Blog Details

Choosing Interior Paint Sheen

The interior paint sheen “factor” is basically how shiny the paint looks after application is complete.  Keep in mind that paint sheens are not standardized and may vary slightly from brand to brand. Most paints fall into one of four categories:

Flat:  Flat paint (often referred to as matte) is the most non-reflective and is better at hiding imperfections (bumps, dents, nail heads, etc.).  However, a flat sheen paint will show marks, scuffs, and stains more easily, and begins to show wear quicker than other sheens.  While flat sheen surfaces can also be harder to clean, there are newer scrubbable flat paints that are tougher and, therefore, easier to clean.

Satin:  Sometimes referred to as eggshell, satin paint has a light luster sheen to it and is more durable than flat.  Satin sheen paint is the most popular paint for interior wall coverage.  It can also be used to paint trim next to a flat sheen wall to show contrast.

Semigloss:  Semigloss paint has a higher gloss than satin, and has a tougher skin than flat or satin paints.  It’s also easier to clean, but has just enough shine to begin to show surface imperfections.

Gloss:  Gloss paint is the hardiest of them all, and its high sheen makes it look similar to enamel.  It can take abuse and a hard cleaning, but the high sheen makes surface imperfections clearly visible.

Interior Paint Sheen Tips

Ceiling Paint:  A flat sheen paint is recommended for ceiling coverage because it hides imperfections well and is not subject to abuse marks like the other surfaces.  Paint formulated specifically for ceilings is thicker, less prone to show spatter, yellowing, and also dries faster.

Wall Paint:   Most homeowners prefer a satin sheen paint for wall coverage.  You may want to consider a flat sheen paint if your walls have some serious imperfections that would be more obvious if you used higher sheen coverage.

Trim Paint:  Trim paint for doors, windows, and moldings should be at least one shade glossier than the wall paint.  Using a semigloss sheen on the trim gives a better visual presentation, and adds more interest to the design scheme.  Additionally, higher sheen gloss gives more physical protection to these areas.

Related Post

We are happy to give you a free estimate on your project.

Top 5 Exterior House Painters Near You: Find Trusted Professionals
Top 5 Exterior House Painters Near You: Find Trusted Professionals

Discover top exterior house painters near you! Our guide covers trusted professionals, from CertaPro to Earthly Matters, ensuring quality and satisfaction.

Read More
How to Master Exterior Home Painting the Right Way
How to Master Exterior Home Painting the Right Way

Unlock the secrets of exterior home painting with our comprehensive guide on choosing colors, understanding costs, and expert tips for a stunning finish.

Read More
How to Paint Your House Exterior Easily Without Hassles
How to Paint Your House Exterior Easily Without Hassles

Discover the easiest way to paint the exterior of your house with our step-by-step guide, covering selection, preparation, and maintenance. Start now!

Read More
The Ultimate Guide to Estimating Cost to Paint House Siding
The Ultimate Guide to Estimating Cost to Paint House Siding

Discover the ultimate guide on estimating the cost to paint siding on a house, covering all factors from materials to DIY tips. Learn more now!

Read More
Estimate Your Cost to Paint Interior of House: A Practical Guide
Estimate Your Cost to Paint Interior of House: A Practical Guide

Discover the cost to paint the interior of your house with our practical guide. Get estimates by home size, tips to save, and FAQs for your project.

Read More
In-Depth Guide to Estimating the Cost to Paint a House Exterior
In-Depth Guide to Estimating the Cost to Paint a House Exterior

Discover the key factors that influence the cost to paint the exterior of a house, from square footage to labor, and learn how to save on your project.

Read More
Cost to Paint Exterior of a Commercial Building: Everything You Need to Know
Cost to Paint Exterior of a Commercial Building: Everything You Need to Know

Discover key insights on the cost to paint the exterior of a commercial building, including factors affecting price, paint choices, and hiring tips.

Read More
Revealing the Pro Exterior House Painting Cost: What to Expect
Revealing the Pro Exterior House Painting Cost: What to Expect

Discover the cost to paint a house exterior professionally, including factors influencing price, estimates by siding type, and how to save. Unveil the value of curb appeal.

Read More
Cheat Sheet to Estimating Your House Painting Costs
Cheat Sheet to Estimating Your House Painting Costs

Discover the cost to have your house painted with our guide on factors, paint selection, and labor costs. Get your budget right for a stunning makeover.

Read More