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How to Choose the Right Paint Sheen or Finish

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High Gloss Finish

  • Surface: Cabinets, doors and window trim where surfaces can take a lot of abuse. 
  • Finish: Glossier paints reflect like and imperfections. Spend more time sanding and prepping to get the surface smooth. 
  • Rooms: Family room, hallway, foyer or kids’ rooms

Satin Finish

  • Surface: High traffic surfaces that you want to have easy-to-clean, scrub-able walls.
  • Finish: Not shiny, high durability with a lower luster. 
  • Rooms: Dining room, guest bedroom, living room

EggShell Finish

  • Surface: Lower traffic surfaces.
  • Finish: More luster than Flat or Matte paint finishes
  • Rooms: Areas that get only the occasional dings and scuffs.

Flat Matte

  • Surfaces: Best for ceilings because it hides imperfections by not reflecting any light.
  • Finish: More pigment in the paint so you can cover a surface in one coat and hide more flaws.

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