Painting the bathroom

Loop & Friends washbasin from Villeroy & Boch

Modern bathrooms are no longer completely tiled. People are increasingly opting for bright colours on the walls to create a trendy look. However, both the bathroom and kitchen are categorised as wet rooms. The conditions in these wet rooms are often too great a challenge for classic wall paints. So it is important to take particular care when painting your bathroom. The right paint and a few important work steps will help your bathroom walls look radiantly beautiful for longer. 

What colour is best for the bathroom?

Picture detail of a colour palette

The bathroom is a space that is exposed high levels of air humidity and frequent splashes of water, so this makes it important to choose a suitable paint for the walls. It needs to be relatively impervious to water and able to withstand changes in temperature caused by hot showers or baths. Choosing the right paint will prevent the formation of mould. An abrasion-resistant paint is also a good idea for the bathroom. You can then simply wipe off any marks. As a general rule, classic emulsion or latex paints are less suitable for the bathroom. These are not breathable enough. 

Mineral paints are a better choice for decorating a bathroom. These include whitewash paint, silicate paint and special paint for wet rooms. These wet room paints usually contain chemical additives that actively help to prevent mould. However, they might contain biocides or fungicides which are potentially harmful to health. It is a good idea to examine the list of ingredients closely. A good wet room paint is the best choice for a new look in the bathroom. 

How to paint your bathroom

Tips and ideas for painting your bathroom

You are, of course, free to choose your preferred colour scheme for your bathroom’s new look. There is an increasing trend towards colour experiments, often using a wall and ceiling as colourful highlights in the bathroom. The only rule is: all colours need to look harmonious together. This does not necessarily rule out contrasts. Black and white is a classic, clean and stylish combination that always works well. Blue shades are a good choice for the bathroom too, for example, turquoise, teal or sea blue. If you have a large bathroom, stronger colours such as red or orange are an option too. The shades you choose for the walls and ceiling should coordinate with the colour of your tiles and sanitary installations. 

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Colours in the bathroom