The Best Paint Finish To Use In Your Bathroom

Talking about bathroom paint today, specifically which paint finish is the best one to use on your bathroom walls.

There are so many different types of paint, so today we’re going to break it down a bit.

With so many different types of interior paint on the market – the process can be overwhelming…

Flat paint, matte paint, acrylic eggshell paint, you get the idea –

When it comes to choosing what kind of paint, paint sheen makes a big difference and it’s just important as choosing the right paint color.

Especially when it comes to your bathroom or powder room, as these high-traffic areas have their own specific qualities and needs.

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The Best Type Of Paint For Bathroom Walls

A good choice in general would be a satin finish.

A satin enamel finish is somewhat soft looking and considered to be a bit pearl-like.

Satin finishes are a good option for high-moisture areas like bathrooms.

An even better choice would be if this satin finish paint job also has a mildew-resistant additive or antimicrobial additives.

Most paint brands recognize the need for resistant paints and offer these in an effort to combat mildew growth.

We used Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath & Spa paint in our most recent bathroom remodel, after it came highly recommended to us.

It’s a great looking matte finish paint designed for high-humidity environments.

The Best Type of Paint For Your Bathroom Ceiling

Flat paint finishes are a great choice for low-traffic areas of your home – this includes your bathroom ceiling.

Flat sheens are considered to be the top choice for most ceilings.

The Best Type of Paint For Your Bathroom Trim

A semi-gloss finish is usually your best bet, regardless of which room your trim work is in.

It’s durable and looks great.

Can I Use High-Gloss Paint In A Bathroom?

The short answer is yes.

This is because some people may choose to use a semigloss or high-gloss finish instead of a paint with mildew-resistant properties .

However, it’s worth noting that these glossy paints don’t prevent mold.

A semi-gloss or high gloss finish is just considered to be easier to clean than most other types of low sheen paint options.

High gloss finishes are harder to apply but they can be beautiful when they are done right.

Ultimately, this really just comes down to personal preference.


Hopefully you’ve gotten a better understanding of which paint finish to choose for your bathroom and your ready to get started with a fresh coat of paint.

If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments or just shoot me an email.

Don’t miss this post – for more of a general over view on which paint finish to choose for each room in your home


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