The best rule of thumb you will ever hear for paint sheen or finishes: The higher the sheen, the more durable your paint will be. Sheen refers to the level of shine.
As you’re picking out paint finishes for your home or business, keep this rule of thumb in mind and it will guide you through your decisions.
Choosing a paint finish for your kitchen
The kitchen—and areas like your hallways, stairwells and laundry room—requires the most durable paint than any other room in your home. Constant cooking and cleaning splashes from the counter or sink, and lots of foot traffic mean your kitchen is up for a lot of wear and tear. Plus, you’ll want a surface that is easy to scrub clean. For those areas, choose a satin sheen because that type of finish is so easy to wipe down.
Choosing a paint for your family room
The family room, and similar areas like the dining room and entry ways receive daily traffic. . , These areas can quickly show wear, tear and dirt. Because of this, an eggshell finish is ideal. It’s still easy to clean and a friend for touch up.
Choosing a paint for your bedrooms
Your bedrooms, ceilings and other lower trafficked areas (like your dining room if you don’t eat in there every day!) will simply require a paint that can be easily touched up. A flat finish will work perfectly for these areas.
Choosing a paint for your trim, cabinets and other areas
Your trim, molding, cabinets, doors and splash zones will quickly show signs of wear and tear. For these areas, you’ll want a finish that is easy to scrub clean and will withstand all of the traffic and daily hits (think about all of the times your hands touch your cabinets or doors in your home!). A semi-gloss finish is incredibly durable and very easy to clean.
If you need help choosing a paint or the right finish for your paint, we’re here to help! Stop by the store or give us a call.