In addition to selecting a color for your walls, you must also decide the sheen (the amount of shine) you want in the paint finish. Higher sheens reflect light and can brighten a room, whereas flat or matte sheens absorb light. Generally, the higher the sheen, the more durable, cleanable and water-resistant the paint will be. However, with high-gloss sheens there are two main issues to consider:
Higher quality paints, even in lower sheens, will be more durable and resistant to scrubbing than lower quality paints. Therefore, if you buy a high-quality paint, it may not be necessary to use as high of a sheen as might otherwise be required.
These are the other sheens and their typical characteristics:
People tend to use a Satin finish in Living-rooms and Hallways, Semi-gloss in Kitchens and Baths, and Satin or Eggshell in Dining-rooms.
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