Lets Talk Sheen

Since the release of the 2014 Color Forecast, we’ve spent a good deal of time focusing on color. Now we’d like to talk about the second step to choosing paint – the sheen of paint (also referred to as “finish”). Depending on the room and the look you are aiming to achieve, the sheen of the paint can have a significant impact on the final outcome. Below we’ve outlined the top four sheens for you, and as always, if you have a question, just give us a call or use our contact form.


Flat – no sheen, good for use in low traffic areas, most often used on ceilings and bedroom walls.

Matte – subtle sheen, good for use in busy areas, most often used in hallways, family rooms and kid’s bedrooms.

Eggshell – soft sheen – more “washable” than flat or matte finishes, most often used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Satin or Semi-Gloss – noticeable sheen – can withstand repeated cleaning, most often used on trim, doors and cabinetry.

Sheen of Paint

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