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Colors for Positivity and Serenity in Kitchen and Bath Remodels

Posted by Daltile Team on Mar 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM


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In the design world, color is a foundational principle. Color can influence the tone of the room which in turn can change moods. Right now homeowners have turned their focus to a spa-feel for their remodels.

Here’s how color can help you achieve the Zen-like design you enjoy at your favorite spa.

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Choose Warm Neutrals

Warm natural colors, like gray, create a sense of comfort and a starting point from which to add other colors or introduce textures. Andy Wells, the vice president of product design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, said in a recent interview with K+BB.
“If you look at the leaves, bark, and acorns on the forest floor in late October, they start to gray up, but they’re not becoming stark. They are warm and comfortable.”

Selecting a warm neutral allows you to play with pops of cheerful color and combine textures in a way that design might otherwise frown on. Use metal, stone, wood, and tile all in the same space to great effect.

The sophistication of warm neutrals invites nature in for easier access to tranquility in your own home. Gray isn’t the only option here. Take a page out of Wells’ book and look to autumn for inspiration: soft, dry browns, dusty reds and oranges, and faded greens.

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Choose Bright Contrasts

Inspiring contrasts here and there in your kitchen or bath stand out from the neutral base but don’t detract from the serenity you are trying to accomplish. In fact, bright colors introduce positivity and energy that infuse the mood with a sense of healing.

These contrasts show up in accent walls, on kitchen islands, and in appliances. They speak to your personality and taste. They capture attention and wrap you in meaning.

Your contrast colors can also be inspired by nature. Look to the vibrant botanicals of the tropics or sleepy hues of the desert. With a neutral backdrop, you can choose just about any color that makes you feel optimistic. Color tastemakers suggest you look to reds, blues, and greens because they are timeless and inspire harmonious emotions.

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Choose Muted Finishes

Matte colors almost bring a sense of texture to your space. If you are going for a tranquil mood, these muted finishes make a huge impact. Dusty or pastel colors are always easy to find because of their agelessness, but there are an especially large amount of choices at the moment because of the spa-feel trend. These soft colors whisper relaxation and luxury.

Even classic white and black can be mellowed for the serene environment. Adding some creaminess to whites and softness to black bring a sense of the antique and invite a slower pace.

You can add accents of high-gloss for a touch of extravagance or some rough-cut stone for a rustic feel. Matte works well with other finishes and helps bring your accents to the forefront.


The right colors can help you create a bathroom or kitchen that will ground you in serenity.

Topics: Remodel, Redesign, Bathroom Tile Ideas, Kitchen Tile Ideas, Trends

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