What Kind of Paint Should I Use in My Bathroom?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bathrooms might not be the place where we entertain guests or sit down to watch a movie, but nevertheless, we do spend a considerable amount of time there! And whether the business that brings you in there is brief or lengthy, it is worth having a pleasant, effective coat of paint on the walls. So, what kind of paint works best in a bathroom?

Water Resistance

If your bathroom contains a tub or shower, the walls are bound to get wet! Whether it is from splashing children or the steamy air, your drywall will be assaulted by H2O. In order to prevent mildew, mold, or drywall damage, it is important to have a paint with good water resistance, and preferably with mildew resistance as well.

Satin and semi-gloss paints are generally the best paint sheens to choose for water resistance. Semi-gloss provides the most protection, but it is also quite reflective of light, which isn't always the look we want on our walls.

Some interior paints are formulated with a mildew-resistant addative that can help keep your walls healthy. Otherwise, there are additives you can buy and add to the paint which will serve the same function.


Because the bathroom is such a high-use area, and prone to... shall we say, "unique" messes (especially if you have kids), it is important to have washable walls. Fortunately, the same paint sheens that provide water resistance are also good for keeping clean. Not only do satin and semi-gloss paints resist stains better, but they also hold up to moderate washing with a soft sponge.

Choosing a Bathroom Paint Color

Since the interior of a bathroom is not visible from other rooms of the house, it is a bit of a world unto itself. This means you have more freedom to choose a unique color without the risk of throwing off the feel of the home. You can play it safe and go with neutrals, such as tan, beige, gray, or white. However, you can also go bold with deep blues, rich browns, vibrant greens, or even glossy black! 

The best way to get inspiration for your bathroom colors is to browse photos online. Look for bathrooms that have a similar style as yours, in terms of the size of the room and the style of the fixtures, and look at what colors are used in those bathrooms.

Choosing a Local House Painter

While choosing your paint color may be a bit of an ordeal, choosing the local house painter shouldn't be! For homeowners in the Portland metropolitan region, Sundeleaf Painting would be delighted to serve you. We have been painting fine homes since 1930, putting quality into every brush stroke! 

Whether you need a new coat of paint in a bathroom, or you are repainting your whole home interior, Sundeleaf Painting is ready to help!

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2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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