Tips for Bathroom Color Schemes

Here's how to pick a perfect bathroom color scheme and then use the hues to create a personality-plus bathroom.

There's no right or wrong when it comes to selecting a bathroom color scheme. As in every other room design, the colors you choose to use are a matter of personal taste. But, because of their limited space and unique functions, bathrooms require special considerations when it comes to color.

First off, consider the mood you want to generate. Do you want alarm-clock hues that stimulate your senses during your morning routine? Prefer more laidback rhythms that encourage relaxing at the end of a workday? Want the sense of being swathed in a cozy cocoon morn and night? Think about which shades will make your bathroom appear larger, brighter, warmer, and more welcoming.

Acquire a Muse

Take your color cue from schemes employed throughout your home or in adjacent bedrooms; in the bathroom, render the palette's hues in lighter or darker tones to fashion a singular space that still flows with your home's overall design.

Or, pick brand new color combinations inspired by exterior views, prettily patterned fabrics, geometric wallpapers, oversize artworks, or bathroom surfaces and finishes. Look through magazines, flip through paint decks, and wander home and design center aisles to find color pairings that spark your interest.

Getting Started

Begin with a foundation color that puts the spotlight on its color partners and the bathroom's fittings and finishes. White, admired for its pristine character that plays nicely with all colors, is a popular groundwork for designs ranging from contemporary to cottage in style.

Pair it with tomato red or chocolate brown to create high-contrast spaces that handily showcase harvest gold, citron green, and rusty orange accents. Or, create calming quarters that serenely meld white cabinets, sea green glass-tiled walls, and pastel pink and buttery yellow accessories.

Introduce sweeping planes of white using subway tile, painted beaded board, or cabinetry. In this bathroom, beaded board wainscot connects sky blue walls with complementary colored flooring and to create vintage vibes that take a modern turn, thanks to coppery tan, muted gray, and silver accents.

Although a natural companion for sand and sea hues, white also sets a more traditional tone when presented as substantial woodwork and tiled floors teamed with celadon green and camel walls, antique-gold shutters, and sage green upholstery and window fabrics.

White also works nicely as a supporting player, especially in earthen bathrooms done up in coppery stone surfaces, ebony wood finishes, multi-colored flooring, and sculptural fittings (image 1000).

Boosting the Bright

White and monochromatic designs benefit from eye-pleasing pops of color. Lay a blue-and-yellow checkerboard floor, paint walls bright green, top sconces with vibrant fabric shades, or install a kaleidoscopic backsplash. Hang fetching floral shower curtains and throw down awning striped area rugs. Switch out a worn countertop with a solid-surface, laminate, or manufactured quartz version in orange, aqua, or periwinkle, Arrange and display harmonizing-hued collections, bath linens, and toiletry organizers in ways that further your bathroom's new color scheme.

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