Paint Sheen Explained
Paint sheen may seem like a simple decision, but there are a lot of things to consider when choosing it. Imagine how you use your space… Is it a high traffic area? What is being painted? Does it need to be more or less kid/pet friendly? What is the visual aesthetic you are looking for? These are all important questions for design and functionality.
Flat or Matte Finish
Characteristics: Non-reflective and hides slight imperfections, harder to clean
Where to use it: Low traffic areas (formal living, dining, ceilings, offices)
Characteristics: Low luster and velvety, somewhat easy to clean
Where to use it: Moderate traffic areas (family room, bedrooms, dining, halls, entryways)
Characteristics: Pearl-like finish, easy to clean
Where to use it: Moderate to high traffic areas (family rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, molding, millwork, interior doors)
Characteristics: Slightly reflective, easy to clean, highlights imperfections
Where to use it: High traffic areas or as a decorative statement (trim, molding, millwork, doors, walls, kids’ rooms, cabinets)
Characteristics: Very reflective, easy to clean, highlights imperfections, resists dirt, stains and mildew
Where to use it: High traffic areas or as a decorative statement (kitchens, bathrooms, molding, millwork, doors, walls)
If there is a sheen that is not quite working for you, consider mixing paint sheens to create the perfect balance you’re looking for.