Selecting Top Quality Paint and Brushes is Very Important
So you have decided you want to paint your bathroom in a fresh new hue and the best part is all its going to cost you is your time, a gallon of paint and a few painting tools. But first you have to come up with a colour scheme before you grab your brush or roller. I should mention here the importance of buying a top quality paint and quality brush.
Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Porter are good paint brands. Because your washroom is a high moisture area, always use a glossy or semi glossy paint for easy cleaning and moisture resistance.
The first thing you need to do is create a sample board of various combinations that you like and feel comfortable with as stated in Part 1 of How to Choose a Colour Scheme 4 Your Bath.
Test the Look of the Swatches in Various Lighting Conditions
Paint little 1×1 swatches of the hues you’re considering for your bathroom on 6×1 inch flat pieces of wood. Then hold the swatches against different pieces of furniture in your lavatory and with different lighting conditions such as natural light and artificial light (you can even do this at different times of the day).
What you are trying to do is get a feeling of how the paint samples works with your washroom environment and also how the look of the paint is affected by different lighting situations.
As you may have already noticed, light plays a very important role in our perception of how the paint colour changes. If your artificial light is incandescent, your hues will appear warmer, whereas if you use fluorescents in your bath, your colours will normally appear cooler.
Take Into Consideration Light Reflected Off Your Ceiling
There are also bulbs that mimic daylight, so display the paint swatches in the type of lighting that will be used in your lavatory for accuracy and consistency. A special note here, don’t forget about your ceiling, the lightness or darkness of your ceiling can also affect your bathrooms appearance.
The general rule of thumb followed by most professional painters is to paint your ceiling a lighter tint than your bathroom walls; this in turn will make your powder room appear larger.
The actual physical size of your bathroom is also a prominent aspect in your washrooms colour choice. Lighter hues can make a small bathroom feel larger and at the opposite end of the spectrum, darker tones in your bath can make a large bathroom feel cozier.
Glossy or Semi-Glossy Paints Clean Easy and are Moisture Resistant
When choosing the sheen of your bathroom paint, gloss is the easiest to clean, the only drawback is that it shows the imperfections on your walls therefore your prep-work has to be smooth, the other con is that it is sometimes tricky to touch up.
Semi-gloss on the other hand has somewhat less gleam than gloss paint yet it cleans and resists stains just as good. Paint like satin and eggshell are better left for bedroom and dining rooms because they are difficult to clean and don’t stand up as well in a bathroom environment.
To determine how much paint you will need, multiply the length x width of your bathroom area.
Use a Triad of Hues
When choosing your room’s colour scheme remember that your bath is your sanctuary, especially if you want to create a spa like retreat. Use the objects around you for inspiration.
For a calming effect, build your palette around a cool color scheme blue, greens and purples.
Or you can use hues such as burgundy and warm subdued purples to make your bath feel cozy and inviting. Using three colors is a good choice, one to dominate (60%), one to support (30%) and the other to accent (10%) to help motivate you through your morning haziness.
Lighter Coloration Expands Darker Tones Contract the Space
The simplicity of monochromatic colours adds a sense of quiet sophistication to your bath. Use lighter tints to your advantage if you have a small bathing space and darker tones to shrink that extra large master bath. And don’t forget to take into account the lighting in your bath.
Which ever scheme you choose, it should accentuate your cabinetry and fixtures. Avoid loud and obtrusive colours and choose pleasant inviting and clean ones because you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there.
As a final note you may want to try to pick hue that you can accessorize with towels and shower curtains to bring your bath design together.