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Breaking Down Paint Sheens

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Picking between different paint sheens can be more overwhelming than picking a paint color!

So we made this quick guide on which paint sheen to use where! Now remember, not all rooms are created equal – this post should be used as a general guideline, but hey if you want to paint your bathroom matte, go for it! The worst case scenario for all paint mishaps is you have to repaint! Now let’s dive into the different paint sheens! 

Flat Finish

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A flat paint sheen tends to be best for ceilings and highly textured walls! It has a low reflective finish and hide imperfections really well.  The cons to a flat paint sheen is it is hard to clean and isn’t as durable as some of the other paint finishes. 

Matte Finish

A matte finish is probably my favorite. It’s best used in adult bedrooms or any low traffic areas. It has a low reflective finish and hide imperfections.  It has a low to medium durability. 

Eggshell Finish

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Eggshell finish is the most versatile paint sheen.  It’s great for gathering spaces (think, living rooms!) and has very little shine to it. It covers imperfections really well and has a medium durability.  It really is a happy medium between Flat and Semi-Gloss Paint.  

Satin Finish

A satin paint is best for kid’s bedrooms and hallways.  It has a pearl-like finish and is relatively easy to clean.  It is also a medium durability. 

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Semi-Gloss Finish

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A semi-glass finish is typically used in bathrooms and kitchens.  It’s also commonly used for trim and doors! It has a glossy finish and is easy to clean.  This finish tends to show imperfections but has a high durability. 

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