Creative Color Contrasts

From a very young age, we identify with certain colors, surrounding ourselves with hues that make us feel happy and avoiding colors we do not like.  Every day, we use color to create an image with our clothes, whether it is a dark business suit or a brightly colored dress.  Similarly, we create an environment in our homes using color to suit our tastes and create a living space that soothes us, inspires us, and gives anyone who enters our homes an insight into our personalities. 

Color plays an important role in our lives, and it is a powerful tool to use in design.  Although busy rooms such as the kitchen and living room are obvious spaces to express yourself with color, your bathroom design can be dramatically impacted by color choices too.  The colors you select for your bathroom can help inspire you as you start your day in the morning and provide a soothing environment to finish off your day in the evening.  Just like other rooms in your house, the colors you include in your bathrooms also provide an opportunity to showcase your personal style. 

Bathroom design in Newtown, PA featuring white bathroom fixtures.

Bathroom design in Newtown, PA featuring white bathroom fixtures.

Toilets, sinks, and tubs are generally white, like these bathroom fixtures in Newtown, PA.  Some people, on the other hand, prefer to create a statement by adding color to their fixtures, such as a colorful glass vessel sink.

Neutral and earth tones are still the most popular color schemes for bathrooms as they are timeless choices and also tend to be very soothing.  A pop of color could be added to a natural color scheme to create a vibrant, eye catching design, as was done in the bathroom pictured below by adding a bright wall color to the natural wood vanity and neutral beige wall tile.

Bathroom design featuring wood vanity and neutral wall tiles with a contrasting wall color.

Bathroom design featuring wood vanity and neutral wall tiles with a contrasting wall color.

Transitional bathroom design with freestanding bathtub.

Transitional bathroom design with freestanding bathtub.

 

Equally, you can make a bold design statement by simply contrasting light and dark colors, while still remaining within a neutral color palette.  The standalone white bathtub pictured here creates a focal point in this transitional bathroom remodel in Yardley, PA, when set against the dark grey tile, granite countertop, and dark wood vanity.

Contemporary bathroom design with dark accent tiles.

Contemporary bathroom design with dark accent tiles.

The dark accent tiles provide a similarly sharp contrast in this otherwise white and light grey contemporary bathroom remodel in Newtown, PA, pictured to the left.

A simple contrast of light and dark colors can help create a distinct zone in your bathroom, such as the difference between the dark wood vanity cabinet and white corner make-up area pictured below, which clearly designates a separate space within the overall design.

Bathroom design with dark wood vanity and a white make up area.

Bathroom design with dark wood vanity and a white make up area.

 

Visit our bathroom design gallery for more ideas, and talk to your design professional to find the best colors to suit your style.