July 20

4 Painting Tips For Your Bathroom

Repainting your bathroom can improve your home’s appeal drastically. Whether you are selling your home and would like to impress potential buyers, or you would like to create a luxurious, relaxing space for you and your family to unwind, a bathroom makeover can be a simple solution. Not sure where to start? Check out our article below outlining our 4 biggest tips for painting your bathroom.

Colour

Generally, your bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in your house so it is important to use light colours to help trick the eye into making it seem bigger and brighter. It is also an area for cleaning, relaxing and refreshing, so make sure you reflect this in your colour choice.

If you are thinking about selling your house it is best to stick with shades of white to ensure it looks clean and modern for potential buyers. If the cabinetry in your bathroom is white it is best to keep the white paint colour as close as possible. For those wanting a more boutique look in your bathroom, a Hamptons inspired light blue/grey can add some style while still looking crisp and fresh. The grey contrasts well with most fixtures, trims and a pop of white in your vanity and/ or bathtub. If you are inspired by warmer colours to suit timber trims and fittings, you could consider beige, cream or warmer white tones.

Before you make your decision make sure you consider the other rooms in your house, existing fittings, tiles, doors and trims to prevent having mismatched colour schemes.

Once you have decided on your colour, test a small sample on your wall’s surface and check it at all times of the day. Bathrooms can reflect a lot of light with an abundance of reflective surfaces, so make sure you check the paint sample on the wall during the day for natural light, and at night time with your artificial lighting switched on.

If you aren’t sure what colour is best for you, contact our team of professional painters to arrange a free colour consultation today.

Preparation 

Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for mould due to the humidity and steam from showers and baths. If you have mould on your ceiling or walls, make sure you remove it with sugar soap and sand the surface back before you start painting. This will ensure the walls are safe, clean and will not leave any nasty odours.

Your bathroom is full of fittings, fixtures, cabinetry and other surfaces that you do not want to get paint on. Before you begin painting your bathroom make sure you purchase some drop sheets and tape, and cover up all areas you do not want to paint. Tape is great for where the tiles or trims meet the wall, and can be easily removed once the project has been completed.

Once you have cleaned the walls and covered up the surfaces that you do not want to paint, you should apply a primer to ensure the new paint adheres to the surface properly and withstands the test of time. The type of primer you should use will depend on the surface you wish to paint. If you haven’t engaged a professional painter and need some advice on which primer is best for your bathroom, you can speak to your local paint shop.

Moisture

Moisture tends to gather on your bathroom walls from the steam of your shower or bath. Even if you have a fan, the wall surface can still be compromised. Depending on your tiling and plumbing, you can also get splashback on your walls from the sink and bath as well. We can’t always have perfectly ventilated bathrooms, and we don’t always catch the kids in time from splashing around in there, so it is best to use a high-quality washable paint designed for wet areas. Upon completion you should also let your paint to dry for 48 hours before you use your bathroom.

Finish

Your selection of paint finish in a bathroom is important due to the high humidity levels. Different levels of gloss absorb varying amounts of moisture so you will need to select a finish that suits your lifestyle and requirements.

  • Gloss finishes reflect moisture well, which is great for cabinetry and trims in wet areas, as well as families with young children that may splash around in the tub.
  • A satin finish is ever so slightly glossy and can be used on ceilings, walls and trims. It is ideal for bathrooms that have extraction fans.
  • Matt paints can be used in the bathroom if they are a high-quality washable finish.

Painting your bathroom can be a simple task if you choose the correct colour, paint type and finish to protect your surfaces from moisture and leave your bathroom feeling fresh and clean all year round. If you need any more advice or an obligation free quote for repainting your bathroom or home interior, don’t hesitate to contact our qualified painters servicing the Mornington Peninsula, Bayside Melbourne and Melbourne CBD.


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