When you’re trying to choose the right paint for your bathroom remodel, you need to consider two things; you need to think about the color of the paint and the material itself. A bathroom can be very humid when the shower is running, and on top of that, water routinely gets splashed on the walls. Therefore, you need a paint that will help keep your bathroom waterproof and will inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. When it comes to choosing the right paint color, you also need to consider who will use the bathroom and how soon you think you might sell your home.
Who Will Use the Bathroom?
When you are choosing a paint color, considering who will use the bathroom is very important. For example, a bathroom for children is typically painted a bolder and brighter color than one for adults. Those big bold colors can help excite kids and make them more likely to brush their teeth in the morning. To make sure they are happy with the color choice, it’s generally easiest to bring them into the process and allow them to help you pick a color.
If the bathroom is going to be used by you, you should look for a color that you like. You should look for one that makes you feel serene and calm. Cool colors like blue often do this. You should be careful about choosing a bold color, though. Bolder colors often make a space look smaller. Light colored neutrals make a space look larger. If you think you’re going to sell your home sometime soon, you should opt for a neutral paint color. This will make your bathroom look larger, and in addition, a neutral paint color is unlikely to go out of style quickly.
One of the simplest ways to choose a paint color is to look at the bathroom floors. If you’re not remodeling the flooring or if you’ve already decided on your flooring, you should look for inspiration there. If there are flecks of color in the floor tiles, you could incorporate one of those in the color of the walls.
Bring the Paint Swatches Home
When you get paint cards at a hardware store, you need to make sure to bring them all home. Bathrooms rarely have much natural light, and they all have different temperatures of artificial light. Artificial light can drastically change the way a paint color looks. For example, fluorescent lights tend to be tilted towards the cooler end of the spectrum. That means a yellow wall under a fluorescent light might look somewhat green. Bringing the color cards home will help you identify any such potential problems.
Match the Fixtures
You could also look to match the fixtures that you’ve picked out for your bathroom. For example, granite countertops tend to be dark gray and black with flecks of silver. You could choose a paint that matches any component of the countertops. If you have brushed chrome faucets, you might want a glossy finish on the wall. If you have polished chrome on the fixtures, you might want a matte finish on the walls.
Your walls should complement the other elements of your bathroom. The only way to ensure that that happens is to bring color cards home and do comparisons under the bathroom light.
Marc Poulos began his real estate and financial services career, but he soon realized that his true passion was beautifying homes. He started working with various small craftsman shops before serving an apprenticeship with the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Chicago. His commitment to excellence won him Top Apprentice from Washburne trade school in Chicago – the country’s premier school of its kind.