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About Sheens

Get the look you want – and the protection you need.

Create Dramatic Effects with Sheen

See how sheen effects can add drama and beauty to your home.

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It's great to find the perfect color for your 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 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.



Matte

A matte sheen has a flat, non-reflective finish that's easy to clean, touches up well and will also hide minor surface imperfections.
Applications:
Low-traffic areas; Interior walls and ceilings
Durability:
Medium-Low

Flat

A flat sheen has a matte, non-reflective finish that's easy to clean, touches up well and will also hide minor surface imperfections.
Applications:
Low-traffic areas; Interior walls and ceilings
Durability:
Medium-Low

Flat Enamel

A flat enamel has a slight sheen that will enhance performance and stand up to scrubbing.
Applications:
Interior walls; kids' rooms
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
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
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
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
Durability:
High
 

Sheen Usage Chart

Project
Flat
Flat Enamel
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