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What Should You Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Next Bathroom Paint Color?

What Should You Keep in Mind When Choosing Your Next Bathroom Paint Color?

If you’re new to the process, painting a bathroom can be a tricky business.

Maybe you’ve personally experienced the deceivingly difficult process of painting around lights, fixtures, vents, molding, vanities, and, of course, the toilet itself. It all comes down to the fact that there simply aren’t a lot of wide open spaces, and unless you have an experienced, steady hand, bathroom painting can be pretty unforgiving.

Today, we’d like to go back a little further in the process and help you choose just the right color for this unique environment. The bathroom is a space like no other, and it calls for a few special considerations.

Before You Paint Your Bathroom, Consider Your…

1. “Fixed Colors”

By “fixed colors” we mean those aspects of your bathroom that won’t be changing: floors, countertop, vanity, etc. It’s certainly important that the new paint you choose coordinates with these existing colors, but it also can be helpful to find inspiration within your surfaces. If you have a granite countertop, for example, or unique tile floor, they might include colors that you could draw from and match for your walls.

2. Lighting

Transitional Bathroom by London Media & Bloggers Lauren Bryan Knight

If you have little or no natural light, try to avoid overly dark or “cool” colors. Warmer, lighter alternatives will keep things brighter, more cheerful, and promote a feeling of space. If fresh light pours in through a window or skylight, your options open up immensely.

3. Sources of Inspiration

The internet has made connecting with phenomenal home improvement and painting ideas easier than ever. Start by browsing a site like Houzz.com, searching specifically for popular bathroom colors. Or, you can narrow your search by looking for colors you are interested in, like blue bathrooms.

4. Strategy for Color-Testing

The color selection process used to involve holding tiny squares of color up to your wall and trying to imagine it filling your space, or painting samples that would need to be covered later. While that can still work, we have a slightly better idea that can be especially handy in spaces like the bathroom. Try painting a large square of poster board the color that you are interested in, then taping that square to the wall. See what it looks like throughout the day in different levels of light, taking time especially to ensure that the artificial light in your bathroom doesn’t alter the look of the paint too much.

Or, Find a Local Painting Company to Guide You Through the Process

Here at MB Jessee, our goal is to connect you with just the right colors for your home, offering beautiful, lasting results that you'll love every day. Why not contact us today with your questions?

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