It's great to find the perfect colour for your interior painting project, but finding the proper sheen is just as important. Choosing the proper sheen for the different surfaces and areas of your home will help you choose the best interior product and get the most from your paint for a beautiful look that will stand the test of time. Visit the Colour Center at your local Home Depot for more tips on choosing the right sheen for your project.
A flat sheen has a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.
Wood and vinyl walls and siding; brick and other masonry; fences
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
A matte sheen has a low-luster, reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well and also hides minor surface imperfections.
An eggshell enamel sheen has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime, as well as mildew.
A satin enamel sheen has a pearl-like finish that's easy to clean.
All interior surfaces; moderate- to high-traffic areas
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kids' rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
A semi-gloss enamel sheen is sleek and radiant resisting mildew, moisture and wear.
Cabinets and trim; high-traffic, high-moisture areas
Kids' rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters
Hi-Gloss enamel sheens provide have a brilliant, shiny appearance and a durable, glass-like finish that allows dirt and grime to be wiped clean.
Use this chart to help you easily choose the best sheen of paint for your upcoming indoor paint projects.
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