Accent Colors for Bathroom Walls

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Modern Bathroom Vanity

Many of today’s baths, especially in newly built homes in New Jersey, are plain white. This neutral hue is a safe choice for mass-produced places. (And is it any coincidence that the majority of today’s tubs and toilets are that same noncolor?). But let’s face it, these all-white baths run the risk of becoming boring. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. Whether you’re looking to stretch a small budget or blow it out completely, there’s a multitude of ways to add a splash of color and a stamp of personal style, at the same time.  Consider adding an accent wall to your bathroom.

Trends in accent colors

Adding an accent wall is a trend that has been around for a while.  It’s a fashion statement that can come into style quickly and leave quietly.  Right now, they are very stylish and here to stay.  Accent colors truly give a room personality.  These colors are often used to draw attention to specific architecture within a home. Sure, flat surfaces can be accented but anything in the room that adds dimension (edges, indentations, right angles) to an area will offer the best options and yield the most aesthetic results. The combination of colors will become a magnet for our eyes so take your time when choosing colors.  When guests come into a room with two colors, their attention is immediately drawn to the color coordination of the room.  It’s the first impression that burns an image into the mind of visitors entering your home.   An accent color is truly a personal preference by the homeowner and can be influenced by television shows and fashion magazines.   An easy way to decorate at a low cost is achieved by simple house painting.  Painting is a “budget conscience” dream.  A gallon of paint can change the tone of a room in an afternoon.  If you have narrowed your choice to a few colors, pick up the small sample containers that a paint store offers and paint square samples next to each other to give comparisons.  So instead of spending a day at the New Jersey shore, pick up a paint brush.  It will be work and not pleasure but the results will be pleasing!

 Color Combos

As the popularity of unique single colors became stylish, so does the popularity of color combinations.  Color combinations can be compared to picking new clothes along with accessory colors to match.  Every year there are “hot” colors that are vogue.  How many times have you heard someone say “that’s what is in style now”?  To stay current with fashion, it’s necessary to work in that “hot” color(s) into your life.

House painting is no different.  To be current and trendy, change is eminent unless you want to look dated. There will always be classic color combos that will not go out of style but they tend to get boring as time passes.  A lot of reds and burgundies are being used currently.  People tend to play it safe in the rest of the house, but they’re willing to do something bolder in a smaller space like the bathroom.  You can throw out the old decorating encyclopedia that states dark colors shouldn’t be used in small spaces. Breaking the rule often makes things more interesting and if you use paint with a slight sheen, it will reflect the room’s light and won’t appear as dark as it really is.  You can add color and texture to walls at the same time.

Paint Sheen and Bathroom Moisture

Regardless of what accent color(s) you choose, the paint sheen can affect the final color.  This list starts with the flattest, lowest sheen finish and works up to high-gloss. The higher the gloss, the better the paint sheen does in bathrooms.

  • Flat – Nice matte coating, but best in low-traffic areas where it is never or rarely touched. Absorbs moisture, so it is bad for bathrooms.
  • Eggshell – Slightly “sheeny” and more washable and scrubbable than flat. Like flat, eggshell is good for places without moisture.
  • Satin – Satin has a bit of a gloss, and can be used in low-moisture bathrooms, such as powder or guest bathrooms.
  • Semi-Gloss – Best sheen for any kind of bathroom. Repels moisture well.
  • High-gloss – Best for bathroom walls because high-gloss repels moisture almost as well as if your walls were coated in plastic. Downside is that high-gloss (in the opinion of some people) does not look good when spread out over large surfaces such as walls. Best for smaller surfaces like trim and cabinetry.
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