Choosing the right paint sheen

Paint sheen – Three most common finishes.




Application Ceilings Walls Millwork
Sheen None 5/10 8/10
Wash with scrub pad? No No No
Wash with sponge? No Yes Yes
Hides imperfections Best No Exaggerates imperfections
Notes Choose flat for:

  • All ceilings except bath and enclosed kitchens
  • Low traffic areas
Choose Eggshell for:

  • All walls
  • Bath ceiling
  • Enclosed kitchen ceiling
  • Homes with children and pets
  • High traffic areas
Choose semigloss for:

  • Millwork
  • Not suitable for walls & ceilings

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