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The Correct Use of Color in Bathroom Design

by James Mahoney

Authors Note: Color does more than add life and personality to a bathroom, color can influence the mood of a bathroom. As with kitchens you can also use color to influence how large or small a bathroom can feel. Creating the right color schemes for your bathroom is no easy task. If you feel you do not have the skills to it yourself you really should let a bathroom design professional help you make the right decision.

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Whether you are building a new bathroom or remodeling your existing bathroom, you will find that the bathroom is an important place to find relaxation and provide you with a private retreat from the world. Remodeling a bathroom becomes necessary because like everything else that undergoes changes in our homes, bathroom styles, colors, and designs go out of style, and this leads to the overall look of your bathroom becoming old and worn over time.

At one time, when you wanted to select a color for your plumbing fixtures, your only choice was white. You could only add color to your bathroom with accessories like shower curtains, rugs, or through the type of backsplashes, flooring and countertops.

There was even a time in the 1940s that is was popular to incorporate colors such as cotton candy pink and sea green into the bathroom.

Upon entering your bathroom just what do you want it to indicate about your personality? Selecting just the right color scheme can create the impression you want it to make.

Color does more than add life and personality to a bathroom, color can influence the mood of a bathroom. For example, studies have shown that red can quicken the pulse and breathing rate, as well as increase appetite. Yellow, especially soft yellows can make people feel happier. When used as a accent bright yellow can attract attention and brighten up a bathroom. As with kitchens you can also use color to influence how large or small a bathroom can feel.

Creating the right color schemes for your bathroom is no easy task. If you feel you do not have the skills to it yourself you really should let a bathroom design professional help you make the right decision.

You can create balanced, unified color schemes that are pleasing to the eye using harmonious colors. In starting any decorating or home remodeling project one of the first decisions to make is what color scheme you are going to go with.

There are so many countless ways to use color within the bathroom. What is important to remember is that the colors should coordinate and complement each other. What is difficult about coming up with a color scheme for your bathroom is choosing the paint color. There are many different painting techniques that can not only combine color schemes but combine textures as well.

If you have a bathroom that adjoins the bedroom you may want to provide a smooth transition as you move into the bathroom. For example the flooring you might select for the bathroom would look best in a tile or vinyl that is similar in color to the beige carpet used in the bedroom. This helps to create just the right transition between the two rooms with the walls painted in the same color as the walls in the bedroom.

Try to select colors of similar densities for a balanced look so that one color does not overpower another. Pick three or four colors that all stem from the same primary color.

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