What Type Of Paint For Bathroom? - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

What Type Of Paint For Bathroom?

Q: What is the best paint to use in a bathroom?

A: As a paint-obsessed DIY blogger, I get a lot of questions about the types of paint that should be used for particular projects like how to paint a bathroom. Most paint enthusiasts are in agreement about paint for many things, but the sheen chosen for bathroom walls is often up for debate.

Paint For Bathrooms - Shiny Sheen, Easy Clean

Generally, the shinier the paint sheen, the easier it is to clean and the better it resists moisture. Many people recommend using a semi-gloss in bathrooms since it virtually repels moisture. 

Paint For Bathrooms - Eggshell and Satin Sheen

Eggshell and satin sheens are recommended for a bathroom doesn’t get too much use — like a powder room or guest bathroom.

Well, I don’t believe any of that. I’ve never had mold grow on my bathroom walls themselves (maybe in the tile grout, but that’s a horse of a different color). Even with two kids, any water splashes generally stay contained to the tiled or the bath surround surfaces.

Paint For Bathrooms - When to Use Flat or Matte

If you have a bathroom with good ventilation and the water doesn’t get all over your walls, I think that it’s absolutely fine to use a flat or matte sheen paint for bathroom walls.

As long as you are using a premium brand (like Glidden Paint), you’ll be able to clean your walls without degrading the paint. Paint formulas are so advanced these days that a premium flat paint washes completely differently than a builder’s grade flat paint.

Now that I’ve made your bathroom paint decision easy, you just need to pick a color!

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