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I’m an interior design expert – colors you should NEVER paint your bathroom as it’ll look grubby & small

I'm an interior design expert – colors you should NEVER paint your bathroom as it'll look grubby & small

WHEN you renovate your bathroom, use caution if you’re changing the paint color – home decor experts warn that two specific hues can ruin your hard work.

The interior pros said that painting your bathroom the wrong color can make the space look small and dirty, but other palettes can make even the tiniest bathroom look spacious.

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Home experts warn that certain colors can make your bathroom feel cramped or dirtyCredit: Getty
Darker shades can make the bathroom dingy, and impact your reflection in the mirror

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Darker shades can make the bathroom dingy, and impact your reflection in the mirrorCredit: Getty

Homes and Gardens consulted psychologists and home design pros to find out which bathroom paint colors you should avoid.

The experts said that small bathrooms are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of a paint mistake.

“Due to the size of most bathrooms, we want the room to be bright and welcoming,” Lee Chambers, a psychologist and wellbeing consultant, told the outlet.

“Two colors that go against the grain in the bathroom are olive greens and golden browns,” Chambers said. “Neither of these colors are bright and welcoming.”

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“These colors can really dampen the mood,” Chambers continued.

Deeper colors will make every corner seem darker, and can disrupt any soothing, spa-like mood you might long for after a bath or shower.

“They will make the space feel smaller, create that enclosed perspective where we struggle to see the opportunities and positive things that wait around the corner,” he added.

Green and brown can also make your bathroom look dirty, no matter how frequently you scrub down the fixtures.

“They both represent the colors of dirt, germs, and mold that we are looking to avoid as we walk into the room to leave feeling fresh and clean,” Chambers explained.

You may even like your reflection less if you choose the wrong paint color.

Depending on how your bathroom is lit, and where mirrors are positioned, drab olive and brown tones can change the way light hits your face. When you’re getting ready for the day, you might have trouble styling yourself or putting on makeup.

Luckily, you can stay in a similar color family while choosing different tones that communicate a cleaner, more comfortable feeling.

Natasha Bradley, head color specialist at modern paint and wallpaper company Lick, recommended looking for paler green and blues that could create a fresh, calm atmosphere.

“You want to create a space that is light and revitalizing while you shower and also invites you in for a bath at the end of the day,” Bradley advised.

Look for nautical- and forest-inspired shades of seafoam, mint, and crisp sage to outfit your bathroom walls, or pick very light browns that tend closer to tan and taupe.

Brighter shades of green and blue can make a small bathroom space look larger

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Brighter shades of green and blue can make a small bathroom space look largerCredit: Getty

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