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Old 08-10-2011, 12:22 AM   #1
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Flat or satin in bedrooms?


I did a search but didn't find anything that really answered my question... what do you pro painters recommend for painting bedrooms, flat or satin? I realize that flat will cover imperfections better, but I'm doing all the drywall/sanding myself so I don't have to worry about hiding imperfections. The walls are about as perfect as I could want, so I don't think there would be a problem using satin. I was just curious what you pros prefer to do in bedrooms if you were painting your own house. Thanks for any advice or opinions.

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My preference is an Eggshell finish. One step above flat and one step under satin. It washes better since it is not as porious as flat. It also shows up your colors better with better light reflection. I do not like the look of satin or semi gloss on a wall, only for the trim, that is just my opinion.

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Thanks, that makes sense. In my mind I was thinking satin was the next finish after flat... totally forgot about eggshell. I'm obviously not a painter, eh?
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Hi,

Here's what I can say:

Flat paints make the color look dull. If you decide to choose a bright color for a bedroom you may want a flat paint. The bedroom won't look so bright with a flat paint compared to a gloss or satin paint. Use this flat paint only if you will never need to wash the surface. Flat shows all marks and does not resist grease or stains

Gloss and satin paints may not be paint you want for an adult bedroom unless you don't mind shiny walls. Pastels are soft, warm colors that are good for bedrooms with activity in them.


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Eggsell is good. There ARE washable flats, but only real paint stores sell them.
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It also depends on your light. If it is darker room, an eggshell or satin may brighten the room a bit. If it is a really bright room, a flat may work well.
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Eggsell is good. There ARE washable flats, but only real paint stores sell them.


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It might just be a regional thing, but here in the Midwest, flat is not used nearly as much as satin or eggshell. Even if they are not scrubbable, the ES & Satin finishes allow you to gently wipe any dirt, marks, blemishes, etc. with relative ease. A flat, in my opinion, is a dirt/dust catcher & is much harder to clean even if it is a true scrubbable paint. I use a lot of SW's Promar 200 Eggshell...........maybe not the best, but it's a workhorse of a paint that would work well in a bedroom.
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And then there is the new sheen- Matte. For instance Regal select matte is my new fav. Is in the sweet spot between an eggshell and flat. really just a very low sheen eggshell.

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