At the beginning of 2016, designers and style setters predicted a widening of the range of popular colors in home decor, particularly for bathrooms, which have been bastions of white and pale spa-style color schemes for several seasons. If you’ve been looking at design photos online or shopping for bath accessories, you no doubt have picked up on the growing trend toward bold and lively.
And it’s a welcome look, isn’t it?
If a bathroom remodel or a new bath addition is in your future, now is the time to embrace the bold colors that you may have shied away from in the past.
On the other hand, if you’re comfortable with a serene and subdued shell, you can add color through new towels, rugs, curtains and accessories, while embracing a neutral shell.
Embrace the Colors of Nature
Because style gurus suggest that “green” will be with us for a long time to come, the best bathrooms feature environmentally conscious materials and rely on natural influences for inspiration. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay with neutrals in terms of color. There are a lot of tones in nature that you can draw from for inspiration.
If subtle and soothing speak your language, incorporate the muted tones of seaglass, the lavender of French fields and the golden and pale green tones of grasses blowing in the breeze. Or take your cue from flowers of all kinds: The soft, dewy peach, pink and cream of roses, or the pinks, purples and creams of showy hydrangeas, for example. Even newly-popular grey runs the gamut from soft and comforting to storm-sky dramatic.
If your mood calls for bold, lean toward bright turquoise or a happy South of the Border spectrum of purple, orange, magenta, yellow and orange. Cover the walls, or simply add accents and
Approach a Remodel with Flair
For a family bath, especially one to be used by children, think about incorporating a chevron design in bright colors into a basic white tile tub surround, or add a border of primary color in a shower. You can even express your individuality and make bath time fun for the younger set with bright enamel-finish faucets and showerheads.
Add towels in matching or contrasting colors and bath time will never again be a battle in your household.
There are some pointers to keep in mind, however, before you go crazy with color.
• Paint is easier to change than fixtures or flooring.
• If you’re the least bit hesitant, start by painting one wall; you can always return to paint another, or the entire room.
• Some tones are too harsh, or affect skin tones in an unpleasant way. Avoid bright green, even though you might love the color, and some folks think that bright yellow in the bath makes complexions look sallow or jaundiced. Tack large color samples to the walls to “try them out” before you commit.
• Assure that your lighting is sufficient to allow for effective grooming, no matter what your color choices might be.
• White fixtures are always stylish and appropriate. So, even if you are planning a major remodel, think twice about choosing a turquoise toilet or a navy blue soaking tub. There are other ways to add bold drama that may better stand the test of time!
At The Kitchen Master, our certified bathroom designers keep up with the trends, and are available to help you revamp your bathroom, whether you have a minor update in mind or a major renovation. Be sure to contact us to schedule a consultation, and we’ll help you every step of the way, from planning through construction!