The décor of bathrooms is receiving much more attention today but they are often smaller than we would like. This makes them the ideal place to experiment with the potential colour has to transform spaces.
The psychological power of colour can change the visual effect of a space and influence people's mood. This is why it is one of the most important factors when creating an ambience, whether a luxurious space or a calm retreat.
Steps in creating a colour scheme
- Define the objective we are aiming for in the bathroom. We must also consider whether the bathroom will follow the same colour scheme as the rest of the house or have its own distinctive décor.
- Select the base colour, which will be the predominant colour in the bathroom. The general recommendation is to use a neutral colour, but rules are made to be broken. It is important for it to combine well with the other colours we choose, enhancing them and making them stand out.
- Choose the colours that will complement the base colour. You can opt for a quiet monochromatic range or create a palette of contrasts if you want your project to make a strong impact. The use of contrasts is a bold option that will highlight the strength of each colour and create focal points in the bathroom, as opposites reinforce each other.
- Remember that dark colours stand out visually and light colours recede, creating a sense of depth.
- Use blocks of colour to highlight areas such as the bathtub or washbasin, to draw the eye and create points of interest.
- Based on these colours, choose appropriate finishes for bathroom fixtures.
Suggested colour schemes for your bathroom
Soft, neutral colour combinations
Neutral colours such as creamy white, beige or smoked grey create a sense of discreet elegance and give the bathroom an air of tranquillity. It is a clean, aseptic effect, simple but sophisticated.
By reflecting light, light colours make small or windowless bathrooms look bigger and give a feeling of depth. White is a perennial favourite, although there are countless shades of this colour.
Gloss white creates a light, clean, clear look. It is one of the most effective colours for increasing the sense of space.
The light tones of marbled finishes give the bathroom a stylish, luxurious look.
Creamy whites, combined with warm tones, can suggest a relaxing retreat.
2. Black and white colour schemes
Nothing is as bold as black in interior design. The black and white combo, using geometrical shapes, is a classic that became popular with the Art Deco style of the 1920s.
The combination of black and white in bathroom design is both safe and sophisticated, although it is also a bold combination and sprinkling dots of black in the décor of the bathroom requires skill to create harmony and balance.
3. Black and wood
We are all familiar with the Scandinavian-style combination of white and wood, but we propose a new twist by combining wood with black. An authentic, sophisticated look for the bathroom. While black is the ultimate expression of elegance, the use of fine wood contributes the feeling of warmth that is so necessary in the bathroom.
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4. Metal and aquamarine
Aquamarine is a bright, fresh colour that conveys peace and calm. By combining it with metals such as copper in bathroom fixtures, we can create a natural, sophisticated setting.
5. Earthy colour scheme
The colours of the earth are a return to nature. The use of sand and terracotta, creating an "earthy colour scheme", produces warm, welcoming bathrooms. Use sand or creamy white to generate depth, and then add terracotta features to create movement.
Add lush plants in pots for a beautiful, classical atmosphere.
6. Cobalt blue
Cobalt blue with white is an iconic combination, serene and elegant.
7. Complementary pairs
Although this method works in theory, it is complicated to use and requires a great deal of care. Two complementary colours that work well together are combined with another pair of complementary colours. This combination creates a rich, complex structure of colours, activating chromatic vibrations and establishing more intense harmonic relationships.
For this approach to work correctly, we need to exploit levels of colour saturation to generate hierarchies. One colour should be used in its pure form, one 50% saturated and the other two at low saturation levels. It is advisable to add white, grey or black to balance the weight of the colours, working out the best strategic arrangement for each colour.