There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to paint sheen. Sure, looks matter, but gloss level affects paint performance, too.
“Gloss” or “high gloss” paints are highly reflective, but they also are extremely tough, have superior stain-resistance, and are easy to clean if they do get dirty. So, they’re ideal for high traffic areas. . .or if you have little ones around. But be sure your walls and woodwork are in good shape — glossy paints tend to highlight imperfections in the surfaces you paint.
“Semi-gloss” paints are another good choice if you have young children. They’re somewhat glossy, with good stain resistance. They, too, are easy to clean.
“Eggshell” or “satin” paints have a little luster, so they impart warmth and depth to the surface. They provide more stain resistance than flat paints, but not as much as glossier paints.
“Flat” paints have one big advantage: Being non-reflective, they tend to conceal imperfections in the painted surface. If your walls are irregular or a little banged up, this is the sheen level for you.
Whatever level of sheen you choose, be sure to use a top quality 100% acrylic latex paint for the best overall paint performance.