A new coat of paint is sometimes all a room needs for a fresh, updated look. With a bathroom, though, you have to think not only about your color choice. You also need a paint that resists mildew and mold.

After all, a bathroom is the ideal place for mold to grow. Even healthy people can have respiratory problems from indoor mold growth. It’s best, then, to avoid the problem altogether, instead of having to clean it up after the fact.

Are you thinking of giving your bathroom a new color? What is the best interior paint to avoid water absorption and mold growth in your bathroom?

Don’t worry. Choosing a quality paint for your bathroom isn’t so confusing once you know the facts.

Below, we’ll show you the best paint for bathrooms. That way, you can make an informed decision. Let’s go!

Choosing Your Color and Finish

It’s rare to see a bathroom painted with bold, bright colors. Did you know a bright blue or vibrant green shade can change the way you look in the mirror?

It’s true! Brighter colors interact with natural light in a way that will exaggerate any blemishes or dark circles in your complexion. If you spend time getting ready for the day or going out for the night in your bathroom, you’ll want to avoid bright color schemes.

This is why more neutral shades and pastels are usually the colors of choice for bathrooms. Maybe you’ve noticed that gray has been trending for a while now and will continue to do so.

Lighter colors like whites, creams, and grays offer a more flattering reflection. In general, they’re also more calming colors.

The Finish

Several kinds of paint finish exist, including and not limited to: flat, flat enamel, matte, low sheen, low lusture, eggshell, pearl, satin, medium lusture, semi-gloss, gloss and high-gloss. That’s a lot! Right?

In the past only satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss paints were recommended for bathrooms. But there are a few exceptional bath specific products that are offered in other finishes now!

And they are able to repel moisture better than ordinary paints that offer sheens such as eggshell and satin. In most cases bath specific products will have a higher abrasion test rate as well.

Most people don’t want their bathroom walls coated entirely with high-gloss paint anyways!  To be frank, it looks awful.

Instead, high-gloss paint should be reserved for smaller surfaces. These include things like trim and cabinets.

Phenylmercuric Acetate (PMA)

Another way paint manufacturers tried to overcome the mold/mildew bathroom problem was by adding a fungicide to their paints. Prior to 1990, the mercury compound phenylmercuric acetate (PMA) was a common addition to interior and exterior latex paints.

Obviously, mercury is harmful to human health. In 1990, the EPA banned its use in interior paint.

We’re lucky today to have high-quality paints that are available in a matte finish and are still water-resistant. Let’s examine some mildew-resistant paints in the next sections.

Long-Lasting Premium Paints That Tackle Mold and Mildew

Today’s mold-resistant paints contain chemicals preventing new growth. The paint itself provides an effective seal against either mold or mildew. At least the best the best interior bathroom paints do!

Note, however, that if you have a mold problem already, these paints aren’t going to stop a pre-existing mold problem. If mold or mildew has made its way onto your drywall or the inside of your walls, you’ll have to clean those areas before painting. This is true even if you’re using mold-resistant paint.

Coating mold-resistant paint over an existing mold problem isn’t going to solve the mold problem. In fact, it’s likely to make it worse. After proper cleaning, though, mold-resistant paint will help prevent new mold growth.

What’s more, many of the premium mold-resistant paints are also low-odor and VOC-free. VOC’s are “volatile organic compounds,” and they’re a prime contributor to indoor home pollution.

As paint dries, VOC’s are released into the air. They have been known to cause the following health issues:

  • Nausea
  • Watery eyes
  • Burning
  • Headaches
  • Breathing problems

Even more problematic, some VOCs have been associated with cancer, as well as conditions such as kidney and liver damage. Paying the extra money for a premium mold-resistant paint clearly has other health-advantages as well. In the next section, let’s look at three specific recommended bathroom paints.

The Best Bathroom Paints

Two paints by Benjamin Moore are ideal choices for your bathroom. They are:

1. Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa Paint

2. Benjamin Moore Kitchen and Bath Paint

The Aura Bath and Spa Paint has a matte finish, while the Kitchen and Bath Paint has a Satin finish. They both resist mildew and can stand up to cleaning with soap and water.

In addition, they both have either low or zero VOC’s, and the Aura paint is low-odor as well.

Here’s another excellent bathroom paint option:

3. Paints from Sherwin-Williams Duration Home Interior line

Like the Benjamin Moore paints above, Sherwin-Williams’ Duration paints also prevent mold or mildew growth. Furthermore, they respond well to cleaning with only water and mild soap.

The Duration paints come in a variety of finishes, including matte and satin.

Any of the Benjamin Moore or Duration paints listed above are a good choice for your bathroom. They’ll cut down on the time needed to paint the room and protect your walls, etc., from mold/mildew growth. These paints are worth the extra investment.

Wrapping Up The Best Paint for Bathrooms

There you have it! Everything you need to know about best mold- and mildew-resistant paints for bathrooms.

As you can see, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams make the best paint for bathrooms. These products will protect your family from mold growth, and they won’t introduce other harmful chemicals into your home.

Has this article inspired you? Would you like to freshen up your bathroom with a new color scheme?

If so, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote. Our professionals are more than happy to schedule a free estimate, and you can also learn more about our services.

Also, feel free to check out the other articles on our blog. We have many helpful articles on a wide range of topics!

You’ll find everything from painting in high humidity to information about the latest summer house paint colors. Who knows? You might find yourself inspired to paint more than your bathroom!