Bathroom Paint Ideas And Tips

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Bathroom Painting Tips

Painting a bathroom presents unique challenges. Bathroom paint must provide protection from dampness and mold while still setting the mood for the room. The size of many bathrooms influences bathroom ideas, as the wrong choice of color can make a small bathroom appear even smaller.

Bathroom Paint, Mold and Mildew

The bathroom is an area of the home that is prone to encountering mold and mildew issues. Choose bathroom paint that resists mold and mildew growth. It's also possible to buy mildewcide additives that can be mixed into bathroom paint. Be aware, however, that mixing additives into paint may void the paint manufacturer's warranty.

One of the most common places mold begins to buildup is on a bathroom ceiling. To remove unsightly mold, scrub the affected surface thoroughly with a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach, and 2 cups of warm water. Combine both ingredients in a spray bottle by shaking until mixed. Generously spray on painted walls or ceiling. Scrub. With a little elbowgrease the mold will be removed. The same solution can be used on tile and various non-porous surfaces.

After inspecting and possibly treating any mold or mildew, apply a mold-sealing primer (be sure to shake or stir the paint can before application). This step seals off the old infection as well as prevents future infections. After the primer dries, check the walls for bleed-through. If dark spots show through the primer (bleed-through), apply another coat of primer. Then you are to free to paint the bathroom whatever color you desire, resting assured that your bathroom is newly mold and mildew-free.

Bathroom Ideas

Painting a bathroom in cool colors and pastels creates a sense of calmness and tranquility. Warmer bathroom paints can make the same room seem cozy and intimate.

Bright paints, which produce feelings of energy and activity, are generally avoided for bathroom painting. This isn't a hard and fast rule, of course. Some people enjoy very bright bathroom paint.

En suite bathrooms are often painted in the same colors as the master bedroom to reinforce the connection between the two rooms. The alternative is to contrast the bathroom paint with the color scheme of the bedroom, to emphasize that the two rooms are separate. This concept is heavily based upon the color wheel. For example, blue and yellow are opposite from each other on the color wheel. Because of this spatial relationship, blue and yellow are classified as complementary colors. A color and its complement are visually appealing together. Keeping with this concept, if the bedroom were a shade of yellow, accordingly, the bathroom would be painted blue.

In most cases, bathrooms are the smallest rooms in the house. A small room seems larger when painted in light colors. Dark colors will make an already small room seem even smaller. So, if you want your bathroom to appear more spacious, lighter tints should be painted on its walls.

Bathroom Painting Tips

Before painting a bathroom check the walls carefully for mold and mildew. Treat any mold before painting using the method mentioned previously. Large mold infestations may require professional treatment. Painting with a semi-gloss is the most appropriate finish for a bathroom because it is suited for areas with frequent moisture. Using a semi-gloss paint will also keep you from having to clean the bathroom walls so often.

Bathrooms may be damp and humid. Before painting a bathroom make sure all walls are completely dry. Do not use the shower or bath tub within 24 hours of painting the bathroom or run a bathroom exhaust fan for several hours.

Bathroom painting can be complicated by the number of corners and hard-to-reach spots in the room. Removing the toilet before painting a bathroom makes the job much easier and allows for complete and even paint cover.

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