This post…well, this is not going to be the super fun post with all the great before and after photos. This post will be about as exciting as, well watching paint dry. This is the third cousin to those awesome before and after pics…but hopefully it has a lot of information and a really good personality!
Sometimes if a client is looking for a refresh of their home, they can get the most bang for their buck with paint. Whether doing it as a weekend DIY project or hiring someone, paint can be a game changer on your walls or a piece of furniture.
I do Color and Paint Consultations and once a color is chosen, the question I’m asked most often is what type of paint do I use?
My answer depends on what is being painted and where it is. So what is sheen and why does it matter?
Sheen is the amount of shine or resin that is in the paint and how much it reflects light. Today’s paints have new and improved formulas that last longer and wear better, but it still helps to use the correct paint for the project. There are five basic paint types.
Source: Behr Paints
So here we go…
Flat or Matte - Has virtually no shine and has an almost chalk look to it. It is good for hiding imperfections on a surface but if you have kids or pets, use this one on the ceiling only. In new homes, it is often the choice of the contractor because it is the least expensive. That lack of resin, that creates shine in a paint also makes it hard to clean, and subject to stain.
Eggshell - Slightly more sheen than a flat paint and more washable too. You could use this in a dining room, master bedroom or any room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It reflects light better than flat paint does to give a soft lustre.
Satin - A satin finish can have a pearl effect. It can be used in moderate to heavy traffic areas like living and family rooms, hallways, kitchens, trim and shutters. You could also use when painting furniture.
Semi-Gloss - Semi-Gloss paint is great for high traffic, high use areas. Paint your kitchen, woodwork, trim, and doors in this highly scrubbable paint. This paint has a medium reflecting value and because of that will show any nicks or imperfections.
High Gloss (Sheen) - This paint has a very shiny almost glass-like finish. It is very on trend for bedrooms and dining rooms to give that laqcured look. It has a high durability and can also be used in high traffic areas like kitchens, trim, cabinetry, doors and shutters.
Source: House Beautiful Magazine
I hope these tips for picking out the type of paint for each project were helpful.
For you as an extra bonus I’m including a FREE Printable on the right Paint Sheens for you to use. Just click the link below for yours!