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How To Choose A Paint Sheen

Choosing the right paint sheen can be just as important as selecting the right color for your project. Paint sheen refers to the level of glossiness or shine in the finish of a paint. Different paint sheens can have varying levels of durability, reflectivity, and ease of cleaning. In this blog post, we will go over the four main paint sheens you will find in most paint stores: flat, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss.

  1. Flat/Matte Flat or matte paint has the lowest level of shine and is best used for low-traffic areas like ceilings, bedrooms, and living rooms. It is great for hiding imperfections on walls and has a velvety, smooth finish. However, it is not very durable and is difficult to clean.

  2. Satin/Eggshell Satin or eggshell paint has a slight sheen and is a great choice for high-traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. It has a smooth, even finish that reflects light well without being too shiny. It is also more durable than flat paint and easier to clean.

  3. Semi-gloss Semi-gloss paint has a higher level of shine and is great for areas that require frequent cleaning, like kitchens, bathrooms, and children’s rooms. It is also a popular choice for trim and molding. However, because of its high reflectivity, it can also highlight imperfections in walls.

  4. High-gloss High-gloss paint has the highest level of shine and is the most durable and easy to clean. It is ideal for surfaces that see a lot of wear and tear, such as cabinets, doors, and furniture. However, it can also highlight imperfections in walls, so it is best used on smooth surfaces.

When selecting a paint sheen, it’s important to consider both the aesthetic and functional needs of the room or surface being painted. If durability and ease of cleaning are important factors, consider a higher sheen like semi-gloss or high-gloss. If you want a more subdued finish, opt for a lower sheen like flat or satin/eggshell.

At Sawyer’s Painting, we have years of experience helping our customers choose the right paint sheen for their projects. Our team of professionals can guide you through the process and help you achieve the perfect finish for your home or business. Contact us today for a consultation and estimate.


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