A fresh coat of paint is a great way to update your bathroom. You can choose a serene color scheme to create a spa-like atmosphere or go for a bright, cheery color to start your day off right.
When planning to paint your bathroom, keep in mind that it might be slightly damp or humid. Because of this, you’ll want to choose a paint that can resist mildew growth.
Finding the Right Color
The color you choose for your bathroom can have a big impact on the overall atmosphere of the space. If you want to create a spa-like space, choose a calming color like blue or green.
If you want to have a cheerful bathroom that feels welcoming, choose a yellow or orange. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, consider using gray or white paint.
Finding the Perfect Finish
The best paint finish for a bathroom is either semi-gloss or gloss. Semi-gloss paint is shiny and can withstand cleaning well, but it may accentuate imperfections on your walls. Both options will give you a finish with some shine that helps the paint resist absorbing extra moisture that leads to mildew growth.
This tight structure is what gives semi-gloss and glossy paints their durability and washability. When you use these paints, you can expect a finish that will be more resistant to staining, fading, and chipping.
Flat paints have a high concentration of pigment particles and less of the resins and binders that give paint its glossy finish. This makes flat paint ideal for creating a rich, deep color, but it also makes the paint more susceptible to moisture. Additionally, flat paint doesn’t stand up well to scrubbing, so it can be difficult to clean walls without damaging the finish. For these reasons, it’s best to use a different type of paint for bathrooms.
The exception to the rule that you should never use a flat paint in a bathroom is if you use paint that is made specifically for bathrooms and is more resistant to mildew. These paints usually come at a higher price, but if you’re set on using a flat paint in your bathroom, they’re worth it.
Oil Paint vs. Latex Paint
Oil-based paints are more durable than latex paints and can be used on both interior and exterior surfaces. However, they’re more difficult to work with and have a strong odor. If you’re planning on painting your bathroom, you can use either type of paint.
If you have a bathroom that’s already been painted with oil paint, you can paint over it with latex paint. You can also paint over latex with oil paint, but you need to use a primer before you paint. The primer will help the oil paint to adhere to the surface.
On an exterior surface, it’s best to use oil-based paint. Exterior surfaces are more likely to come into contact with moisture, so an oil-based paint will be more resistant to peeling and chipping.
There are a few things to keep in mind that may help you make a decision. The type of paint you choose will largely depend on the look you are going for and the amount of humidity in your bathroom. If you are aiming for a more rustic look, an oil-based paint would be a good option. If you want a more modern look, water-based paint would be a better choice.
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