Our bathrooms take quite a knock as they are the most moisture-intensive room in the house. From hot baths to steaming showers, the bathroom is subject to vast amounts of condensation which means that the paint job in your bathroom needs to be failsafe.
Painting advice is priceless when it comes to your bathroom. Often, a paint job seems simple and hassle-free due to the small space but it is important to pay special attention to the coats of paint that are applied in the bathroom. To avoid damp patches, running colour and stains, it is important to ensure that your choice of paint and the manner in which you paint your bathroom are suitable to the conditions. Follow these tips on how to create a freshly and properly painted bathroom.
Choose the Correct Paint
Due to the high levels of moisture, the choice of bathroom paint needs to be resistant to heat and moisture to avoid the paint from ‘running’. This is when the pigments in the paint begin to run due to the heat and leave oily yellow or grey streaks along the walls. Choose long lasting paint that is easy to apply and a colour that will maximise the space in the bathroom. Beware of choosing colours that will make the bathroom look and feel smaller.
Think about the chore of cleaning the bathroom walls to prevent mould and mildew – the paint that you select needs to be able to weather regular and intense cleaning with chemicals that can combat mould and mildew or at least prevent it. The glossier the paint, the easier it is to clean and the more resilient it is to fungus.
Scrub the Walls
Before you begin your DIY bathroom project, ensure that you scrub the walls to remove any existing moisture or mildew. It is important to scrub around the shower and sink and to clean the walls with a good detergent. Rinse the walls and let them dry properly before painting as soap scum will result in flaking paint. Ensure that there is enough ventilation for the moisture and later, the paint, to dry.
Pick a Light Colour
The small size of a bathroom makes it difficult to choose darker colours as it causes the room to look smaller. Pick a lighter colour that will make the room look more spacious and airy. A classic white bathroom looks good in any home while pastel colours, lights creams and cappuccinos also work well for the bathroom space. Remember that lighter colours can fade if the paint is not suited to the conditions of the bathroom.
Finishing Touches in White
To ensure that your bathroom looks fresh, neat and crisp, use a glossy white paint to touch up the trimmings. Wait until your wall paint is dry and add a light masking tape to the areas that are at risk of splashes or stains and use the white gloss paint to cover all the trimmings in your bathroom. This will also ensure that wooden skirting or trimming is protected from moisture. Glossy, water-based enamel paint always takes longer to dry. If the paint is sticky, it still needs time to set. Once the trimmings are dry, remove the tape and admire your work!
Treat your bathroom to a fresh coat of paint and you will notice the difference immediately! Be sure to follow these tips to guarantee a neat and professional-looking paint job. For a selection of paints that are suitable for your bathroom, visit our paint page and take your pick!