Painting and Decorating your Bathroom

July 26th, 2021

Bathrooms and wet rooms have particular environmental factors which are unique from the rest of the home. Water, steam, heat and cleaning products can be tough on the decoration so professional products are often needed to ensure the best possible finish.

Brewers Decorator Centres have an outstanding range of products and brands which specialise in decorating bathrooms, many with ingredients which fight against mould, steam and condensation to help ensure a long lasting adhesion.

Considerations before you start:

  • Is the room well ventilated? Are there windows? This will influence the condensation build up within the room.
  • Are you decorating near/in the shower? If so choose an appropriate waterproof coating.

Bathrooms provide quite a unique environment for decorating.

Changing the colour of a bathroom can completely change the feel of the room in an instant.

1.       Cover all fittings to prevent paint splatters

Decorating a bathroom or wet room will usually mean fittings, fixtures and tiling will already be installed so need to be worked around. Help avoid paint splatters by covering fixtures and fittings (including the bath!), Easy Cover from Tesa is particularly suited to covering large areas and provides the ideal protective barrier against any painting mishaps.

2.       Drop a sheet down to protect the floor

Dust sheets such as the ranges from ProDec and RoDo will protect the floor from any paint spillages.

Take your time with preparation to ensure the best finish.

Take time to make the best foundation for paint or wallpaper.
Take time to make the best foundation for paint or wallpaper.

3.       Prepare the surface

Preparation is key to ensuring a long lasting finish. Taking time to get the best foundation before painting or wallpapering will help illuminate issues which may arise after decorating such as damp or cracks and chips in the substrate.

Brewers Easy Finish Filler is a fantastic product to fill cracks and chips in the surface to help provide a strong foundation for painting or wallpapering.

This super fine filler is also tough and durable, drying hard with minimal shrinkage. It’s fast setting too, enabling you to start sanding earlier, giving you more time on the all important decorative finishing.

Make sure you consider how well a bathroom is ventilated to help choose the right products for the job.

‘Priming the surface before decorating is even more important in a bathroom environment.’

Nick Church
Account Manager

Getting rid of Mould

Damp air can settle on walls and if the humidity remains high can lead to mould growth. If the surface already has traces of mould then products such as Zinsser Mould Killer and Remover or Crown Trade Fungicidal Solution help clear away existing mould and give a clean surface to help limit the chance of mould growing back after decoration.


Priming the surface before decorating can be particularly important in a bathroom environment. An extra layer of protection can make a big difference to the finish, and can influence how resilient the final paint or wallpaper layer will be to not only the elements but also the substrate.

Zinsser Perma-White is a washable anti-mould primer and finish for interior walls and woodwork. Designed to prevent the growth of mould and mildew for up to 5 years when applied as part of a 2 coat system.

Coo Var Anti-Condensation Paint is a white paint which contains a fungicide to inhibit growth of mould and prevent the formation of condensation. It is suitable for interior use in areas prone to airborne moisture such as bathrooms, wet rooms, showers, changing rooms and kitchens. Can be left as a topcoat, or over coated with emulsion.

Damp air can settle on the walls and this can cause mould growth.

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Using professional products will help achieve a stunning finish.

4.       Bathroom ceilings and walls

Due to the nature of the environment, coatings for bathroom walls and ceilings need to be deigned to suit the purpose. Standard emulsion can soak up moisture which can lead to mould, but Brewers Decorator Centres have ideal solutions to creating beautifully decorated bathrooms.


Crown Trade Steracryl is a water-based high opacity mould inhibiting finish for interior walls and ceilings. It contains a fungicide to prevent mould growth.

Johnstone's Trade Anti-Mould Acrylic is a durable, water-based, matt finish for interior walls and ceilings. A fungicide in the film coating prevents mould growth making it ideal for areas such as bathrooms and wet rooms.

Dulux Trade Mouldshield Matt is a high opacity, low-odour, washable mould inhibiting finish for interior walls and ceilings.It contains a fungicide within the film coating to prevent the growth of fungi and mould.

Wallpaper in bathrooms was particularly popular in the early 1900's.


Wallpaper in bathrooms is quite a historical thing as was fashionable in the early 1900’s, however, in modern bathroom facilities, wallpaper can prove difficult for to use and maintain.

If humidity penetrates the wallpaper, adhesion strength is reduced and it can come away from the wall.

An option to consider would be vinyl wallcoverings as they consist of a backing layer, usually made of paper or fibre which has the printed pattern, and a plastic covering layer which offers wipeable protection.

However, it’s worth noting that if you use wallpaper in the bathroom the warranty and guarantee of the paper may be void as not using it for the intended environment/purpose.

It's all about the finishing touches so don't forget to tie in your colour scheme with suitable accessories.

Bathroom Tile Paint

It’s all in the finishing touches, so why not tie in a colour scheme and update your existing bathroom tiles with Ronseal One Coat Tile Paint. It is waterproof and mould resistant when dry so perfect for kitchens and bathrooms in just one coat.

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