Color can make a huge difference to pretty much any room in your home, and though the bathroom may not be the top priority when it comes to making a room look welcoming and comfortable, it is worth taking the time to do so. Did you know that the right color schemes can make your bathroom appear larger? Or that certain colors will be relaxing, meaning that if you like to take a bath after a long day then having the right colors can help you to unwind? Let’s have a look at some bathroom color ideas.
Warm & Cold Colors
It may seem strange that our brains can process colors like this, and that we have grown to use the terms warm and cold to describe colors! The general rule of thumb requires looking at a color wheel, there is a cool half with blues and greens, and a warm half with reds, oranges, and yellows. What impact will warm and cold colors have on your bathroom?
Warm colors will normally only look good if you have plenty of space, as they can have a cozying effect and draw in the room to make it feel a little smaller.
Alternatively, colder colors can give a more open feel to a room and give a boost in terms of our perception of space. Also, cold colors have a feeling of cleanliness, this is why they’re often used in hospitals and, you’ve guessed it…bathrooms!
There is no right and wrong. The key is to know what the color schemes can do for a specific space and then use this in order to match up a color scheme which will work for your room.
Blue is the color we often associate with bathrooms. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use blue, but it can be a good starting point and is often the color you would expect to use at some point within your bathroom. Blue makes us think of water and nature as well as cleanliness. There is a reason we see blues used so often in bathrooms and usually lighter blues with ocean hues.
How to Combine?
Combining colors can be one of the toughest things to do when you are decorating, whether this is the bathroom or otherwise. One color will be boring, and sterile white bathrooms can look flat and uninteresting, so it is important to come up with some sort of color scheme, even if a couple of colors are only used for a small amount of accent. For instance, a couple of rows of tiles or for your bathroom cabinets.
There is a lot of theory that goes into choosing colors. You can use a color wheel to work out which colors will go together. The colors should have similar hues, and those which are either opposite each other on the wheel, or close together on the wheel, will usually go together. Rules are there to be broken, and you should choose colors which reflect your personality, too. There’s no reason to be too boring.
The size and style of your bathroom matters
If you are working with a smaller space, one way to make it appear larger or to have a lot more space is to use lighter colors to decorate. Colors like an antique white can be one of the top ways to create the illusion of a bigger room. Bright accent colors could be another way to add some interest and an illusion of more space in the room.
Larger spaces can be a space for different colors, and darker color schemes will look better if you have more space. Richer, dark wood colors combined with purples and burgundies can be used if you have a bit more space. Interesting patterns made in tiling and feature walls with wallpaper or a different design to the other walls can make your bathroom look more welcoming and have more interesting talking points.
There are plenty of ideas that you can use as starting points, browsing some photos for inspiration is a good place to start, and knowing your color wheel will help! You should choose something that suits your home and your own personality when deciding upon a bathroom color scheme.