How to Select Your Paint Sheen

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How to Select Your Paint Sheen

Gloss, semi-gloss, satin, eggshell and flat are the most popular choices in paint finishes. The right choice can come down to the area of your home that you’re painting. Here are some basic sheen descriptions along with our recommendations on matching a sheen to a particular room in your home.

Gloss Finish 

The most light-reflective of any paint sheen, gloss paint has an extremely hard and shiny finish. Its rich, smooth luster makes it easily washable, often just wiping clean. Use this type of finish if you want to highlight a particular element of your room. 

Recommended for: Wood trim, cabinets and doors.

Semi-Gloss Finish 

A moderately reflective sheen, semi-gloss paint is also very durable and great for areas that need to be cleaned frequently.

Recommended for: Kitchens, bathrooms, closet doors, trims and utility areas.

Satin Finish 

A satin finish paint has a pearl-like shine so it offers clean ability, while at the same time hiding minor imperfections on your wall’s surface. Ideal for moderate- to high-traffic areas.

Recommended for: Kids’ bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, foyers and hallways.

Eggshell Finish 

An eggshell finish has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime. Eggshell paints reflect more than flat paints but only slightly. Eggshell paint is a better option versus a flat finish for a high traffic area. If you are working with an area with a lot of imperfections, then using an eggshell or flat sheen is a way of hiding that.

Recommended for: Foyers, hallways, living rooms, bedrooms, dinning rooms, bathrooms, kitchens.

Have more questions? Visit your local Co-op Home Centre, our staff will be there to help.

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