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| 3rd April 2020

How to Choose the Right Sheen Level for Your Paint

Before you even think about picking up a paintbrush, it is important to understand the relationship between sheen levels and their suitability for the room being painted. As much as the sheen level is an aesthetic choice, it also has a direct relationship with the durability and washability of your paintwork.

High gloss paints are best used for high contact surfaces, such as doors and trims. Gloss paints are also suitable for kitchens as they are able to disguise the build-up of cooking residues and oils and can withstand frequent cleaning.

Haymes Hawthorn4201 Gemmola
Colour used is Haymes Modesty White

Semi-gloss paints are the best choice for use in areas like bathrooms, laundries and any areas with high levels of moisture and low ventilation, which can promote mould growth. Semi-gloss paints are less porous than other sheen levels, making them more resistant to moisture and also easier to clean. When choosing a paint, it is also important to choose a product that provides protection against mould and mildew growth.

Haymes Hawthorn4348 Gemmola2
Colour used is Haymes Modesty White

The benefit of a low-sheen finish is its ability to hide imperfections, unlike gloss paints that will highlight any surface damage due to their reflective properties. Matt paint has this same benefit, but low-sheen has better washability. This makes low-sheen paints suitable for high traffic areas like living rooms and bedrooms.

Haymes Hawthorn4339 Gemmola2
Colour used is Haymes Morocco Sand

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Photography by Martina Gemmola and styling by Ruth Welsby.