Sunday, July 6, 2014

Guidelines for selecting a color palette for a bathroom

Selecting colors for your bathroom can be intimidating and scary. Even I struggle with, “Am I making the right decision?” fears. It is a big decision and something you are investing time and money into and a space that you will see and use every day. You want to get it right…the first time. Here’s a couple of tips to help you through the process.

1. Pick colors that you love!

2. Select your tile first. The majority of a bathroom space is covered in tile, so start with that first. It’s much easier to adjust stains and paints on cabinets or walls to harmonize with the tile.

3. Don’t be afraid to go with brighter or bolder paint colors in the bathroom. Usually there is very little empty wall space and the paint color becomes a border around the cabinets, tile and plumbing fixtures.  The right paint color can make these items pop, like the right frame for artwork.

4. Be flexible. As you go through the process of selecting all the colors and finishes, your plan will be constantly revised.

5. Choose one element to inspire your color palette, but don’t buy that item until all other selections have been fully decided. For example, use the hand painted sink as an inspiration but don’t purchase it until you know you have coordinating countertops and flooring.

6. Do not underestimate lighting. Do you have adequate lighting?

7. For countertops, the safest approach is to keep it neutral and versatile. Unless, of course, your countertop is the design element you want to work around.

8. Look at all of your selections together. Does everything flow? Does it look right? You will know when you see everything together.

9. Gather pictures of your favorite finished spaces. is an excellent resource for finding pictures of finished spaces that appeal to your taste. What color schemes did they employ? Can you pull details out of those finished spaces to work in yours?

10. Execute. Do your homework but then execute on your plan. Make the best decision and move forward. Then you can sit back and enjoy your new space.

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