Tips For Painting Your Bathroom

When you paint most rooms in your home, you probably think about paint color first. With the small size and high humidity in a bathroom, the first thing to consider is the type of paint you will use - making the wrong choice at the outset can ruin the entire painting project.

Paint for a bathroom needs to be water-resistant, mildew resistant and should be able to withstand hot temperatures. Using the proper type of paint helps protect the rest of your house from mildew and mold problems, because it keeps the moisture from going inside the walls.

Get Started

Once you find the right type of paint, you're ready to start rolling, right? Actually, there is something else you need to do first. You will need to seal up cracks and small openings in your walls before you paint. Usually, you can do the job with a bit of silicon caulk or drywall plaster.

Next, you should be sure the walls current paint job is lightly sanded to help the new coat of paint adhere to the wall. Smooth out any rough spots. You want a nice, even surface to paint on and, without sanding, the old paint will be too slippery to create a nice finish.

If your walls are a bit dirty, you should clean them before you do anything else, including sanding. Remove grease and smudges from your children's handprints and any dirt or stains. Once the walls are clean, it is time to start sanding.

Now that the walls have been prepared, take a moment to inspect them before you put on the first coat. Lumpy drywall, gouges and dents may not be very noticable now, but one coat of high-gloss paint will make those flaws really stand out. While it does take more time to properly prepare the walls, the end result is worth the extra time.

Choosing Color

Now, you are ready for the fun part - choosing the right color for your room. While it is fun, it isn't a simple task.

Whatever colors you choose to put on your bathroom walls will control your decorating scheme. It is hard to have a sleek, minimalist decorating scheme with bright pink walls dominating the room. A Victorian room is usually a bit of an effort if the walls are bright orange, especially since the bronze fixtures common to a Victorian theme do not look good against orange.

Once you decide on a main wall color, you may want to consider choosing a contrasting color. This contrasting paint color can create a feeling of height if you use it to paint vertical stripes on the walls. Sponging, combing and stippling are just a few other decorative painting techniques that use a second paint color. If those ideas don't appeal to you , you could also go for a more subtle contrast and stain your moulding and any wooden fixtures with a contrasting color.

No matter what you do, don't rush the job. Thinking about the final look you want can help make this project successful and give you a beautiful looking bathroom.