Choosing a new bathroom color does not have to be a daunting task. In fact, simple changes in accent or wall colors can make a big difference. Here are some quick tips and ideas on how to select colors that are perfect for your space.
Start by brainstorming. Ask yourself what mood are you after. Do you want your bathroom to be relaxing or energizing? Trendy or timeless? Once that has been decided, figure out what color you think would work best, keeping in mind that small spaces tend to look better when painted a neutral or light color.
Use a color wheel. Although you probably don’t know it, most color schemes come directly from the rules of the color wheel. Why do purple and yellow go together? They are across from each other on the color wheel, making them complementary. How about green and blue? They are next to each other, making them analogous. To give yourself a good background, as well as quick and easy solutions to your color questions, turn to a color wheel.
Choose three colors. A guiding principle for creating a bathroom is a color scheme. Pick one neutral, one rich color, and one accent. To do it successfully, think about proportion and rely on a 70/20/10 distribution: Use the lightest color for 70 percent of the room’s decor, the second lightest for 20 percent, and the boldest for 10 percent.
Mix neutrals. A mostly neutral color scheme can go a long way toward establishing a bathroom atmosphere of serenity and calm. Remember the rule of proportion: For two colors, focus on a distribution of 70/30. Two neutrals, such as gray and white, make a really interesting color scheme that is understated without being boring.
Contrast two bright colors. If you want your bathroom color scheme to be more energetic than restful, consider a collection of updated brights. For example, orange and blue are complementary and invigorating. In order to add a bit of calm to this type of color scheme, use white in the trim, sink, tub, or another central piece in the room.
Consider going organic. Naturally inspired hues—such as seafoam green and robin’s-egg blue—typically make great combos and help to enhance an organic vibe in a bathroom. These types of colors are also great to help soften otherwise hard edges and geometric shapes in bathing spaces.
Bottom line: Don’t be afraid to experiment and use color. With some planning, you can find the colors that will make your home an expression of your style!