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Wet rooms: which paint to choose for your bathroom?

Wet rooms: which paint to choose for your bathroom?

Despite its often smaller surface area than other rooms in our house, the bathroom is full of issues that deserve our full attention: which wall paint to use? Is special wet room paint required or will it be multi-support? Will a monolayer suffice to hide cracks and other stubborn traces of mold or is the undercoat essential? Is the application of a stain essential to make everything waterproof? Thanks to our advice, good preparation and suitable equipment, you will only need a few hours to make this room a healthy place to live, inviting to well-being and relaxation.

  1. Take the time to (re) discover your bathroom
  2. Prepare surfaces for painting well
  3. Choose your paint according to the specifics of your bathroom
  4. Natural paints: are they suitable for damp rooms?
  5. Color chart: forget the constraints, treat yourself!

1. Take the time to (re) discover your bathroom

Do you already have a very precise idea of ​​the color in which you want to repaint your bathroom? Perfect ! However, before running to the DIY store closest to you, take the time to observe your room and your surfaces to be painted. Start with the general condition of your room before focusing on its specifics: * Is it a well ventilated room or does it quickly accumulate condensation? * Is it bright or dark, small or large? * What are the surfaces to be painted: painting paper, bricks, earthenware, plaster…? * Do you notice the presence of cracks or mold? If it is a bathroom renovation project, check the type of paint currently on your walls: if it is a glycerol paint, you will have no choice but to '' opt for the same type of paint or remove the previous paint. Was it applied to a painting paper? Consider yourself lucky! Withdrawal will be easier. On the other hand, you will be quit for having to prepare your wall with particular care or even to re-upholster it. Despite the slightly longer preparation time it requires, we recommend this second solution. Oil-based paint, although more resistant than acrylic, is indeed an important factor in indoor pollution. In question, the famous White Spirit it contains: a diluent composed of solvents harmful to your health as well as for the environment.

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2. Prepare your surfaces for painting

Once this first observation phase is complete, you can proceed to the preparatory stage: * Arm yourself with a very resistant construction sponge and start by dusting and washing all the surfaces to be painted. * If mold is present, remove it with a simple cloth soaked in white vinegar. Remember to protect your nose and mouth and to ventilate your room well during this stage, because when disturbed, the fungi can emit spores irritating to the respiratory tract. * Also fill in any cracks with a coating. Once it is dry, sand it down with fine-grained sandpaper. The application of an undercoat is strongly recommended, a fortiori in a room subjected to extreme conditions (humidity, condensation, temperature changes) such as the bathroom. This undercoat will allow your paint to adhere better afterwards. Are you repainting an already colored wall? Choose it opaque! Depending on the surface to be repainted, a special undercoat may be necessary, for example a special tiling or floor undercoat. In all cases, make sure to respect the drying time indicated by the manufacturer.

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3. Choose your paint according to the specifics of your bathroom

Many paint brands offer "special bathroom" ranges. Does this mean that "classic" paints or even "multi-support" paints are to be banned from our water features? Special wet room paints are more resistant than conventional wall paints. However, rest assured: if you cannot find what you are looking for among these ranges, choose a good quality classic wall painting. In all cases, it will be more resistant and more covering than a special low-cost bathroom paint. Whatever type of paint you choose, choose a satin finish over a matte finish. This first has a water resistant final layer, unlike the matte finish. If your bathroom is already prone to condensation and mold, a good quality paint with a satin finish will be essential. Forget also monolayer paints in damp rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens. The application of two coats will allow you to obtain a more uniform and lasting end result. Finally, be aware that you can completely repaint your ceiling using the same paint that you used for your walls. This choice is particularly judicious if your bathroom has a low ceiling. Using the same color, or a similar color but slightly lighter, for example by opting for a shades of the same color, will indeed give the impression that the ceiling of your room will be higher.

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4. Natural paints: are they suitable for damp rooms?

Paints and natural coatings are now more and more present on the market and offer a wide range of colors. Their price range, a little higher than some big brands of classic paints, is justified by a good covering power and by almost no VOC fumes. Some of them are even made from 100% natural products. Among these natural paints, one of them is particularly suitable for application in damp rooms thanks to its composition based on lime, a natural material with hygroregulatory power: Tadelakt. This traditional lime coating with water and natural pigments, shiny and waterproof, comes from Morocco, where it is used in particular in hammams. Thanks to its great resistance and its very strong ability to withstand high humidity levels, it can be applied from floor to ceiling, passing through walls and even shower screens. Very decorative, it has a soft and warm appearance and adapts to all styles of decoration, from the most modern to the most traditional. Major paint brands are now offering products that are very close to traditional Tadelakt for affordable prices that you can apply yourself. Because of its ecological, aesthetic and hygroregulatory qualities, as well as its accessibility and its resistance, Tadelakt is one of our favorite products in terms of bathroom renovation!

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5. Color chart: forget the constraints, treat yourself!

However, all the constraints linked to renovating a bathroom should not make you lose sight of your main objective: to create a warm place, where you will enjoy relaxing after a long day. Besides all these technical aspects, color is therefore an essential element of your project! We know that it plays an important role in how we perceive our environment, and that it is in turn influenced by the amount and type of light it receives. Is your bathroom dark enough, facing north or has little or no natural light? Two solutions are available to you: take maximum advantage of this cocoon side by betting on darker and warmer colors or seek to gain the maximum possible brightness by opting for light shades. If you choose the latter option, choose colors based on yellow that will capture and reflect a maximum of light across the room. On the lighting side, the bulbs emitting white light will allow your colors to retain their original shades. Bathrooms that, on the contrary, benefit from a significant amount of light have a wide range of choices in terms of paint colors. You can also play more on the texture effects by choosing effect paints: metallic, sanded, waxed concrete, glitter, pearlescent ... Let your imagination run wild!