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Quick guide to kitchen & bathroom paint

Image of kitchen by @colorful_kimmes

Quick guide to kitchen & bathroom paint

If you’re sick of staring at the same four walls, perhaps it’s time to switch up your colour scheme. Last week I shared a few top tips on selecting the right paint finish (scroll back to catch up). This week I want to shine the spotlight on specialist paints for kitchens and bathrooms.


If your bathroom gets hot and humid or lacks adequate ventilation, you may need a specialist bathroom paint, which will have been developed to handle the damp environment. Typically, bathroom paints are super-tough and wipeable, and able to withstand steam and condensation so that your walls don’t start to flake. They’re also resistant to mould and mildew.

Image of bathroom paint by @tiffyandflow
Image: @tiffyandflow

Kitchens can be steamy spaces, so a specialist paint that is able to handle high levels of humidity and moisture as well as resist staining could be a good idea. For bigger, well-ventilated kitchens, you may get away with a hard-wearing, wipeable paint.

While a lick of paint can go a long way, before you dig out your brushes, take some time to prep your space:

  • Step 1: Use sugar soap to clean your walls thoroughly. Then wipe them down to remove any soap residue and let them dry.
  • Step 2: Prepare the room by covering the edges of any tiles, appliances, trims and worktops with masking tape.
  • Step 3: Protect worktops, appliances and the floor from paint splashes by covering them with sheets.
  • Step 4: You’re ready to paint!
Image of kitchen paint by @naptimestyle
Image: @naptimestyle
Kitchen cabinets

Before splashing out on paint for your kitchen cabinets, you need to check what they’re made of. If you have melamine or MDF kitchen cupboards, your best bet is a specialist kitchen cupboard paint that’s engineered to work on these materials. For wooden cabinets, an eggshell, gloss or semi-gloss paint will do the trick.

Once you’ve chosen the right paint to suit your cabinets, you’re ready to prep the space. First, empty drawers and cabinets and remove all knobs and handles. Then use masking tape to protect hinges and glass inserts from paint splashes. Also, put down dustsheets to cover the floor. The final step is to remove grease and dirt by washing your cabinets down with sugar soap. Be sure to wipe off any soap residue before allowing them to dry thoroughly.

Featured image: Kim of @colorful_kimmes is no stranger to colour! In her kitchen, teal serves as a backdrop to zesty orange kitchen cabinets, an eye-catching colour combination; Second image: Rasa of @tiffyandflow chose a paint from Valspar, which offers an extensive range including Blend v500 Kitchen & Bathroom that’s mould resistant and scrubbable; Third image: Colour block in the style of Hannah Atkins of @naptimestyle and use a dash of colour with a thick stripe against a crisp white backdrop. This is a simple but stylish way to liven up a plain wall.