Why is Blue So Popular in Bathrooms?
A Color Commentary
(by Andrea Enns - Interior Designer)
The color blue has long been the most popular “favorite color” for people of both genders all over the world.
Blue is associated with images of freshness (clean water) and goodness (blue skies, blue ocean, delicate Robin’s eggs), which is probably why it is such a commonly used “go to” choice for a bathroom.
Furthermore, blue and white as a color combination is as traditional as black and white, and in terms of decorating, the combination of blue and white boasts an even longer history.
Although blue bathrooms hold a steady popularity, they truly do seem to become more popular in certain years than others.
Over the past twenty four months (just as Andrea predicted in her color trends forecast last year) they have regained a stronger following which can likely be attributed to the trying economic times.
In times of uncertainty it is simply human nature to gravitate towards things that exemplify solidity—the “tried and true”.
Indeed, you cannot go wrong with blue and white—centuries of cross-cultural use have proven that.
Or can you?
What if you never wear blue and generally don’t select it that often? What if it isn’t your favorite color? Should you still paint your bathroom blue? No!
Experts would not recommend it.
If you never wear it and it isn’t something you generally gravitate towards then do not decide that it would be a good idea to surround yourself with it every morning!
But what if this is a master bath and your better half just loves blue—do you give in to keep the peace?
No—but you can deftly offer a compromise—even Dr. Phil agrees.
If you are not a big blue fan just think about the spaces around you where you see the most blue. Is it the ocean? If so, then paint your walls the warm sand color and accessorize with blue (and white) towels. Is your blue fan a bit of a naturalist? Paint your walls in the soft and comforting shade of a Robin’s nest, use white tiles with Robin’s egg blue thrown in as an accent. The result is very stylish and gender neutral.
Although we have seen a resurgence of blue, I still maintain that the best choice for a bathroom wall color has to come from the individual who will occupy the space.
Trained colorists understand the psychological importance of this.
If the wall color you see behind you when you look in the mirror is a color that you like to wear and you know you look and feel good in, then it is likely that it will be a color that is complimentary to your skin tone.
If you are surrounded by a color that compliments your skin tone then naturally you will feel more positive when you look in the mirror.
When you feel more positive not only will you start each day in a better mood but you will also feel more confident.
Something to think about when painting bathrooms for teenagers as well—help them out!
Be aware that some wall colors and harsh lighting can make skin problems appear even worse. Avoid the combination of overly bright lighting with colors that bring out the appearance of redness in skin such as burgundy or a cool-toned royal blue.
How to Choose a Dining Room Paint Color
On a final note, since the point I wish to make is about the value in surrounding yourself with wall colors that are complimentary to your skin tone, don’t forget about the dining room!
Be the “hostess with the mostest” and look fabulous while you welcome guests to your table. Why not?
That’s what the celebrities do and they hire stylists to figure it all out for them.
You can be your own stylist by paying attention to the pieces of clothing you wear that make you the happiest or win you the most compliments.
Whichever those garments are—they represent the color you should consider for your dining room.
Hate to be that selfish in your family home? Okay then even things up by asking yourself: what color does EVERYONE look best in? Paint the family room THAT color and ensure that when you take the family photo at Christmas, everyone will be complimented by the room and you will enjoy your family photos that much more!
- by Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes Exclusive Interior Designer
2014 Raleigh New Home Trends
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