8 Tips to Choose the Right Bathroom Tile Color

If you’ve ever done any decorating then you know well that your choice of color can make all the difference in any bathroom design. Because these rooms are often the smallest rooms in the entire house, you have to be extra careful to make sure that you make the right color choice. It has to be something that reflects your personal taste but still leaves a lasting impression on anyone that finds themselves in that space. So, to help you choose the right color for your bathroom tile, here are a few factors you should try to keep in mind.

1. Tile Placement

Before you choose your color scheme, the style and placement of your tiles must be decided. Factoring in the elements for that part of the bathroom will help you to narrow down your color selection to just a few. For example, if you choose ceramic, stone, or porcelain tiles you will be limited to only the color choices available for that particular type.

2. The Effect

Colors always touch us emotionally, whether we realize it or not. Dark colors will make the room seem cramped and small, so if your bathroom is already small, you may want to go with a lighter color. On the other hand, light colors can make the room look much larger than it really is.

3. Design

The design of the tile will play a huge role as well. For example, there is a wide variety of choices in bathroom ceramic tile designs. Ceramic tiles are more commonly found in brown, red, and white. They can have gloss, polished, matt, or satin finishes and so on. These will limit the color options available. The same considerations should also be made for porcelain, glass, or other types of tile designs.

4. Color Palette

Once you have narrowed down your design and location, choose a color palette. Make sure your color choices not only complement each other but also the area it will be used in. It should mix well with the existing fixture (vanity, lighting, sink). If you’re not sure of which colors to choose, use the color wheel available at most DIY stores as a reference.

5. Test 

No matter what tile you’re considering, never make a snap decision. Instead, take a few samples home to test it out. You want to be absolutely sure that your color choice and its finish will work well with the space. Tile colors can look one way in the store but in your bathroom, it could look totally different, especially if it has a glossy, or reflective finish.

6. Lighting

Lighting can have a major impact on how your bathroom tiles look. Your color choice should take into consideration whether you have more natural light, fluorescent lighting, or recessed lighting. When you are testing your tile sample, look at it during different times of the day to see how the lighting affects its hue and the overall feel of the room.

7. Size

Larger tiles on at least two of your walls can give the room a more spacious look and are great for emphasizing the size of the room. But keep in mind that this only works if your color choice is in harmony with that purpose. If your goal is creating a more spacious feel, choose larger tiles with lighter pastel hues to emphasize this aspect.

8. Keep It Simple

If you are ever in doubt about your color choice, remember simplicity makes the largest impact. Use your bolder colors as mere accents on borders, splashbacks, and insets and stick with the more subtle colors for the larger areas. It will not only give you a good balance to your bathroom decoration, but it will also give your bathroom a more sophisticated look.

Your choice of tile color depends on many factors. It helps to know the kind of image you want to portray and the feel you want to evoke in your design. Taking these factors into consideration can do wonders in helping you to choose the best colors for your bathroom.

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