When redecorating, or even decorating for the first time, choosing paint in a small bathroom can be a challenge. If you choose the wrong paint your tiny bathroom can make you feel closed in or even create a kind of funhouse affect. There are a few ways you can make your little bathroom seem a lot bigger easily and with paint.
The first thing to remember about your bathroom is that there’s a lot of water. A lot of water flows through that tiny space, from sinks, toilets, or even a tub if you can fit one in there. That means a lot of bacteria also flow through your bathroom. When you flush your toilet, microscopic bits of urine and feces go flying up and coat everything, especially if you’ve left the lid up. I get in trouble for doing this a lot. You should really go with an antimicrobial paint. This will make your bathroom a better place for you and your family.
Now that we’ve discussed practicalities, let’s move on to decorating options. You should absolutely avoid dark, overbearing colors. Chocolate is out. Lighter colors generally help open up a small space. Pastels are a good place to begin. A lot of people think “powder pink” and “pale lavender” when they hear the word “pastel”. That doesn’t have to be the case. There are a lot of pale blues and greens to choose from. If you don’t like pastel colors on your bathroom walls, I don’t really like them, you can have your darker colors.
If you want to paint your bathroom a dark, manly color, or even a dark classy color, you can use accent painting. Painting the walls all on dark color will make you feel like you’re locked up in a tiny box, but you can still have those colors. All you have to do is find a light color to use as a base. You can use your favorite dark color to paint thin lines up your walls. Painting lines on your bathroom walls will make the ceiling seem higher and the room seem bigger.
If you want to use a light base color, you can also use wall paper to make your bathroom feel bigger. You can choose a simple wall paper border to go around the top of the wall. There are some wall papers that are meant for wet places like the bathroom. Make sure you have one of those. You can usually find wall paper at the same place you buy your paint. One thing you should never do is put a wall paper border or horizontal strip of paint in the middle of your wall. That will cut your walls in half and make the room seem smaller. You should also avoid faux finishes. They may be great in your living room, but a faux finish will have too much going on and will create that funhouse effect I told you about.
Whatever method you decide on, you should talk to the people at your paint store. They can give you a lot of information on painting in a small bathroom. After you have your walls painted, make sure you hang a second mirror across from your vanity mirror. It’s the perfect finishing touch to make your little bathroom a lot bigger!