How to Select the Correct Paint Sheen for
Every Decorating Project!
by Julie Rieman
Description: Tips for choosing a paint sheen for your home decorating projects.
When selecting an interior paint most likely you wonder about which
type and brand to purchase. Once you have gotten over the hurdle of
choosing a color, there are some important facts to consider in selecting
your paint type. You may take your color swatches to any retailer and
purchase whichever brand you prefer. With the computer color matching
systems available today your color swatch is all that is needed. (The
retailers all steal each others color codes.) You really just need a one inch
square for the paint to be matched. Today, you can even bring a piece
of fabric to be color matched! Just expect to wait a little while for
your mix to be completed.
When dealing with interior paint it is not the brand that matters so
much as the sheen.
No Sheen/Difficult to Wash
Hides any wall imperfections
Always use on ceilings ~Not a good choice for walls especially if there
are children in the home.
Slight sheen/Washes Well
Hides most wall imperfections
Great for high traffic areas
My sheen of choice
Fairly High Sheen/Extremely Washable
Wall imperfections will show
Only recommend for very high traffic areas
Typically used in baths and kitchens
High Sheen/Extremely Durable
Not a good choice for wall surfaces
Every wall imperfection will show!
Often recommended for baths and kitchens. (Not necessary)
Great choice for painting furniture pieces
Extremely High Sheen
Never use this sheen on your walls
Great choice for doors and trim
Perfect for furniture pieces
Julie Rieman is an accomplished instructor in the arts of faux painting
and interior redesign.. She offers two and four day classroom or online
interior redesign training. If you live in the Twin Cities area, you
can invite Julie into your home for a personalized consultation. For more
information about any of her decorating services and training
opportunities please visit http://www.allaboutredesign.com and
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