Bathrooms can be reborn thanks to new colors and paint. Picking color over tile is a more aesthetic choice, but not so practical. With daily splash backs, condensation and other water-related issues, paint may get damaged over time. This can be avoided by following a few simple guidelines. Check out our tips when it comes to picking the right paint for the job.
The ultimate humidity room, the paint used for the bathroom needs special attention, especially when it comes to its walls and ceiling. Between splashes and condensation, the paint needs to be water-resistant to maintain its colors throughout the years. If the paint can be “washed,” it should be good enough.
For the areas around the shower, bath and sink, where condensation will be the worst, more impervious paints will be required. When in doubt, check specialized bathroom paints. Thanks to a thin layer of protection, walls will be preserved from moisture and other aggression.
Gloss or acrylic?
Oil-based paints are notorious for their resistance, specifically in humid climate. However, they have numerous issues. They are usually made of toxic components that may be pose health and environmental problems. Its application is more complex, and its dry-time is even longer. Today, special bathroom acrylic paints are usually recommended.
The finish is also an important criteria. Like the kitchen, matte finish should be avoided due to its permeability. Even if a few brands offer “water-proof” matte, a satin finish will usually be more appropriate.
When working with paint, it is extremely important to be working on a clean and proper wall. In other words, a smooth surface without any imperfection. It’s fairly common for bathroom walls to need preparation prior to the paint. Be careful to not overlook this step.
From a basic wash, to surface treatment, or even sanding, the preliminary work will depend on how your wall looks. On a proper surface with a matte paint, a damp sponge will suffice.
If it’s a more shiny paint, light sanding may be needed to allow the new paint to permeate properly.
If the wall is damaged, remove the dirt, and then sand the wall to smooth it out.
For worst cases (uneven surface or very dark colored paint), first apply a suitable undercoat.
Far from its clichéd sea blue colors, the modern bathroom takes a step back from its water roots to bring a variety of shades. Cherry red, bright orange, or even grey, the color you will choose will either boost up or calm down the room. Try to avoid green or pale yellow (not very flattering hues).
Depending on the atmosphere, the goal is to truly be happy with the color picked. After all, this is a room where most people like to spend some quality time looking at walls.