How to Choose the Right Paint for Moisture-Prone Walls

There are some rooms in your home that come into contact with a lot of moisture. This is generally through steam, so the rooms are usually the kitchen and bathrooms.

Excess moisture can damage walls. So it is very important to coat them with a quality product that will prevent problems like water marks, stains, mould and peeling.

If you want to paint your bathroom or kitchen walls but are not sure which solution to go for, we can help. We’ve made a guide of paints to choose and paints to avoid if you want to coat a moisture-prone wall.


Eggshell paint

Eggshell paint is a perfect finish for moisture-prone walls. It creates a low-sheen effect that is long-lasting and comparatively resistant to humidity. Eggshell paint can be wiped and is great for bathroom and kitchen walls.

Satin and semi-gloss paints

Satin and semi-gloss finishes are also brilliant for walls in rooms with higher moisture levels. Both have a fairly glossy, reflective finish, but semi-gloss paints are shinier that satin paints. So for those who want a more matte finish, satin paints are probably the best choice.

Both satin and semi-gloss paints are resistant to moisture and mould. They can also be cleaned without getting damaged.


Glossy finishes

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The glossier the paint, the more sturdy and water resistant it is. Even so, glossy paints aren’t ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Higher-gloss paint is very reflective, which tends to make it look like plastic or enamel. This can highlight any wall or paint imperfections and make it look low-quality.

Matte paints

Matte paints are commonly used by homeowners because they’re easy to touch up and have limited reflectivity. However, they are very easily damaged by moisture so are not useful for bathrooms and kitchens.

That said, if you are 100% sure you want to use matte paints on your kitchen and bathroom walls, you can cover them with a sealer that will reduce moisture damage without creating a shiny finish. You can also get primers that will help to keep your walls dry.

Specialist bathroom or kitchen paints

Specialist bathroom and kitchen paints are difficult. They are definitely very 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 sufficient, you are much better off revising your ventilation system than spending money on specialist paints. You can improve your ventilation by installing a top quality extractor fan if you haven’t got one already. You could also think about getting a dehumidifier.

So now you should be aware of the best paints to use to on a moisture-prone wall. Using the correct paint will make your kitchen and bathroom walls appear better for longer. You also won’t have to waste time and money redoing them.

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