Choosing The Perfect Paint Sheen

Whether you have just purchased a new home in Rowlett or you are looking to spruce up your current home, painting is the perfect way to achieve a fresh look and feel. Painting is a perfect project that you can do yourself and not have to hire anybody to get the job done. Going into a home improvement store and picking out paint colors can be easy, however, finding the sheen that fits your needs can be difficult. Most home improvement stores in the Rowlett area will carry four types of paint sheen.

The most popular paint sheen for ceilings and damaged surfaces is typically the flat paint sheen. Flat paint has a matte finish when it dries, and does not reflect light as much as another paint sheen will. Since this is the lowest paint sheen it has a higher percentage of pigments, which also means it needs the fewest coats when it comes to covering your walls. Flat or matte finish paint will cover certain imperfections in your walls because it soaks up light rather than reflects it. Although this paint will help cover up flaws, it has a medium to low rating when it comes to durability. This means it is harder to wash the walls without removing some paint with the mess. This type of paint sheen is perfect for interior rooms such as adults’ bedrooms and other rooms that do not get a lot of traffic.

The next paint type with a slightly shiny sheen is eggshell. Eggshell has a medium durability rating, cleaning much easier than a paint that has a flat sheen, and also has great coverage when it comes to covering small imperfections in your walls. Eggshell paint has a slight shine that still absorbs light rather than reflects it. This paint is perfect for rooms that will not get a lot of scuffs on the wall such as the living room or dining room.

If you need something that is going to hold up in your child’s room, the satin paint sheen is the one you will need. This paint sheen has a not very shiny, often described as a soft, look when it dries. Satin paints have a high durability rating, making it perfect for other rooms such as hallways, family rooms, and mud rooms as well as your child’s room, that get a good amount of traffic daily. The biggest issue with satin paints, however, is that it can show flaws like brush or roller strokes that were done during application, and can be hard to touch up at a later time. Satin paints are also commonly both interior and exterior paints.

If you are looking to spruce up your bathroom in your Rowlett home, you will want to choose a paint with a semi-gloss sheen. Semi-gloss paints hold up well to humidity and grease, making this sheen perfect for your kitchen as well. Plus, because it is more resistant to grime and easier to scrub it is the ideal kind of paint to use on trim around doors and windows.

The last paint sheen to consider is the high gloss sheen. This sheen almost looks plastic once the paint dries. High gloss paints will show every imperfection in your wall, so if this is the paint sheen you choose to go with remember to prep your surface beforehand. It has a very high durability rating making it great for utility rooms and doors that get a lot of dirty traffic. It is just as it sounds, very glossy, and has too much shine to use on the walls inside of your Rowlett home.

Now that the hard part of deciding which sheen you are going to use for what room or rooms you are looking to spruce up is done, the fun part begins! Picking your new paint colors!

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