Satin paint sheen

Paint sheen finishes, what’s the difference?

How to select the right interior paint sheen

When deciding about painting, color is just one of the things you have to think about, but what about the sheen of the paint?

There are 5 different types of sheen: Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each one of them.

Flat, Eggshell, Satin and Semi-glossFlat paint is very forgiving, this sheen  does not reflect light, therefore it is an excellent choice for hiding any imperfections on your walls.  Flat paint is non-washable. Use in your living room or ceilings.

Eggshell is flat paint with a hint of gloss, this is more durable than flat paint since you can lightly wash it, but don’t overdo it. Eggshell goes great in the bedroom or less formal areas.

Satin has a low sheen of gloss which means it will tolerate moderate washing, this is a great choice for households with pets or small children.  Use satin in high traffic areas, especially bathrooms.

Semi-glossSemi-gloss goes well on cabinets, moldings or trims, it has a beautiful glow without getting too much attention. It is washable and durable.

Gloss is perfect for heavy traffic areas, it is mostly applied to baseboards, doors, doorframes and window trims.  Preparation is very important to yield a smooth finish, otherwise it will accentuate imperfections. Gloss paint is washable and durable.

Consider a professional painter for new constructions.  Giving the proper preparation at the beginning will guarantee better finishing results for the future.

Choosing the right sheen is just as important as finding the perfect color, every house is unique and should be treated accordingly, therefore choose the right gleam keeping in mind your lifestyle.  Sheens can create a visual interest and extend the life of your paint job.  If you need a professional, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are here to serve you!

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2 thoughts on “Paint sheen finishes, what’s the difference?”

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    1. Hello, though we would like to keep our post simple and short, we appreciate your feedback and will try to elaborate more in the future. Thank you for your comment!

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