When it comes to choosing a bathroom paint for your home renovation project, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming.

Bathroom paints come in a variety of finishes and formulas, and promise to achieve different aesthetics, so how do you decide which paint is best for your bathroom project?

How to Choose a Bathroom Paint

Not only should bathroom paints be super durable, but they also play a big part in creating the look and feel you want to achieve in your home.

So if you’re looking for tips on how to choose a bathroom paint that’s right for your space, then look no further!

Here are our top suggestions from Hamill Decorating’s professional team on how to choose bathroom paints that suit your requirements.

Which paint finish should I choose for my bathroom?

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a bathroom paint is the finish.

In some rooms of the house, such as the living room, choosing the correct finish is less important than in the bathroom. This is because it’s essential that the finish of a bathroom paint is resistant to not only water, but humidity, temperature and products, such as soap and shampoo.

But what’s the best bathroom paint choice when it comes to finish?

One key factor to remember when it comes to painting your bathroom is sheen.

Any paint with a sheen will offer wipeability and anti-mould properties, which are extremely important for bathroom spaces.

Bathroom paint finishes range from flat matte, to high-gloss – with various sheens in between.

High-gloss bathroom paints offer the most shine and are extremely durable, making them the perfect paint choice for humid environments – as well as for accidental shampoo spillages and playful bathtimes…

On the opposite end of the functionality scale for bathrooms are matte paints, which offer a much lower resistance to water and humidity than a high-gloss paint.

A matte paint is best avoided in your bathroom, unless you’re painting in an area of the room that’s distanced from the bath, shower or sink and your bathroom has very good daily ventilation.

Satin and eggshell finishes are also a viable bathroom paint option. They’re lower in sheen than mid and high-gloss finishes yet still offer that all-important defence against water and humidity, as well as wipeability.

If you’re looking for a high-quality eggshell option with a high-performing washable finish, we recommend this Isle of Skye paint for bathrooms (and kitchens!). 

Does every bathroom in my home need the same paint job?

Your bathroom paint choice may also depend on whether it’s the main bathroom in your home, or one that is used less often.

Bathrooms that are used on a daily basis by the whole household, such as the main family bathroom, require a more durable and hard-wearing paint. This is because multiple baths and showers are likely to generate lots of steam and humidity throughout the day – not to mention lots of opportunities for little hands to touch the walls. Don’t forget if you are looking for a wallpaper, you can check out our post on how to choose a wallpaper. 

For guest bathrooms and those with a lower footfall, you could opt for a bathroom paint with an eggshell finish, such as Isle of Syke ‘Sky