Renewing the appearance of your home does not necessarily mean making radical and expensive interventions, sometimes small changes are enough, such as replacing the color of the walls or coloring an architectural element. Whitewashing the walls is not a very complex job: with a little dexterity and a pinch of patience, you can also do it alone.
Before you panic in front of the swaddles of colors, it is better to keep in mind a few little secrets. Follow these simple tips to get a good result and find the right color combination for each environment.
- Choose a tone that matches the flooring present
- Paint the walls, respecting the style and color of the furnishings
- Consider the exposure of the room to sunlight.
- Do not underestimate the influence and behavior of individual colors.
In general, neutral shades such as dove gray and the whole range of grays are the simplest choice, because they easily match any type of furniture and are perfect for any room in the house. Bright colors, on the other hand, are often considered a gamble because in the long run they can get tired and above all they can make the environment appear smaller than it actually is. However, with a few small tricks, it is also possible to use bright and unusual shades, able to create an environment with a refined design.
If you want to give your bedroom a more personal style, anything is allowed! You can choose an unusual shade or a livelier color but we recommend that you be very careful to find the right match with the furniture. To give an original touch to the bedroom, you can also use stencil decorations, perhaps to be applied on the walls to create a sort of headboard for the bed. Remember that colors can influence your mood, it is better not to overdo it with too bright and stimulating colors such as red, orange or yellow
The most fun room to paint is definitely the children’s room. Here you can give free rein to your creativity and play with different colors and patterns. If you do not want to use traditional colors, such as pink or pastel blue, you can color only one wall with blue or a very bright pink, perhaps the longest one and leave the others white, so that you can customize and enrich them with drawings. and photographs of your children
Choosing the colors for the living room walls is never easy because it is the room in the house where you spend most of your time and welcome guests. To find the right balance, the main rule is to choose a color that fits as much as possible with the furniture present. In the example below, an ivory wrap film with a subtle grey striping softens the brick wall and therefore the room.
For example, if you have a classic-style living room, it’s better to paint the walls white or ivory. This color, in all its shades, is able to enhance the wooden furniture and give light to the environment. Alternatively, you can opt for beige or pastel yellow. These colors are always on trend and readily available if touch-ups are needed.
A very popular color for the living room is dove gray, especially if you have modern furniture. This relaxing and welcoming color also fits well with other styles, such as vintage or industrial.
If, on the other hand, your furnishings have a more contemporary style, you can dare with brighter colors such as red, green or purple. When combined with modern white furniture, these colors give off a strong energy and create an incredible play of contrasts.
The kitchen is the convivial place par excellence and to make this environment comfortable, the play of colors plays an essential role. For the walls you can dare without fear, always respecting the style and color of the furnishings present. Unlike what happened in the past, in fact, today the tiles are used only to repair the wall behind the sink and stove, so plenty of room for imagination but don’t forget that in this environment dark colors are banned! Better to opt for warm and bright colors such as yellow or orange, perfect to bring a breath of joy to the kitchen. If you have a strong personality and love bright colors, a nice bright red is the right color for you. If you choose this color, we recommend that you paint only one wall to avoid weighing the environment too much.
Also, for bathroom walls it is increasingly popular to use interesting colors or motifs. If you have a particularly large wall you may not want to color the entire wall as the room may now feel overwhelming, as the bathroom is the place where we are normally up-close to the wall like no other room. Instead, consider dividing the wall where the bottom half has all the color. This will balance the large wall and room appropriately. In the example below the larger colored tiles is made possible through pre-cut wall wrap, where a large piece is placed over 4 tiles.
Our advice is only to choose a light shade that can match the colors of the upholstery or that is easily combined. If you choose, for example, neutral coverings interspersed with blue tiles, you can choose a tint on tone and paint the ceiling a classic white. As you have seen, choosing the most suitable color for the walls is not easy but with a little effort and the right combinations, you can radically transform the appearance of your home.
Colors for the bathroom: how to choose the right color
The colors of the walls in the bathroom are among the things we think about the least in the renovation phase. We are looking for a thousand creative solutions for the living room and bedroom. When we have to paint the bathroom, however, we focus on the usual white and the usual tiles. A real shame, since we are talking about one of the most important rooms in the house.The combination of the colors of the bathroom walls, the chosen furniture and the bathroom fixtures can transform the usual room into a small wellness center. Just knowing how to choose the best shades based on the size of the room and the style we want to give it. Let’s find out below how to make a correct and careful choice:
- Colored or white bathroom?
- The best bathroom coverings
- How to match colors in the bathroom
Colored or white bathroom?
The idea of the colored bathroom still struggles a little to establish itself, a little out of habit and a little due to objective difficulties. The most common sanitary ware are white; many pieces of furniture are white, black, dove gray. In addition, white is good for small and large, long and short bathrooms. On the other hand, the white wall is less personal and little in line with the more whimsical personalities. In this paragraph we see which colors to use in two typical situations: the small bathroom and the modern bathroom. In both cases, white is certainly the simplest solution, but also the least original.
What colors to use for a small bathroom
When a room is small or has a low ceiling, the golden rule is always the same: dose dark colors well. Matching colorful walls and heavy line furniture, for example, closes the room and makes it stuffy. Conversely, light colors add brightness to the environment and make it appear larger.
In the case of bathroom wall colors, you can orient yourself on these choices.
- Pastel green or blue, classic colors for a small bathroom: they are relaxing and enliven the environment.
- Powder pink, ideal if you love shabby chic. However, avoid tones that are too heavy, excessive for such a bathroom.
- Beige and sand, popular in the Nordic style. They are the best choice for those who don’t want white walls but still want to play it safe.
- Glossy enamel for the ceiling, white or pastel color They reflect light and make the room seem larger.
- Horizontal lines a little darker than the background, to “stretch” the walls. Among the different choices for the colors of the small bathroom, it is certainly the most laborious.
What colors to use for a modern bathroom
The colors for the walls of the modern bathroom subvert part of the above: rich and dark colors abound, embellished with textures of various types. So if you have a medium-large bathroom and are looking for an original design, you can indulge yourself in these ways.
Black and gold, the colors of luxury and elegance. You can make a black wall with touches of gold or a black band topped with a gold band. We advise against using black to paint the walls, though: if one day you change your mind, they would be difficult to cover. Instead, use a wall wrap that could be removed once your design needs change.
Green, especially Greenery. It is a deep green with yellow notes, which recalls the color of the leaflets in spring. For a more ethnic or industrial touch, use bottle green instead.
Red, sparingly: in the long run it tires the look. Use it to paint a wall or for shower tiles, combining it with white and beige. This way you get a colorful but not rowdy bathroom.
Rainbow, another bold color combination for bathroom walls could make a wonderful color choice if not overwhelming. With traditional painting it is difficult, or very expensive, to get nuanced colors and hues up on your walls, but with wall wrap it is possible to create intricate and subtle colors easily and at a fraction of the cost.
Use tiles of many different colors in specific areas of the room, such as in the shower or in the sink area.
The choice of colors for the bathroom walls also includes the coverings. As mentioned above, very dark paints are difficult to cover. Repainting an entire black or navy blue wall takes a lot of paint, a lot of time and a lot of effort. Much better to use special bathroom wall wrap coatings, which add color and are more versatile, during installation and removal.
Compared to paints, coatings have the advantage of adding texture to the walls. Depending on the material, the final color and the way the light is reflected also change. In theory, this allows you to use a single color in two or three different materials. Which ones, to be more precise?
- Wood, strange as it may seem. The bathroom wood panels are treated with waterproofing paints and require annual maintenance.
- Ceramics, a world of its own. In fact, ceramic tiles can be smooth, rough, fabric effect, stone effect …
- Resin, bathroom coverings to be renewed at a low price. With resin you can cover old tiles without having to remove them, changing the face of the bathroom (almost) without effort.
- Stone, ideal if you want to get a rustic or zen effect. For a spa effect, combine stone coverings with indoor plants and scented candles.
- Marble, luxurious and elegant. Each panel is different from the other, thanks to the veins that cross them in a unique way.
How to Match Colors in the Bathroom
So far we have only considered walls and cladding. It remains to analyze how to manage the combination of colors of the bathroom walls and all the other elements inside it. If you want to achieve a harmonious effect, the walls must in fact be combined with floors, bathroom fixtures and furniture. The black and white bathrooms are also very popular, two contrasting colors that create very fashionable effects with a strong visual impact.
First of all, you need to decide what your starting point is. Do you want a colorful bathroom at all costs? Do you have a specific style in mind, such as shabby or ethnic? Do you already own the furniture and need to choose colors and upholstery? You can use any of these three approaches, as long as you stay consistent. Once this is done, be careful of these things.
- The style of the bathroom should be in line with the overall style of the house. An African ethnic bathroom could be out of tune in a Zen home.
- Avoid excessive uniformity. If walls, floors and furniture are the same color, make sure they have different textures. In this way the whole acquires movement and avoids tiring the gaze.
- The floor mats. For a neat final effect, choose mats that match the color of the walls and furniture.
- Towels or colored furniture? If you love colorful bathroom linens, choose neutral-colored furniture and walls.
- Plants do best in nature. If you love plants and flowers in the bathroom, use light and neutral colors: they will bring out your fragments of nature.
The choice of bathroom furniture and wall colors is more important – and difficult – than we tend to think. The bathroom is the place where you prepare for the coming day and where you wash away the tiredness of the past day: it deserves attention!