When it comes to painting, the sheen is an important part of the
paint selection. When someone comes in your home, one of the first
things they’ll notice is your walls and the color they are painted. It
is the center of attention for anyone who walks into your home.
Choosing the right color is a difficult task. Lucky for you,
the professionals will be able to help you with that. After selecting
the right color, you have to battle with the choice of the sheen. Again,
the professionals will help you with that if you have a tough time
making up your mind. Before picking up a sheen randomly, you must do
what each has to offer.
There are several basics you should know when it comes to
the sheen of paint. Let’s get into the different sheens and some
information about each.
This is a low-sheen paint with a finish that does not
reflect. It makes the paint look nice because it can cover small
mistakes. It is perfect for little traffic areas, such as inner walls
and ceiling. Flat finish is regularly used in innovative construction
and on the ceiling because it is an expert at hiding mistakes.
Since flat paint doesn’t reflect light straightaway,
faultiness in ceilings and walls are much less visible. Flat textures
are supreme for use on innovative drywall that accompanies an imperfect
taping job or where permeable joint compound dwells. There are some
problems with flat paint though.
- Since flat sheen does not reflect, it can make the room feel dark.
- Flat paint difficult to clean. If you spill a drink, it will be tough to wipe it off the walls.
Matte is similar to flat; therefore, many new construction
homes are using it. It comes with a quiet reflective surface that is
tough, touches up well, easy to clean, and also hides slight surface
That is why you can see that flat and matte is somewhat
similar because they can hide mistakes and should be in rooms where
there is less traffic.
You can use this in your bedroom, dining room or the living
room. The light will diffuse in various angles, so you will not be able
to make the flaws visible.
Flat or matte paint delivers an elegant and smooth finish, but the flat one is tough to clean because they absorb the dirt.
This sheen comes with a silky and soft appearance and is
ideal for areas with a little crowd such as living rooms or family room.
Low-luster finish’s another name is the Eggshell since the little sheen
they provide is comparable in looks to the outer part of an egg. It can
produce a velvety and smooth finish.
They do not hold in the dirt unlike the flat one so you can
have clean and beautiful walls. The eggshell finish is easy to wash and
is resistant to dust. It is ideal for walls but not trim around windows,
doors, etc. Cleaning will not hurt the surface.
Though it is comparable to the flat sheen, eggshell can reflect light. It is more durable than the flat sheen, though.
If someone is wishing to have a pearl-like look on their
walls and is painting reasonable to a too much-crowded area of the home,
they should pick this. If an area has exposure to moisture such as the
kitchen, satin is ideal for that place. They have a soft sheen and will
not glare. You can clean them easily; they are tough, and you can also
have them in other areas of the house.
It is better than the other sheens as it is easy to maintain
and delivers light reflection, so your room does not remain dark. You
will get a mixture of beauty and elegance when you have satin walls.
Many people underestimate its qualities. You can clean it
effortlessly. It will not matter if someone stains the wall accidently.
That is why they are suitable for rooms with most gathering. Satin, just
like Eggshell Enamel provides more warmth and depth.
The ability to resist moisture makes them suitable not only for kitchens but also bathrooms, playrooms and laundry room.
Satin sheens deliver a somewhat more reflective external
texture and are brilliant at counterattacking stains, mild dirt and
assembling to suit in the rooms people stay the most. Cleaning them is
much easier than cleaning eggshell enamel.
If you are looking for a shining and glowing sheen that is
ideal from trim to cabinets and areas with the crowd and moisture, then
look no further. Contrasting to lower-gloss ones, the semi-gloss
creates a lively, gleaming look. It is hard-wearing and appealingly
You can have a problem with sticking other than that it is
perfect for places with moisture. It is an excellent way to brighten
your walls with this kind of sheen. It is easy to maintain, and they
require sanding for best results. You can use this in bathrooms,
kitchens, hallway, trim and molding. When it comes to adorning kitchens,
bathrooms, and other damp areas, semi-gloss is the primary option.
While they offer a real answer for trim, it is an outstanding choice for
places where splashes happen, and parts where you will be bound to wipe
HI-glossy enamel can deliver a look similar to coating or
plastic. They are more reflective than semi-gloss sheen and are
resistant to stain and dirt. It is the exact opposite of flat ones when
it about exposing flaws. It has a glass-like appearance which would
enhance the beauty of your room.
The hi-gloss sheen has the ability to reflect light and
disclose every surface faultiness is making it problematic to put on
Now that you know some information about the different types
of sheens, it can give you a better understanding for which type to
have on certain walls.
If you think interior painting would be perfect for you or you have more questions that you would like answered contact the professionals at MikeL Painting today and let us help you out. You can contact us here or you can call us directly at 239.963.7937.