Hardwood Sheens: Matte, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss

Hardwood Sheens

The Unique Features of Hardwood Sheens

Which one will make your home look its best?

As you are considering your hardwood flooring options there are a lot of elements to keep in mind – the color of the wood, the type of wood, the cost of the wood etc. But one of the most important and most overlooked elements is hardwood sheens, or the degree to which the wood shines. This has a huge affect on the look of the floors and the look of the space around the floors. To help you find the best option for your home and flooring budget, we have described the three most common types of hardwood sheens below.


Hardwood sheen is measured on a scale of luster. The highest degree is 100% luster, which will be almost blindingly bright. At the low end is a matte sheen which has about 25% luster. People have strong feelings in both directions about a matte sheen. Some find the look to be dull, while others think it gives the floors a clean look. In either case, matte sheens have been popular in Europe for many years and are starting to gain popularity in America. If you love the look of hardwood but don’t want your floors to be the focal point of your home décor, the flat look of matte hardwood sheens might be ideal.

Semi-GlossHardwood Sheens

Semi-gloss floors have about a 55% luster. That makes them a solid choice for homeowners that want something a little bolder than a matte finish, but also more subdued than a glossy finish. There are a few other considerations to keep in mind when debating hardwood sheens.

The sheen of a hardwood floor does not affect the durability or longevity of the floor.

Also, the shinier you go, the more that dust and dirt show up on the surface of the floor.


Glossy floors have about a 70% luster. To put that into perspective, imagine a gym floor or the floor of a bowling alley. Many people find this particular hardwood sheen to be too shiny, but in some rooms and some design schemes the reflective quality of these floors can serve as a bold design element. Keep in mind that floors with this hardwood sheen will require the most amount of maintenance because they will show every spec of dust and dirt and often footprints too. When they are clean, however, they can be stunning.

Explore Different Hardwood Sheens at Just Around the Corner

It can be difficult to picture how each one of these sheens actually looks, and even harder to imagine how they will look in your home. That’s why it’s best to work closely with a quality hardwood flooring supplier whose experience and expertise can help guide your decision. When you’re ready to start considering options, make your way to Just Around the Corner. And before then, consider the benefits of a unique allergy-friendly hardwood floor.

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