Explanation of paint sheen

Are you confused about which paint sheen level to use in which room, or which will be the most durable for your project? This guide will show you the advantages and disadvantages of paint sheen along with what sheen to use in which room.

Flat -- A matte finish that provides a dead flat sheen.

Advantages




Excellent touch-up ability


Provides a dull, soft look


Hides imperfections

Disadvantages




Typically not washable, premium quality flat finishes may have washable characteristics

Eggshell (Velvet) -- A very dull finish with a slight angular sheen.

Advantages




Low sheen, yet washable


Looks flat but has an angular sheen


Good touch-up qualities

Disadvantages




Not as washable as paints with higher shine

Satin -- An enamel finish with a medium amount of shine.

Advantages




Very washable


Great for trim work and doors


Good for bathroom and utility rooms

Disadvantages




Poor touch-up


Magnifies imperfections on walls

Semi-gloss -- A glossy finish used for high-traffic areas.

Advantages




Great wash-ability

Disadvantages




Poor touch-up


Magnifies imperfections more than satin on walls

Full Gloss -- The shiniest paint sheen available. Used on products that need superior protection.

Advantages




Great for high-traffic areas


For use in schools, doctors offices


Can be used on floors and counter tops

Disadvantages




Very shiny, not intended for walls

Sheen by room (walls)

Kitchen -- Satin or semi-gloss

Dining Room -- Flat or eggshell

Bathroom -- Satin or semi-gloss

Bedrooms -- Flat or eggshell

Hallway -- Flat

Basement -- Flat or waterproofing paint

Ceilings -- Flat

Trim work & doors -- Satin

Check out
http://www.how2instructions.com for more How-To articles.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mike_R_Smith


 
 
Home Decorating Ideas
Free Home Decorating Tips
Home Decorating Directory
Home Interior
Home Exterior
Country Home
Apartment 
Holiday Decorating
Seasonal

 
Links
Slate Countertops
 
Custom Search
Search Decorating-Home.com
Custom Search
Search Decorating-Home.com