Few things are more important to your interior décor than making sure that you have the right painting scheme in place. You can have the finest furnishings, the keenest sense of color and style, the most immaculate wall hangings and lush carpeting, but if your painted walls are dour, dull, flaky, or otherwise moribund, the whole thing will be spoiled. Your walls are some of the first things people are going to see when they arrive at your home or place of business, and are, thus, a great first chance at scoring a good first impression. Of course that will only happen if they feature paint jobs that are crisp, fresh, and look good with your décor.
One of the most common painting mistakes that people make is in regards to its sheen. We all know to look out for the right shade, but sheen is something different altogether. Even so, the right sheen can add some much-needed subtlety and depth to your painting.
This quick guide can give you an overview of some of the most popular types of paint sheen, and, thus, help you determine which one is right for you.
Let’s begin with one of the most popular choices. Matte finishes can be a great way to create a nice, smooth finish, resulting in a sheen that’s relatively low maintenance. Even better, the matted texture does a great job of hiding dirt or imperfections on the surface itself, making it an ideal choice for those looking to paint over these problems. The surface is not very reflective, which can be good for spaces where too much reflected light creating too bright of a space is a concern.
Matte paint jobs also tend to be on the neutral side, meaning it is highly versatile and can go with a wide range of interior design aesthetics.
For rooms where you want a nice, soft, subtle sheen, eggshell enamel is a great choice. It’s a bit more muted than other options and it is nice and calm, making it a favorite for low intensity domestic spaces.
Compared to eggshell sheens, which still tend to be a bit dull, satin features a soft, sleek look to it. If you’re looking to “glam up” a space a bit, this sleek reflective sheen can be a great way to go about doing so in a subtle fashion.
Hi-Gloss and Semi-Gloss Sheen
All of the sheens we have looked at so far are the sleekest and most reflective. They, therefore, require the greatest amount of maintenance to keep clean. You also need to make sure to consider how much light typically fills the area, and to what degree you want to have them reflected within the space.
There are many great choices to consider when looking into different paint sheens. The key to choosing the right one, as demonstrated here, is considering the rest of your lighting and décor setup and choosing one which complements it perfectly. Used correctly, the right paint sheen can add that little something extra to your interior.