Aside from getting rid of your shag toilet seat cover or ditching your translucent shower curtain, the quickest, simplest and most cost-effective way to alter the look and feel of your bathroom is by repainting it. It’s also the first decision homeowners usually make before starting a bathroom renovation. No matter if your bathroom is the same size as your linen closet or much more spacious, choosing the wrong color can make an open, airy space feel dark and claustrophobic. Before thumbing through swatches at your local home improvement store, here are a few suggestions.
Neutral or Bold?
Apart from personal preference, there are many factors to consider before choosing a safe and neutral paint color over a bold and brash hue. For instance, are you planning on selling your home within the next three to five years? If the answer is “yes,” then go with a neutral shade such as eggshell, beige or white. If you’re planning on sticking around for a while and the bathroom is mainly used by your teenage children, go ahead and let them choose a more brazen shade, such as purple. Whatever you choose, remember this is the color you’ll live with for the next five to 10 years.
Lighter Is Generally Better
Calling your bathroom “cosy” or “quaint” is a polite way of saying the space is small. When it comes to choosing the ideal paint color, keep in mind these descriptive words and the room’s square footage. Nothing makes your cozy bathroom seem like a dungeon more than covering the walls an attractive shade of burgundy, navy blue or any other darker hue. This is going to limit your overall selection of colors, but it’s always a safer option to choose a lighter shade. If you’re blessed with a more spacious bathroom, go ahead and experiment with a darker shade, but you might not be thrilled when it doesn’t feel so light and inviting anymore.
Darker Shades Have Their Place, Too
Just because you aren’t using a darker hue as the main color in your bathroom doesn’t mean you cannot incorporate your favorite shade of red, blue, or brown into the space. For instance, let’s say you’ve decided to play it safe and paint your bathroom beige, khaki or ecru, but you’ve always adored chocolate brown. Use this deeper shade of brown as an accent color, or sneak it into the space in your shower curtain, hand towels or bath mat. If for some reason your master bathroom feels too large, painting the ceiling a darker hue can make the space feel more intimate.
Picking the Correct Finish
With paint swatches in hand, you visit your local home improvement store. Your enthusiasm is slightly diminished when you’re confronted with the variety of paint finishes. You aren’t sure which is appropriate for your bathroom. You can eliminate “flat” paint because although it is less expensive than the competition, it cannot withstand your bathroom’s higher humidity and fluctuating temperatures. When it comes to choosing the right finish, semi-gloss is the best option. Aside from being the ideal paint for your trim and moldings, a semi-gloss finish can withstand everything your bathroom can throw at it without flaking, chipping or losing its sheen.
If you’re still at a loss when it comes to choosing the ideal paint color for your bathroom, don’t hesitate to flip through an interior decorating magazine or scour the Internet for inspiration. It might take some time, but it’s worth the extra effort to keep your bathroom light, airy and welcoming.
About the Author: Shane Carson is a general contractor who is always looking for inexpensive and simple ways to create a visually impressive bathroom.