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Paint - Which Sheen?

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Paint - Which Sheen?

I am painting my first floor which consists of the entrance, hallway, kitchen, dinning room and family room (open concept). What sheen do you recommend? I currently have builder "flat" paint which is horrible. I need something that I will be able to clean. I was thinking about "eggshell". What does everyone use?

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Anxious wrote: I am painting my first floor which consists of the entrance, hallway, kitchen, dinning room and family room (open concept). What sheen do you recommend? I currently have builder "flat" paint which is horrible. I need something that I will be able to clean. I was thinking about "eggshell". What does everyone use?

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I used to use eggshell.
It works well, smooth and easy to clean. If you are okay with slight sheen, i definitely recommend eggshell.


Call me crazy but new place I am planning to use the flat paint again because I prefer the really matte look on the wall...eggshell and satin both has a bit of sheen to it.

Which brings me to the question, which paint has the smoothest touch but still has the flat/matte look?
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We are painting whole house minus basement with Benjamin Moore Aura. Painter recommended 'matte' finish on walls saying that although 'matte' in the past was not cleaned easily, Aura matte on the other hand is easy to clean. If you do a search for that paint, you'll reach pages with that paint's features. Also, said painter, the colour of the paint comes out richer in the matte finish.
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Most people will do eggshell for common living areas. Provides a nice finish with a little reflection.

If you want a little bit more sheen then Pearl.

I would use matte for the garage, and semi-gloss for trim. Depending on colour and physical state of front door, semi-gloss or glossy, lots of dings or bleh colour, pearl.
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