Choosing the best bathroom paint for your space will work two-fold – it’ll freshen up your room without breaking the bank and it’ll help keep moisture and mould from causing unsightly marks on your walls and ceilings.
Bathrooms are, by nature, damp, wet environments that need specialist bathroom paint to stave off mould and condensation. That’s why bathroom paints are specifically formulated for use in humid rooms.
And there aren't just 50 shades of white emulsion to choose from. Bathroom paints are available in an array of colours. So, whether you’re sprucing up a family bathroom, a shower room or tying the revamp in with renovating your house and are after a cohesive colour to bring it all together, you’ll find a shade to suit.
But, there’s a whole host of ranges out there so how do you pick the best bathroom paint for your space? Here’s a round-up from high street retailers and specialist brands.
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Best Bathroom Paints
1. Dulux Easycare Bathroom+ Emulsion Paint
The best bathroom paint for mould and moisture resistance
Sizes available: 1L, 2.5L | Finish: Soft sheen | Drying time: Leave 6 hours between coats; 24 before using bathroom | Coverage (per litre): 13/m2 | Recommended coats: 2
If you're looking for a good all-rounder that's tough on moisture, is mould resistant and gives you plenty of options in the colour stakes, then the Dulux Easycare Bathroom+ Emulsion is a great go-to option to decorate your bathroom.
Its MouldTec formulation guarantees protection against mould for up to five years, before you have to dig out the rollers and give the walls an extra coat. Plus it's tough on steam and moisture with a soft sheen finish.
If you're painting over a strong colour you may need to apply more than two coats.
2. HQC Anti Damp Paint
The best bathroom paint for preventing damp
Sizes available: 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5, 10 litre containers | Finishes: n/a | Drying time: Touch dry in 2 hours, repaintable in 4 hours | Coverage (per litre): 6m2/L
If you're looking for a bathroom paint that will offer all the credentials to prevent mould, condensation and damp, as well as being spoilt for choice with 24 colours, then this brand is worth a look.
With in insulating thermal barrier, the HQC bathroom paint reduces heat loss as long as you follow the instructions and apply at least two coats to your walls. You can apply the paint with a brush, roller or spray it on. You can even wallpaper over the paint and still benefit from the thermal barrier.
Available in five litre sizes - from 0.5 up to 10L - you've got coverage options to match the size of the room you are painting.
3. Crown BATHROOM PBW 2.5 L
A versatile bathroom paint
Sizes available: 2.5L | Finishes: Mid sheen | Drying time: n/a | Coverage (per litre): 14m2/L
This versatile 99% solvent free bathroom paint from Crown can be used on walls, ceilings, wood and metal - a great option if you want to use the same paint on your skirting boards, walls and door frames!
The breath easy formula boasts built-in mould guard technology and is designed to resist condensation.
4. Ronseal Anti Mould Paint White Silk 750ml
Quick-drying and long-lasting
Sizes available: 750ml | Finishes: Silk and Matt | Drying time: 2 hours | Coverage (per litre): 13m2/L
If you're looking for a long-lasting bathroom paint then Ronseal's anti-mould product offers up to six years' protection.
With a quick drying time of two hours, easy to clean wipeable emulsion and moisture and steam resistant, this is a good all-rounder.
It's available in Silk and Matt finishes.
5. Dryzone Anti Condensation Paint (1L)
A 3-in-1 bathroom paint
Sizes available: 1L; 2.5L | Finish: Matt | Drying time: 1-3 hours | Coverage (per litre): 4m2 (based on 2 coats) | Recommended coats: 2
This 3-in-1 paint from Dryzone is moisture resistant, reduces mould growth and it creates a surface that's warm to the touch
If your bathroom walls are prone to mould growth and condensation then a specialist product like this Dryzone Anti Condensation paint is well worth a look.
It uses advanced glass microsphere technology and includes an open-pore structure that makes it resistant to moisture and allows walls to breathe; it has a preservative surface effect that discourages mould and a thermal effect that creates a surface that's warmer to the touch - a nice bonus in a bathroom!
6. Polycell One Coat Damp Seal
Great for sealing damp patches before painting
Sizes available: 500ml, 1L | Finish: n/a | Drying time: 4 hours | Coverage (per litre): 5m2 | Recommended coats: 1
If you're renovating a bathroom that has small patches of penetrating damp that you'd like to seal before painting then the Polycell One Coat Damp Seal gets a thumbs up.
You don't have to paint the entire wall, you can focus on the spots that need coating, which makes it a prep job before you paint over it with your chosen bathroom paint.
It is recommended for use on plaster, cement and stone so it's an option for period property bathroom renovations as well.
7. Wickes Frosted White Emulsion Paint
Low odour and easy to apply
Sizes available: 50ml tester pot; 2.5L | Finishes: Soft sheen | Drying time: 2-4 hours | Coverage (per litre): 13m2 | Recommended coats: Not given
This affordable option from Wickes is a tough, washable and moisture-resistant soft sheen paint.
But it's the low odour levels that make it a standout choice if you have children and/or pets. Plus it's touch dry in 2-4 hours making it a good choice for a busy family home where you might need to get a refresh done fairly quickly.
It's also available in different colours, can be applied with a brush or roller and is suitable for walls and ceilings.
What Type of Paint is Best for a Bathroom?
When it comes to picking the best bathroom paint for your space it sounds obvious, but pick a pot that’s definitely fit for purpose in a bathroom. Here are a few key things to think about...
Painting any room and having to wait a day or two for it to dry is inconvenient at the best of times but the thought of having to wait for paint to dry for days in a bathroom is a real no-no. Especially if you’ve only got one bathroom or a family who are in and out of it all day, every day. So when choosing a bathroom paint, a quick drying time is a must!
You'll want it to be touch-dry within a couple of hours to recoat and to dry quickly enough for you to use the room again within the day.
Look at paint longevity — how long is the paint mould resistant for? You don’t want to have to repaint within a year so check if the bathroom paint comes with any guarantees.
Many bathroom paint products are tough and wipeable, which is definitely a bonus in a bathroom.
If you're buying a specialist paint to seal and cover damp, mouldy patches then you might only need a small tin to touch up where you need to.
Equally, if you're painting the entire room check how much the 1L and 2.5L pots cover so that you don't run out or the opposite, have loads left over.
Some products can have high VOC levels and can be very potent so if you can't ventilate the room well, have children or pets for example, then opt for a low odour option. This is also key if you want to use the room quite quickly after decorating (as mentioned in Drying Time above).
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Michelle is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Deputy Editor. With an editorial career spanning more than 18 years, Michelle spent time working on educational magazines and websites until her career took an exciting turn into the world of homes and interiors. Working on sister titles Real Homes and Period Living, she then joined the Homebuilding team in November 2018. She’s just completed her second kitchen renovation project, armed with an ever-growing knowledge of homebuilding advice and design inspiration. She's just about to embark on another bathroom refurb project.
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