Cool, receding colors are frequently recommended for small bathrooms, but some cool colors turn gloomy in rooms without enough natural light. Some warm colors simulate sunlight, but warm colors are known to advance and make a room feel smaller. In a small bathroom with little light, the conflicting color needs make it hard to decide. The secret is choosing a cool color that doesn’t get too dark or a warm color that won’t take over–and always choosing paint with a little sheen.
The most common choice for small, dark bathrooms, white looks classic unless you long for color. If pure, bright white feels too stark for your taste, choose white with a pink, peach or yellow undertone. The effect is subtle, but that bit of tint keeps the room from looking cold.
Cool colors often go drably gray in the absence of adequate light, but pale, pearly gray with a slight shimmery undertone glistens instead of looking glum. That hint of shimmer fools the eye into imagining shifting sunlight. The overall look is cool and elegant, which the mind associates with spaciousness.
As long as the color isn’t too powdery, pale pink paint combines the best of cool and warm color effects. It’s serene and appears to recede, but its rosiness warms the room. Choose your pale pink carefully. Pink with just a hint of yellow whispers sunlight, but pink tinted with blue tends to go cold. Pink also flatters most complexions. For instance, lighting designers and photographers sometimes use pink bulbs to minimize wrinkles and make people look younger.
Yellow is the color of sunshine. From buttercream to pale, Venetian gold, yellow always warms up a room that doesn’t have enough natural light. When you’re using yellow in a tiny space, however, you can’t go too bright or you’ll make the room look smaller. Choose only the lightest shades for the best effect, and mix them with crisp, white trim.
Though a cool color, aqua walls make a room glow. With its perfect mix of blue and green, aqua offers the expansive feel of a tropical sea. Use pale aqua to make the bathroom look its largest. Mix aqua with gold to warm up the space. You can use a gilded antique mirror or warm, golden light bulbs or both.
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