If you follow me on my A2D Facebook page then you know I had paint drama this weekend. Last Thursday, I had purchased a gallon of Behr paint in a beautiful deep black called Beluga in a satin finish. Satin paint is my “go to” sheen. Well, either that or eggshell (and frankly, I usually can’t tell much of a difference between the two). So this time, I was on autopilot when I ordered my paint, and I asked for satin.
I was pretty disappointed with the result. My office walls are incredibly textured, which I don’t like, but there’s no way I’m spending the time it would take to smooth out the walls. Nope, I’m living with the texture. But I hadn’t counted on my satin finish paint making the texture stand out even more.
After getting people’s input on it, and wrestling back and forth with options for several hours, I finally decided yesterday that I just didn’t like it, and it needed to be fixed. So back to Home Depot I went, and got a gallon of Beluga in Flat Enamel (which is actually different from Flat Matte).
I’m so glad I did. The wall still has a bit of a sheen to it, similar to what a satin sheen looks like in lighter colors. But I no longer have the light bouncing off the walls highlighting all of that heavy texture. You can see the satin finish at the top of the photo below, and the flat enamel finish at the bottom.
I’m very pleased with the new flat enamel finish, and so glad I took the time to repaint the walls. It’s one of those things that would have bothered me had I not corrected it.
So, for the first time that I can remember, my “go to” paint sheen didn’t work out for me. And perhaps in the process, I’ve found a new favorite “go to” paint sheen.
So what about you? Do you have a favorite “go to” paint sheen for walls? Or perhaps you have two. Do you use satin in all of your high traffic areas, and flat in your less trafficked areas? Do you use eggshell throughout your whole house? Or are you a brave one who sticks with flat throughout because you don’t like any shine?
If you selected more than one, leave a comment and tell me about your system. Do you use satin in bathrooms and kitchen, and flat everywhere else?