Gloss/semi-gloss/mat - which goes where?


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Old 07-13-15, 10:12 AM
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Gloss/semi-gloss/mat - which goes where?

Hi Guys!

I'm getting ready to paint my house. I was told to use a glossy finish on all trim and moulding, and mat on the ceiling.

I am wondering about doors now. Should I go glossy like the trim? I am painting the doors the same color as the trim (white), if that makes a difference.

Also, what about walls? I know I wouldn't put gloss on the walls, but should they be semi-gloss?

Thanks

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All the wood work should be painted the same sheen. Generally the woodwork will have more sheen than the walls/ceiling. Which sheen to use is mostly dependent on personal preference.
 
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Are the doors considered wood work as well?
 
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Yes, doors, casings/jambs, windows, baseboard, crown molding and chair rail are all normally painted the same color/sheen .... although there aren't necessarily any set rules of what to use where. Since woodwork gets the most abuse it works best if it has the toughest and most washable finish.
 
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Semi gloss is a little too much for me on a wall but it's not outside the realm of reasonable.

In your case, I would use the same paint on the doors and trim.
 
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Yikes, I missed the question about the walls I'm not all that fond of semi-gloss on the walls either but IMO it's ok in baths, laundry rms and even hallways or stairwells. I'm partial to satin or eggshell enamel on the walls when something more than flat is desired/needed.
 
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FWIW I generally go satin on walls as well.
 
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There you have it then!

Semi-gloss on all trims and doors, and mat on walls and ceiling.

Thanks Gentlemen!
 
 

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