How to select the right sheen

Picking the right colors for your next interior painting project is only the first step of the process.

To make your walls look truly amazing, you’ll have to select just the right paint sheen (or finish) for your needs

The level of sheen in your paint can affect a variety of things such as the cost of your paint, how durable it is and, of course, the overall look of your room! Here’s a quick overview to help you choose just the right sheen for your summer painting projects.

High Gloss and Semi-Gloss Finishes

Any surfaces that are going to be near children, food or pets should have either a high gloss or semi-gloss sheen to help protect them. In general, the glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean, and nothing adds dirt to a house like kids and pets! Kids love to drag dirty fingers along walls or around corners, and a glossy sheen will allow the paint to be easily wiped clean with water and a mild soap without damaging the surface. However, you’ll want to carefully prep your walls before using a high gloss or semi-gloss as they tend to show every bump and roll underneath the paint.

Eggshell Finish

The soft luster of an eggshell perfectly describes this finish. Walls with an eggshell sheen add a tad of shine to your surfaces, but lacks the ultra-durable surface of a high gloss finish. Eggshell is best for areas with a lower level of traffic, such as a dining room or living room, where you want a clean, smooth look. Unlike a glossier sheen, a velvety eggshell finish is excellent at covering small imperfections in your walls. An eggshell finish will allow spot cleanup, but you will not want to wash your walls the way you would with a higher-gloss finish.

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Flat or Matte Finishes

If you have an area that doesn’t get a great deal of traffic — think the ceiling, closet or storage room —a flat or matte finish may be ideal for your project. Paint with a flat finish offers the most cost-effective option for your project, and it is easily touched up should you have a little bobble in your painting. Flat and matte finishes are also excellent at hiding minor surface imperfections. Very little light is reflected from a matte paint. It provides excellent wall coverage, saving you time and money during the application process. However, it does have the lowest durability as it’s difficult to clean flat paint without taking some of the paint off when you wipe the wall.

Need more information about finding the perfect finish for your next summer painting project? Talk to our experts at The Painting Company for a free in-home estimate. We can help you determine whether a glossy sheen or a flat matte is best for your needs. We’ll look at your project and provide you with valuable recommendations that will save you time and money.

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