If you’re looking for a quick update, a speedy change of emphasis or a completely new look, adding a coat of paint is the answer.

Crown’s new bathroom-friendly shades; Bath Bomb (orange); Tin Bath (dark blue) and Wheatgrass … start planning a new colour scheme now! See more info on the clever Crown range here.

Whilst it’s perfectly possible to get away with using ordinary emulsion in the bathroom, it’s not always worth the risk; there’s always a chance that the constant cycle of steam, condensation etc will cause mould or fungus type problems and the finish will deteriorate quicker than expected. My advice is always to buy the most suitable paint that’s designed for bathroom (and kitchen) use. Colour matching isn’t an issue as any paint colour or finish can be matched … even if the designated ‘bathroom and kitchen’ ranges don’t have your desired shade.  The Valspar range is particularly impressive, go and scoop up some colour cards at your nearest B&Q, finishes include mould-resistant, scrubbable Kitchen & Bathroom paint with a soft sheen). Crown’s new Bathroom Collection includes some fabulous colours, including one of my favourites, Splashing Around (brilliant turquoise-blue) as well as a perfect pink (Fuchsia Fizz) and a beautiful dark purple (Pamper Night). The stand-out feature of the new Bathroom Emulsion from Crown is Mouldguard ® technology, which resists steam and condensation, and it also uses their Breatheasy ®formulation, which is 99% solvent free.

Utopia’s Symmetry modular furniture comes in a bold shade of Teal – for an extra sweep of colour, partner it with a bright aqua and acid yellow paint finish. See the rest of the Symmetry range here.

I chose a vivid turquoise shade for my bathroom (more pics to follow soon!), a near-perfect match is the aforementioned Splashing Around from Crown’s Bathroom Collection.

Choose a soft shade of taupe for a more relaxing look in the bathroom; this is Perfectly Taupe from Dulux, in Bathroom+ Soft Sheen finish, which is moisture and steam resistant and 10 times tougher than their usual matt and silk emulsion formulations. It works brilliantly with Utopia’s You Modular range of furniture (including shelves) in Grey-Brown Linear; see the other colour and finish options here.

Mylands paints are available in some gorgeous subtle shades as well as startling, vivid colour. Floor paint is a good idea for a quick update, it’s obviously not suitable for a shower-room or wet room that’s going to get drenched, but could be a great solution in a large bathroom with focal-point bath … think about standing the tub on an inset tiled section of the floor. Mylands Floor Paint is a durable mid sheen paint suitable for wooden floors, it will provide a satin-sheen finish and is hardwearing and low maintenance. Available in the full colour range, see more details here and have a look at the new ranges too! Shown above, from left; Maritime, Lolly Pop and Belgravia.

Utopia’s London Grey cloakroom from the Roseberry  collection is perfectly framed against a vivid red-rust paint finish for the tongue and groove panelling. Once again, using a tough paint finish means the surface will stand up to knocks and wear and tear. If I wanted to match this shade, I’d choose either Russet from Zoffany  in Eggshell, or Blazer from Farrow & Ball  in Estate Eggshell. Go on … be daring and pick a bright, beautiful, bold colour!