Selecting The Best Color For Your Bathroom

Stay away from the typical white walled bathrooms. Make it livelier!

Most people do not associate their bathrooms with color. Color is a visual design tool that can be used in any place in one’s home, even for function-specific rooms such as baths. Not only does color bring out the beauty of a space, it also has the ability to influence the psychology, as well as the physiology, of their users.

 

Go light and cool

Light tints like Tiffany blue, mint, and lilac, as well as most pastels, suit those starting to venture off all-white baths. These colors exude an almost hazy but homogenous texture, and give the illusion of a larger space and maximize the brightness of light. A lot may find them too light and feminine, so adding darker colors such as charcoal grey, chocolate brown, and black complement these colors and highlight their primary hues. Cool colors also create a serene ambiance. Muted shades of blue, as well as variants of green, are gentle to eyes and the senses.

 

Go warm and cozy

The warmer colors show better under the local tropical light. Their vibrancy beautifully enlivens small baths and powder rooms, even in those that never get any natural light. The warm hues also reflect wonderfully against human skin, giving a healthy looking glow. From passionate carmines to tangy citruses, these colors are stimulating and invigorating, perfect for morning showers. Warm hues can also be toned down with neutrals. Though not a rule, use warm neutrals such as browns and beiges for warm hues, and cool neutrals like stone grey and ash for cool.

 

Go deep and dramatic

Deeper tones add luxury and sophistication to bathrooms. Shades of aubergine, ultramarine, turquoise, and emerald create dramatic backdrop and a great contrast against porcelain fixtures. Colors like rust, burgundy, turmeric, and ebony have an earthier, exotic feel, and complement against more rustic materials and fixtures like enamel, pewter, copper, and brass.

 

Using colors in bathrooms must never be a daunting task. With some basic knowledge and a bit of bravado, colors could help you finally experience careless abandon—as bathroom experiences should always be.

 

 

*This article has been revised for online reading. The original article appeared on the April 2014 issue of My Home Magazine. Get the e-mag version My Home Magazines on Magzter.