Painting Your Bathroom? – What Type of Paint Should You Use?

If you’re painting a bathroom for the first time, you might wonder if there is special paint used in the bathroom — a place where moisture is just part of the daily grind. Some will say “bathroom paint” is unnecessary, and others will argue the contrary. Let’s take a dive into the subject and figure out just what’s what with bathroom paint.


Yes, the truth emerges: bathrooms are, indeed, wet places. From showers, to baths, to sinks, to who-knows-what-else, a lot of moisture will be in the air in your bathroom. When approaching a bathroom paint job, one must absolutely take into account the presence of moisture in the space.


There are several types of sheens available in paint, including flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. The rule of thumb here is that the higher the gloss content, the better the paint will behave in a bathroom environment.

So, the short answer? Flat and eggshell are best left for other areas in the house, unless you’re quite careful. Satin is a low gloss paint that is appropriate for use in a powder or guest bathroom, but not a high-traffic bathroom in use multiple times during the day. Semi-gloss and high-gloss are both good bathroom paints, with high-gloss winning on the moisture-repelling qualities, hands-down. The downside? Well, some think high-gloss paints look bad when spread over large surfaces.


If you’re not sure which finish is right for you, you can always try your color in multiple finishes, to see how it looks to your eye. You can also consult with a painting professional for the experienced opinion.


There are several brands of special mildew-resistant paints on the market, and if you want them, you can certainly use them for extra piece-of-mind. If your bathroom has poor ventilation or other special circumstances, then it might be a good idea to go ahead and use this special paint. Again, consulting with a paint professional can help you determine your exact, individual painting needs. If you have an average, run-of-the-mill bathroom space, though, you may find it unnecessary to use this special paint.

If you’re thinking of painting your bathroom, or having a contractor come in to your home and paint it contact Gallagher Paint & Paper. We’re your #1 choice for house painters in Halifax, with experienced painters who’ll provide a risk-free estimate to you. We can also help you choose the best paint for your bathroom so it will withstand the dampness.

CALL our friendly staff (902) 800-1299 to schedule your risk-free estimate, or fill out our online form to the right of this page. We’ll get back to you ASAP!

About Gallagher Paint and Paper

Gallagher Paint and Paper is co-owned by husband and wife team Marc and Juanita Gallagher. Providing quality interior and exterior house painting services in and around Halifax metro since 2005. They specialize in interior and exterior house painting as well as custom kitchen cabinet spraying. Contact Gallagher Paint and Paper for a Risk Free Estimate on your next painting project at (902) 800-1299.
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