When you go to the store to purchase paint for your home, you will be asked what sheen, or how glossy, you want the paint.

Here are some tips and tricks for selecting the best paint sheen for your application.

Tips and Tricks for Selecting the Best Paint Sheen

Ceiling
A ceiling almost always receives flat paint.

Flat paint minimizes imperfections in the ceiling that might be more noticeable with glossier paint.

 

Tips and Tricks for How to Select a Paint SheenLow traffic areas
For low traffic areas, flat paint is suggested. 

Flat paint is usually the cheapest price and it hides wall imperfections better than glossier paint.

Flat paint can give your walls more of a suede effect, however it is not able to be cleaned very easily.

Flat paint is not recommended in areas where there will be young children or pets.

 

Areas with more traffic
If you are going to be painting a room that will have a little more traffic (or you have pets or kids), consider using paint with an eggshell or satin sheen.

Eggshell and satin paint sheens are able to be cleaned better than flat paint, however do not hide wall imperfections as well.

This type of paint is suggested for walls in bathrooms and kitchens as well as rooms with kids or pets.

 

High Durability
If you want highly durable paint on your walls that can be washed off easily, you can use a semi-gloss paint.

Semi-gloss paint will show any wall imperfection, so make sure your walls are in good condition.

This might be appropriate in high task areas such as a pantry, mudroom, or laundry room.

 

Woodwork
Woodwork includes cabinets, baseboards, door trim, and window sills.

Semi gloss paint is very washable and ideal for areas that are likely to be touched regularly.

 

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