You Ain't "Sheen" Nothing Yet.
Hi friends! First let me say, sorry I have been slightly MIA from the blog recently - life is INSANE right now! (And between you & me, I am loving EVERY second of it!) But I am back! And with a fun topic I can't wait to share with you guys! What, you ask, is the topic?? PAINT!
I get asked SO many questions about paint these days and so I wanted to break down a few things I have learned. Today's blog is all about paint s h e e n s. Which sheen, when, where, and how do you know?! I've got you covered!
I always tell people the best way to pick a sheen is to evaluate how much traffic the area you are painting typically gets. Is it a kids bathroom where you are constantly scraping toothpaste off the wall? Or, is it an accent wall in the living room where your couch sits? These questions are the ticket to picking the best sheen for your big paint job!
Almost all paint colors come in 5 different sheen options: Hi-Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, Eggshell, or Flat. So which sheen does what you ask?? Let's break it down 💕
Hi-Gloss - Okay so the number 1 thing I tell everyone about "hi-gloss" is that yes - it is SUPER durable, but it is also HELLA fancay! Like "Do not touch anything in this house" fancy lol. It is great for super high trafficked areas because its easy to clean BUT I typically do not recommend painting walls in any home with a high-gloss. Hi-gloss does, however, look AMAZING on trim work like crown molding, baseboards, chair rails, etc. It really helps them pop in a room!
Semi-Gloss - This sheen is basically a half step down from Hi-Gloss. Still super shiny in nature - but less Taj Mahal lol. I typically suggest using semi-gloss paint on highly used surfaces like cabinets. I have also used semi-gloss on trim work and it looks FANTASTIC. This is also a GREAT sheen to choose in a room that is exposed to lots of moisture - like a bathroom or washroom.
Satin - I would have to say that Satin & Eggshell are probably tied in my head for my favorite sheen. And here is why. Satin is a less potent gloss than Hi-Gloss or Semi-Gloss but it still has a soft polished finish, almost iridescent AND it can be used in high trafficked areas! Satin is a perfect fit for areas where moisture is present like bathrooms, areas where lots of little hands will touch like hallways, and pretty much anywhere else! I don't know about you, but I love a one-stop shop so this sheen is a for sure go-to for me!
Eggshell - Like I said above, this sheen & Satin are my top faves. Eggshell is a little more casual than a Satin but still gives a clean professional look. It definitely will not stand up to Satin in the durability factor so I typically choose an Eggshell finish for living rooms, some bedrooms (NOT FOR TODDLERS), dining rooms, etc. I also have used Eggshell in a few foyers and have loved the finished product! (It's normally a coin toss between Satin & Eggshell 😉)
Flat - Flat gets a bad rap in my opinion. I actually love flat paint. I don't typically use it on walls but I have used it in bedrooms and I LOVE the way it looks on ceilings. Its secret weapon is that it hides imperfection like a BOSS. So if you've got a wall that's got some age spots - go with flat.
And there you have it! My sheen 411 😉 As always, feel free to comment if you have questions and I can't wait to hear how your paint adventures turn out!!