Gloss, semi-gloss, low sheen, or matt? With each option offering different benefits, here are some helpful tips for choosing the sheen level that’s right for you.
Sheen refers to how shiny a paint is and how much light is reflected from its surface. Choosing the right level of sheen depends on what you are painting and the effect that you’re after.
Whilst product quality is important, one of the most important things to consider when selecting a sheen level is the amount of foot traffic in your home and the wear and tear on the surface. Rooms like kitchens will benefit from a more durable finish like Dulux Wash&Wear +PLUS Kitchen&Bathroom Low Sheen or Semi Gloss, whilst front doors and skirting might require a gloss finish for ease of clean and reduced marking.
In addition to durability, the level of sheen in paint can have an impact on the way colour appears. Higher gloss paints are shiny and therefore very reflective, which can make colours appear darker than their Low Sheen or Matt counterparts. We always recommend testing your chosen colour and sheen on your surfaces before starting your paint project.