This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. As well as one devoted to the differences and qualities of paint. To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
As bathroom walls tend to get wetter than other walls in your home, and as semi gloss paint is great for moist environments, many remodelers strongly recommend semi gloss paint for your entire bathroom. I agree with them.
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If for whatever reason this does not appeal to you. If you desire less shine in your paint’s sheen, at the very least I strongly recommend that if your tub/shower tiles do not go all the way up to the ceiling, that you use semi gloss on the wall section above the tile.
All paint provides some of a moisture barrier, and the shiner the paint the easier it is to clean, as well as to see what cleaning is needed.
The higher the gloss the more durable the paint tends to be. High traffic and high water areas benefit from this increased durability when you’re a “low maintenance” person, as I am.
The only disadvantage of semi gloss paint I can even think of is when rooms are really bright and really well lit, the shine can become too much. If you think you’re likely to have that issue and you want the durability of of semi gloss paint, your options are:
- Use a darker paint color, which minimizes the glare
- Design the room such that the semi gloss walls are in fact less lit that the other parts of the room.
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