When it comes to choosing the right finish for your paint, it’s important to understand the differences between the sheens. The amount of gloss that a type of paint has can make a dramatic difference in the end result of the room, so it is important to choose the right finish before starting your painting project.
Different moods and styles can be enhanced by a careful choice of finishes. Walls that have imperfections will show much more with a glossier finish than with a more satin finish. But rooms that see heavy traffic will be harder to clean up and touch up with a matte finish than with a semi-gloss.
Paints that have low gloss won’t reflect light as well and are good for a more formal or modern style. Paints that have high gloss reflect light and give a shiny surface, contributing to a brighter look. If you’re not sure what look you want for your Boulder, CO, room, the experts at Jacobsen Brothers can help you with your choices.
To better understand the sheens, here are definitions for the kinds of finish:
- High Gloss
High gloss paints have 85% gloss or higher. This paint is good for highlighting special architecture such as cornices, crown moulding, cabinets and doors. Since imperfections really show up, it’s important to have quality prep work done in advance. This paint is usually used in small areas for a dramatic appeal.
Like high gloss, gloss paints show imperfections in the wall but are great for clean-ups for high traffic areas. Gloss has 70-85% gloss finish and makes a nice coating for cabinets, trim and doors.
Semi-gloss, with its 35-75% sheen, is a nice compromise between functional, with its easy wipe-downs, and stylish, with its pleasant shine. Trim, windows, woodwork, kitchens, bathrooms and doors are common places for semi-gloss paint. A mildew-resistant blend can be a smart choice for windows and bathrooms where moisture can build up.
For a more sophisticated look, a satin finish with 25-35% gloss can give you a cleanable surface for high traffic areas while still retaining the style that you want. Satin will cover blemishes on the wall or filled-in nail holes with less noticeability than with the higher sheens. Ceilings, trim, doors and kids’ rooms are popular locations for satin finishes.
With 10-25% gloss, eggshell finish can make a nice choice for walls. A slight sheen and some careful cleaning potential gives eggshell paint the advantage in decorating the walls of a living room, adult bedroom or dining room.
Matte finishes have only 5-10% shine and can only tolerate a very light, infrequent cleaning, but they make a dramatic statement in decorating. When you’re looking for a deep, bold color for the walls, and you’ve taken into consideration the natural lighting, matte can be an outstanding choice.
The final choice and the one with the least sheen is flat. Flat paint consists of only 0-5% gloss. These walls will show no shine whatsoever and will be difficult to clean unless you get a special blend from Sherwin Williams that allows for better cleaning ability. However, the biggest selling point for flat paint is that it successfully hides the many flaws found in old walls and pockmarked ceilings. Popular locations for flat include formal dining rooms, living rooms, closets, ceilings, libraries and offices.
Jacobsen Brothers can help you choose the best finish for your Boulder, CO home
Still not sure what finish is right for your upcoming painting project? Call us today at (303) 449-3239 and let us get started helping you choose the finish to complement your color choice and style and to make just the right impression.