Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your Bathroom

Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your Bathroom

Interior paint color can make a big difference in the overall feel and aesthetic of a room. If you’re renovating or redecorating your bathroom, you may want to try choosing a completely different paint color for a whole new look. If you’re wondering how to pick paint colors, these color selection tips can help.

Consider the Lighting

Lighting has a major effect on how a paint color will actually look. In your actual bathroom, it might not look the same as the swatch did under the fluorescent lighting at the hardware store. Color depends on both, the light that the object absorbs, and the light source.

As the sun moves throughout the day, it will affect your bathroom paint colors.

  • North-facing rooms tend to receive cool, bluish light, and these rooms take well to strong, bold colors. Lighter colors like pastels can look washed out.
  • In south-facing rooms, dark colors look brighter, and light ones may look too bright.
  • East-facing rooms have warm, yellowy light in the morning, and bluer light in the evening, which works well with warm yellows and oranges.
  • In west-facing rooms, minimal morning light can make colors look dull.

Your interior lighting will also affect the color of your paint.

  • Incandescent lights emit warm yellow and amber hues. This brings out the vividness of warm reds and yellows, but can mute blues and greens.
  • Fluorescent lightbulbs emit flat, cool light that works well with blue and green paint colors.
  • Halogen lights resemble natural light, making them well suited for almost all colors.
  • Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) can be warm-white, white, or bluish-white.
  • Light-emitting diodes can be either cool or warm, although some have color options that you can control wirelessly.

Know What Color Terms Mean

It can be helpful for choosing bathroom paint colors if you have an understanding of what basic interior paint color terms mean.

  • Hue is what we call a color in everyday conversation.
  • Value is how light or dark a color is.
  • Saturation is how dominant the hue is in a color. For example, bright red is more saturated than pink.
  • Intensity is the strength of a color. Pure colors, like true red or true blue, tend to be more intense than combined colors like blue-green.


Test Your Color First

You can test a paint color by painting a small patch of your bathroom wall with it. This will give you a better idea of what it’s going to look like in your bathroom.

Choose the Right Sheen

Paint sheen affects how a color is going to look, as it affects light reflection. It also affects things like durability, ease of cleaning, and moisture resistance. Semi-gloss paint works well in bathrooms because it resists grease and moisture easily. Matte paint can also work well, as it’s good at hiding imperfections and dealing with high traffic areas.

If you’re using a rich, dark color, you might want to go one step lower on the finish scale than you were going to otherwise. These colors tend to have more pigment, which can make them look shinier.

Choose a Color That Fits the “Mood” Of The Room

Do you want your bathroom to have a lush, exotic feel, a warm and inviting atmosphere, or a relaxing spa aesthetic? Different colors can affect the “mood” of a room. Bright, bold colors feel energetic, while muted tones feel softer and more calming.

Bathroom Painting in Boulder

At Collegiate Painters, we’re Boulder’s leaders in interior and exterior residential painting. When you’ve chosen bathroom paint colors you love, we can take care of the actual painting for you.

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