Bathrooms are small rooms people don’t spend a lot of time in, especially a powder room or guest bathroom, so home remodelers can experiment with daring colors there. Fire engine red for a living room or bedroom might be too brash, but the color could work quite well in a small bathroom people enter briefly and won’t get overloaded by something bright or unusual.
How to Decorate a Bathroom
Because paint is the cheapest part of a room’s decor, other more expensive items should be considered and purchased first. Hardwood floors, tile and cabinetry are expensive, and can come in a variety of materials. Choose these products carefully as they are probably going to stay for many years. There is a reason why toilets, cultured onyx and marble come in neutrals, mainly shades of white. They provide basic tones which can be offset and complemented by surrounding colors. When a homeowner has tired of a room’s look, it is easier to replace paint over something costly like tile or a countertop.
Paint Color Matching for Room Remodels
Once the tile, flooring and cabinetry have been selected, choose one or more colors from those materials for the walls. Paint stores, including Home Depot and Lowe’s, have computers that can take a small sample piece of tile or other material, even framed artwork, and create a formula for a shade of paint in the exact same color. This service is free as long as the paint is purchased. In the photos below, a porcelain tile floor yielded hues of forest green, dark blue, purple and mustard yellow, and quart-sized paint jars of these colors were purchased.
To make a bathroom look like an artist has designed it, take a pencil and yardstick and divide up the wall space like a geometric puzzle. In the images below, a five-inch stripe was drawn next to the tub and angled lines forming huge triangles were placed around the mirror, toilet and opposing wall. The penciled sections of the walls look best when they are large and dramatic. It is helpful to use paint masking tape, pressed firmly along the lines that compose a section, before painting the area. Rubbing the pencil’s eraser along the tape edge will help to seal it against the wall so that when the paint is applied, the color won’t bleed.
Then paint the section in one of the chosen colors. Let it dry and do the same process with another section of the wall, using a different color. Continue the same way until all the sections of the bathroom walls are painted. A small artist brush may have to be used afterward to touch up small areas where the paint has run into the neighboring section, which inevitably happens despite all efforts to the contrary. The lines should be crisp and straight. If one desires, circles can also be used in one’s design, but they are more difficult to paint, requiring a very steady hand.
Once the paint job is complete, buy towels, a rug and any other bath accessories in colors that match the paints, and Voila! You have created an exciting bathroom remodel that will improve your home, perhaps even for later resale.
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