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Paint Basics 101: Picking Your Right Sheen

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Picking the right paint for your Calgary home can feel like a daunting task. Especially, when you realize there is more to it than just colour – don't forget about sheen.

Be involved in choosing your paint with your painter, right down to the sheen. Otherwise, if you are unhappy with the results, you have only yourself to blame.

Know the Differences

There are a variety of different paint finishes, here is what you should know:

  • High Gloss – As the term implies, this is the shiniest of finishes. So while it is perfect for high traffic areas that dirty hands touch, like the kitchen, be aware of the shine you will see and have. Generally, it is most commonly used for doors or trim, but not entire walls.
  • Semi-gloss – Less gloss but still easy to clean, this is usually the shiniest level homeowners are willing to go for full walls. It is still usually more appropriate for areas like cabinet doors. Keep in mind, the glossier the paint, the more visible imperfections will be.
  • Satin – A level of gloss more suitable for walls, still washable and better at concealing surface blemishes. Satin is also still appropriate for trim, cabinets and doors.
  • Eggshell – With only 10-25% gloss, this type of paint is still washable, in most cases. It can show some imperfections, if not careful. Otherwise this is the perfect choice interior painting for areas like a kid's room and and kitchens.
  • Flat or Matte – Under 10% gloss, either of these is a good choice for hiding blemishes. It also works well for ceilings. It can be used on walls, but only if you don't mind dirt and scuffs showing up.

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