Color is not the only factor in choosing paint. Qualities like luster and texture also affect the look of the surface painted on. There are various paint sheens with different characteristics. Examples are gloss, flat, and eggshell, which all vary in texture and luster. A gloss sheen makes your surface the really shiny, while a flat luster gives no shine at all. Other kinds like satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss are in the middle, giving off certain degrees of shine. In order of shine, a hi-gloss sheen reflects the most light, then semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, matte, and lastly, flat. The shinier a paint sheen is, the higher the level of scrubbability.

Homeowners and home designers favor certain paint sheens over others for particular areas of the house. For instance, satin and semi-gloss paint sheens are preferred for children’s rooms, as they are not too shiny, yet not too dull and flat. For the family room, dining room, and living room, a more subdued look is favored, therefore giving way to flat, eggshell, and satin sheen finishes. The rooms that favor the shiniest surfaces are the bathroom and kitchen. For these, semi-gloss and hi-gloss paint sheens are perfect.
Whatever you choose, remember that paint sheen significantly affects the look of your room. Even if two surfaces are painted in the same color, they will look totally different when they have different sheens.