You’ve got the absolute perfect color for your room. It’s going to be stunning. And when you go to purchase it, you find overwhelm once again at having to decide upon the actual sheen to use. Choosing the proper paint sheen can be the difference between a beautiful paint job and one that just doesn’t look quite right.
What do I mean by Paint Sheen?
Paint sheen refers to the reflective quality within the paint. Choices include flat (no reflective qualities to speak of), satin / matte / eggshell (a soft glow reflection), semi-gloss (some reflective quality), and high-gloss (very reflective). Everything you paint, sheen should be considered.
Choosing a Paint Sheen
The easiest formula to follow is to think about function with your paint. How a room is used will dictate the durability you need with your paint.
I’m one who will rarely if ever recommend a flat paint sheen. I love that soft, velvety reflection of lamp light against a beautifully painted wall, with a matte or satin paint sheen. However, if I found a room that had wall problems, like a bow in the drywall, I may recommend it in that scenario.
And a final word on choosing paints: Don’t skimp quality for price tag. I recommend Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore paints to my clients because they are worth the extra cost to get a beautiful finish. While there are other great paints available, those two brands are the most readily available in the Shenandoah Valley.
- Kitchens & Bathrooms: Semi-gloss. These are the easiest to clean, and these highest-traffic areas often have splatters that must be cleaned often.
- Family Rooms & Living Rooms: Satin. Easy to clean but offers a soft reflective quality. Good at hiding imperfections but spend extra time if needed doing your prep work.
- Dining Room: Matte or Satin. This is usually not such a high-traffic area, but you will want a soft reflective glow when lighting is on.
- Master Bedrooms: Satin or Matte in a highly saturated color. While bedrooms get a lot of use, they aren’t usually considered high-traffic areas.
- Kids’ Bedrooms: Satin. Clean-ability and the dents & dings that will surely happen.
- Ceilings: Flat. But don’t be afraid of color on your ceiling if it’s worthy of being highlighted.
- Window & Door Trim: High gloss or semi-gloss. These areas need wiped down often and you want something easy to clean. Do keep in mind that a high gloss paint will show every imperfection, so be diligent with your prep work.
Color Consultations include Paint Sheen Recommendations
As always, I try to go above and beyond for my clients. When I’m hired for a paint color consultation, I always advise my clients as to what paint sheen they should use within the room. If you’re struggling to decide on a specific shade, color, or paint sheen, you can contact me for more information about a Paint Color Consultation specific to your home.