A great bathroom is not just a functional room, it’s a place of relaxation, privacy and solitude. Many claim it’s also the room where they have their best ideas and insight. Add some inspiration to your Woodley Park home’s bathroom with these ideas for helping you choose the best color, finish and trim to express your unique style.
Finish depends largely on the style of bathroom you’re going for, but generally a paint finish with a high gloss level is recommended for bathrooms. High or semi gloss is easier to clean, and more resistant to mildew and damage from damp. Many bathrooms have a large portion of their walls covered in tiles, so little of the actual wall is exposed to the moisture associated with bathrooms. A high gloss finish therefore does not overwhelm with its shine. The ceiling is often neglected when considering paint finish. Because of its large surface area and the fact that hot air rises, bathroom ceilings are exposed to a lot steam and humidity. It’s important, therefore, to choose a high or semi-gloss finish for your ceiling as well, to keep it properly sealed, clean and protected.
Successful bathroom color schemes are generally those that emphasize a bathroom’s cleanliness, airiness and privacy, without being overly sterile. Soft, clean colors, such as light or pale blue, light yellow and white are excellent for emphasizing space and introducing a sense of freshness. White can appear quite sterile if not broken with softer features, such as paintings, wooden bathroom furniture or an additional color for trim. A black and white color scheme can also appear stark unless a mid-range gray, charcoal or mocha brown is introduced to mediate the two extremes. To take a different approach, emphasizing luxurious comfort, privacy and intimacy, deep tones of maroon, burgundy or warm grey can be used to create a deep, warm and sophisticated space.
Matching with tiles
Unless you’re fully remodeling your bathroom, your existing bathroom tiles will remain a permanent feature. New coloring for your walls and ceiling, however can make a huge difference and emphasize different tones and qualities of the texture of your tiles. White tiles can be softened with soft shades of pink, yellow and blue, or emphasized using deep colors or a dark charcoal for the walls. The lighter tones of travertine tiles can be emphasized with the use of white, light grey or cream, while the darker tones can be enhanced using burgundy or dark grey. Black tiles are excellent for complementing a wide range of color schemes and can be effectively used in conjunction with charcoals, reds, pinks, golds, blues and yellows.
Matching with hardware
Whether you’re keeping your existing hardware and fixtures or replacing them, it’s important to keep them in line with your color scheme. This might mean selecting the right hardware to match the paint of your bathroom walls or choosing your color scheme with your existing hardware in mind. Polished chrome hardware and fixture finishes are of course some of the most universal and easiest to work with, going well with pretty much everything. To introduce slightly warmer tones, stainless steel or nickel fixtures can be used. Gold and brass tones work well with deep purples, maroons, burgundy and black, but also work well against a white and gray color scheme (for example one containing marble tiles) creating an antique-look. Darker finishes are great for standing out against white bathrooms, but also good for grey, blues and even brick orange walls.