How to pick the right paint sheen?
Now that we know what is best between latex and oil-based paints for walls, you should now start to think about sheens. Sheen refers to the glossiness of a paint finish.
1. High Gloss Paint: In terms of shininess, high gloss paint offers the highest level of reflection. If you’re looking for something that will give a high-shine almost glass-like finish, high gloss paint can be a good choice for cabinets, doors, molding, and trim.
2. Semi-Gloss Paint: For paint sheen, semi-gloss paint offers up a sleek and radiant finish. This type of sheen is highly suggested for interior painting. This is because it is slicker, durable, and stain-resistant. It is great to use for children’s play areas and kitchen and bathroom walls.
3. Satin Finish Paint: This paint finish is one with the most velvety of textures. Satin finish paint possesses an almost soft pearl-like appearance. It is less lustrous than semi-gloss paint, so it will appear to be flat and glossy. In reality, though, it does depend on the lighting in the room.
4. Eggshell or Flat Paint: Eggshell or flat paint also possesses a soft appearance similar to the satin finish paint. Only, both these types of paints have the least amount of sheen and glossiness. They are a good choice if you are hiding any wall imperfections. Eggshell or Flat paint is best for walls or ceilings. Ideally, you should not use them for kitchens or bathrooms, like the other types of paint finishes.
5. Matte Paint: In terms of matte paint finish, this sheen possesses a very low luster reflective sheen. Matte paint is very durable, easy to clean and you can also touch it up nicely. It can also hide imperfections on walls as well. You might choose matte paint for moderate traffic areas in your home, such as your bedroom or dining room.