What is the right paint for a bathroom?

Choosing the right paint for a bathroom involves much more than choosing your favorite shade. You need to choose a paint that can resist moisture and mildew, as bathrooms are often damp environments.

Semi-gloss paints offer some of the best bathroom finishes. This kind of paint creates a slightly shiny finish that repels moisture, therefore reducing the risk of mildew developing on your bathroom walls. Semi-gloss paint is also easy to clean. You just simply wipe down painted surfaces with a slightly damp cloth. Choose a semi-gloss paint that is specifically designed for bathrooms to ensure mold stays away.

If you want a slightly less shiny finish on your bathroom walls, choose satin paint, which is another popular choice for bathrooms. Satin paint is very durable and can stand up to regular cleaning and scrubbing.

Matte or flat paint is not a good choice for a bathroom. This kind of paint doesn’t stand up well to the moisture that is typically present in a bathroom. Thus, this paint is likely to fade quickly and could allow mildew to develop. If you have your heart set on a flat paint finish in your bathroom, you’ll need to apply a sealer over the paint to protect it from moisture in the air.

If your bathroom walls have bumps, warping or other flaws, you may want to consider eggshell paint. This paint offers a matte surface that can hide imperfections more convincingly than other styles of paint. Note that most brands of regular household eggshell paint don’t repel water, so you must choose one that is designed for use in bathrooms.

The final step in choosing the right paint for a bathroom is picking the perfect color. Many people use neutral colors in their bathrooms, such as beige, brown, gray or soft blue. Bright colors can be too intense in the bathroom, which is often a small space compared to other rooms in the home. Use color swatch cards to decide which paint colors will work best in your bathroom. Hold the cards close to your bathroom floor and furniture to work out which paint colors are best able to complement your bathroom’s features.

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