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What type of paint do you need for bathroom ceilings?

WordsMaha Elley


When it comes to bathroom decor, you want to opt for a finish that’s both stylish and functional.

Due to condensation, heat and the type of cleaning products used, the walls and ceilings in bathrooms and kitchens have to be chosen with a little extra care. This is especially important in bathrooms, where the air can get more than a little moist after a steamy shower or hot bath. Damp air can settle on walls and lead to mould growth. And the last thing you want to have to deal with is a mouldy ceiling. 

The question is - what paint do you use in bathrooms to ensure that your finish looks fresh and lasts for longer? 

Ask yourself the following when looking for bathroom ceiling paint:

1) Is the room well ventilated with lots of windows or a good extractor fan? The better the ventilation, the less the condensation buildup.

2) Are you painting a room with a shower? If so, a water-resistant paint is a must.

What paint to use in a bathroom

Look for something that’s both highly opaque and easily washable.

The main benefit of the eggshell finish for bathroom ceilings is that the reflective sheen maintains its lustre, even after it’s been exposed to moisture and splashes. Who doesn't like a hot steamy shower? We do, but some paints don't react well to high levels of condensation. That's why our water-resistant eggshell paint is the best paint for a steamy bathroom ceiling. Have a read of our eggshell paint info page to learn more, or check out our breakdown of different paints, including what eggshell paint finish is, and how to use them.

Follow our instructions to find out the best way to paint a ceiling here.

What to consider

There are a few things to keep in mind for prep and protection when painting a bathroom ceiling:

  1. Make sure to cover up any fittings and fixtures to protect from paint splatters - painting a ceiling can be messy work.
  2. The same goes for your floor; protect it from spillages with a canvas or plastic sheet.
  3. Working on a newly plastered surface? Avoid peeling by mist-coating fresh plaster with a durable matt paint before applying your coloured coat. 
  4. (Tip: No matter how mould-resistant your paint is, get an extractor fan fitted above your shower to prevent mould growing on the ceiling.)