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Good to Know: What Sheen Means

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You've picked a color, so what sheen should you use? Learn what sheen means, and discover the difference it can make in your space. Does flat fit you best or should you go glossy? Watch this and find out.

Once you've picked the color of your room, you'll want to decide how much sheen - that is how shiny - you want the paint to be.

There are basically 4 different amounts of sheen: flat, satin, semigloss, and gloss. Sheen means the level of gloss in your paint. Flat has the lowest level, with a smooth matte finish. However, it's also the hardest to clean. It's best for low traffic areas. Satin bring warmth and depth to a space and it's easier to clean than flat. Satin works for most rooms. Semigloss gives a noticeable shine. It's easy to clean and great for kids rooms, kitchens, and baths. But semigloss will point up imperfections. Gloss is last. It's shiny, tough, and durable; it's best for baseboards, doors, and trim - areas with a lot of wear and tear. You can also use it somewhere you want to draw attention.

Find all your painting supplies at www.Lowes.com/Paint.