Bathroom Paint for Walls, Tiles & Ceilings
Tough, moisture proof paint made for bathrooms
The bathroom is the room where the paintwork has to do the hardest yards. Splashing, condensation, damp, and the moisture lurking in the air all conspire to deteriorate and weaken paint, especially if you also have poor ventilation. Which is why bathroom paint is designed to be hardy, and the best paint for bathrooms has:
- A tough finish – Tight structures and durability are important in bathrooms where strong chemicals are used to clean surfaces.
- A light sheen – Matte paints are not suited to high moisture spaces as they are more easily affected by humidity. Bathroom paints are therefore light sheen, satin, eggshell, or gloss, but not matte.
- Mould protection – Most of these paint incorporate a mould and mildew resistant fungicide or formulation, to prevent the moisture-rich air promoting mould-rich surfaces.
The best bathroom paints in the UK
The #1 and Best for Colour – Dulux Bathroom Paint
Extra Mould Protection – Crown Breatheasy Bathroom
The Best for Tiles – Ronseal Tile Paint
Durable + Cost Effective – Johnstone’s Kitchen & Bathroom
If You Have a Bit of Cash to Spend – Farrow & Ball
How to choose the best paint for bathroom surfaces
The best paint for your bathroom surfaces is the one chosen with the substrate and environment in mind. There are a number of different products for different bathroom surfaces, and we are going to have a look at where and when you should use what.
- Walls and ceilings
As discussed above, walls and ceilings in bathrooms need to be protected against moisture and the associated problems. The paints should prevent mould or fight damp and condensation
A big trend of recent years is the budget reno, a weekend project to update or spruce a room or space in your home. For the bathroom this means coating what cannot be cheaply removed. Tile paint is a budget option for updating tiles that no longer match the decor, and it gives a clean, smooth finish that is waterproof and often indistinguishable from tile.
A waterproof floor paint for bathrooms can protect wood, tile, and cement from the waterlogging that goes with the territory. A clear epoxy resin is a popular choice as it allows your to maintain the appearance of the tile or cement. It can also be anti slip. For wood, a polyurethane sealant is the most common option, giving waterproof and scratch proof protection.
Everyone knows the annoyance of the buildup of soap scum and watermarks on the glass surfaces of their bathroom. A hydrophobic nano coating can protect your glass surfaces, making them self-cleaning and water repellent.
The bathroom paint colours for any mood
The bathroom paint colours you choose need to express the mood you hope to achieve in the bathroom. More traditional choices like soft greys, blues, and beiges aim to build a feeling of calm and relaxation. The 2019 colour of the year from Dulux, Spiced Honey, or the 2018 winner, Heartwood, are both shades with this inspiration in mind.
But not everyone wants calming neutrals. The deep, dark colours from Farrow & Ball, such as their black blue or Hague Blue, also work well as a contrast with bathroom fittings, but also work surprisingly well when featured only in certain spaces like feature walls or even ceilings. Blues immediately take you to the seaside, while light greens are fresh and peppy.