Does it feel like you’re getting smacked in the face every time you walk into your bathroom? Are the loud colors screaming at you to run as fast as you can? The bathroom should be a calm, tranquil space in your home, not a source of headaches. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to tone down loud bathroom colors and create the oasis of your dreams.
Use Tile and Tub Refinishing to Cover Colored Tile
It’s obvious that you can paint loud bathroom walls. But what about the mustard yellow bathtub or fuchsia wall tile? Those fixtures aren’t as easy to paint, but you can have them professionally refinished. This costs significantly less than replacing the tub, tile or shower, and it still allows you to refresh your bathroom.
You can choose virtually any color for tub and tile refinishing. White is a classic color that stands the test of time, but you may prefer cream, grey, black, tan, or some other color. You could even switch to a new loud color. Just think about the longevity of that vs. neutrals.
Add Soft Neutrals and Low-Contrast Colors
If you can’t get rid of the loud colors, you can limit how loud they feel. Toning down the contrast could completely transform the room. Yellow tile looks even more yellow when it’s up against bright white or crisp black. If you had softer colors like beige or cream in the room, it could help the tile stand out less.
When it comes to accent colors, you may want the one loud color to be the only accent. Trying to pair something else with that will only draw more attention to the shade. Make everything else in the room as neutral as possible to minimize visual clutter.
Be Careful with Undertones in Your Color Selection
If you’re choosing colors to bring into the bathroom, be mindful of the undertones. The wrong undertones may make your situation worse. For example, let’s say you’re dealing with bright blue tile. Many grey paints have a blue undertone, so adding one to the wall may make the bathroom feel even bluer. A grey with a beige or black undertone is less likely to cause issues in this particular scenario.
It may be best to view samples or paints and finishes in your bathroom lighting to see how they look next to the loud color. This will save you from committing to a remodel that you have to redo shortly after.
Plan Your Bathroom Remodel in Stages
Don’t have the time or budget to redo the bathroom all at once? You could plan your remodel in stages to gradually eliminate the loud color. You might start with tile, tub or countertop refinishing to create a clean slate and see how you like certain colors in the bathroom. If you decide to gut the space years from now, you can! Or you may find that you love the look just the way it is.
Swap out the lighting, hardware, vanity, mirror and other features as your budget allows. Every step will bring you a little closer to the bathroom of your dreams.