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Things to Know about Paint - What is Sheen?

by Cheryl Patrick Williams 03/24/2019

Sheen, in the paint world, is the level of gloss or shine in the paint product. The more gloss paint has, the shinier it is and the more washable the surface. So, different sheens work better in some regions of your home. Finding the right shine depends on your project and location.

Types of sheen

  • Flat, also called matte, glosses work best in lower-traffic areas where walls are less likely to gather fingerprints, smudges or scrapes. Matte has almost no shine and works best on bigger walls such as living rooms, master and guest bedrooms, and formal dining rooms. Because it does not reflect as much light, a flat finish may hide minor imperfections and repairs.
  • Ceiling flat is a paint specially designed to paint ceilings. These paints have a flat finish but are more splatter-resistant and work well to hide imperfections in the ceiling. Some ceiling paints also have a temporary colorant (often purple or pink) to help you see any missed areas as you paint the ceiling. As the paint dries, the color disappears, leaving behind a smooth white surface.
  • Eggshell, sometimes called kids’ room paints, have slightly more sheen than flat paints which makes them more washable. Such paint finishes hold up to a bit of scrubbing and work well in children’s rooms, family rooms, and entryways and other areas where touching walls is more likely.
  • Satin finishes are another step up the sheen ladder. While not as shiny as a semi-gloss or gloss, satin finishes are easy to clean and can be an excellent choice for nearly any room where easy clean up is a necessity.
  • Semi-gloss paints are very durable. Often used in moist areas such as bathrooms, semi-gloss wipes down very quickly with a simple sponge or cloth. Walls painted with semi-gloss paint repel water, so walls above the shower stall, for instance, are less prone to mold or mildew. Semi-gloss paints also work well in laundry rooms where you can just dust off the dryer lint without damaging or marring the paint. Semi-gloss also works well for trim along doors and windows, giving that extra light-reflections combined with easy care.
  • High-gloss paints create an especially reflective surface and work nicely on doors, cabinets, shelving, and any area subject to constant use. It is the easiest sheen to clean, gives a beautiful shine, and when properly prepared and applied, lasts a long time.

If you’re unsure which sheen is best for your paint project, chat with a specialist at your local professional paint store. There, you’ll get advice and the proper tools to complete your project and clean up afterward.

About the Author
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Cheryl Patrick Williams

 

Cheryl is a native of San Francisco and resided in Sonoma County for over 20 yrs. She now resides in the East Bay with an office in Walnut Creek. A licensed Professional Chemical Engineer for the state of California, Cheryl loves solving problems and finding solutions. And she brings these skills to her Real Estate business.

 As the Broker /Owner of Patrick Williams and Associates (PWA), Cheryl leads a  full service real estate brokerage serving the North Bay and East Bay counties of Northern California. She considers her real estate business a ministry helping her clients with their many and varied real estate needs. In addition to regular retail home sales, Cheryl specializes in helping clients avoid foreclosure by way of  Lender approved pre-foreclosure sales (Short Sales). Her relationships with Lenders benefit buyers and investors by providing discounted properties through Distressed Sales (short sale and bank owned properties). She enjoys working with Sellers, making the sale of their home as smooth as possible while ensuring the highest price. Her rehab experience and knowledge of home staging, allows her to prepare her listings to show in their best possible light.

She also enjoys helping Buyers explore creative loan programs to enable them to purchase the home of their dreams.  Her primary objective is to exceed the needs and goals of her clients while making sure their real estate experience is as smooth and efficient as possible.

When not helping her clients with Real Estate, Cheryl enjoys singing on her church worship team, acting in Community Theaters, traveling, learning, spending time with her 3 grown children, family and friends and volunteering as a mentor for abused/neglected and at-risk children in her community through Royal Family Kid's Club.