Unwritten rules about the way many of us decorate our homes dictate that trims should be painted in high gloss with ceilings in bright matt white, for example. But the truth is that you can be as creative with sheen as you are with colour and use it to your advantage. For instance, the chalky matt nature of Estate Emulsion would allow you to disguise uneven walls, while the new Modern Eggshell would allow you to highlight your favourite pieces of furniture. To explain the advantages of unusual use of sheen, we have put together a simple finishes guide, containing the basics of finishes and where to use them. Then we go on to explain how you can add a twist to your home with a little play with sheen.
Simple finishes guide:
Estate Emulsion creates the signature chalky matt finish, making it suitable for your interior walls and ceilings throughout the home. (2% sheen)
Estate Eggshell is a very durable silk finish, especially suited to metal, wood and kitchen cabinets. (20% sheen)
Dead Flat is a traditional, very flat matt finish suited best to interior wood, plaster and metal surfaces. (2% sheen)
Modern Emulsion is a high performance interior walls and ceilings paint, and is the perfect alternative to Estate Emulsion due to its slightly higher sheen. (7% sheen)
Modern Eggshell extremely durable mid sheen finish, especially suited to floors, staircases, kitchen cabinets and interior metal. (40% sheen)
Exterior Eggshell similar to Estate Eggshell, it is a very durable silk finish, but suited best to exterior wood and metal. (20% sheen)
Full Gloss is the most durable high gloss finish, especially suited to interior and exterior wood and metal. (95% sheen)
WHAT TO PAINT
Front Doors are a brilliant place to start experimenting. Try Full Gloss finish with 95% sheen for a striking entrance or opt for a relaxed first expression with the not-so-bold Exterior Eggshell (20% sheen)
Furniture such as the outside of wardrobes or cupboards would look quirky with a flat matt on the outside – Dead Flat has only 5% finish, and Full Gloss within, adding a secret pocket of sheen.
Bathrooms & Kitchens are the place to use the mould resistant Modern Emulsion. Combine this hardy finish with Modern Eggshell on cabinetry and trim for a noticeable shift from matt walls to mid sheen woodwork.
Ceiling and door frames in Wimborne White No.239 and walls in Lulworth Blue No.89 | Estate Emulsion, Modern Emulsion & Modern Eggshell
Walls, cupboards and chair in Teresa's Green No.236 | Estate Emulsion & Modern Eggshell
Walls and cupboard in India Yellow No.66 and floor strip in Green Smoke No.47 | Modern Emulsion & Modern Eggshell
Ceiling in Mouse's Back No.40, doors in Green Smoke No.47 and basin in Pointing No.2003 | Modern Emulsion & Modern Eggshell