Okay, so you’re looking up paint colors for the interior or exterior of your home only to come across the term “sheen”—what does this mean? The sheen of the paint, also called the gloss level, is an important thing to consider before beginning your home painting project. A paint with a shinier appearance means it has a higher gloss level. It’ll also be an easier finish to clean. Different types of sheen may work better in different areas of your home.
Sheen is not as confusing as you might at first think. Take the time to learn everything you need to know, or call a professional and ask questions. Let’s take a look at the different types of painting sheens in Tyler, TX you can choose from for your project:
- Flat or matte: You should go with a flat or matte sheen for low-traffic areas like your dining room, master bedroom and back sitting room. The result is a lovely finish showing little to no shine, ideal for hiding minor surface imperfections. This sheen is great to use in low-traffic areas and rooms where stains, scuffs and fingerprints are not typically an issue.
- Eggshell: Eggshell paint sheens are not as difficult to wash or scrub as the flat or matte sheen option. It also has a sheen that is slightly lower than satin sheen, while still offering a comparable level of durability. Choose an eggshell sheen for living rooms, family rooms and bedrooms that get more traffic and fingerprints and you’ll have an easier time wiping the walls clean.
- Satin: Satin paint sheen is easier to wash and scrub than eggshell paints. They perform and hold up well and look great in just about any room. So, if you are looking for a nice balance of easy cleanup and not too much shine, then eggshell may be the choice for you.
- Semi-gloss: Semi-gloss paints are extremely durable, which is why they are regularly used in children’s bedrooms and playrooms, as well as in high-moisture bathrooms, on trim and on doors. Keep in mind that higher sheen will make wall imperfections pop more than lower semi-gloss sheen will.
- High-gloss: This type of paint is highly reflective. As a result, it works very well for highlighting details, such as house trim and decorative molding. It is also a beneficial choice for home cabinets and doors—really for any area that sees heavy traffic and takes a lot of abuse. In order for it to live up to its reputation as a beautiful high-impact finish, be sure to use it only on well-prepped, clean surfaces.
- Ceiling flats: Just as its name suggests, this paint is specifically for ceilings. It offers extra splatter resistance, has no shininess and is great at hiding surface imperfections.
Here at Salgado Painting, we specialize in interior and exterior home and commercial painting services. Feel free to contact us to learn more about the different types of painting sheens in Tyler, TX, or call today to consult with a professional about getting an estimate for your project!