Designing your bathroom can be a fun experience. An important factor in your bathroom style is the paint colors that you choose to use in the room. You want to make sure that the colors that you use reflect your style and personality over just choosing a color that “everyone else uses” or one that is trending currently. What are some factors to consider when you are choosing colors for your bathroom? We share a few.


An important consideration for the colors you use in the bathroom is the size of the room you are adding color to. Some colors that you use can give off the impression that the room is smaller than it is. Other colors can brighten a room and make it appear larger. If you have many mirrors in the room, then the light will reflect off the mirrors and affect how big the room feels as well. Generally, darker colors make the room appear smaller and lighter colors make the room appear larger. If you have a larger room, another concern would be using a color that overwhelms the space instead of adding the perfect tint to the room.


Review how much light the room has. You have to consider the natural light, the lighting in the room, and any lighting that might enter your bathroom from other areas in your home (such as a hallway). If your bathroom has less light than desirable, you will want to choose lighter, more reflective colors to help illuminate the room. Additionally, how the lighting is installed, whether lighting that is reflecting off the ceiling or is pointing towards the floor, will also affect how bright the room is. To review the natural light, you will need to look at the lighting during all different times of the day to see how the sun’s position affects the light hitting the room. You can also determine if there is a color you really want to use, and the lighting will need to be updated to reflect this.

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If you will only be changing the color of your bathroom walls and not updating anything else, you can use the staple items as guidelines to help you determine the colors that are best to pair with them. Having neutral colored contents gives you the most options for updating the walls. You can consult a color wheel or check out paint stores to find complementary colors to go with your existing color scheme.


Another way to choose the colors for your bathroom is to experiment with colors and see how you feel. You can hang paint samples in various areas of the room and give yourself a few days to come into the bathroom and see them to determine if they feel right. You can also use computer programs to try out colors or paint small areas of the room to get a better feeling if you are sure the color is going to change.

After taking all of this into account, you can find the bathroom color that is perfect for your style.