Bathroom Color and Paint Ideas

Explore bathroom color and paint ideas, and get ready to add a vibrant and lively design to your bathroom space.
Kelly Green Bathroom With Contemporary Wood Vanity

Kelly Green Bathroom With Contemporary Wood Vanity

As this 6-foot-by-7-foot Atlanta bathroom demonstrates, sometimes bold color is all you need to make a big statement. Although this space receives no natural light, the bold kelly green walls give it fresh personality. The ultra-white floor and wainscoting counterbalance the green's intensity.

By: Sean McEvoy

To ensure that your new or refurbished bath has just the right color scheme, one of the first items on your project list should be to consider bathoom color and paint ideas. From bright and lively looks to darker hues that can create a cozy, welcoming feel, you'll have a rainbow of colors to choose from.

One of the primary factors that may influence your plans for color and paint in your bathroom is the size of the space. It's often the case that smaller spaces — and many bathrooms qualify for this designation — can be expanded visually via the use of a lighter color scheme. For this reason, if your bathroom is a snug affair or a three-quarter or half bath, you can brighten the space and expand it visually with colors like whites, light beiges and yellows.

If you're remodeling or installing a more expansive bathroom — a master bath, for example — you won't need to be as concerned with colors that will lend an airy feel to the space. Some homeowners prefer the cozy, warm feel that colors like deep beiges, browns and reds can lend to a bathroom. Darker colors can also serve to create a more traditional, stoic feel for the space. Additionally, if your bathroom gets lots of natural light, you can feel more comfortable choosing colors based on your favorites, as opposed to which ones might serve to bind or expand the space.

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When it comes to specific bathroom styles, there are definitely certain color schemes that are more common than others. For example, traditional or historic bathrooms often feature colors that were popular during the era in which the style appeared. Colonial bathrooms often feature deep reds, blues and greens, as these were the paint colors most commonly available during the American colonial period. Conversely, contemporary and modern bathroom styles often feature monochromatic color schemes, often in neutral colors like whites, blacks and greys. These updated styles may also feature the bold use of bright, saturated colors like orange, green, red and blue, either as accents or as a primary focus.

When it comes to paint choices for your new or updated bathroom design, you'll have many choices. Home improvement and specialty paint stores are a good place to start and look for inspiration, and many of them will also gladly send you home with samples of several colors and paint types to try out. The interior paint products available for your bathroom will be diverse in terms of their pricing, quality and range, so it's best to research several lines before settling on the paint that's right for your bathroom.

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