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Bathrooms can be some of the most challenging rooms to tackle for a home remodel. The space is often tight, countertops or bathtubs can be pricey to replace, and you have the moisture level to contend with. Fortunately, transforming the bathroom is easy with a fresh coat of paint.

But even paint can be tricky in the bathroom. If you want to do the job right the first time, check out these tips for choosing paint for your bathroom remodel.

Think About the Color Scheme of the Room

Paint colors always look different when you set them next to other colors. For instance, you may like a shade of green on a swatch but hate it next to your warm-colored cabinets. So when you’re choosing paint for your bathroom remodel, consider the other colors in the room, such as:

  • The floor
  • The ceiling
  • The countertops
  • The cabinets
  • The shelves (if there are any)

To avoid choosing a color you hate, buy a sample portion of your chosen paint that you can apply directly to the walls before you commit to a full gallon. This step is especially important when you’re buying paint online since your computer screen can distort how colors appear.

Pick a Color Based on Size

Color has a way of changing your perception of a space. Warm colors—red, orange, and yellow—tend to appear closer, while cool colors—blue, green, and purple—appear further away. That means warm colors can make a big room feel more intimate, and cool colors can make it feel more spacious.

The same is true of the shade of the color. Lighter colors tend to reflect light, making the room feel brighter and more open. Dark colors often make a room seem smaller. Consequently, you may want to opt for a pale blue or green for a small powder room and save the bold scarlet for the master bathroom.

Keep Durability in Mind

Excessive moisture and temperature extremes can impact your paint job’s durability and longevity. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we find in a bathroom.

If you want your paint job to stay put, look for more durable paints. The higher the sheen, the more durable your paint job will be. High-gloss and semi-gloss paints tend to work best in the bathroom because they’re durable and easy to clean.