Paint sheens come in different categories and each have their own characteristics. The sheen scale can include terms like flat, eggshell and gloss, which reference the aesthetics and performance of the paint. When looking for a new paint for your project, give sheen some careful consideration.
"Flat" usually means no shine, while "gloss" usually means the most shine. Eggshell, satin and semi-gloss fall in between these ends of the sheen spectrum.
In order of left to right, consider:
- Flat → Matte → Eggshell → Satins → Semi-Gloss → Hi-Gloss
- Less reflection of light → More reflection of light
- More-subtle appearance on wall → Higher shine
- Lower scrubbability → Greater scrubbability
Consider your room
Different sheens have become popular for specific rooms due to their performance features and aesthetic qualities. Think about the room you are painting, then find it in the table below. It can help you identify a sheen (or choice of sheens) that usually work well for those projects.
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