Kitchens are one of the busiest and certainly most used rooms in any home. A lifetime of food preparation, several times a day leaves any kitchen with its share of dirt and grime. So designing your kitchen with ease of clean up as a priority is an understandable move.
One place where we don’t want kitchen grime is the walls. Every now and then, splashes or mists occur that go beyond the backsplashes.
So what is the best finish for these spots?
In fact, what is the best sheen for your kitchen?
Is it a matt kitchen finish or a glossy one?
5 Levels of Sheen
Let’s take a look at the different levels of sheen that we can choose from when picking the right finish for the kitchen.
The amount of sheen in paint is determined by the number of resins and binders that go into the particular paint. So the shinier the finish, the more resins and binders in them, the sturdier and more durable they are.
More paint pigments or colour than resins make the paint more flat or matte and less durable. If we look at the “sheen” spectrum of paint, then we can grade them according to how much sheen they possess.
Matte or flat finish does not have any sheen at all. This is the finish you do not want on the kitchen walls because they are impossible to clean. Sometimes, the only remedy is to paint over any stubborn dirt or smudge.
However, a matt kitchen finish is the most attractive finish.
Eggshell finish is almost flat but with that tiniest bit of sheen that resembles an uncracked eggshell. If you are going for a flat finish, then this is the least you can use.
Satin finish is slightly better than the eggshell. There is a sheen that can be discerned but appears dull.
This is the best finish for the kitchen because it is easier to clean, and the sheen is easy enough on the eyes. It also hides imperfections on the walls very well.
Semi-gloss has a more pronounced sheen, almost glossy, and should be the last on your list in the sheen spectrum. Still, an ideal finish for the kitchen owing to its ease of clean up and maintenance.
Glossy as the name implies is the shiniest of the bunch. This is the easiest to clean and maintain, highly durable but not desirable as a kitchen finish because of too much flash. The tiniest imperfection on the finished surface becomes visible, and it takes away the warmth and the domestic appeal of the kitchen.
This finish will give your kitchen the industrial look which is not always ideal design wise.
The best paint finishes for the kitchen is satin or semi-gloss. While a flatter sheen such as designer kitchens finish is easy on the eyes, it is difficult to maintain and keep clean. Satin or semi-gloss finishes have just the right amount of sheen that makes it easy to wipe down dirt and grime while not being overly flashy.
February 6, 2018