It’s not just about the color; you have another important decision to make. Selecting the type of paint sheen can have as much or more impact on how a paint meshes with your decorating vision.

The type of sheen you select will depend on what you’re painting. For example, high-traffic areas of the home generally use a different sheen than low-traffic areas. You’d be unlikely to use the same sheen in a bathroom as you would in a family room.

Here’s a guide to the types of sheen offered by paint manufacturers – and what they mean.

Flat – No shine at all.  A flat sheen offers a beautiful matte finish, perfect for low-traffic areas. Remember: bumps and scuffs are easier to see on flat sheens.

Eggshell – A smooth finish with a subtle sheen. Perfect for rooms with moderate traffic.  As a bonus, eggshell sheens are and washable, so scuffs can be removed.

Satin – The ideal balance of very subtle gloss but easily washable.  Most rooms work great with a satin sheen.

Semi-Gloss – Get ready to shine. Offers durability high-traffic, high-moisture areas of the home, like bathrooms, kitchens, and kids’ rooms. Great for trim, too.

High-Gloss – Super durable and very reflective.  Best for room accents like trim, molding, doors, and cabinets.

Ceiling Flat – A matte finish paint made specifically for ceilings, designed to complement any interior sheen while hiding minor surface imperfections.