Choosing the right color for your bathroom can transform the space and make it appear large and spacious instead of dingy and cramped. The right color will also help compliment your fixtures, making them appear more vibrant and alive, so here are some popular colors for you to consider:
These are the most popular colors of 2023, and they can transform your small bathroom when utilized properly:
White is a classic color because it is highly versatile for any size space. This color provides a clear sense of openness and pairs well with modern and classic colors and tones. White will highlight your wooden accents and coloring on vanities or furniture. It also goes great with darker fixtures such as matte black, or you can contrast it with gold or brass. By implementing white into your bathroom aesthetic, you are creating a great foundation for the rest of your bathroom.
2. Deep Blue
Deep Blue or dark blue contrasts with wooden accents or furniture. This color stands on its own and is a great way to emphasize artwork or other fixtures in your bathroom, such as a statement mirror or a large freestanding tub. Consider pairing this color with wood or metallic elements to create a more rustic feel.
Consider adding a more subdued peach shade to create a spa-like feel for your bathroom. In a small bathroom, it is key to utilize everything in the space, so consider contrasting your colors with the rest of your decor to set the tone. Neutral colors like peach are great for highlighting elements such as your bathroom fixtures or the wooden elements of your vanity.
Purple is a great complement with elegant colors such as gold or brass. Consider incorporating mauve into your bathroom to add a touch of sophistication. Great pairings include marble, or white tones, gold, brass, and light tones to contrast the Mauve. Include a statement mirror to emphasize the space.
5. Forest Green
Bold colors such as greens are a great place to start with any bathroom. Since the space is small, these colors will really capture the attention of your guests. These colors work well with artificial lighting as well, so consider pairing them with more neutral tones so you can really make the color shine. Brass, gold, and other metallic elements are fantastic additions as well, creating a wonderful contrast that will make your space seem more luxurious.
6. Green grey
Compare bright greens with subdued greys to create a modern bathroom aesthetic. The grey elements complement your fixtures and any high-quality material you have, and the green provides the right contrast to the grey without being overbearing. Consider green tile in your shower with the addition of live plants.
7. Black & White Combination
A classic composition for most modern bathrooms as these two colors complement each other. Perfect for any modern bathroom setup, black and white excels at making the space feel more wide and open. Avoid flooding the space with too much light as black excels at making the space feel more open.
8. Sunshine yellow
Bold colors add much-needed vibrancy and vitality to your bathroom. Small bathrooms are often considered cramped and uncomfortable, and with the right color, you can easily disprove this adage. Consider sunshine yellow to add some brightness to the space and complement it with white tones and white fixtures. Brass or gold faucets and other metallic elements will also help keep the yellow from being too overbearing.
9. Rainbow Pastel
If you want something truly unique, consider rainbow pastels with an alternating color scheme. Or if you don’t feel that adventurous, use tile to accomplish this, ensuring that you alternate between white and a vibrant color to add personality to your space.
Charcoal provides a great compliment to cooler tones such as blue, purple, white, and green. This also contrasts well with warmer colors such as pink, yellow, or orange. Either way, you can easily create a modern bathroom with charcoal that will make your small bathroom feel more spacious and comfortable.
Beige pairs well with most marble colors, enhancing the natural vein of the marble. It also pairs beautifully with darker tiles and tones to create a comfortable modern aesthetic. Baby blues, white elements, and silver also pair well with beige to create a classic atmosphere.
Navy is a great balance of darker tones with a subtle hint of blue. This color works great with marble or white fixtures. Metallic elements such as brass and copper also compliment this color well, adding to a warmer feeling bathroom.
13. Dark Brown
Dark brown is a classic color, complimenting bright fixtures. Consider pairing dark brown with other elements such as artwork, or wall sconces to add a more subdued and elegant feel. Consider elegant tile designs to pair with this color scheme as it will highlight the quality of your bathroom material.
14. Bright Pink/white
Pink and white provide a playful contrast that works incredibly well in a small space. Since space is a premium, the vibrancy of the pink will add more depth and character to your bathroom. Your fixtures will seem much larger and your space won’t seem as cramped. White provides a necessary contrast that only elevates the pink tones, making the space feel comfortable.
15. Sapphire Blue
Blue is an incredibly versatile color, allowing you to create a more subdued space with subtle ambiance like natural lighting, or you can be more proactive and pair it with live plants, brass accents, and wood furniture to create a more rustic and luxurious space. Sapphire blue tends to be much more vibrant, so darker tones would be a great compliment.
16. Wabi-Sabi Brown
Wabi-sabi brown is a more muted brown color, but when utilized correctly, it can make your bathroom feel much more vibrant. Consider layering multiple tones of brown such as your furniture and other accents to add more depth to the space. The presence of natural lighting is recommended, but you can also utilize artificial lighting in key spots to make the space feel more unique.
17. Burnished Brown/Off White
A classic pairing with a twist, consider using a deeper or burnished brown to add more character than just a typical brown and white color scheme. The contrasting colors will make your space feel more open and wide. The presence of tile can add even more character and make your fixtures feel more comfortable instead of cramped.
Gray is a great complementary color as it pairs well with vibrant greens but it can also highlight more subdued elements such as wood or metallic fixtures. In the presence of natural light, you can utilize gray to bring out your background features such as your sink, a window frame or even live plants.
A nice grey-brown color, taupe is a bit lighter than your traditional browns, making it an ideal pairing with lighter tones such as white, peach or charcoal. You can truly transform your bathroom with Taupe without the need for tile or anything more complicated than white and taupe alternating colors. This will make your bathroom seem more cozy and spacious.
20. Blue and White
Blue and white offers multitudes of possibilities. You can go with lighter tones to create a more calming and soothing environment that invokes the calm of the ocean. Dark fixtures pair nicely with these light tones. Alternatively, you can choose a darker blue to create a more luxurious setting and accent it with rich wood colors for a sharp contrast.
What to consider when choosing a color
When selecting the right color for your bathroom, you must consider two elements: lighting and style.
Lighting plays a crucial element in how color works for your space. Artificial and natural lighting have different effects on your color, and you need to be able to see how your bathroom looks in both to have a clear idea of what your end result is. Oftentimes, it is highly recommended that you use natural light, if possible before you implement your artificial lighting to see if your bathroom’s tones are warm or cold.
The style and look of your bathroom play a large part in how your space is perceived. What may work for a large bathroom may not work for a smaller one, and vice-versa, so you need to determine what kind of style you want before you begin selecting a color.
Dark Vs Light
In general, dark and light color tones will accomplish different elements in your space. Traditionally, muted or light tones such as grey, blue, and white will make your space appear larger than it actually is. Contrarily, darker tones such as black, grey, brown, dark blue, and green will add more depth to the space but won’t make it appear larger. So it’s important to contrast these two to create a more cohesive atmosphere for your bathroom.
When painting your bathroom, remember that there are no real rules on how you paint the space. Experiment with different color schemes and choose colors that will best compliment your home. Just remember to create a balance of both dark and light tones to truly transform the space.
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