Picking Paint Colors for Your Bathroom Remodel
So you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, but you don’t know where to start? The best place to start is by deciding on a color scheme that will not only go with the rest of your home, but will also turn your dull, boring, and possibly outdated bathroom into a spa-like getaway.
Of course when choosing a color scheme for any room in your home, a realtor will always tell you to stick with neutral colors, because your home will appeal to more buyers. And when it comes to increasing the value of your home, the kitchen and bathroom(s) are where you will get the most return on your investment.
Fortunately, neutral colors work very well in bathrooms, and can be complimented by other colors, giving your bathroom more character. When choosing a color scheme for your bathroom remodel, there are a few things to consider. Primarily, the color scheme will set the tone and feeling within your bathroom, so you want to choose something that will help you relax, destress, and energize yourself, rather than colors that make your feel anxious, nervous, or angry.
To choose the right colors, you’ll need to understand how colors can affect your emotions. The chart below is a quick illustration of primary colors, and the different psychological affects these colors can have.
For example, red is an energizing color that increases your heart rate and immediately grabs your attention. This is why stop signs are red. And did you ever notice how a lot of banks and healthcare providers use blue as their primary color? This is because blue creates a sense of security and trust.
When it comes to choosing colors for your bathroom, start with a primary base color. Whites, grays, and tans are great neutral colors to start with, because these colors can mix and match very well with other colors. From your base color, you can select lighter and darker shades to use throughout your color scheme. Picking materials with varying shades of your base color, like tile, flooring, wall paper, and cabinets, can help you ensure your bathroom is not completely monotone.
Choosing Accent Colors
Another great option in bathroom design is choosing an accent color that properly compliments your neutral base color. Shades of blue and green are great accent colors for your bathroom. Both colors can create a calm, relaxing, and at-ease environment.
Accent colors can be added in tile designs, for example in the shower, or in flooring, accent wall paint, wall paper, or even in décor. With accent colors, we typically recommend choosing lighter shades of blues and greens as subtle accents to your neutral base color. And because bathrooms are typically smaller rooms, lighter colors will help your bathroom feel larger and more open.
Here are some examples of bathroom remodeling projects we’ve recently completed. Notice how the light neutral colors help create a soothing, relaxing environment. You’ll also notice the various accent colors and shades throughout: the tile accents in showers, the patterns in flooring tile, darker shades of neutral colors for the cabinets, and the accent colors in the décor.
It is easy to fall in love with a certain type of flooring, a paint color, or even a specific tile, but it is often much harder to create a complete bathroom design, where all the colors, fixtures, and materials work cohesively together. If your bathroom is boring or outdated, and is in need of a makeover, but you’re struggling with bringing all of the elements together, out design experts can help! Call us today for a free estimate – (703) 755-0479.
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