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April 24, 2014
What You'll Get
Painting a room can add character, removing the need for posters that are actually just pieces of paper with "motorcycle" written on them. Decorate for real with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $75 for interior painting for one room ($170 value)
- $199 for interior painting for three rooms ($510 value)
Matte, Satin, or Gloss? Lighting Up a Room with Paint
Is there a difference between satin and eggshell? Is latex paint less shiny than oil-based paint? How do you measure gloss, anyway? Find out with Groupon's look at paint sheen.
Velvet. Platinum. Pearl. Suede. These aren’t paint colors—they’re levels of sheen, which have fancifully proliferated since the days when interior paint came only in flat, semi-gloss, and gloss. The truth is, assigning sheen levels isn’t an exact science. A 2003 study in PaintPro found that, when checked with a gloss meter (a tool that measures reflection from a surface), paints placed in the same category of sheen in fact varied considerably between brands, with latex paints in particular tending to reflect less light than their counterparts. From lowest to highest sheen, here’s a look at the most common categories along this slippery continuum.
Flat/Matte: At the lowest end of the sheen spectrum, matte paints do wonders to hide the surface imperfections that glossier paints can highlight. Because they tend to hold dirt, they’re most often used on low-traffic surfaces such as bedroom walls or the ceilings of non-lizard households.
Eggshell/Low-Luster: Named “eggshell” because their slight sheen evokes that of a freshly painted egg, low-luster paints create an elegant look that is easier to wash than flat paints. As with all paints that fall somewhere between matte and semi-gloss, eggshell paints can create a subtle sense of warmth and depth in a room.
Satin: Satin paints are easier to clean than eggshell, and thus ideal for higher-traffic rooms, such as kids’ bedrooms.
Semi-Gloss: Paints with glossy qualities tend to show nicks and uneven surfaces, but they can also stand up to a lot more scrubbing. These paints are ideal for wet or messy environments, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
Gloss/High Gloss: The shiniest paint variety, high-gloss provides a look reminiscent of enamel or even plastic. It’s most often used to highlight smooth and carefully prepared surfaces, such as trim, woodwork, cabinets, and doors.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. 48hr cancellation notice required. Valid only within 15 miles of 32809. Room must be ready at time of appointment. Customer must supply own paint. Valid for rooms up to 12'x15'x8’. Valid only for walls; extra fee for trim, doors, ceiling, and patchwork. Extra fee for more than 2 coats of paint. May buy 3-room option and have 1 room of 12'x15'x8' and 1 room that is up to 21'x22'x15' and have only 2 rooms painted instead of 3. Valid only for standard paint job. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.