Select the Right
Sheen For Your Paint Project
One of the basic considerations prior to the start of an impending paint project
is to determine the ideal sheen, or gloss level for the paint job. Selection of
the ideal sheen for the paint need not be a daunting process! Determining the
optimum sheen level requires a thoughtful review of both function and aesthetics
within the project space.
How does the level of gloss affect cleaning...
The higher the gloss level, the easier the surface is to
keep clean. From a practical standpoint, paint enthusiasts have long enjoyed the
selection of high gloss paints benefiting any area that requires frequent
washing and is subject to a high amount of foot traffic. These paints produce
the toughest and most stain resistant finishes.
A wonderful way to highlight a bold color scheme within a child's bedroom,
playroom or bath space; consider implementing a whimsical theme using a
combination of high gloss colors. Cheerful primary colors that sport wavy
freehand stripes or oversized polka dots are just two examples of classic
youthful motifs that can form the basis for a treasured space that provides
endless hours of fun for a child.
Some pain sheens hide imperfections...
For those do-it-yourselfers who require a paint sheen that will mask surface
imperfections, flat paints offer an ideal non-reflective surface quality. Better
suited for lower use areas of the home or new construction, flat paints greatly
assist with making a surface appear smooth and uniform.
Explore the possibility of implementing a color scheme that utilizes flat
paints to highlight a historic home's focal point wall surrounding a vintage
fireplace that is being lovingly restored. Or, consider the application of flat
paints using warm, earthy colored hues to highlight interior pillars or columns
that reside in a formal entrance way belonging to a Tuscan styled home.
combination of two distinctively different paint sheens (i.e. flat partnered
with high gloss) can also be utilized to produce dramatic effects within a
designated interior space. In areas where aesthetic concerns have priority over
functional considerations, monochromatic
sheen stripes, color blocks or other geometrical designs can be painted
using one hue and two differing intensities. When the identical hue and two
different sheens have been utilized within the same design, the end result
produces an exciting customized pattern that uniquely personalizes a space.
Regardless of whether the primary emphasis is hiding flaws or enhancing
architectural features, careful consideration of both beauty and function will
help to ensure the most successful choice of paint sheen for the impending
Gail McCauley for the
Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute