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Green and blue? Red and beige? Lime and white with a pop of orange? One of the most difficult elements of bathroom design is choosing the colors. Choosing colors for any room is challenging, of course, but the bathroom is a space that that presents a particular set of considerations. Below are three things to keep in mind as you’re choosing, followed by three color-choice tips.
Lighting takes on a particular significance for bathrooms. Even if your master bath features large windows that allow for a great deal of natural light, there is a good chance that for the extended time you spend in the bathroom, you won’t want to leave those windows uncovered—meaning you’ll rely much more on artificial light than your bathroom windows would lead you to expect.
Of course, if your home is a bit more remote and you are able to utilize this natural light, you have the challenge of choosing the color that works best in both natural and artificial light. Aside from the recommendations at the end of this post, be sure to visit a paint or home store that allows you to view paint samples in all types of light (incandescent, fluorescent and natural) to make sure you like the color in all of them. You’ll be surprised at how very different a color can look in different light.
While living rooms, bedrooms and even, to some degree, kitchens can be flexible with mixing and matching of furniture, generally bathrooms look best with a consistent scheme.
Vanities and cabinets should be compellingly similar and the sink or sinks you choose should, if not match, at least complement your freestanding bathtub. This means, of course, that you already have a set of built-in pieces around which to base your color scheme. While you can rearrange a chaise in your living room to better suit an accent wall, you cannot do the same in your bathroom.
Beyond anything else, the mood that most people seek to achieve in their master baths is that of peace and tranquility. While smaller half-baths can be designed to offer an unexpected surprise, the master bath should immediately elicit a calm feeling. For example, imagine spending an hour soaking in your slipper tub, seeking to soothe away the day’s stresses, but being faced with a bright red or bright yellow wall. The colors, beautiful though they may be, are stimulating and stirring, and certainly, don’t help you relax.
Though everyone’s personal taste is different, there are a few recommendations we can make to help make choosing the colors for your bathroom much easier.