Small Bathrooms Are One Room to Use Metallic Paint and Glazing

Some rooms have limited space and natural light, such as bathrooms. Using gloss and sheen coatings in interior design can help address these limitations. These coatings’ ability to bounce off light can trick the eye, making a small space appear bigger and brighter. Aside from using the standard glossy paints, metallic paint, and glazing can enhance light and sheen to small bathrooms.

Besides, metallic paint and glazing have become popular in interior design for their ability to add a touch of luxury and sophistication. These finishes create a shimmering, reflective effect that can enhance the visual appeal of any space, making it feel more modern and elegant.

Small bathrooms are ideal for metallic finishes because the reflective surfaces can make the space feel larger and more open. The light bounces off the metallic surfaces, creating a sense of depth and brightness that is especially beneficial in compact areas.

Benefits of Using Metallic Paint in Small Bathrooms

Enhanced light reflection

  • Metallic paint reflects light, potentially making a bathroom appear larger and more open. The reflective quality bounces light around the room, reducing shadows and enhancing brightness.

Visual interest and depth

  • Adding metallic paint introduces texture and depth, which is especially beneficial in small spaces. The varying sheen and tones create a dynamic, engaging visual effect that makes the room feel more sophisticated.

Luxurious aesthetic

  • Metallic paint offers a high-end, luxurious look without requiring extensive renovations. Its shimmering finish can mimic the appearance of more expensive materials, giving the bathroom an elegant and opulent feel.

Choosing the Right Metallic Paint and Glazing

Modern bathroom design

Color selection

  1. Light colors: Choose light metallic shades like silver, champagne, or light gold. These colors can make the space feel larger and more open by reflecting light.
  2. Cool tones: Cool metallic tones, such as silver or pewter, can create a calming atmosphere, which is ideal for a small bathroom.
  3. Accent walls: Use metallic paint on an accent wall to add depth and interest without overwhelming the space.
  4. Harmony: Ensure the metallic paint complements existing fixtures and tiles. Suppose your bathroom has chrome fixtures; silver metallic paint would be a good match.

Finish options

  1. Matte: Matte metallic paints offer a subtle shimmer and are great for a sophisticated, understated look. They can also help hide imperfections on walls.
  2. Satin: Satin finishes have a slight sheen, balancing matte and high gloss. They are easy to wipe, clean, and maintain, making them suitable for bathrooms.
  3. High gloss: High gloss metallic paints are very reflective and can make a small bathroom appear more spacious. However, they can highlight imperfections, so wall preparation is crucial.

Quality considerations

  1. Durability: Choose high-quality metallic paints and glazes designed for bathrooms. These products will withstand moisture and humidity better, preventing peeling and mold growth.
  2. Coverage: High-quality paints provide better coverage, meaning you only need fewer coats to achieve the desired effect. They can save you time, money, and labor in the long run.
  3. Ease of application: Superior quality paints are generally easier to apply, offering a smoother finish with fewer brush marks or streaks.
  4. Safety: Look for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) metallic paints to ensure better indoor air quality, a crucial factor in small, enclosed spaces like bathrooms.

Carefully selecting the right colors, finishes, and quality products allows you to transform a small bathroom into a stylish and inviting space.

Application Tips and Techniques


  1. Cleaning: Thoroughly clean all surfaces to remove soap scum, mold, and mildew. Use a mixture of water and mild detergent or a specialized bathroom cleaner.
  2. Sanding: Lightly sand the surfaces to create a smooth, even texture. This step helps the paint adhere better.
  3. Priming: Apply a high-quality primer designed for bathrooms. Doing so seals the surface and provides a good base for the paint.
  4. Taping: Use painter’s tape to protect edges, fixtures, and areas you do not want to paint

Painting techniques

  1. Choosing the right paint: Select a high-quality metallic paint suitable for bathrooms. These paints are often labeled as moisture-resistant or mildew-resistant.
  2. Application tools: Use a high-density foam roller or a high-quality brush to apply the metallic paint. Foam rollers help avoid brush marks and provide a smooth finish.
  3. Multiple thin coats: Apply multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat. This technique helps achieve an even finish and reduces the risk of streaks.
  4. Drying time: Allow sufficient drying time between coats. Metallic paints can take longer to dry, so follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  5. Lighting and angles: Paint in good lighting to catch any missed spots or streaks. Change your painting angle frequently to ensure even coverage.

Glazing techniques

  1. Selecting glaze: Choose a clear or tinted glaze compatible with your metallic paint. Test the product on a small and inconspicuous area first.
  2. Mixing the glaze: Mix the glaze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can add tints to achieve the desired effect.
  3. Applying the glaze: Use a clean, soft brush or a lint-free cloth to apply the glaze in thin, even layers. Apply in small sections to keep your control over the application.
  4. Wiping and blending: Immediately after applying, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe off the excess glaze, creating your desired effect. You can use other techniques like rag rolling, sponging, or dragging to achieve various textures.
  5. Sealing: Once the glaze is dry, consider applying a clear sealant to protect the finish, especially in a high-moisture environment like a bathroom.

These tips and techniques will help you achieve a professional-looking finish in your small bathroom, adding depth and elegance with metallic paints and glazes.


Cleaning and care

  • Regular dusting: Use a soft, dry cloth or microfiber duster to remove dust and prevent buildup.
  • Gentle cleaning: Wipe surfaces with a damp cloth using mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners that can scratch the finish.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals: Do not use ammonia, bleach, or other harsh chemicals that can damage the metallic paint or glaze.
  • Spot cleaning: Address spills and stains immediately with a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth to prevent permanent marks.

Longevity of metallic paint or glaze

  • Durability: Metallic paint or glaze is generally durable but prone to scratches and chips. To maintain its appearance, apply a clear protective topcoat.
  • Touch-ups: Keep some extra paint or glaze for touch-ups. Lightly sand the damaged area, clean it, and apply a thin coat of the original paint.
  • Preventive Measures: Use furniture pads and avoid dragging heavy objects across painted surfaces to minimize wear and tear.
  • Environmental Protection: Protect painted surfaces from extreme temperatures and high humidity to prevent peeling or fading.


If you want to add some extra “oomph” to your living spaces, whether expansive or limited, you may consider adding metallic paint or glaze. Incorporating metallic paint and glaze into your small bathroom can provide a stylish and modern upgrade, transforming the space with sophistication and shine. 

For a flawless finish and to bring your vision to life, contact Custom Painting, Inc. For over 40 years, we have brought high-quality results to every home we paint, and you can rest assured we do the same to your home! Call us at 925-294-8062 or message us via our contact form to schedule a free estimate.