How Color Brings Life To A Bathroom Remodel

People often overlook color as a design element in bathroom remodels. While focusing on the big features like the shower and the vanity is a solid approach, color is often one of the most cost-effective ways to add life to a bathroom. Think about how you can use these five techniques to use color in your next remodel.

Tonal Warmth

Every color brings a degree of warmth. Some colors like yellow, red, and orange are culturally warm ones. Others like blue and white code as cooler colors. People tend to see green as natural, and it's culturally coded with spring and new beginnings, too.

Suppose you have a second bathroom that's small and poorly lit due to its location in the house. Perhaps the previous owner remodeled a large closet into a bathroom. You might want to use a warm color palette to make this otherwise dark and small space more inviting.

Highlighting the Bathroom's Charismatic Features

One of the great advantages of color as a tool is that it allows you to add value to other features. You might ask a bathroom remodeling services contractor to slightly offset the shower from the rest of the bathroom with color. This makes the shower more of a focal point in the bathroom. If you want to show off a feature like a big mirror above the sink, you can use color around the edges to frame it. The design will then command attention toward one of the room's more charismatic features.


Color is also a wonderful way to put your imprint on a bathroom. If you have a favorite color that'll work well with the overall design of the bathroom, you might have the remodeling team put that color to use. Even if it's a very strong color, you can use it in small doses to accentuate specific features and remind folks of your tastes.

Faking Texture

Bathrooms often have lots of featureless surfaces, especially when they have lots of tiles. A slightly cloudy or stippled color can turn a smooth surface into a fake texture. You also could use materials that mimic textures like natural stone to add visual interest and tie together a visual theme.

Breaking Up Large Areas

Bathrooms often have large areas of one color. When possible, you should break these up. If one side of the bathroom has a dominant wall that's all white, you might use a thin line of color to break it up. Also, you can use a near-complementary shade of the dominant color to add interest.