Our days begin and end at the bathroom sink. Most of us energize for the day with a morning routine in the bathroom and unwind for the evening with a relaxing nighttime regimen in front of our bathroom sink before crawling into bed. With such an integral role in our daily schedule, having a bathroom with a color scheme that conveys the energy you want is very important. Here are 14 ideas to get you inspired!1. Use two similar but coordinating colors to draw the eye in and add depth. Same hue, different shades and tints. There are two different greens in this bathroom, both with slate grey undertones, for the molding and the walls in this bathroom.
(Photo Credit: Little Green Notebook)
2. Use color to draw the eye upward. This bathroom uses two shades of blue, this time with a greater contrast. With a lighter tint on the bottom two-thirds of the wall and a darker shade closer to the ceiling, the room appears longer while maintaining its minimalist aesthetic.
(Photo Credit: Domino)
3. Bring out your wallpaper using paint. Reject convention by using both playfully patterned wallpaper and paint on the molding in your bathroom. The paint on the doorway and the wooden molding pulls out a neutral blue from the wallpaper, tying the room nicely together. (Tip: Want to do something similar? Use a color matching tool, like PPG The Voice of Color Visualize Color or Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap to guarantee you’ll find the exact matching paint.)
(Photo Credit: House)
4. Go gingham for country vibes. Natural wood combined with gingham wallpaper (balanced by the simple white molding and white floors) screams country living. Note how they tied the wallpaper into the rest of the bathroom to create continuity by painting the sink the same shade.
(Photo Credit: Better Homes & Gardens)
5. Pay attention to the details! Make your bathroom a warm farmhouse retreat by using “shiplap” (the wooden boards on the walls) and a steely olive green color scheme. The steel appliances compliment the paint color nicely; a good reminder for us all that the opportunity to tie a room together is in the details, down to the faucets.
(Photo Credit: Better Homes & Gardens)
6. Less is more. In a world of sensory overload, designer Alyssa Kapito relies on the simple clean lines of the bathtub, crown molding, and tile floor. The white walls aren’t boring, but mind-clearing in this bathhouse retreat.
(Photo Credit: Alyssa Kapito)
7. Go green with natural wood. More shiplap with a rustic feel; this time the natural wood and intricate floor design are harmonized by the grey-green walls.
(Photo Credit: Jenna Sue Design Co.)
8. Use a statement wallpaper. In a bright bathroom with white features, using loudly-patterned wallpaper is the only statement piece you need. The green curtain with the brown detailing continues the wallpaper from one wall to the next.
(Photo Credit: Massucco Warner Miller)
9. Dark colors are bold. Don’t be afraid to use dark colors in your bathroom, especially when your bathroom has glass-block and lets in a ton of light.
(Photo Credit: Abby Manchesky Interiors)
10. The Midas touch. The fixtures, especially in bathrooms, can be hugely important in bringing design elements together. This glitzy bathroom takes one shade of gold and reflects it in the branching wallpaper, the mirrors, the faucets, and even the cabinet drawers.
(Photo Credit: Homepolish)
11. The bold and the luxurious. A bold choice that pays off, this bathroom uses both statement paint (black for the door and vanity) and eye-catching patterned pink. Despite the small size of the bathroom, both loud choices don’t overwhelm the room but rather balance each other, creating a luxurious guest bathroom for your guests to swoon over.
(Photos: Ashley Whittaker Design)
12. Don’t be afraid of texture. Textured wallpaper so intricate you want to reach out and stroke it, this becomes the perfect (and surprising) neutral background to the gold fixtures in this bathroom. The sparse use of gold makes it pop against the wallpaper without straying into gaudiness.
(Photo Credit: Grant K. Gibson)
13. Use thick horizontal stripes. The stripes on these walls echo the blue-ish veins of the marble on the sink, allowing this bathroom to balance whimsy and sophistication in the best possible way.
(Photo Credit: Hernandez Greene)
14. Opt for a spa theme. A spa retreat where the details, from the stripes on the towels to the small accent tiles on the floor, are tied in with the overall color scheme of the wall. If this perfectly-detailed bathroom doesn’t make you relax then what will?
(Photo Credit: Haynes-Roberts Inc.)
As you plan your next bathroom project, leave the hard work to the professionals at 360° Painting. We know your bathrooms are part of your everyday life; we’ll get the job done efficiently and with results that will land your bathroom on the next installment of this list.
Originally published Nov. 2017