Licked Into Shape: Choosing The Right Paint For Your Guest Bathroom Walls

Posted on: 22 January 2018

A few licks of paint can make a remarkable difference to any room, and if you're renovating or simply repainting the walls of your guest bathroom, calling in residential painting services to handle the dirty work is the best way to ensure the job is done well and done quickly. However, while professional painters can take most of the effort out of painting, they can't choose paint for you, and you will have to decide which paint should grace the walls of guest bathroom.

Picking paint for a bathroom is a little more difficult than choosing paint for the walls of your other rooms, and takes a little more care and attention if you want your newly painted walls to stay looking fresh and new for any appreciable amount of time. Consequently, you should keep the following questions in mind when picking out paint for your guest bathroom walls:

What type of paint finish should I choose?

One of the reasons picking paint for bathroom walls is more difficult than picking paint for other rooms is the increased level of airborne moisture present in a bathroom. While guest bathrooms are generally less frequently used than master bathrooms, this is slightly less of an issue, but to be on the safe side you should still choose a paint that can stand up to high levels of moisture without bubbling, cracking or becoming discoloured.

Generally speaking, this means picking a paint with either a gloss or semi-gloss finish. This is because these paints form a watertight 'skin' on the surface of your walls once dried., Matt or satin-finish paints tend to leave a rougher, porous surface, although some shinier varieties of satin paint may be fit for purpose

How light or dark should the shade of paint be?

The other reason choosing paint for bathrooms can be difficult is their small size and lack of natural light; this is particularly applicable to guest bathrooms, which tend to be the smallest room in a home and may receive all of their natural light from a single, small window of frosted glass. Painting such a small, poorly-lit room with a dark shade of paint can make it feel even smaller and darker; hardly a welcoming sight for your guests.

You should therefore pick a light shade of paint, such as cream or a pastel blue, which will reflect both natural and artificial light and make your bathroom feel much more airy and spacious. White is also a viable choice here, but beware; stark white walls are more likely to show marks from water damage, and will make dirty grout between any tiles in your bathroom seem more apparent.