Tips for Choosing and Protecting Your Bathroom Paint

How to Choose the Correct Bathroom Paint

Selecting the Right Bathroom Paint Type

Choosing the type and color of paint for your bathroom isn’t all that different from doing so for any of your other rooms. However, there are some key features to consider that will help you choose a durable, aesthetically-pleasing bathroom paint.

The Dual Benefits of Glossy Bathroom Paint

Most interior painting services and online painting resources will tell you that a paint’s durability partially relates to its finish. Flatter finishes tend to attract more dust and moisture and scuff more easily while glossier finishes are typically tougher and easier to clean. As such, you might notice that bathrooms often boast glossier paint jobs. Though shiny paint might not be everyone’s cup of tea, this type of paint will brighten up your bathroom while naturally guarding against impact and moisture. But if you want a less flashy finish with a similar amount of durability, you can still protect your bathroom with satin or semi-gloss paint.

Fight Fungi with Specialized Bathroom Paint

Beyond the sheen, the paint you choose must also specifically guard against the formation and spread of fungi, namely mold and mildew. These types of fungi thrive in warm, damp environments, which bathrooms naturally offer. Fortunately, there are plenty of paints on the market today that feature anti-microbial additives. You can find these bathroom paints by searching for labels such as “mold-resistant,” “anti-mildew,” “mildewcide,” etc., on the paint product description. Half-baths and low-use bathrooms might not require these specialized paints, but primary bathrooms (with showers) often do. And when it comes to commercial interior painting, the more protective the paint, the better.

Choosing the Best Bathroom Paint Color

Color is always part of the paint selection equation, though color has no bearing on how durable or protective the paint is. This decision is primarily a matter of personal preference, especially for residential interior painting where customer and employee sentiment is not a concern. Keep in mind, though, that lighter colors reveal more surface imperfections than darker colors. This fact might turn you towards darker shades, but if you want to stay aware of any potential problems with your paint, you might want the increased visibility of lighter colors.

Bathroom Paint Protection

The bathroom paint you choose is meant to protect your surfaces -- but what’s protecting the paint itself?

Keep the Air Flowing

Proper ventilation is paramount to protecting your bathroom’s paint job and keeping the forces of moisture and mold at bay. If air cannot easily escape your bathroom, vapor will linger and potentially creep its way between your walls and the paint itself. Knowing this, the best interior painting companies will assess your bathroom’s airflow and let you know whether it needs improvement.

The Power of Routine Maintenance

This goes for any paint job -- if you want it to look its best and last as long as possible, you need to keep it clean. The good news is that if you do indeed choose a glossy paint, cleaning is a relative breeze. There should be minimal dust accumulation, and scrubbing high-gloss paint with warm water and soap will not run the risk of damaging the paint.

Peeling Problems

If the paint in your bathroom does begin to peel, understand that the problem may grow exponentially. This is because as soon as there’s a breach, moisture suddenly has an entrance between the wall and your paint job, which means further peeling is likely on the way. So, in the event that peeling occurs, contact a reliable commercial or home painting contractor as soon as possible to assess the damage and touch up the area(s) as needed.

The bathroom might not seem like your space’s most important room, but in many ways it is, and you must treat it as such. Let the experts at Endure Painting help you choose, apply, and protect the optimal paint for your bathroom(s). For more information regarding our skills and services, call us at (510) 458-2120 or send us an email at

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