Painting your bathroom

Painting Your Bathroom? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Choosing the right paint for your bathroom can be a tricky job, and is not to be underestimated! When you’re looking for paint, not only do you need to think about getting the right colour, but also ensuring you get the right type of paint that will maintain its appearance in such a high moisture environment.

Among others, moisture is a major factor to take into consideration when choosing the right paint for your bathroom.




Moisture affects your bathroom in two ways:

1. It gathers on the walls from having a hot steam shower or bath, especially if you’ve forgotten to turn on the fan.
2. Contact with the walls, from using the sink, shower or bath. Especially when splashing your hands in the sink or when it’s bath time for the little ones.

Unfortunately you can’t stop moisture from forming on the walls, but you can try to alleviate it and prevent the damage caused by moisture. This all starts with choosing the right paints that have the best resistance against moisture damage.

Below, we look at the types of paints and what you need to do to ensure you’re acting in your bathroom’s best interest!


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When choosing to paint your walls make sure you prepare them correctly.

According to Domain’s guide on choosing household paint, before painting, you need to fix any imperfections and small holes in the walls, any protruding areas or bits that aren’t flush should be sanded back to ensure a smooth surface to paint on.

If your house has had previous owners or people living in it, it can pay to clean the walls with sugar soap to remove any odors. Then comes the primer or undercoat to prepare the walls for the colour you plan to paint.

Primer is simply there so that your other paints have something to stick to and improves the paints durability and quality to last. It also allows the true colour of your paint to stand out, unlike painting over previously coloured walls, which can show through your new paint.

When deciding on your first base coat there are three types you can choose from:

Primer – Provides a sticky surface for your paint, prevents moisture and stains from coming through the coat. This is important in creating grip for the next coat when painting timber or metal surfaces.

Sealant – This can replace the primer or be used along with it. These provide a sticky surface, as well as sealing the surface to create a finish.

Undercoat – An undercoat can help level out imperfections to create a smooth surface. Therefore producing a more even coverage when painting.



If you’re unsure of which colour to choose, many paint manufacturing websites often have online tools that help inspire, or why not head into RoomFour and speak to one of professional interior designers for some inspiration.

Popular Bathroom Colours:

• White: Introducing a simple white to your bathroom can give it that new fresh-white-sheet ambience. Clean, crisp and ageless.
• Grey: Increasing in popularity, grey has graced the pages of everything from Belle Magazine to Vogue Living, giving a chic base colour that adds depth to a room and is easily matched to any style.
• Nudes: Airy creams, peach, beige or tan. They sit in the same family of ‘nudes’ that add warmth to any space that never goes out of style.

Neutral Colour Mixing:

When mixing two neutral colours use the 70/30 method to get the right proportion of colour within the space. By adding some pattern or interesting tile design, it can create a visual point of interest and capture the eye.

Colour Wheel:

Using a colour wheel gives you recommended colour schemes that complement each other. Therefore providing quick and easy solutions for colour picking.

70/20/10 Colour Scheme:

Pick three colours – one neutral, one rich and one accent. Use the lightest colour for 70%, the second lightest for 20% and the boldest colour for only 10% of the room.

Something to consider when choosing a colour for your bathroom…


Colours will appear different in natural light compared to that of light created by lightbulbs with warm or cool tones. Some colours may appear bright and vibrant during the day but dull during the night with lighting.

If in doubt of what colour scheme to use try looking at the rest of your home for inspiration. Look at the common themes used in your living space and use one of them to make a dominant presence in the bathroom. This will allow for a flow between the rooms in your home.

Be sure that when choosing the color in your bathroom that you take into consideration the types of natural and artificial lighting that will be lighting your bathroom, and how these will affect your desired colors.


Different types of Finishes

• Reflects moisture, best for smaller surfaces like cabinets rather than walls

• Repels moisture, great for any type of bathroom.

• Slightly glossy, can be used in bathrooms with low moisture absorption.

• Easier to wash, good for places without moisture, slightly shiny.

• Matte coat, best for places where it will rarely get touched, absorbs moisture well, so not ideal for bathrooms.

Typically high-gloss paints are the most suited cover for bathroom walls because of its ability to reflect moisture.

The higher the gloss the better for the bathroom walls. However, there are specific matte paint finishes available on the market designed for high moisture prone areas.


Renovating and decorating your bathroom is an exciting time, however you want to be sure that you get things right the first time round. If you have any questions or are looking for any expert help, get in touch with one of our experienced bathroom renovators at RoomFour.