What sheen should I use

edmasbetsyMay 6, 2011

Just remodeled my kitchen which now extends into my eating area/family rm. I plan on painting the entire area with the same color, there is very little painting to be done in the kitchen area, due to backsplash. Some of the area is high traffic, where we come in from garage/area around patio dr, the rest is basciall fam rm walls. There are some imperfections on one wall, (in dark area) due to my lack of skills at drywall repair. Flat, eggshell or satin? Help me decide! (If it helps I am an empty nester with no grandkids yet!)

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    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 6:19AM
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Matte finish will make imperfections less obvious.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 6:48PM
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Eggshell is typical it's what most people run with, Satin will most likely be too bright and show off all of your handywork... flat will hide your imperfections the best... however durability is not there with the flat... if the paint you are looking at has a sheen between flat and eggshell this may perhaps be the winner, I know Ben Moore has a matte finish that looks great after cure... gives the durability of eggshell without the sheen.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 4:43PM
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Matte is marketed as being as durable as eggshell but I still haven't really found one that really is that durable. Aura Matte is probably the best one out there, but really if you want true durability, you need to use an eggshell. Yes, it's shiny, but that is the tradeoff.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 12:05AM
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It's all relative too....

My FPE Eurolux "Matte" looks like a standard EGGSHELL!
My C2 "Matte" is much closer to a "Flat"...just the slightest sheen.

Use Eggshell!
Very washable....WHEN FULLY CURED....


    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 12:35AM
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this is one of the best blogs I have seen for information.
She gives colors and sheens for every room and they are magnificent.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 6:46PM
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