Painting your bathroom is a great way to spruce things up and give the room a whole new look without doing a complete renovation overhaul. The best part is, that since bathrooms are usually relatively small, this project shouldn’t take more than an afternoon to complete!
That being said, before you run to grab the extra can of paint that’s been collecting dust in your garage and dive into it, there’s one thing you should consider. Bathrooms are wet. Yes, this is a fairly obvious fact, but many people don’t realize that because bathrooms are so moist, using certain kinds of paint can be disastrous.
Here’s a breakdown of some different paint types, and how well they’ll hold up in your bathroom:
Flat paint has a nice matte finish, but it is very porous and absorbs moisture and dirt like nobody’s business, therefore it shouldn’t be used in bathrooms under any circumstances.
Eggshell paint is also fairly matte, but with a slight sheen to it. It’s easier to scrub than flat paint, but still retains a fair bit of moisture and is ideal for dry or low-traffic areas.
Satin paint has a nice medium-level of gloss to it, and is a good choice for dryer bathrooms like guest and powder rooms. If you’ve got kids however, or frequently make spills and splashes in the bathroom, then stay away.
Semi-gloss is usually the paint of choice for experienced bathroom renovators.It has a beautiful shine to it, which does a great job of locking out moisture.
High-gloss paint also does an amazing job of holding up in wet areas, but its ultra-shiny finish puts off many people. It might not be the best choice for large wall surfaces, but it looks great on cupboards or trims.
If however, you were set on using a flat or eggshell finish in your bathroom, there’s no need to fret. Many companies are now making specialized mold and mildew resistant bathroom paint. These paints are specially formulated to lock out moisture, and are available almost all sheens. The only downside is that they’re a bit more expensive, and usually available in fewer colors.
When it comes down to it, the decision is up to you. If you decide to paint your bathroom in a matte finish, you’re not likely to see any immediate problems. And if you and your family rarely make splashes and avoid taking long steamy showers, then you might not have any issues in the future either. That said, if you want to be safe and avoid extra renovations and repairs in the near future, then these are some good guidelines to go by.