There are some rooms in your home that are exposed to a lot of moisture. This tends to be through steam, so these rooms are usually kitchens and bathrooms.

Walls can be harmed by excess moisture. So it is crucial to coat them with the appropriate products to avoid the development of water marks, stains, mould and peeling.

If you want to paint your kitchen or bathroom but are unsure which product to choose, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of paints to go for and paints to avoid if you want to coat a moisture-prone wall.

Choose:

Eggshell paint

Eggshell paint is a great finish for moisture-prone walls. It has a low-sheen effect that is tough and relatively resistant to humidity. Eggshell paint can be wiped and is ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls.

Satin and semi-gloss paints

Satin and semi-gloss paints are also ideal for walls in rooms with higher moisture levels. Both have a fairly glossy, reflective look, but semi-gloss finishes are shinier that satin paints. So for those who prefer a more matte finish, satin paints are likely to be the better choice.

Satin and semi-gloss paints are both moisture and mould resistant. They can also be wiped and scrubbed without risk of damage.

Avoid:

Glossy paints

The glossier the paint, the more hardwearing and water resistant it is. Even so, glossy paints are not a good decision for kitchen and bathroom walls. High-gloss paint is extremely reflective, which tends to make it look like plastic or enamel. This can make any wall or paint imperfections obvious and create a low-top quality look.

Matte finishes

Matte paints are very popular with homeowners as they’re easy to re-do and have limited reflectivity. However, they can be damaged by moisture easily so aren’t appropriate for bathrooms and kitchens.

However, if you’re sure you want to use matte paints in your kitchen and bathroom, you can apply an overcoat that will reduce moisture damage without creating a shiny finish. You can also get primers that will help to protect your walls.

Specialist bathroom or kitchen paints

Specialist bathroom and kitchen paints are problematic. They are definitely good at resisting moisture and mould. However, if the moisture levels in your rooms are so extreme that satin or semi-gloss paints aren’t good enough, you are much better off revising your ventilation system than buying specialist paints. You can make your ventilation system better by installing a quality extractor fan if you haven’t already got one. You should also think about getting a portable dehumidifier.

So now you’ll have a good idea of the best paints to use to on moisture-prone walls. Using the right paints will ensure that your kitchen and bathroom walls will look better for longer. You also won’t have to waste time and effort redoing them.

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