How to Choose a Sheen of Paint

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 by Brookside Admin
Posted in Painting Tips

color sheen comparison

Choosing paint sheen can be a tricky task if you're not familiar with your choices.  We're here to break it down for you!  Once you decide on color and product, you'll be called on to select your preferred sheen.

What is Sheen? Benjamin Moore tells us that "sheen refers to how shiny the finish will look. When deciding on sheen, you will want to consider whether that area is high/low traffic and the condition of the wall."

Flat/Matte The look of a flat or matte provides great depth of color that is also ideal for less-than-perfect surfaces. Flat is typically used for ceilings and low traffic areas.  Flat is the lowest sheen available in a top coat and Matte would be right above that.   As said previously, they provide better hide for areas with imperfections (for example, an area with a lot of patch work).

Eggshell & Satin The slight sheens of eggshell and satin reveal color with a softly polished glow with an easy-to-clean surface that's great for all high-traffic areas including living rooms and hallways. This is also a great product for colored ceilings to help reflect some light onto the color.

Semi-gloss & Gloss or Hi-Lustre Semi-gloss is particularly durable and stands up well to repeated cleanings. It is often recommended for moldings and trim.  Gloss or Hi-Lustre would be a level higher than semi-gloss.

Most paint product lines offer this sheen selection in order from lowest to highest:  Flat > Matte > Eggshell > Satin > Semi-Gloss > Gloss.

Three pieces of trim with different paint sheens

Different examples of paint sheens. You can see best in-store!

 For best recommendations visit a Spectrum Paint store near you! 

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Quality products, competitive prices and professional service! Before you go, check out the Brush Buzz ladies choosing their favorite sheen (our personal favorite is Eggshell):

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