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5 Basic rules when choosing a color scheme for your bathroom.

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Regardless of the type of room, you are designing, color is one of the most important factors to consider. Colors can be used to set a mood or create a certain feel in a space. Different colors have different meanings and associations attached to them, for example, red is known as being vibrant and strong whereas blue can be associated with feelings of calmness and serenity. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing colors for your home, but there are some things worth thinking about before committing yourself to any particular color scheme. In this article, we’ll outline five basic rules that will help you make decisions on how much light your bathroom gets, what kind of paint you use, if painting over existing finishes is an option for you, and more.

Rules for Choosing a Color Scheme For Your Bathroom

Rule #1: Consider the amount of natural light you have in your bathroom.

If your bathroom has very little natural light it’s best to keep things neutral and not to go too dark with paint colors as darker shades tend to make a space feel smaller and more enclosed. It’s also a good idea to consider using lighter flooring surfaces with pale colors. Natural light can really help open up a bathroom and will create the illusion of more space. Which leads us to…

If your bathroom does not get any natural or indirect sunlight, you might want to choose lighter colors for your ceiling, walls, and flooring surfaces.

Rule #2: How much light does your bathroom get?

If your bathroom has a lot of natural light, you might want to consider painting one or two walls in lighter colors instead. On the other hand, if your bathroom doesn’t have any natural light, it’s best to go with darker shades for all surfaces as doing so will help create the illusion of more space.

Rule #3: What kind of lighting do you have in your bathroom?

If you have a lot of recessed or natural lighting, lighter colors can help brighten up the space even more. Also, if you have light flooring surfaces, pale colors will reflect the light and create an illusion of depth in your bathroom. On the other hand, if you have no lighting, going with dark shades will help create a more relaxed and calming environment.

Rule #4: What type of paint do you want to use?

There are many different types of paints available for use inside the home depending on what surfaces need painting and what kind of look you’re trying to achieve. For bathrooms, it is best to use water-based paint, such as latex. Latex is easy to clean and will not release harmful chemical substances into the air like oil paints can during application or when applying them in moist environments. Water-based paints are also easier to apply and remove if you want to change your bathroom color scheme in the future.

Rule #5: What’s your budget?

Painting a bathroom can be an expensive undertaking, especially if you want to cover all surfaces completely. If you’re on a budget try considering painting just one or two walls and/or the ceiling in lighter colors while choosing darker shades for the other surfaces. This will help add interest and vibrancy to your bathroom without going overboard on your budget.


There you have it, five simple rules to help you choose the right bathroom color scheme for your home. Remember, no matter what colors you choose, make sure to think about how much natural light is available in the space and if painting several surfaces white might brighten up the room too much. Also keep in mind that painting over old finishes, such as tile or plastic wall coverings is often more difficult than painting an empty space. If you’re not sure if your bathroom can support the paint you want to use it’s best to consult with a professional before getting started. Also, make sure you have the correct tile colours!