What is the conventional wisdom on paint sheens in a bathroom?
Do we want wet look or flat?
Or is that just personal preference?
I would use one of the bath & spa paints. BM has one which is matte. They contain mold and mildew inhibitors if nothing else.
what she said^
It is conventional to have SOME sheen in a bath. Anything other than a flat and less than a semi gloss, such as matte, eggshell, pearl, satin.
I use regular matte paint in my bathrooms. It holds up fine even with humidity (enough to cause mold on caulk around the tub). And when the dogs shake water on the walls after a bath, the water dries without leaving spots.
I also use a lot of matte, no problem
In a bathroom, it's a good idea to use an eggshell or satin paint with an anti-mildew additive. An eggshell paint finish will be easier to maintain and it will stand up better to moisture. A flat finish won't react well to moisture in a bathroom and it would eventually become stained or mildewed, and you won't be able to clean the dull surface as easily as you a smooth paint. I personally recommend Duration Home from Sherwin Williams, at least for bathrooms. I painted a small bathroom in my house with Duration in a matte finish and the paint is very durable.
Here is a link that might be useful: Sherwin Williams Duration Paint Review
first, you say ,use eggshell or satin, then you finish saying you used matte?
pretty confusing for the DIY
I have to part with some of recommendations here-
* If it's a MAIN/daily-use bath/shower, I tell our customers that Satin is best for the long run. I'm not a fan of Eggshell for the long-term.
* For a "Powder-room" setting, an Eggshell or top-quality Matte are just fine.
* "Mud-room" kinda use...SATIN. If it sees fairly dirty use/garments/boots, don't rule out Semi-gloss!!
* Kids/Teens bath & shower....SATIN.
* If no bath fan, I'll even push for S/G, depending on frequency of showers, & if it's on the lower-level.