When deciding to repaint the inside of your home, you have likely considered what colors and finishes you might like to have. The finish or often called “sheen” has a major affect on how the paint will look. Each finish has its own effect on the wall. There are five different types of finishes that you can choose from. Each will vary on its reflective surface. To better understand how the finishes or sheen can affect the outcome of the project, L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc will explain each type of finish and their effects.
Flat Paint Finish
One of the first types of finish are the flats. Flat finishes don’t have much of a reflective surface and is considered opaque. Best for interior walls and ceilings, flat finishes also help tone down the brightness of lighter colors in room with lots of natural lighting. However, flat finishes are harder to clean and isn’t recommended for kids’ rooms, the living room or kitchen.
Eggshell Paint Finish
Eggshell provides a soft reflective surface that is best used for decorative features such as baseboards and trim. When used for a primary wall, you may want to avoid using it in high traffic areas or heavily used rooms as eggshell is another paint that is not easily cleaned.
Satin Paint on Walls
Satin is right in the middle of all the sheens, which makes it one of the most popular finishes picked. Satin works great on many types of surfaces such as walls and ceilings, as well as wood, metal and for doors. Satin provides a mild reflective surface which has similar benefits as semi-gloss and high gloss finishes that help hide imperfections in the walls. You can use satin anywhere in the home and as another plus, it can be cleaned with water. However, never scrub satin finishes as it will rub off the wall.
Semi-gloss is a perfect finish for any wall as they can be cleaned even with intense scrubbing. They help hide imperfections in the wall such as off texturing, small dents and drywall seams. You can use semi-gloss for walls, ceilings, doors and trim. They also hold up well in humid areas such as bathrooms and laundry rooms.
High-Gloss Paint Sheen
High-gloss finishes are super reflective and help brighten up darker rooms. High-gloss is also easy to clean as it is more durable. High-gloss paint can be used in any room and on most surfaces. However, it is super reflective so consider lighting when using high-gloss paint.
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The finish plays a major role when painting your home. When picking the color, make sure to consider which finish will look better in the various rooms of the home. Also consider if the walls will be exposed to pets and kids. If certain areas require intense cleaning, avoid flat and eggshell finishes. Another major consideration is the lighting, as the more reflective the finish, the color becomes more intense. If you require help repainting your home interior, exterior, cabinets, and more, contact L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc and begin consultation today.