Perhaps the most difficult room in the house to choose paint for is the bathroom. This area of the house has its own unique challenges. One reason it is challenging is that the room is generally one of the smallest rooms which can eliminate some choices for interior painting. Larger bathrooms, it may not matter as much; but the paint color is definitely influenced by the size of the bathroom. Another consideration that must be made when painting or doing any bathroom remodeling at all, is that you want a color scheme that works well, but the paint must also provide adequate protection against the high moisture that will occur. Here are a few bathroom painting tips to help you work through the process.
Type of Paint
Perhaps just as important as the color you choose, is the type of paint that will be used. It is essential that the bathroom be covered with a coat of moisture resistant primer before you begin painting the walls. When choosing paints for the bathroom remember that there is typically lots of moisture in this small room; especially if there is not a form of proper ventilation. Choose a paint that is resistant to mold and mildew. Another option is to purchase a mildewcide additive that can be added to the paint before the project starts. It is important to know that if you add chemicals to the paint to prevent the growth of mold or mildew, it may possibly void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Shades of Color
There are some colors that simply work best for the bathroom depending on the type of mood or atmosphere that is desired. Cool colors and pastels help create a sense of tranquility and can be calming. This can be useful in a bathroom since we typically like to think about relaxing in this area of the house. For a bathroom that has a sense of coziness and intimacy, choose warm paint colors. There is no hard set rule of course, but in general it is not best to use bright paint colors as they produce energy and encourage activity. For a bathroom that is En suite, it is usually painted the same color as the master bedroom or a shade of the same color. Some may prefer to paint them two different colors to create a solid separation between the two. As a general rule, light colors make a room appear larger while darker colors can make it seem even smaller.
Preparing to Paint
Before beginning the bathroom painting project, inspect the walls carefully to make sure there is no mold or mildew anywhere. If any is found it is essential that it be treated properly before beginning the painting project. Prepare the walls before painting by cleaning them and then letting them dry completely. Inspect the walls to see if there are any damaged areas. These need to be repaired before painting can begin. When repairing any damaged spots, remember to sand the area, fill in the hole and then sand it again once the filler has completely dried. Tape off any areas that need to be kept clean as this also provides a finer edge that will be aesthetically appealing.
Painting the Bathroom
If you are doing the interior painting yourself always provide adequate ventilation. It is important to remember that this is a very small area and a window should be opened and a fan on to circulate the air. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for applying the paint, even if they suggest more than one coat of paint. This may be essential for providing more protection for the walls.