If you thought choosing paint just meant selecting a color, I am here to introduce you to paint sheens and what you need to know about them.
I remember back when we bought our first home. The biggest task was choosing which paint color to put on the walls.
I was like a kid with a new box of crayons cause I just couldn’t make up my mind. Particularly with the living room.
I am a neutral girl. The most I would do was an accent wall to give a pop of color. But even then I still played it safe.
When I first went to grab my first can of paint, after finally settling in on a color I was brought to a pause when the person behind the mixing counter said, “what finish do you need that in?”
What? You mean I have another decision to make?
I wanted to ask my husband but he wasn’t there. And back then people weren’t as strapped to their phones as they are now. So a text could have gone unanswered for more time than I had.
So I made a best guess and rolled with it.
Luckily, I did good.
But I’m gonna give you a hand so you don’t have to guess like me. And you can walk yourself in the store and sound like a painting pro.
Buying Paint Like a Pro
What are the different paint sheen options?
What’s the difference between the sheen options?
The difference in the different paint sheens is the amount of gloss in them.
And the simple equation is this more gloss = more durable.
Lower sheens are good for hiding surface imperfections. While higher sheens are more washable and water resistant.
How to choose which sheen for interior painting?
The main thing you wanna think about is how durable do you need the paint to be. How often will you need to clean it? How much traffic will the area get?
So in spaces like kitchens where you have food splatter, spills, and dirty fingers (if you have children), you want something more durable. A kitchen would most likely have semi gloss or gloss.
Now the other thing to consider is the shine factor because while gloss = durable, it also equals shine.
And shiny walls aren’t always gonna work everywhere. Ya dig?
Characteristics of different paint sheens
|least shiny, doesn’t clean well, hides imperfections in walls surface|
|Minimal shine, while still being durable and scuff resistant|
|minimal shine factor, cleans a little better than flat, but may still mark up when being wiped, hides some imperfections in wall surfaces|
|some sheen, washable (with a wet rag) but wouldn’t recommend scrubbing or using cleaning agents on it|
|subtle shine, scrubbable, resists moisture|
|high shine, scrubbable and pretty stain resistant, durable against moisture|
Suggested paint sheens by room
|Hallways, adult bedrooms|
|Bathrooms, children’s bedrooms, laundry rooms, hallways|
|Trim and woodwork, children’s play areas, doors window sills,|