Professionals Sheen & Gloss Info

Paint Gloss and Sheen


Measured at a 60° angle, it's the shininess or reflectiveness of a coating.

 paint gloss


Measured at an 85° angle, it's a moderately low degree of gloss that appears flat when viewed near or perpendicular, but glossy when viewed from a low or sharp angle.

 paint sheen

What is Eggshell Paint?

Eggshell paint can refer to a color, usually an off white, but the reference generally refers to a sheen. There is no industry standard for paint sheens, so one company's Eggshell can be another company's Satin, Matte or Low Gloss. At Rodda Paint our Eggshell falls between our Pearl and our Low Gloss having a reflectance value slightly higher than the actual shell of an egg. The benefit to this type of Eggshell is that it is extremely washable, releasing dirt from its surface easily and keeping its fresh look. It is the perfect coating for rooms where you need a little more durability or light reflectance such as kids rooms, rec rooms, dining area's and laundry rooms.


A finish with little or no gloss or sheen. Excellent for hiding small imperfections, but generally not washable. Reduces light glare, especially in 'critical light' situations.

Best uses for flat wall paint: Ceilings, Theater rooms

Velvet Flat / Pearl

A finish ½ way between flat and satin / eggshell. Good at hiding imperfections while adding some washability. Reduces light glare.

Best uses for velvet flat / pearl wall paint: Living rooms, Bedrooms, Dens, Formal Dining Rooms


A finish with a low luster appearance. Washable surface, reflects some light.

Best uses for satin wall paint: Kids Rooms, Kitchen Nooks, Laundry Rooms, Powder Rooms

Eggshell / Low Gloss

A finish ½ way between satin and semi-gloss with a noticeable gloss and sheen. Washable, sometimes scrubbable, but may show surface imperfections. Reflacts light noticeably.

Best uses for eggshell / low gloss wall paint: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms, Mud Rooms, Trim Work


A finish that has noticable gloss and sheen. Washable, sometimes scrubbable surface, but shows surface imperfections. Reflects light noticeably.

Best uses for semi-gloss paint: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Trim Work, Doors, Cabinets, Furniture


A finish with a high degree of gloss and sheen. Scrubbable surface imperfections. Reflects light.

Best uses for gloss paint: Trim, Cabinets, Furniture, Clean Rooms