Which Paints to Use for Your Bathroom

dark bathroom with circle mirror

Painting the bathroom can be a good way to spruce it up on a budget. You can give a bathroom a whole new look with new paint, towels to match and a décor plant or nice modern soap dispenser. It can be fun to look at different design and paint trends and let your creative juices flow. One thing that is important to remember Is that when it comes to painting a bathroom you must use mould and mildew resistant paint. Using paint that is resistant to mould will not only resist absorbing water, but it also contains chemicals inside the paint that stop the mildew from growing. Consider the best tips from the experts when it comes to painting your bathroom.

Paint like a professional

You can play around with colour to find the ones that suit your home and style. Going on the manufacturer’s websites will have colour palettes and tools that you can download to your device and connect them with a picture of your room. Colours can often be added to your vanity, bathtub and even the curtains. Some people find picking out paint colours to be a stressful and overwhelming task. This might sound strange, but the colour palette and paint can make a big difference to the room, particularly the bathroom which is often a small room. An option to alleviate this stress is to hire a professional interior designer to support your bathroom renovation or makeover. They can help you find inspiration, narrow down options and pick the right colours.

Use the correct finish

Ensure you pick the right finish. There are many different options when it comes to finishes, some more practical than others. Working with an interior decorator to bring your bathroom design to life will not only make your vision a reality but it will tick all the boxes for functionality and practicality, ensuring your bathroom will respond well to moisture. Satin finish works well in a bathroom because it is shiny but also durable. The shine finish is easy to clean and works well for the trim, ceiling and the walls too. Semigloss is a strong durable finish and very easy to clean and can even be used on the vanity. Prep the walls well as gloss and shiny paint will draw attention to any flaws and imperfections.

Prepping the walls

When using paint, it needs a dry, clean surface to adhere to. If there is existing mildew sitting on the walls then you need to remove this which you can do by using one part bleach and three parts water on a sponge. When you use this mixture ensure you have the room well ventilated with an open window and the exhaust fan running.

Protect everything that isn’t being painted

Small bathrooms can be hard to paint. Applying a painter’s tape to all edges, nooks and crannies will ensure that they stay safe from being painted. Using a sash brush is best, one that has a tapered tip as these have a diagonal cut which makes them easier to control.

There are a few paints that the experts recommended using in bathrooms for their ability to resist mildew growth.

  • Valspar reserve
  • Behr Marquee
  • Clark and Kensington Enamel
  • Benjamin Moor Aura
  • Behr Premium Plus Enamel

Dealing with moisture

Moisture can affect your bathroom in several ways from gathering on the walls and sitting there after a hot steamy bath especially if you don’t turn on the exhaust fan. If you don’t like showering or bathing with the fan, once your shower has finished turn the fan on for a few minutes to help eliminate the steam on the walls. Even just the splashing from washing your hands can come into contact with the walls which can start the growth of mildew. You cannot 100% stop moisture from getting onto the walls but by helping to alleviate it means you can prevent most damage that is caused by moisture. This is all done by firstly choosing the correct paint.

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