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About Interior Paint Sheens

Get the look you want and the protection you need for any room in your home.

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It's great to find the perfect color for your interior painting project, but finding the proper sheen is just as important. Choosing the proper sheen for the different surfaces and areas of your home will help you choose the best interior product and get the most from your paint for a beautiful look that will stand the test of time. Visit the Color Center at your local Home Depot for more tips on choosing the right sheen for your project.


Flat

A flat sheen has a non-reflective finish that touches up well and hides minor surface imperfections.
Applications:
Low-traffic areas; interior walls and ceilings
Areas:
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
Durability:
Medium-Low

Matte

A matte sheen has a low-luster reflective finish that is durable, easy to clean, touches up well and also hides minor surface imperfections.
Applications:
Low-traffic areas; interior walls
Areas:
Family rooms, living rooms, kid's rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, ceilings
Durability:
Medium

Eggshell Enamel

An eggshell enamel sheen has a soft, velvety appearance that resists dirt and grime as well as mildew.
Applications:
Moderate-traffic areas
Areas:
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kid's rooms, hallways, dining rooms
Durability:
Medium

Satin Enamel

A satin enamel has a pearl-like finish that's easy to clean.
Applications:
All Interior surfaces; moderate- to high-traffic areas
Areas:
Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms, kid's rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
Durability:
Medium-High

Semi-Gloss Enamel

A semi-gloss paint has a sleek, radiant sheen that resists mildew, moisture and wear.
Applications:
Cabinets and trim; high-traffic, high-moisture areas
Areas:
Kid's rooms, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters
Durability:
High

Hi-Gloss Enamel

Hi-Gloss paints have a brilliant, shiny appearance and a durable, glass-like finish that allows dirt and grime to be wiped clean.
Applications:
High-use surfaces
Areas:
Kitchens, bathrooms, doors, windows, trim, cabinets, shutters, interior furniture
Durability:
High
 

Interior Sheen Usage Chart

Use this chart to help you easily choose the best sheen of paint for your upcoming indoor paint projects.

Project
Flat
Matte
Eggshell
Satin
Semi-Gloss
Hi-Gloss
Family Rooms
Living Rooms
Bedrooms
Kid's Rooms
Hallways
Kitchens
Bathrooms
Doors
Windows
Trim
Cabinets
Shutters
Interior Furniture
Dining Rooms
Ceilings
Garage Doors