We wrote about what sheen, gloss or kintab means, and here is Kriz giving us a rundown again in this DIY video about the different Boysen paint finishes.

Boysen has different paint finishes, from the most shiny to the most matte – duco, gloss, semi-gloss, satin, matte, and flat.

What causes the different surface luster in dried paint? The answer can be found in the paint formulation, specifically, the ratio of pigment to binder. The more the pigments a paint has, the less shiny it is. Or the more the binder the paint has, the more shiny it is.

Read “Which Paint Finish is Best for Your Interiors”.

You decide on whether you want your wall to look shiny or not, based on aesthetics. However, there’s more to it than that. If you have high sheen, the more durable the paint is, which means for example that you use glossy paint on high traffic areas like children’s rooms, kitchens, hallways.

We always recommend to use Boysen’s flat paint on ceilings because it is less durable and has high dirt pick-up. If you use flat paint on your wall, for example, and grimy hands touch the wall, you will find it harder to clean it.

Here is an infographic to make it easier for you to see what paint sheen should go where.

Boysen's Guide to Different Paint Finishes

Other Considerations in Choosing Paint Sheen

There are other things to consider when choosing the paint sheen aside from whether the area you are painting is a low- or a high-traffic one.

Functionality is also another thing you have to keep in mind.


When you are looking around the room you will be painting, consider whether that is a place which gets a lot of natural light or not. If not, then a glossy paint would serve the room better because surfaces that have been painted with it will reflect back light which enters the room.

Matte paint absorbs the light instead of reflecting it.

Quality of the Surface

If you’ve got perfectly smooth walls, then by all means, paint it glossy. But if your walls have lots of bumps, it is best to go matte because this paint finish will not highlight those imperfections like a glossy paint would.

If you love the duco finish on your kitchen cabinets, you have to prepare the surface very well. You need to sand it thoroughly until it’s smooth like a billiard ball. Any protruding nails should be hammered down and then sealed with putty.

Matte and Magnificent

Boysen threw out the guide book when it created its ultra-premium line Virtuoso. This is a real breakthrough paint that has a matte finish which looks very contemporary. But it contains Teflon™ surface protector technology that provides a defensive layer against soil and other stains. It’s beautiful and very durable. It is very easy to clean that you can even use it in your children’s rooms.

Here are the reasons why Virtuoso is a standout.

Product Highlight: Virtuoso Silk Touch

Do you have any questions before you go to any of our Mix and Match stations to buy your paint? Just call (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours and talk to the friendly and competent Boysen technical experts.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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