Best Emulsion for a Kitchen or Bathroom

By Mike Cupit

Kitchen and bathroom paint needs to be more durable than a normal vinyl matt so it can stand up to the heat and condensation of its environment. I’m not going to talk about specific brands, but I’ll take you through the basics of each appropriate product to help you make your mind up. It’s worth mentioning that if you are having problems with mound growth then you may need a more specialist product or look at introducing more ventilation to the room. There is plenty more information on the Decorators Forum if you want to know more about any particular brand or product, or you can always find us on Facebook.

I hope this blog will help you decide on the best paint for your kitchen or bathroom.


Retail kitchen and bathroom paint

Don’t do it!! Paints that has been manufactured for the retail market have been made to a budget and are of less quality than the trade alternatives. This will affect the finish and durability of your paint. You’ll find these paints in most outlets, but just because it has Dulux or Crown on a tin at B&Q, don’t think you’re buying quality. Look for the word “trade”, that is what a professional decorator would use to help achieve that professional finish.


Trade Durable matt emulsion

It’s just a vinyl matt emulsion with more polymer binders, meaning the paint becomes waterproof. You still get a nice flat matt finish, but the water won’t be able to penetrate. I’d say this product is up to the task most of the time, however if there is a lot of condensation on your walls, you may want to go for something with a bit more sheen. It’s like durable matt has a pitted surface which traps some of the water and slows run off. It can also mark if you need to wipe it. You might want to take a look at this article when deciding on a durable matt


Soft sheen

As the names suggests, there’s a little bit of a sheen to this product. It’s a step up in durability from the durable matt and will stand up well to condensation and being wiped down.


Acrylic eggshell

Another step up in sheen level and durability. This is the go-to emulsion for a lot of decorators in their own bathrooms. It’ll stand up very well to water and being cleaned down, however the higher sheen level does highlight imperfections on your walls and ceilings. This probably is the best emulsion for a kitchen or bathroom



Not many people will use silk emulsion in this day and age. You can’t seem to get rid of brush marks and it can cause problems when redecorating further down the line. That being said, it is very durable and can look good over embossed surfaces.


Where to Buy


Other than the first section, this review is all about trade options. Trade paint is slightly more expensive than retail, but it’s a lot better quality. If you’re going to go for trade paint, you’re probably better looking at a trade website like the Paintshed. Everything you’re ever going to need for any project on one site at reasonable prices. CLICK HERE to visit the Paintshed.


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