Urheberrechte Simone Schuldis

Selecting An Interior Paint Sheen

Selecting An Interior Paint Sheen

Home improvement professionals often talk about paint color options for the various rooms within your home, but it is also very important to pick the right type of paint sheen for a paint project, as well.  Paint sheens vary based on durability, appearance, and coverage on a wall.  Below, you will find a list of the various paint sheens that are available for paint colors, as well as the uses and the durability ratings of each. 

-Flat Sheen:  Also known as a matte sheen, will absorb light around the room and help to hide minor imperfections of the painted surface.  If you have patches, joints, or an uneven texture, then a flat finish is a wise choice.  This is not the most durable sheen, so it is best used in areas where there is little traffic, such as; on ceilings, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and in bathrooms.  Due to its’ low durability, it must be cleaned carefully, in order to avoid light patches from occurring along the painted surface.

-Low-Luster Sheen:  Eggshell enamel and satin enamel finishes fall into this category.  These finishes often look matte from a straightforward position, however, when viewed from a side angle, there is a slight shine to the painted surface.  More durable than a flat sheen, a low-luster sheen is a nice compromise between flat and gloss sheens.  This sheen works well in a moderate-traffic area, such as; family rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms.  It also works well on doors, cabinets, and along your trim work areas.

-Gloss and Semigloss Sheen:  This sheen is the most durable of all of the varieties, yet it does reflect light, thus calling attention to any flaws that are present on the painted surface.  This sheen is easy to clean and will stand the test of time, also.  Appropriate for high-traffic areas, this sheen is useful for playrooms, kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms.  It is also great for interior furniture projects, cabinets, windows, and trim work.

Choosing an interior paint color is fun and exciting for almost any homeowner, but picking the best sheen to use is also very important.  Consider the different uses of each room, or project, that you paint, in order to choose the best sheen for your particular purpose.  For the best results contact the experts at Noel Painting to get started on your next painting project! 


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top