The Best Color Schemes for Small Bathrooms

Learning how to use colors in design is important, because they set the mood in a room.

Complementary Color Scheme

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There are six basic color schemes: complementary, split-complementary, analogous, triadic, tetradic, and square. Of the six, four are good choices for a small bathroom because they don't call for too many colors and can make the space feel larger.
Bathroom sink and toilet

When using a complementary color scheme -- which are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel -- use more of the lighter color. This is important in a small bathroom, because light colors make the room appear larger, and dark colors make a small room look even smaller. Using this color scheme will give the room a vibrant look. One example is pale yellow on all walls with purple accents.

Analogous Color Scheme

Colorful green tiling around sink

Probably one of the best color schemes for a small bathroom is analogous, which uses three colors that are beside each other on the color wheel. This is a great combination, because the color combinations tend to be easy on the eye. Some examples of analogous color combinations that you can use in a small bathroom are blue-green, green and yellow-green or yellow, yellow-orange and orange.

Triadic Color Scheme

Color combos in bathroom

The triadic color scheme works in a small bathroom, because even though you're using three colors, one will always be lighter than the other two. This lightest color should be used predominantly. To create a triadic color scheme, choose colors that are spaced evenly around the color wheel. Select one color, and then count two or three spaces over on each side to select a second and third color. One triadic color scheme is yellow, violet and green. Use more yellow in a small bathroom, because it's not as bold as the other two.

Split-Complementary Color Scheme

Bathroom interior

A split-complementary color scheme uses one color and the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme is not as vibrant as a complementary color scheme. As with the other schemes, use more of the lightest color in a small bathroom. For example, use yellow-orange as the main color and the two colors beside its complement, which are violet and blue, as accents.

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Veronica Romualdez has over 10 years of writing experience, which includes thousands of articles that have been published online as well as marketing copy for online stores. She's written e-learning/training material and technical and instructional manuals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication and completed a course in interior design.