Bathroom Paint

Bathroom Renovation Ideas - Bathroom Paint

Bathroom renovation doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming.  A fresh coat of paint can change the entire feel of the bathroom.  Paint is the quickest and most cost-effective way to pick up a drab looking bathroom.  You can have a gorgeous looking bathroom within a few hours.

There are many great paint color options for a bathroom, but if your bathroom is small, stay away from dark colors because it can create a room that appears dim and overwhelming.   All white is a traditional favourite, but take a cue from nature's palette with subtle shades like eau-de-nil (a light green-grey that literally takes its name from the Nile), ice or a pale robin's-egg blue.

All white paint is a pretty safe bet, but consider other “natural” looking palettes with subtle shades like eau-de-nil (a light green shade), ice or a pale robin’s egg blue.  Ideally, you want very light and warm colors such as light yellows, grays, and blues.

Don’t be afraid of a little creativity!  A single, wide stripe across the wall can act like a backsplash.   Several stripes or stripes of various lengths and colours can add a serious or playful feel to a room that can easily be considered boring.

Should You Use “Bathroom Paint”? 

Many painters throw around the term “bathroom paint”, like it’s some kind of special paint that you can only use in the bathroom…i.e. it’s a type of paint specially designed to perform well in the humid conditions of a bathroom and nowhere else.

There’s no such thing as “bathroom paint”.

On the other hand, there is such a thing as paint that is better for the bathroom than other paints.  You can use it in several places in the home…especially the bathroom.

Paint That Is Suitable For Bathroom Renovations Contains: 

Mildew Inhibitors 

Paint containing mildew inhibitors is also called “mold paint”.  Mold paint resists the growth of mold and mildew.  It looks just like any other quality indoor paint, but it has anti-microbial properties that help fight mold in damp areas of the house.

Mold is a serious problem for your house and your health.  When mold begins to grow it doesn’t just discolor the surface of the paint, it actually feeds on materials like wood and drywall.  Mold eats away at the structures in your home.

If you don’t address it right away, mold can cause serious structural damage.

On top of that, mold can lead to many health problems like:  chronic sinus infections, asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumonia, inflammation of the lungs, bleeding in the lungs, sore throats, headaches, migraines, allergic reactions, difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, rashes, hives, exhaustion, depression, and joint pain.

Using a mold resistant paint for mold prone areas helps protect you, your family and your house.

Tougher Finish

When bathroom paint dries, it stands up better to general cleaning than regular indoor paint.  Moisture often collects on bathroom walls so you need to clean them more often than other areas of your house.  As long as you us non-abrasive cleaning products, mold paint will stand up better than other types of paint.

Tighter Structure

Paint that is suitable for bathroom renovations stands up better in high-humidity environments like your bathroom.  Paint with a matte finish is probably your best bet for a bathroom.

Before “bathroom paint” was invented people used glossy finishes in the bathroom because it was easier to wipe down the moisture from the walls.  Now that mold paint is here, you can get glossy or matte finishes, depending on your preference.  Since you can now choose from many trendy colours, most people prefer matte finishes inside the home.

The Rest Of The Story…

In reality, there are several premium quality paints that have all the properties of “bathroom paint” and cost a lot less.  Yes, there are paints that are specially branded as “bathroom paint”, but they can cost as much as one and a half times as much as a premium paint.

Consider your circumstances carefully.  If you really do have a big moisture problem in your bathroom, then go ahead and buy the “bathroom paint”.  However, for most normal situations in a bathroom, you may just as well save some money without any danger from mold and mildew.

Mold resistant paint resists mold growth, it’s not a guarantee that mold will never grow there, especially if you experience significant water damage or flooding.

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