Choosing paint colors for bathrooms differs from doing so for other rooms in the home. The smaller size and connection to a bedroom, in many floor plans, should be factored into your decision. For example, you can choose a vibrant palette that would overwhelm another room for the master bath, but because of its location the colors also should complement those in the bedroom to maintain design flow.
Let’s take a look at some bathroom color options from leading paint companies:
In this master bathroom with a decidedly feminine feel, the paint company used various shades of purple to achieve a light, relaxed atmosphere. Grey Heather coats the upper portion of the walls, with the slightly lighter Lavender Cloud on the lower portion and the darker-than-both Antique Purple on the bathtub base, creating dimension in the room. Apricot White on the molding and cabinets help keep the space feeling fresh and clean, while black accents such as the chair and the soap holder balance the lightness of the room.
Soothing Repose - The paint colors in this master bathroom lean more toward the masculine. The hunter green of Royal Orchard coats the walls from top to bottom, with the khaki contrast of Fedora on the door and wooden rail running around the room providing the only break. Green proves a popular choice for bathrooms because of its calming effect, and this shade does exactly that, turning the room into a soothing sanctuary.
Starry Night - This color palette works for both him and her thanks to differing hues of blue. A nearly navy Regatta Bay covers the main wall, with Black Suede on the trim. The lighter, brighter Riverside Blue on the adjacent walls provides contrast, as do the yellow accessories and lighter cabinets and floors. Blue also proves a popular paint color for bathrooms because of its ability to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate.
HGTV Dream Home 2014 - Neutral paint colors are also a popular option for bathrooms, allowing homeowners to create a new look by simply changing out linens and accessories. In this master bath, White Duck on the walls and Black Fox on the trim leave the responsibility of providing color in the room to the window treatments and artwork.
The designer of this showcase home took the same approach in its kid’s bathroom, using Snowbound on the walls and hanging a red-framed mirror and artwork to provide pops of color.
Strikingly Rich Red - This bathroom illustrates the idea that you can choose a bold, rich color for the smaller room that would not work in a larger one. The intense Caliente would not get the chance to overwhelm in a powder room such as this, simply because little time is spent there. Simply White on the ceiling and trim also help to soften the red paint’s power.
Sun-Kissed Orange - Another rich color for the walls of a small bathroom, this time the orange of August Morning. Again, the white of Opaline on the ceiling and trim provides balance in the room.
As mentioned above, keep adjacent rooms in mind when choosing paint colors for your bathroom. It does not matter as much with powder rooms and guest bathrooms not attached to a bedroom, but in the master it helps to hang color cards against existing bedroom walls to see how they look together. Your eyes will make the transition from room to room each several times a day, so you want it to be a smooth one. If you have any questions or concerns about your color choices, your professional painter can help.
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