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.
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.
Embrace blooms and foliage in your smallest room for the biggest, boldest and brightest impact.
A patterned wallpaper will create a fresh, natural look to suit every space from traditional, country to modern.
From timber grains to tropical patterns, natural beauty has long been a strong interiors trend, but animal prints in particular have found new popularity over recent months.
Fierce and exotic, big cats are the most glamorous creatures in the animal kingdom, so no wonder we're adopting their spots and stripes this season. Leaping into homeware too, there’s a touch of the feline on everything from furniture to flooring, but consider taking it to accessories for a look that can be changed with each trend.
Inspired by the colours of the ocean and with a crackle-glaze iridescent finish, these Ca’ Pietra Atlantis porcelain scallop tiles will add fresh impact to any showering space.
Petrol blues and retro pattern bring this whole bathroom together to create a bold but orderly en suite.
The blue vanity unit with moss-green strips in the recesses holds its own amid the statement tiles. The glass front creates a glossy contrast against the matt black walls, and If you’re looking for something striking and different - these tiles score on both.
Coloured tiles laid diagonally are all the more eye-catching against dark flooring and sleek fittings.
Whether emblazoned on silk and velvet, or hinted at in muted flooring and walls, a striking chevron motif gives schemes a refreshing graphic edge.
This bold hue is often considered a daring choice for interiors, but used creatively it can introduce a welcome burst of energy and flamboyance.
Pale aqua makes a wonderful backdrop for vibrant accents of red that have been given a light-hearted, theatrical note using stripes and checks.
Beloved by ancient Chinese dynasties, the Moors and the Greeks, this enduring blue and white colour combination takes on a fresh, modern feel with the latest indigo and denim tones. This bathroom, with strong wall colour and chequered flooring echo the palette of the adding room to ensure a unified look.
Mixing and matching delicate designs and bold motifs can have remarkably different effects, depending on how they are used. In this inviting bathroom, the block colour of the wall panelling and floor allows a wonderfully whimsical wallpaper with a strong motif to shine. Meanwhile, understated border details on the curtain and the towels help to pull the look together for a cohesive feel.
Breathing new life into the classic coastal look, this scheme features a breezy palette of blues, from soft shades of pale sky through to Breton navy, teal and denim.
For a cosy fisherman’s cottage feel, try a new twist on tongue-and-groove by painting it in a shade that evokes the sea. In this bathroom, the painted panelling and a plinth help define the bathing area.