How To Choose A Sheen

The reflection of light that is just right for your room

How To Choose A 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? 

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. 

Picking a Sheen by Room

Specific sheens have become the expected choice for certain rooms given their individual qualities. Our table below outlines which rooms should be painted with which sheens.
 

  FLAT EGGSHELL SATIN SEMI-GLOSS HI-GLOSS
FAMILY ROOM * * *    
LIVING ROOM * * *    
DINING ROOM * * *    
BEDROOM * * *    
KID'S ROOM     * *  
HALLWAY   * *    
KITCHEN & BATH       * *
DOORS/WINDOWS       * *
MOULDING       * *
CABINETS       * *
FURNITURE     * * *
CEILINGS *        
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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