Thursday, June 30

Paint Sheen's

Ever wonder why there are so many different sheens of paint, what the rules are, and where to put what? While it all depends on the specific brand of paint you are purchasing, here are some general guidelines to get you started.

Flat paint is also called matte, it is a non reflective finish.  It's pro's include excellent touch-up, a dull soft look, and hides any imperfections well, however one con is that it is typically not washable.  It's best uses include Basements, Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Hallways, and Ceilings.

Eggshell paint is a velvety dull sheen that can be used almost anywhere, including Dining Rooms, Bedrooms, Living and Family Rooms, and even Hallways.  It's pro's include a low sheen is washable, and it looks like flat, however at certain angles has a slight sheen.  It has great touch up, however is still not as washable as a high sheen like a glossy paint.

Satin is the medium sheen paint, which is best suited for Kitchens, Baths, and great trim.  It is very washable and a great utility paint.  Touch up on satin isn't as easy as lower sheen's, and it does magnify imperfections.

Semi Gloss is a great sheen for those high traffic rooms, like the Kitchen and Bath, and even Doors.  It has great washability, however has poor touch up and magnifies imperfections.

Full Gloss is the most shinny finish, which is best for Trim's, Furniture, and Accents.  It is a great sheen for high traffic area's such as commercial applications including schools and offices.  Full gloss can even be used on floors and countertops.  It isn't the best sheen for walls.