I'm preparing to paint the interior of my house and am seeing "satin" finish
interior wall paint, which is new to me. Is this the same as semi-gloss or
somewhere in between flat and semi? What would be the best applications for
this type of paint?
It really depends on your living conditions. Semi-gloss is excellent
for durable situation like tenants, children etc. It's easy to clean
up. The con is that is has a sheen which isn't very appealing compared
A typical 3-tone scheme would be:
Flat Super/Bright White on the ceiling
Satin any color on the walls
HIGH gloos Super/Bright white on the trim and doors.
I would always use Sherwin Williams Satin for my home and only use
semi-gloss in the bathroom or if I had young children. Semi-gloss is
for frequent easy cleanup.
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Thanks, everybody, for the replies. My interior drywall is finished with a
textured, "splatter" finish that is pretty common, I think. Would satin
normally be recommended for this finish, or just smooth surfaces as you
My house has the textured "orange peel" bumpy stuff over plaster and
the satin finish looks fine on it. There is no "shiny" effect and it
holds up well to the occasional cleaning from grubby fingerprints.
I've even used it on paneling with good results.
Lauri in WA
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Mine wall texture is probably similar, it's called a heavy
knock-down finish. We use semi-gloss throughout the house
and like it because it is durable and cleans easily. The
wall texture really reduces the sheen, but some people might
still think it is too shiny. Satin should be just fine.
Manufactures have all sorts of names for sheens between
semi-gloss and flat; in addition to satin there is
egg-shell, but be sure to look at the color cards or better
a swab of real paint on a card. At Home-Depot, you can
bring the paint back if you don't like it for any reason.
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