How To Choose the Right Type of Bathroom Ceiling Paint

Painting a bathroom ceiling

Many homeowners plan for their dream bathroom design, but it can ​​be easy to overlook one of the most important details: your bathroom ceiling paint. 

Bathroom ceiling paint is one of the most important considerations for proper bathroom design because it affects not only the functionality of your bathroom but also the overall health and safety of everyone who uses it.

If your bathroom ceiling paint is peeling, cracking, bubbling, or showing signs of mildew or mold, then it’s time to repaint. You don’t want anyone else to see it looking like this!

Here’s what we know about picking the right type of paint for your bathroom ceiling.

How the Right Type of Bathroom Ceiling Paint Makes a Difference

Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes, but they all require the best paint to hold up over time. If you don’t use high-quality paints, your bathroom ceiling will require repainting sooner than you’d expect, costing you more time and money.

Lower-quality paints may begin to bubble, wrinkle, crack, or peel, resulting in the dissatisfaction of a bad paint job and threatening your health.

Your health, and that of everyone who uses your bathroom, will thank you for choosing the right type of paint for your bathroom ceiling. Every hot shower produces a significant amount of steam, which aids in the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. Your bathroom ceiling may lead to lower air quality, heightened allergies, and foul odors without the right paint. 

Newer bathroom paints last longer than other interior paints and contain minerals and chemicals that resist moisture. Water will not be able to settle into the paint, eliminating the cause of mold or mildew. Water also beads up for faster drying and easier cleaning.

What Type of Bathroom Ceiling Paint Should You Use?

White bathroom ceiling

The most common types of interior paint are oil, latex, and specialty paints. While each has its place in the home, it’s essential to understand the differences to make the best decision.

Oil Paint

Oil paint is the lowest-quality paint you can use in your bathroom. While durable enough for use on your bathroom ceiling, mineral spirits (a type of petroleum-derived solvent cleaner) are required to remove accidental paint splotches from most surfaces. 

This type of paint also releases volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air. VOCs are gases that react with other air pollutants, leading to bad odors, sinus irritation, and, in extreme cases, even cancer. 

In addition to those problems, oil paints take longer to dry, resulting in longer wait times between coats on your bathroom ceiling. Oil paints also begin to yellow over time, making another paint job necessary sooner.

Latex Paint

Latex paint dries much faster than oil paint and is easier to clean up. Instead of needing mineral spirits, a simple mixture of soap and water is enough for cleaning up latex paint, especially if the paint is water-based.

This type of paint is also more durable and water-resistant, making it much easier to keep clean in the long run. You can wipe it down or wash it, knowing it will withstand your cleaning methods.

Latex paint also has lower odors and VOCs than oil paints, making it a healthier choice. Most painters and homeowners choose this type of paint due to the benefits it brings.

Specialty Paints

If you enjoy frequent hot showers that steam up your bathroom, we recommend using specialty paint that resists water, mold, and mildew.

The best specialty paint for your bathroom ceiling is acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is not only highly resistant to water, mold, and mildew, but it also dries faster and often contains no VOCs. This paint is less odorous, making it easier to be around while waiting to dry.

One of our favorite characteristics of acrylic paint is that the primer and paint are often premixed, meaning that fewer coats—and, therefore, less time, energy, and money—have to go into painting your bathroom ceiling.

What Paint Brand Do We Recommend?

Benjamin Moore sign

The best bathroom paint for ceilings will resist moisture, mold, and mildew. Benjamin Moore produces a special paint blend for use on bathroom walls and ceilings, earning it the top spot in our list of favorite paint brands. 

Benjamin Moore bathroom paint offers many satisfactory features:

●      High tolerance for hot, humid rooms 

●      Resistance to moisture, mold, and mildew

●      Thicker consistency for fewer coats

●      Mixed paint and primer, requiring minimal steps to complete a paint job

●      Allows for washing or wiping down with no loss of color

●      No VOCs (volatile organic compounds)

●      Beautiful color palettes to match any bathroom design

The variety of colors, overall durability, ease of application, and drying speed make this our preferred bathroom ceiling paint brand. 

Should the Ceiling Match the Walls?

Bathroom with matching ceiling and walls

Your bathroom walls meet with your ceiling, and while it may not be immediately noticeable, over time, significant differences, such as the color or glossiness of one or the other, may bother you.

There are several different types of paint finishes to consider:

●      High-gloss

●      Semi-gloss

●      Satin

●      Eggshell

●      Matte

The most noticeable feature of each paint type is its reflectiveness, which adds to the room’s brightness. In the past, higher-gloss paints were the best option for reducing moisture retention in the bathroom. Today, innovations in paint technology have enabled brands like Benjamin Moore to create water, mold, and mildew-resistant matte paints.

A matte finish brings sophistication and style to any bathroom and is less likely to create an overly bright environment. Combining the right colors and finishes on your ceiling and bathroom walls makes the room more inviting and comfortable.

Trust Rea Pro Construction To Help You Choose the Right Bathroom Ceiling Paint

With years of professional painting experience, Rea Pro Construction knows the ins and outs of choosing the perfect bathroom ceiling paint. 

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