Choosing a paint sheen might seem like a minor design consideration, especially when compared to choosing a color. But, the right sheen for a job involves an important visual and functional consideration.
For a more in-depth look at paint sheens here’s a link to the Shewrin Williams Sheen Guide:
Interior Paint Sheens
Here are the No Drip Painting sheen(s) recommendations for interior painting.
- Ceilings: Flat
- Walls: Flat, Matte (or eggshell), Satin
- Woodwork, Doors, Trim, Cabinets: Satin, Semi Gloss
Note: We only use high quality washable paints from Sherwin Williams. Even the flat paints we will use be washable (except ceiling paints) unless otherwise discussed.
Typically, you go 1-2 sheen levels higher from walls to woodwork. For example, if you put a flat or matte on your walls then we would suggest going with a Satin or Semi Gloss on your woodwork, doors, trim, built-ins, etc.
If you choose a Satin for your walls then most often we would choose a Semi Gloss for your woodwork.
What about Gloss?
A high gloss is an option, but needs to be used when it makes sense. If there is a design element that comes into play a high gloss paint might help accomplish the goal. No Drip Painting can help guide you when it comes to these type of decisions because a high gloss paint should only be used in special circumstances.
Exterior Paint Sheens
- Facia, Soffits, Gutters, Downspouts: Low Luster, Satin
- Stucco, Wood Siding, Vinyl Siding, Hardy Plank: Flat, Low Luster, Satin
- Doors/Garage Doors: Low Luster, Satin
- Shutters: Low Luster, Satin
Note: Most exterior paints do not come in Semi Gloss. Satin is the replacement for exterior paints only and it has a bit more shine than a “typical” satin you might be use to.
Currently, limewash only comes in one sheen which is flat. If you want more information on limewash here’s a link to our preferred product by Romabio:
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