What Is The Difference Between A Satin And A Matt Finish?
When looking to finish up your flooring, we always recommend doing so with an hard wax oil. Whilst there are many different brands available, of which we take a look at in our guide to oak floor finishes, all of them offer their products in either a satin or a matt finish.
Firstly it is important to note that the different brands have their own terms to describe their products. Blanchon have their Natural or Satin finishes, Osmo have their Matt or Satin-Matt whilst Fiddes have Clear Matt or Clear Satin. Despite the naming all of these are effectively a Matt or Satin finish respectively.
So what exactly is the difference between these two finishes, and which is best for me?
When finished onto oak, the satin hard wax oil finish will leave it with a warm, almost honey colour. This finish will also have a slight sheen, making it a popular choice for home owners for creating that warm feel.
A Matt finish on the other hand is often seen as providing a more natural, unstated feel to your oak. More recently the Matt finish has become increasingly popular and is often chosen for the inside of more contemporary environments. That said, the Matt can look often look equally as great when used in more classical settings.
So which finish is right for me? In the end this really does come down to your own personal preference and the room environment. What you plan to coat up with the oil can also make a huge difference, as proved with our brown oak flooring. These special boards consist of deep stripes which is caused by naturally occurring fungus within the oak tree. To really bring out these stripes, we recommend that the brown oak boards are finished with a satin finish. This can leave the oak boards with a real dramatic look.
If you require any more information regarding satin and matt finishes, then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01538 304584.