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Choosing Paint for Your Bathroom Remodel

The paint colors that you pick for your bathroom can significantly impact your mood each time you step inside to shower or bathe. Choosing the right color may help you create a tranquil retreat. 

Considerations for Choosing Bathroom Paint Colors 

Here are a few of the main details to consider when choosing paint for your bathroom remodel:

  • Flooring
  • Lighting
  • Room size
  • Atmosphere

If you are not replacing the flooring, make sure that the paint you choose works well with the existing floor. Neutral colors are easier to work with, as you can pair white or light gray with almost any other color on the walls. However, a bolder color on the floor may limit your options.

You should also consider how lighting may impact the look of the colors that you choose. Some colors may appear different in different lighting. Using paint swatches can help you test the appearance of specific colors in various lighting situations. Hold the paint swatches under natural light and light bulbs to see the difference.

The size of the room is another consideration, as some colors can make smaller bathrooms less appealing. For example, a dark or bold color can make a small bathroom feel even smaller while light colors can open it up. 

You may also want to consider the overall atmosphere that you hope to achieve. If you want to make the bathroom appear warmer and more inviting, consider using a darker color for your main color or primary accent color. If you want a lighter, airy look, consider using white or pastel.

Common Bathroom Paint Colors 

Some of the most popular bathroom paint colors include:

  • White
  • Powder blue
  • Warm gray
  • Sage
  • Pastels

White is the traditional choice for bathrooms. It offers a clean look and may help a smaller bathroom appear a little larger. Even if you choose another color, you may still want to use white for the ceiling to open the room up a little.

Powder blue is another popular choice for bathroom paint. It creates a soft, mellow appearance that works well in bathrooms. You can create a calming effect with powder blue walls.

Warm gray is another color that offers a mellow appearance. It is a muted, understated color that does not overpower the rest of the room. It also works well with white and wood grain, which are common colors for bathroom fixtures, doors, and trim.

Sage is a bluish-green color. A light sage paint may work well with a nautical or farmhouse theme. A darker sage paint can add warmth, which may be a good choice for a large bathroom with plenty of open space.

Pastels are also popular choices for bathroom colors. Pastel pink, yellow, blue, and green offer a subtle splash of color without being overbearing. You can create a more vibrant atmosphere without using a darker, bolder color.

You can also consider using multiple colors. Choosing contrasting colors can create a more dynamic atmosphere. You can also use complementary colors for the trim, which can help tie everything together and create a more cohesive look.

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