Tackling a bathroom remodel is exciting. You get to choose new cabinets, rethink your tile, upgrade your tub or shower enclosure, and bring in new fixtures. But the thing that ties it all together is color. Before you choose your bathroom remodel colors, check out these helpful tips from Piscitello Home Center and design a welcoming retreat you’re sure to love for years to come.
Learning Basic Color Theory
Colors fall into one of two categories: warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors, such as red and orange, are known to project feelings of happiness and passion. They also create energy, which can be helpful if you’re not a morning person and could use a splash of sunshine to help get you moving. Cool colors, such as blues and purples, are known for being calming and professional. Greens may evoke nature, while violet feels harmonious or even regal.
Colors can also be classified as primary, secondary, or tertiary.
- Primary colors can’t be formed by mixing other colors
- Secondary colors are created by combining two primary colors
- Tertiary colors are the result of mixing one primary color and one secondary color
All these tidbits are important because the colors you choose influence how your updated bathroom will ultimately feel. Complementary colors, which are directly across from each other on the color wheel, are great when one is dominant and the other is used as an accent.
Analogous colors sit right next to each other on the wheel (think lime green, emerald green, and forest green). They can be used together for a subtle result or wielded to create an eye-popping space that’s downright vivid (think how flashy an all-green room would be!).
Finally, there are triadic colors. If you draw a triangle on the color wheel, the colors that sit at each of the three points are triadic. They may seem disparate, but they actually go together extremely well. Interior designers use one triadic color as the base tone and the other two as accents or highlights.
The Benefits of A Neutral Color Scheme
Neutral hues are calm and peaceful — hence their prevalence in serene settings like spas. Going minimalist in your bathroom could help you achieve a similarly soothing aesthetic. You can still add visual interest by varying textures and geometry. Opting for white hexagonal tile makes for an eye-catching backdrop while incorporating painted wood can soften a room that’s starting to feel sterile.
Think of neutral tones as a starting point. Rather than writing off beige, white, and gray as boring, think of them as the perfect foil for whatever else you want to do décor wise. If you love bright colors, a more subtle bathroom vanity will help your bright red shower curtain or yellow artwork pop. This approach is especially useful if you like to change up your décor frequently if you’re trying to make your home saleable.
Know How to Evaluate Potential Bathroom Remodel Colors
The best way to choose a color scheme is to get paint swatches and fabric samples and put them in your actual space to see how they look together. Some people use mood boards to lay everything out. While that’s a great approach for spaces still in the construction phase, try to look at the board in your bathroom if possible.
Here are a few other considerations:
- You won’t know how a color truly looks until you see it in the right light — a burnt orange may seem calming in a darker room but feel loud once it’s hit by a flood of natural light
- Color swatches get lighter or darker, depending on coordinating features, such as flooring and tile, so if you’re doing a partial remodel, be sure to put new swatches up against the existing materials
- Colors that seem pretty on a 2 x 2-inch sample may not feel the same once they cover an entire wall, which is why so many designers choose a more neutral color as their base
Learn More at Piscitello Home Center
When you’re ready to remodel, kick your project off the right way with assistance from the experts at Piscitello Home Center. Whether you’re questioning your layout or can’t decide on colors, we’re happy to help. Contact us for more information or visit our showroom in Easton, PA, to see examples from the top manufacturers in the industry.