It is important to note that aside from visibility, sheen or gloss paint finishes can also impact aesthetic, functionality and longevity of the coats of paint in a room. For example, the finish for your kitchen, a high traffic room with dining and food preparation, might require a different finish from a guest bedroom or home office. The amount of coats needed per area can dictate the finish as well.
Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding on A Finish
Is your renovation project in a room that receives high amounts of natural light?
If your room receives high amounts of natural light, it is recommended to paint the room with a low-gloss paint. The reflections from the windows and natural lighting won’t be as harsh if using a less glossy finish.
Are you looking for a paint that has gloss, sheen, or both?
It is important to note that most brands of paint can contain gloss, sheen or various combinations of the two finishes, so take caution when picking out a color.
Do your walls have imperfections?
Paints with a high gloss or sheen often magnify imperfections in the surface. If you wall has a blemish or two that you wish to hide, it is recommended you paint those walls with a low gloss or sheen paint.
Do the walls in the area you’re painting require frequent cleaning?
While there are exceptions, most paints with a high gloss or high sheen will be easier to clean and are best in high traffic areas like the kitchen which require frequent cleaning.
How to Measure Gloss and Sheen
Gloss and sheen are measured by reflection of a single beam of light at a given angle on a surface which is then deflected into a receptor. The receptor measures the reflection on a scale from 0 meaning no gloss, to 100 meaning a reflective mirror-like surface. The only difference in their measurement processes is that gloss is measured at a 65 degree angle and sheen is measured at an 85 degree angle.
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