How To Choose A Sheen

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How To Choose A Sheen

What is paint sheen?

Picking a paint is more than product and color.

You must also find the right sheen for your project. Sheen is fundamentally simple, but not the most widely understood element of paint in the DIY community. You might be familiar with the names of sheens, like flat, eggshell and gloss, but what do they really mean when choosing the right one for your project? If you are not going to hire a painter for your project, make sure you understand the nuances of paint sheens before you begin.

Understanding Shine

Understanding Shine

The less reflection of light and more subtle appearance on the wall, the lower the scrubbability. The more light the sheen reflects and higher shine it has, the paint will have higher scrubbability.

  • Flat indicates the least shine, with virtually no shine to the paint. 

  • Gloss indicates the most shine.

  • Eggshell, Satin and Semi-Gloss fall between these extremes, with various shines and other characteristics. 
     

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Picking a Sheen by Room

Specific sheens have become the expected choice for certain rooms given their individual qualities. If you follow our table below which outlines which rooms should be painted with which sheens, you can't go wrong. As you would expect, those rooms with surfaces that need to be cleaned oftener have higher sheens.

 

FLAT  
 

EGGSHELL  
 

SATIN  
 

SEMI-GLOSS  
 

HI-GLOSS
 

FAMILY ROOM

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LIVING ROOM

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*

*

 

 

DINING ROOM

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BEDROOM

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*

*

 

 

KID'S ROOM

 

 

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*

 

HALLWAY

 

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*

 

 

KITCHEN & BATH

 

 

 

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DOORS/WINDOWS

 

 

 

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MOULDING

 

 

 

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CABINETS

 

 

 

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FURNITURE

 

 

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CEILINGS

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The Impact of Sheen

The Impact of Sheen

As an element of your project, sheen can completely change how a room looks or feels. Don't shy away from trying different sheens in your room before you settle on one. You'll feel even better about the project if you find the sheen that feels best for you. 

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