When decorating your bathroom, it can be quite difficult to choose which colours and style you want to go with. Sometimes, changing styles can be quite challenging, especially if it is a big change. Here you can find all that you need to change your bathroom up, with great guidance and good
advice, you’ll be sure to get your bathroom looking great again.

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Choosing the Right Combinations

For certain looks and styles, you have to combine certain things, such as materials or colours. For example, an older bathroom style may use shades of brown and whites as opposed to a modern grey and white scheme.

In terms of materials, you may see different materials used in different styles, such as wood or marble, or different tiles. In addition to the right colours and materials, you must know how to use them, to keep the room not looking too full and too much. This is usually called an accent. Accents are everywhere, and they can bring out your bathroom too.

Accents can come in all kinds of colours, materials, and ideas. As a widely used example, a white room with a dark wall is known as an accent wall, as it stands out more than the other walls. Another idea of an accent is using different materials to what the rest of the room is made of. For
example, a tiled wall against solid colours changes the room’s feel, and accents that part of the room. The main types of accents include:

Walls – Usually a different, darker colour to go against lighter colours. Or a different material or texture.

Materials – Over time, materials have changed and now different materials are more appropriate for certain types and feel of rooms. For example, modern rooms usually include more accents and use of unusual materials, such as wood, marble, tiles, etc.

Styles of Bathrooms

When choosing how to paint your bathroom, you must also understand which type of style you want to go for. Certain colours can help bring out the feel of the style you want to achieve.

Antique Style

Antique bathrooms are some of the most mesmerising you’ll come across. They capture how older bathrooms looked many years ago, with modern engineering.

Antique bathrooms usually have everything on display. Bathtubs are often lifted off the ground with small legs, sinks can be incorporated into looking like a small table, and accessories are usually a little over the top.

As for the flooring, there is usually a wooden floor, or tiles, which are mostly black and white, as a checkerboard pattern.

Keeping this in mind, colours for this type of bathroom aren’t too hard to choose. With a lighter room, with wooden flooring or tiles, you’ll want to accompany that with brighter paint, such as a light blue or a white. Using lighter paint accents the furniture in the room, allowing for a focus on
the furniture.

Modern Style

Now, modern styles come in a few different versions. A bathroom can be modern because of the colours, materials used, or shapes. As many bathrooms are designed differently, there are a few different ways you can paint it to make it look amazing.

With a modern bathroom, everything is usually flush and out of the way, like sinks in cabinets, or toilets that flow perfectly down. And with this, comes a modern colour scheme.

The colour scheme that strikes most as modern is a white and grey scheme, usually having a darker grey as an accent on a wall or certain areas to give a modern feel of the room.

If you already have an accent wall, for example, a fully tiled wall, you’ll want to keep all the walls the same colour, and usually to the same sort of colour/shade of the rest of the room. Modern rooms usually follow a blue/grey/white colour scheme which allows for a soft feel, and easily accents other cabinets, etc.

Wet Rooms

Wet rooms are often difficult to decorate, as everything has to be watertight and easy to clean. And in terms of paint, that’s also one of the hardest things to get right, especially when you need special types of paint to keep it watertight and not cause you issues later on.

With wet rooms, you have to go with which colour you think suits, try to keep it similar to the rest of the room. For example, you may have the rest of the room brightly coloured, like a bright white, so you’ll want to keep that colour scheme going throughout, complimenting it with blues or another
white.

If you’re thinking about painting your wet room, instead of tiling or using material sheets, you’ll want to make sure you’re using bathroom paint. Bathroom paint is specially made to have a higher resistance to mould and steam, which can occur more regularly when you have a wet room, instead
of a normal bathroom.

Ideas for Painting Your Bathroom

Sometimes plain paint just won’t quite cut it. Plain walls are sometimes a little bit dull, and sometimes just want something that changes things up. Whether painting the bathroom yourself or hiring a company, here are a few ideas that you can use to make your bathroom different from the
rest.

Often, you may find bathrooms stick to a generic style, with solid colours and basic tiles. You might want to stray away from that and go for something different, here are some ideas for keeping your bathroom different and nice.

Use Patterns – Patterns are not very widely used in bathrooms, so why not give it a try. Patterns can be of all sorts. Whether it be a few different colours to a full pattern, it will definitely change up your bathroom.

Patterns can come from tiles; many tiles have patterns set in and are ready to be put into your bathroom. These can be used as a feature or can be used around the whole room to give a new style. Stripes and geometric patterns always look fantastic, so why not give them a try!

You may also use patterned tiles to give a different style. You could try using plain tiles, along with a different type of tile, for half of the wall. For example, you may have plain tiles from the floor up to the halfway point of your wall, and then a patterned tile to finish it off. Then you can paint the wall any colour that goes with that tile up to the wall.

Stray Away From Plain – You could think more adventurous. Maybe include things that people don’t usually include. An idea for this is to use tiles that look like something else. You can find tiles that look like they are wooden quite easily, and can transform your bathroom into something completely different.

Be careful if you do want to go for something different, as you don’t want to be too over the top. You can have a big change but keep it subtle, instead of covering the whole room with new fancy tiles, you could just do one wall and keep it as a feature. If you’re doing it yourself, have a look
online for a free bathroom designer, try and place your ideas into there and see how it looks.

Change up The Colour Scheme – Maybe you’ve just had your bathroom redone, and want a big change. Changing up your colours to something more modern can completely change the feel of your bathroom. Colour combinations are a great start when trying to get a certain feel of your bathroom, whether you want a bold or a gentle feel, the colour scheme can change it all.
What to Use to Paint Your Bathroom

After finding a few ideas, you may be inspired to get your bathroom painted now. But may not know the best way to complete it or the easiest way.
Painting bathrooms isn’t as easy as it sounds, it is different from the rest of your house, in terms of what you have to use, and can often take longer. As the paint will receive heavy work, due to lots of steam, grime, and dirt, the paint must be put on correctly, to reduce the chance that the paint may crack or become damaged later on.

The first step to making sure that your bathroom is done right is having all of your tools at hand. Starting without all of your tools will only delay the process, and could restrict you from a proper finish, which will reduce the time the paint will last. The tools you’ll need are:

Special bathroom paint – This is more resistant to moisture and mould and lasts much longer than usual paint. Bathroom paints are quite easy to spot, as they will be separate in their section, and have bathroom written on the tub.

A Paint Tray – This allows for you to easily replenish the paint that you have used on the walls, whether using a brush or a roller, it is easy to remove excess and gives an even coat around the surface of the roller which gives a good spread on the wall.

Brushes and Rollers – When covering a large area, you’ll definitely need a paint roller. Paint rollers can make a big surface area seem less daunting, as it can easily cover a much larger area than a brush. Finding a good paint roller can leave a much better effect than being done with a paintbrush, and in much less time. To find a good roller, you want to look for usually branded, higher-priced rollers, if possible. This will give you a better result than a cheaper roller.

You’ll also want a good paintbrush, to get to the smaller areas that you can’t quite get into with a roller. A good paintbrush will easily last a little while, so it’s a good idea to spend some decent money on one, as it will give a better result, and save you time. A 2-inch sash brush should do the trick, as it can cover a large area, and get into the tighter areas that you need to.

Painter’s Tape – Also known as masking tape, this allows you to cover up areas such as light switches, or for creating clean edges, like where the walls connect. It can be very good if you’re trying to work with multiple colours, as it allows for an easy cut and transfers from colour to colour,
without having to be too precise.

Flathead and Crosshead Screwdrivers – You’ll want to have these at hand to remove any fittings into the wall such as light switches, as you can’t easily paint behind it. Otherwise, you can just paint close up to the switch, minding that you don’t paint onto the too much onto the switch.

How to Paint Your Bathroom

Now you know the best things you can use; how do you do it? And what’s the best technique to give the best finish? Here you can find an in-depth list of good techniques and small details to give you the best finish possible.

As said before, it is highly recommended that you use special bathroom paint, as it will last longer, and has a higher resistance to mould and steam. If you can’t get a hold of this, it is highly recommended that you go for a more expensive, and better-known paint. Better companies often use higher quality materials, and even if that paint isn’t quite bathroom paint, it will last much longer than normal, cheaper paint. The style of paint that works the best (excluding bathroom paint itself) is called high gloss and does a great job at repelling moisture and the chance of mould.

Get The Right Amount of Paint – You’ll also want to calculate the amount of paint needed for the room, you can do this yourself, by finding the total surface area of the area that needed to be painted. You may need to create multiple rectangles to make it easier to find the total area if you
add all of the rectangles together afterwards. Or to get a more accurate, you can find websites online that will give you the perfect surface area. It’s very recommended that you do two coats, as it will increase the resistance to mould and dirt, so make sure you double the litres.

After finding the surface area that you’ll need to paint, you’ll have to get the paint. Remembering the surface area you need, you can calculate how much paint you will need by looking on the tub of paint, and choose which paint tub will have enough paint to cover the area you need to. Keep in
mind that for a double coat, you’ll have to double the amount you need.

Get Everything Clean and Prepared – Painting bathrooms is different from painting other rooms such as a living room, as it needs much more preparation than solely moving some things about.

As a bathroom, the walls are easily subject to much more dirt and soap scum from showers and baths. Leaving this layer reduces the friction between the paint and the surface, which leads to the paint peeling off easier, and reducing the lifespan of the pain. To increase the lifespan of your paint, you’ll have to clean the walls thoroughly. A fantastic cleaning product for cleaning walls to be painted is Trisodium Sulphate or TSP, which is easily available, and quite inexpensive. It works a treat for removing heavy grime and dirt found in bathrooms.

Remove Obstructions and Cover Areas – If possible, move things out of the way that could cause difficulty when painting. Cabinets are usually easily moveable and would make our job easier as you don’t have to paint around them.

If possible, you could also try and remove the toilet tank, this may sound difficult, but it isn’t as hard as you’d think. It’s much easier to paint the area behind the toilet if the toilet isn’t blocking the wall. To remove the toilet tank, turn off the supply of water with at a shutoff valve at the wall, flush the toilet to remove any water, and then loosen and remove the nuts and bolts, and remove the tank, with a few towels to catch excess water. This will allow you to get behind the tank with ease, and not spill any paint on the tank itself. Make sure to follow the instructions in reverse, to ensure your toilet functions the same.

After that, you’ll want to cover up the areas that you don’t want to paint. Areas such as light switches and skirting boards can often be dripped on, and catch paint, as they just stick out enough for small paint droplets to catch on.

For covering up skirting boards, a good idea is to use a large old cloth, this can cover all of the skirting boards, and catch any paint that may drop. Using a bigger cloth would reduce the time that you have to move it, which will make the process faster.

To cover up light switches, use painters’ tape (masking tape works fine) and cover up the edges. This should be able to catch any small droplets, and not have you try and remove them later.

Use All of Your Tools – When painting a bathroom, you don’t want to be caught out being slow with only a small paintbrush as you’ll want to use the roller for the most part. The roller evenly and quickly paints the wall and leaves a better effect than painting the entire wall with a paintbrush.
Although you will want to use a paintbrush, it helps with tighter edges, such as up to a light switch, or at the edge of a wall. It is also very good for small touch-ups later on, as some areas may need extra paint to make the walls look even better.

A tip while using the paintbrush is to not use too much paint on it at one time. If using a container to hold the paint in, a good idea is to put an elastic band over the container from top to bottom, and through the middle of the top of the container. This is great for removing excess paint very easily, be careful which elastic band you use and where the container is, as the band could snap and spread paint all over the walls that you’ve just painted!

How to Maintain Your Bathroom

After painting your bathroom, you’ll want to keep it that way, here are a few tips on how to keep it looking as fantastic as it did when it was first painted.

Leave the Paint for 24 – 48 Hours – After painting, the paint will dry within a few hours, but it won’t have completed stuck to the wall until a day or two afterwards. Before showing or taking a bath, try to wait around 24-48 hours, this will give the paint all the time it needs to dry, and completely settle. Taking a shower can easily affect the paint and weaken the bond to the wall.

Use a Fan – If you have a built-in fan, you’ll want to leave that running for 10-15 minutes after taking a shower or a bath. This will take any remaining steam away from the walls which would affect the paintwork. If you don’t have a built-in fan, you can leave a window open, and if possible use a fan to direct the steam out of the window.

Regular Maintenance – Keeping your bathroom clean is the best thing you can do to maintain it. While regularly cleaning showers, toilets, sinks, etc, try and have a quick look at the paint and tiles, to check for mould, cracks, and peeling paint, so you can repair it before it becomes too much of an issue.

We hope you’ve found this article full of useful information to help you get your bathroom decorated and sorted. Happy painting!