What Paint Sheen Should You Use?

Choosing the right paint sheen comes down to your personal preference as well as which room the paint will be in. Enjoy our easy guide to help and ask any questions when you visit our showroom in Newmarket.

The different types of sheens are all at different levels of shininess or gloss essentially. There are many different types of paint available with a variety of different surface finishes, and some even designed specifically for certain applications for the perfect end result.

Flat & Matt Sheens

For a paint sheen that isn’t glossy, you should try and find paints with a ‘flat’ or ‘matt’ finish. These two are very similar, although matt paints tend to be a tad more glossy than a flat finish. Also, matt paints tend to be more durable than flat. Choose these types of sheens when you’re painting ceilings, particularly as they can hide imperfections far better than paints with a higher-gloss level.

Eggshell & Satin Sheens

Eggshell and satin paints are glossier than flat or matt, but at the right angle, won’t be too shiny. Both these sheens are a good compromise between durability and sheen, so if you’re looking for a paint that’s durabl but also looks fairly flat, choose eggshell or satin.

Semi-Gloss and Gloss Sheens

For the most durable of sheens, choose semi-gloss and gloss paints. These types of paints can be scrubbed without rubbing off so are ideal in kitchens and bathrooms where this is more common. As the gloss is so high on these types of paints, you get a great reflective surface that can make rooms feel fresh and big; however, they can also make imperfections stand out.

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