Special Paint For Bathrooms? Here’s What You Need To Know!

by Houston Texas Painters - September 10, 2021
Houston Texas Painters - Special Paint For Bathrooms Here's What You Need To Know!

The most important thing to consider for bathroom paint is not the looks; It’s moisture!

Moisture can make paint peel off or turn your bathroom walls into the perfect place for mold. Choose the ideal paint and make it last! We tell you what to consider when choosing paint for your bathroom!  

Do bathrooms need special paint? What to consider before choosing

The bathroom is the room where this fact becomes more evident: choosing paint is not only a matter of aesthetics. 

Do bathrooms need special paint? Not really, but you need to choose the paint’s finish, type, and other properties considering the conditions inside the room—like excessive moisture. 


For bathroom paint, the most crucial property is the finish. As a general rule, more sheen means more moisture resistance (and less risk of mold and mildew.)  

What is the best paint for a bathroom with moisture? In theory, glossy paints are the best option. However, if you don’t want a shiny finish, choose satin paint. Satin finishes can resist moisture and are easy to clean! 

Or if you want a matte finish:

With an exhaust fan (that gives proper ventilation to the room) and without steamy showers, you could try a matte paint finish! However, if humidity inside your bathroom is not controlled, you should discard flat or eggshell paint right away.

Learn more about paint finishes by visiting this blog entry!

Oil paint vs. latex paint

Oil-based paints are often associated with durability—something you surely want in a bathroom. However, you can find equally resistant water-based paints (acrylic or latex) without the downsides of oil paints. 

Here are the advantages of using water-based paints in your bathroom:

  1. Fewer VOCs: VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, and they are the reason why oil paints have a strong smell. Latex paints still have VOCs, but fewer.
  2. Quick-drying: Water-based paints dry faster. You can fully use the bathroom just a few days after finishing the paint job! 
  3. Easier to clean: When you use latex paint, water is enough to clean the mess after the paint job. However, you’ll need mineral spirits or a strong solvent to clean oil-based paint messes.

Antimicrobial properties

An issue for many bathrooms is mold and mildew growth. If your bathroom has been in that situation, make sure to address the issue with the paint you choose. 

What paint can you use to prevent mold and mildew? Look for mold-resistant paint or primer. Some manufacturers add an antimicrobial additive to their paints! Just make sure they are designed for indoor use—or the fungicide component might not be safe for your household.


Never paint directly over mold or mildew! You can kill it with bleach and water or by adding a coat of mold-killing primer. 

Is there waterproof paint? 

High sheen paints are moisture resistant. However, paint won’t resist contact with water in a bathtub or shower. For this, you’ll need a complete refinishing job. Check out this guide from The Spruce to help you through the process!

What paint should I use on a bathroom ceiling?

You should consider everything said above for the ceiling paint. Consider using a satin finish for the ceiling instead of a glossy finish—or it may draw too much attention!


If your bathroom is steamy and it doesn’t have proper ventilation, a high-quality semi-gloss paint might prevent humidity problems in the future.

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