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When it comes to interior paint, the sheen is something you certainly
need to consider. Paint with no sheen is typically used for walls and
ceilings where you do not want to glare. But how about low, medium,
and high Sheen paints? We will discuss these three in this article.
Low Sheen paints for your interior come in low luster, silk, satin, and
eggshell. This pain is often used for bathrooms and kitchens because
it is less porous than flat paint. This paint will not soil as fast and can
be easily wiped off. It does not give a flat finish, but neither is it shiny.
It has a small amount of glow to it that looks great and hallways, kid’s
bedrooms, and family rooms. Low sheen paint is low-maintenance
and beautiful, but can also highlight flaws in the surface of the walls
and even show marks from the roller when applied to large walls.
Medium Sheen paints for interior walls are very easy to clean. These
paints are called medium gloss, soft gloss, and semi-gloss. The
ability to clean is easily is often an irresistible trait for homeowners so
they decide to use its everywhere throughout their home. This is a bad
idea, though. Medium sheen paints are supposed to be used for painting
trim, windows, and doors. Unless your walls are made from a wainscoting
or paneling, rolling on medium sheen paints will leave your walls looking
like cheap plastic and will highlight every roller mark, brush, bump, and
dent in your wall. You can possibly get away with using this paint on
your walls if they are broken up into small sections by your cabinets,
windows, and doors. Adding it to the small areas may not look so
tacky. Even if you are worried about messes on your walls, or your
room is prone to mildew growth and humidity, it is still always best
to use the kind of paint that is designed specifically for those kind
of areas, such as a wall paint that is washable in a satin or matte
sheen. This will leave it looking better and it will perform just as well.
The last level of sheen we will be discussing his high Sheen paints.
These include gloss, high-gloss, and extra gloss types of paint. This
paint is a nonporous enamel with a smooth, hard finish, and are best
used for trim, windows, doors, and radiators that tend to get a lot of
wear and tear such as your front and back doors, windows that are
frequently opened, furniture, and would work in your corners. Dirt
and household stains will not stick on to the finish of this paint. This
makes them very easy to clean and maintaining them is a breeze.
It is a very shiny paint and should never be used on ceilings or walls.
Always keep the paint sheen in mind when choosing paints for the
interior of your home.