A fresh coat of paint can instantly transform your bathroom space during your bathroom renovation process. Wherever you are in you can create a spa-like experience in your bathroom by changing the shade and finish of the paint on the walls. Repainting is an affordable and easy way to reinvent. However, you must consider the damp and humid conditions that exist in this space and find the right type of paint. The paint you choose should withstand the constant exposure to moisture and prevent unsanitary conditions like mildew growth. We’ll go over some tips on choosing the ideal paint for your bathroom.
Is Oil Paint Ideal For Bathrooms?
Oil-based paints are often used by painters whenever they want the finish to last for a long time. They are more suitable in applications where the colour will not be changed for a long time. The resin of oil-based paint is formulated to create a hard coating that isn’t breathable. This means that this option will resist stains and rust over time. However, there are some limitations when using oil-based paint in bathrooms:
Latex Paints For Bathrooms
Another option for your bathroom is water-based latex paints. These paints are formulated using a pigment and binder and water is used as a carrier. Most homeowners in opt for latex paints because they are a more environmentally friendly option. Additionally, latex paints come with the following advantages:
When choosing water-based paint, ensure the option you go for is washable. To make your bathroom sanitary, choose latex paints to make cleaning up easier.
Identifying The Right Bathroom Finish
Once you understand the options of bathroom paints at your disposal, the next step is to evaluate the type of finishes available and what would work with your bathroom renovation. The paint finish is not just an aesthetic decision, it will also determine how long your bathroom paint will last. Some finishes don’t have the mould-resistant properties your bathroom needs so you must choose wisely.
As a rule of thumb, avoid applying any flat paint finish on a bathroom space. Flat paints are made with fewer resin and binders in order to ensure that they offer richer colour and low lustre. Due to this, they are more susceptible to moisture infiltration. Flat paints cannot withstand constant scrubbing as the finish is likely to come off. However, there are some flat paint finishes that are designed specifically for bathrooms. They usually come at a higher price, but they are more durable and mildew resistant in humid conditions such as the bathroom. It’s still better to opt for the regular latex paint unless you’re really looking to achieve a flat finish.
Semi-Gloss and Gloss Finishes
Glossy finishes work well in bathrooms because they are meant to help the paint resist absorbing extra moisture. Since gloss repels moisture well, it can help to prevent mildew growth. A glossy finish is made with more resin and binders which provides a tight molecular structure in the formula to repel moisture and for easy cleaning.
The Two Main Advantages of a Glossy Finish Are:
Choosing Paint For The Bathroom Ceiling
One area that you shouldn’t overlook when painting your bathroom is the ceiling. Avoid the cheap coat of flat white paint and choose a suitable gloss or semi-gloss paint that will resist moisture and mildew growth. If you want to avoid drawing too much attention to the bathroom ceiling with a glossy finish, you can opt for a satin finish. Satin finishes have a low level of gloss and can be ideal in bathrooms with low-moisture levels. Another option is eggshell which offers a slight sheen and is more washable than flat paint. You can opt for an acrylic eggshell finish which is ideal in bathrooms and kitchens.
Top Considerations When Painting Your Bathroom
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