What Paint Sheen Should I Use on My Walls

The second question your painting contractor will ask you is “what sheen do you want?” (the first being what color do you want?)

And the paint sheen is an important decision based on what will happen in the room you’re painting.

Are you concerned with durability and washing off messy fingerprints? Or are you more concerned with appearance?

Here is a cheat-sheet to determine the appropriate paint sheen for your particular painting project.

FLAT or MATTE PAINT SHEEN:

PROS: does not reflect light, hides imperfections and provides a smooth soft finish
CONS: more difficult to clean and may rub off with harsh cleansers
USES: rooms with low traffic and little use (formal dining rooms, formal living rooms, ceilings)

EGGSHELL PAINT SHEEN:

PROS: slight shine, smooth and a velvety texture, more washable than flat sheens
CONS: washable to a point – not good for high traffic areas
USES: living room, dining room, bedrooms, entry, family room, hallways, kitchen

SATIN SHEEN:

PROS: slight gloss, elegant look and very versatile, easy to clean
CONS: may show some wall imperfections
USES: kitchens, bathroom, laundry room, family room, playroom, children’s room, trims, doors

SEMI GLOSS SHEEN:

PROS: very shiny, very washable
CONS: shows all imperfections
USES: kitchens, bathrooms, utility area, closet doors, trim, woodwork, and cabinetry, railings, shutters, molding, and ceilings

GLOSS SHEEN:

PROS: smooth finish and very durable
CONS: highlights all imperfections
USES: doors, windows, trim, architectural elements, cabinets, furniture, kitchen, bathrooms

If you need help picking your sheen, the team at Jenco Companies can help. Give us a call (209) 931-8129

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