rooms, and ceilings. Flat finish is often preferred in new construction and ceilings as it does not reflect light directly so any imperfections in the ceilings and walls are unnoticeable.



2. Matte - It gives a very small amount of reflection compared to higher-gloss sheens. Matte sheens are recommended for the living room, dining room, bedroom, family room, and hallway.


3. Eggshell Enamel - It is a flat (no shine) finish with a little luster, the same as an egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and is a great finish for gathering spaces that don't get a lot of bumps and scuffs. It is recommended for dining rooms and living rooms.


4. Satin Enamel - It is easy to clean, making it an excellent choice for high traffic areas such as family rooms, foyer, kid's bedroom, and hallway.


5. Semi-Gloss Enamel - This sheen has high durability, it is perfect for trim work and rooms with moisture, drips, and stains such as kitchen, bathroom, chair rails, and trim.


6. Hi-Gloss Enamel - It provides a glass-like finish, it has the highest durability however it is the hardest to apply compared to other paint finishes. The high level of sheen makes it easy to clean dirt, oils, and stains. This sheen finish is ideal for high surfaces like doors and trims.



Factors To Consider in Choosing A Paint Sheen

  • The texture of the wall's surface. Flat and matte finishes are ideal for walls having cracks and smudges.

  • The main function of the room. Consider factors such as how often the room will be cleaned and its susceptibility to wear and tear.

  • The lighting and size of the room. Glossier finishes are perfect for a small and not adequately illuminated room as the light will bounce off the walls creating a bigger illusion.


It is important to choose the correct shine for every room in your home to ensure the success of your home painting project. If you are not confident about picking the right sheen for your home or need guidance in color selection, Rolling Shades' professional and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you.


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