What is the best sheen to use for paint?

There is universal rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens or finish: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. It’s the paint sheen, or finish, that affects how the color appears. And that depends on whether it absorbs light or reflects it. Most people think that the paint they chose from a swatch at the paint store is going to look the exact same way in their home and that isn’t necessarily the case. Paint finishes or sheens range from completely “flat” or matte to shiny or “high-gloss.” Glossier finishes contain higher levels of resin and lower levels of pigmentation, whereas less shiny ones contain more pigment than resin. You also need to consider they type of texture you have on your walls. Eggshell finishes are often used in bathrooms, kitchens, kids’ rooms, and other high-traffic areas. You also want to consider that the amount of natural light you have or don’t have will effect the way the paint looks on your walls at home. We always recommend getting some sample colors in different sheens from your local professional paint supply store and applying them to your walls to make sure the color will work. Please be aware that if you don’t use a primer, the color will appear different on the wall than if you prime your walls first. There are many “two in one” paints that already have primer mixed in, but it makes a difference if your existing walls are painting light or dark. We live in San Antonio, Texas and most of our clients want the best bang for their buck, which is why we carry a “good, better and best” option for interior and exterior paint. Our color experts can advise you on the best paint recommendation depending on what type of project you tackling. We can even mix a custom caulk for you to match the paint you decide to go with. Save your extra paint and bring it back in so we can make a spray paint for easy touch ups down the road.

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