What Is The Best Type Of Paint For Bathrooms?

The bathroom is one room in the house that is often overlooked when it comes to decorating. Many assume that it will be incredibly expensive to redecorate this space and as they probably spend the least amount of time here, it is simply forgotten about. Homeowners don’t necessarily realise that simply painting the walls of your bathroom can make such a huge difference to the look of the room and it is actually really easy to do.

Of course, the damp conditions in a bathroom are important to take into consideration when choosing the paint for this room and getting the wrong paint is one of the easiest ways to go wrong when deciding to spruce up this space. So, to help any homeowners who are interested in painting their bathroom, our team here at Decor Express have put together some helpful information that will help you to choose the best type of paint for bathrooms.

What paint would experts recommend?

In the bathroom, you ideally want to use a paint that will repel moisture and that is easy to clean, therefore, a high-gloss paint tends to be the best for the job. However, this can be quite overwhelming when painting a full wall so you may want to consider a semi-gloss which will be easier on the eye but still good for damp conditions.


Of course, you should remember to use a primer whenever you’re painting in the bathroom as well, this will prevent the paint from peeling the first time that you have a hot shower and steam fills the room.

You can actually get bathroom paint, which is mould and mildew-resistant, that is specifically designed for this room too. These paints can be a good option if you’re trying to avoid having a gloss finish in your bathroom, however, they can be pricey to purchase. So, if you’re going to require lots of pots, be prepared to pay more for the paint needed.

Our top paint picks for your bathroom would be;

  • Dulux EasyCare bathroom paint- As the name suggests, this is the perfect choice for bathrooms. Dulux bathroom paint is moisture, steam and mould resistant, so you won’t need to worry about a thing.
  • Leyland Acrylic paint- Whilst this isn’t specifically designed for bathrooms, this paint is very tough and both stain and moisture resistant. Leyland themselves say that it is perfect for bathrooms.
  • Johnstone's Acrylic Durable paint- Again, this isn’t specifically designed for bathrooms but, it is designed to be suitable for use in high condensation areas. Johnstone’s recommends this for bathrooms as well.

What paint should be avoided?

Ideally, you should avoid using flat/matte finishes in your bathroom. This is because they absorb moisture and are notoriously difficult to clean, making them the complete opposite of the high/semi-gloss finish that is recommended. Of course, if you get a specifically designed bathroom paint in a matte/flat finish then this is an exception to the rule.

Which colours work best in the bathroom?

Thankfully, as long as you purchase the correct type of paint with the right finish, absolutely any colour will work in your bathroom. So, whether you’re looking for Dulux bathroom paint in white, black or even sky blue, you will be able to transform the space with any colour you’d like.

Of course, it is important to make a wise colour decision for a space like a bathroom, especially if it is a smaller room, and many will advise to stick to Dulux bathroom paint in white rather than going for a darker colour. There is no harm in adding a splash of a bright colour though and depending on the layout of your bathroom you may want to get more than one colour of paint.

Purchasing paint for your bathroom

Hopefully, the information above will be helpful to anyone who is interested in painting their bathroom and when choosing the right tin of paint, you can give your bathroom a new lease of life. Of course, if you’re ever unsure whether the paint you’re considering purchasing is correct for your bathroom, then don’t hesitate to reach out to an expert. If you have seen some paint on the Decor Express website that you’re interested in, our team will happily advise whether it is suitable for a bathroom environment.

Here at Decor Express, not only can we supply you with a range of different colours of paint from some of the leading brands in the industry, but we can also offer you a mixing service too. So, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, we will gladly mix you the colour you like with the perfect finish for your bathroom. You can trust that we are the best people to reach out to when searching for bathroom paint.