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flat,gloss,eggshell,low sheen paints?

flat,gloss,eggshell,low sheen paints?

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Flat paint is mainly used for ceilings. It is not easily wiped clean, so is not recommended for walls. Gloss is used mainly for trim. It is shiny and easily wiped clean. Eggshell and satin are used for walls in bedrooms, living rooms, foyers etc. Semi gloss paint is primarily used on walls in kitchens and bathrooms since it is easier to clean than satin, egg shell or flat. Most people do not paint their walls with gloss paint, it is too shiny and gives off a glare. Another recommendation, is to use latex paint instead of oil paint. Latex cleans up with soap and water and the fumes aren't as strong. It dries in a few hours versus oil paints which can take days.
Here's some common terms for paint sheen and how shiny they are: FLAT or MATTE - no sheen PEARL , SATIN, or EGGSHELL - low-medium sheen SEMI-GLOSS - medium-high sheen GLOSS, or HIGH-GLOSS - high-sheen The difference used to be the higher the gloss, the more durable the finish and the easier to clean. Now all of the major paint companies (incl. Hope Depot's Bear, Lowe's Valspar) carry flat or matte paints that are extremely durable and scrubbable. This is also true for some 'professional' paints that are frequently used by DIYers, like Ben Moore or California Paints. The general rule on walls is that flat finishes will make a room appear larger, and glossy finishes will make a room appear smaller. The only time I use wall paints with any kind of sheen to them is when I'm painting a space that could use a little grounding; like a very high ceiling in a huge open space. A shiny finish will reflect light and make the room feel a bit smaller and more welcoming. Or when I'm using a very dark and rich, or vibrant color. A slight sheen in these dark-colored paints can help keep them from looking dingy. In general, I use matte paint on walls, and pearl or semigloss on trim. I save high gloss for exterior trim only. I hope this helps.
Eggshell Vs Flat
Personally, I'd say use a semi-gloss paint on the legs -- it's more washable than satin paint and the difference in reflection isn't much if any because the planes that'll reflect light at any point are small compared to the table top. Just do a good paint/poly job and don't use flat paint unless you want that shabby chic or a dirty/rustic look.
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