Bathroom colour ideas – for a scheme that is bright and beautiful

Gone are the days when a serene scheme was limited to neutral colours and plain finishes. From graphic tiles to statement fittings, the latest bathroom looks embrace rich and daring tones.

The bathroom might not be the first place you think of when planning a colour scheme, but it should certainly not be an afterthought. A good bathroom colour scheme is essential for creating the look, feel and design you want in your bathroom or shower room. Adding a bright and beautiful hue to your bathroom will really lift your whole home, bringing this functional space into line with the rest of your decor. Keep reading for our favourite bathroom colour ideas.

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To add colour and personality, try incorporating upscaled period furniture into the scheme, turning an essentially functional room into a more personal space. Try combining tile finishes too, mixing and matching both natural and man-made options to add texture and depth to a space.

If your bathroom is big enough, consider drawing attention to one wall with a vibrant wallpaper, tile arrangement, over-sized mirror or striking artwork – making sure it is framed appropriately to avoid condensation damage.

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Small bathrooms can take bold colours just as well as larger rooms. Either stick to the same wall treatment throughout in a small en suite or cloakroom, or in a larger area, don't be afraid to ring the changes by using dark stone or tiles in a walk-in shower to add contrast and a really stylish impact.

Gone are the days of carpet in bathrooms. Use tiles, stone or timber to bring texture, colour and pattern into the room. Try creating a feature wall to add interest. A bathroom will also look lighter and brighter if it’s uncluttered. Fit sockets in the cupboards to charge toothbrushes and incorporate a drawer where the hairdryer can be stored and plugged in.