- Matte/Flat sheen works best in low traffic rooms like home offices and adult bedrooms
- Eggshell sheen works are great for dining and living rooms
- Satin sheen is ideal for high traffic areas like hallways and family rooms
- Semi-Gloss sheen is found in kitchens and bathrooms
- High Gloss is for anything that isn’t a wall
“And that’s in order from least shiny to shiniest,” Katie notes.
Matte sheens aren’t shiny, which makes them great at hiding imperfections. The problem is it’s hard to clean without possibly hurting the paint.
Eggshell sheens are actually named after the look of chicken eggs. It’s kind of flat with a little shine to it, like an eggshell. It hides imperfections well and takes cleaning better than matte.
“Satin sheen? Oh, that’s the one we use for most of the rooms!” Katie realizes.
Satin sheens have a decent shine to them, almost velvety really. It’s easy to clean but roller and brush strokes can show up pretty easily.
Semi-gloss sheens are super durable. This is why they’re great for kitchens and bathrooms (think high heat, moisture, and spills). It’s shinier than satin but not nearly as much as the next one.
High gloss paints and walls don’t mix. This sheen shows every imperfection and, honestly is a little too bright. But man is it tough!