First, let’s define what I mean by “paint sheen.” The sheen of paint refers to the amount of gloss or shine it has. Paint with a high sheen will have a shiny, glossy finish, while paint with a low sheen will have a matte or flat (chalkboard) finish.
Here are some of the most common paint sheen’s to choose from.
- Flat/Matte: Flat or matte paint has a very low sheen and is often used on walls and ceilings. It’s a good choice for hiding imperfections, but it’s not typically as durable as other options and may be more prone to staining.
- Eggshell: Eggshell has a slightly higher sheen than flat paint and is often used on walls. It’s more durable and easier to clean than a flat paint, but it can still show imperfections.
- Satin: Satin paint has a medium sheen and is often used on doors, trim, and cabinets. It’s more durable and easier to clean than eggshell, but it will show more imperfections. Unless you know what you are doing and have specific plan for your space I wouldn’t go any higher up the sheen lader than satin for your homes walls.
- Semi-Gloss: Semi-gloss paint has a higher sheen than satin and is often used on trim, doors, and cabinets. It’s very durable and easy to clean, but it can highlight imperfections.
- High-Gloss: High-gloss paint has a very shiny finish and is often used on trim, doors, and cabinets. It’s very durable and easy to clean, but it can highlight imperfections and may not be the best choice for large areas.
So, which paint sheen is right for your project? Here are a few factors to consider:
- Durability: If you need paint that can stand up to wear and tear, you’ll want to choose a paint with a higher sheen. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints are the most durable.
- Clean-ability: If you have a lot of traffic in a particular room or area, you’ll want paint I would suggest looking at Benjamin Moore Scuff-X
- Hiding imperfections: If you’re walls have lived a lot of life and has a bunch of dings and dents and repairs you’ll want to look at a paint with a lower sheen to help hide them. Flat and matte finishes should be your first stop.
Ultimately, the best paint sheen for your project will depend on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your space. Consider the factors above and choose the sheen that will work best for you.
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