Sheen is paint finish, which protects painted surfaces and also gives it a shine. Sheens can be used on any surface, such as doors, window trims, and walls. Choosing the correct sheen is important because repainting it can be an expensive task, so you want to get it right the first time!
It’s usually a good rule of thumb that the higher the sheen, the higher the shine, and more shine means more durability. Choosing a sheen depends on the room and how often the surface is used. For example, an excellent sheen for kitchens and bathrooms is an eggshell finish especially with good quality paint, whereas living and dining rooms look best with flat or matte.
The purpose of sheen is visual appeal as opposed to durability. It does help with durability, but the main reason for selecting a sheen is for appearance. The quality of your paint dictates the durability. Lower sheen levels create paint to be darker or close to its truest color and the higher sheen levels create it to be lighter.
Living, family and dining rooms look best with a flat or matte finish, which can easily hide flaws and be touched up. For the kitchen, people usually choose an eggshell finish. This makes the walls appear clear and smooth, with slight sheen. Eggshell is a really great option because it helps cover flaws.
Lastly, satin finish has higher sheen and more durability. Satin is scrubbable, which means it’s easy to clean without having to worry about damage. You can usually find satin finish on doors and trim.
Choosing the right sheen for your surface is very important because choosing the wrong finish can lead to a lengthy redo process. It is recommended that a professional help with the sheen process, from choosing to applying. Our expert team at Paintegrity is here to help you with all your painting needs! We’re able to assist you in choosing the best finish for your specified surface, and help you paint it correctly ensuring there are no re-dos and no mess. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help!