Bathroom colour schemes to upgrade your bathing space and inject character

Discover how a splash of colour can completely transform a bathroom
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  • Bathroom colour schemes are essential for getting the look, feel and design just right your bath or shower room. Creating the right ambience is key for a bathroom especially, because while we use it every day it’s the place that at times we need to feel completely indulgent – run a bath and shut the world out kind of vibes.

    To inject a touch of personality break free of a staid, safe designs and add pops of colour. Adding a bright hue to your bathroom will really lift your whole home, bringing this functional space into line with the rest of your decor. Or, if you prefer a chic and modern take on interiors, you can choose muted greys to complement your otherwise neutral bathroom colour scheme. The ambience can be left entirely to the right lightning.

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    The right colour can completely transform a bathroom. Take a look at our bold and bright bathroom colour schemes for all your decorating inspiration..

    Bathroom colour scheme ideas

    1. Make a statement with neutrals


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    You don’t need bright colours to make a statement in a bathroom. This bathroom has stuck to a beautiful neutral palette of beige, white and putty. The striking tiled wall introduces pattern to transform these traditionally safe shades.

    2. Pair Pantone’s colours of the year yellow and grey


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    This year Pantone named Ultimate gray and Illuminating their colours of 2021. The yellow and grey shade is a surprise match made in heaven. Make the duo work in your bathroom with a two tone wall.

    Keep the grey to the bottom half and match with grey accessories to ground the room. The yellow shade is the cherry on top, brightening up the entire space.

    3. Turn to the dark side with black fittings


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    Black interiors are a trend that shows no signs of ebbing. However, black walls in a bathroom is a big risk as it can darken the space. Instead, dip your toe in the trend with black fittings such as a bath and wall panel. Keep the rest of the room bright and breezy with white tiles.

    4. Stick to earthy pink-hues


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    Pink is everywhere at the moment. If you think fluffy candy-floss shades when you hear pink, this strong earthy take on the shade will change on that.

    Add the warmth of pink into a room with terracotta shades and copper fittings. The deep earthy colours perfectly compliment the exposed brick wall, softening the industrial look.

    5. Keep it simple with white


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    White is a classic colour scheme in the bathroom for a reason. It is bright, airy and the perfect match for a porcelain sink and bath. Contrast the shine of the white marble tiles with matte monochrome accents.

    6. Add height with a split colour scheme

    Bathroom with green wall panelling and free-standing bath

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    It’s an oldie but a goodie, using a stronger colour on the lower part of the wall to stretch the height – an optical illusion of course. This simple trick helps to create to break up the wall and create the feeling of space – ideal for use in smaller bathrooms. In this stylish example a sophisticated shade of green is used on wood panelling to add definition to the colour break. A brilliant white above helps to elevate the colour contrast. Smart walnut cabinetry and touches of monochrome add a touch of characterful elegance to the look.

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    7. Keep it fresh in off-white and pastel

    white tiled bathroom

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    All tiled everything works a treat in this chic bathroom space. The simplicity of pairing neutral shades and diluted pastels in different tile choices helps to add interest, while allowing the scheme to remain fresh and unfussy. The paired-back nature of the lime wood cabinetry helps to keep the feel light and airy. The fresh colour scheme welcomes metallic touches to stand out, just enough without looking too gaudy.

    8. Go dark and dramatic with grey

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    Colour has a huge impact on mood, and bathrooms have a tendency to sidestep polarizing hues in favour of pale neutrals and whites, which are refreshing and easy to live with. At the opposite end of the spectrum, darker shades of grey including slate, are also popular for creating a cocooning effect. Brooding dark shades provide the perfect backdrop for rich metallics, such as gold or brass.

    9. Work a characterful two-tone contrast

    white bathroom with half blue painted wall

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    If clean white is working in your space but you wish to add a hint of interest, why not go half and half?  This bathroom boasts brilliant white walls above a line, that has been perfectly measured and taped to form the illusion of a dado rail. The bottom half in complete contrast is a combination of a thing stripe in turquoise blue and a block of rich navy below.

    10. Opt for blue in an on-trend ombre

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Embrace this season’s ombre micro trend and incorporate the graduated paint effect into your bathroom. Often reserved for modern designs, it can look equally as stunning in a country scheme. If you have a south-facing room, it’s a good idea to invest in a cooler palette. This pale, sea blue has a tranquil, peaceful aura ideal for a room that receives the sunlight all day.

    11. Create ambience with rich purple tones

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    Bask in the glow of metallics and shiny surfaces. Add a heady, intoxicating note to a bathroom with a reflective copper bath to enhance rich bramble wall tones. Accessorise with comforting fluffy towels and a toe-warming mat. This season it is all about dark, heady colours and lush linens. Work in a few nature-inspired accessories for good measure.

    12. Go for invigorating green

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Pep up a white room with a vivid colour. Push the boundaries of your colour barometer and go for the brightest blast you can muster. If you love one colour, use it to the max. In this scheme mixed-pattern mosaic tiles in dark and light green adorn the walls and window, giving this modern scheme colourful style.

    13. Accessorise with sunshine yellow

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Give a block colour scheme a new lease of life with a burst of vibrant colour. If the thought of bright walls fills you with dread but you still want to incorporate colour without taking drastic action, then consider introducing a few zingy accessories and soft furnishings. Easy to change and cost-effective, you won’t need to strip your walls bare if you decide that this look isn’t for you, or you just fancy a change. Sunshine is just the thing to make you feel happy every time you use the space.

    14. Strike a balance with monochrome

    Bathrooms with black walls, white bath and white metro tiles

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    Choosing a monochrome colour scheme always helps to create a striking finish, without overpowering with accent colours. In this sleek bathroom the walls and furniture choices are black while the free-standing bath and Metro tile surround is kept classic in white. The patterned flooring helps to marry the shades and add further character to the scheme.

    15. Add interest with contrasting coloured tiles

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    Decorate your space with coloured tiles. For a look that is highly contemporary and original, lay wall tiles in contrasting hues chevron-style to create a bespoke space. A mix of blush pink, teal green and black combines well to enhance the modernity of this bathroom. Remember, less is more, so think petal pinks as an accent and include no more than three tonal shades in your palette. Use black as the base. Like white, it’s the colour that sets off any pink to its best advantage.

    16. Keep things natural

    taupe tiled bathroom with mint green accessories

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    Look to the earth for inspiration. This taupe and limestone colour combination has a beautifully grounded feel to it, ideal for a space to relaxing and enjoy some timeout. The neutral colour palette across all the tiled surfaces and the furniture helps to create a feeling of serenity, like that of a natural spa. The stone and putty colours are perfectly matched with mint green accessories to add a hint of uplifting colour in contrast.

    17. Choose complementary colours

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    Bring a plain white bathroom to life with a feature wallpaper. A sweet coastal-inspired design is all that’s needed to add charm and oodles of character. Using a statement wallpaper in a designated place – around the bath and above dado height only – will make it all the more special. In this room, the blue and red of the wallpaper has been used on accessories as an easy way to co-ordinate the scheme. Off-white floor tiles, laid with a dark grout, introduce a touch of difference.

    18. Make it multicoloured

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    Add interest to a white scheme with accent tiling. Line recessed shelves with colour-coded tiles to turn them into a design feature in their own right. To create recessed shelving, you’ll need to build a false wall, which can also be used to keep plumbing out of sight. Finish of the look with a bold, yellow rubber floor, which is unashamedly loud and proud.

    19. Light up in pink

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Give a white bathroom a hint of colour with lighting. This walk-in shower has been illuminated with coloured LED lights, which have been embedded into the walls. Great for emphasising architectural features, highlighting wet areas and creating an intimate glow, clever bathroom lighting adds drama to any scheme. The right lighting can soften a bathroom’s hard surfaces, while mood lighting helps the room become a relaxing haven. Glass and high-gloss finishes help to bounce the light around the room. Install a dimmer switch for the best effect.

    15. Contrast colours

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Transform your shower into an elegant feature. For a truly contemporary look, consider tiling in an unusual contrasting colour. Get a cheerful look using nautical brights. Here, red wall tiles add a hit of vibrant colour inside the alcove shower cubicle. Strong, durable and easy to clean, porcelain tiles offer a floor covering that’s ideal for a bathroom environment.

    16. Add vitality to a grey scheme

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Team zesty yellow with classic fittings for a sophisticated mix. Primrose yellow walls warm the cool grey scheme up with uplifting vitality.A white basin set into a stone console creates an attractive Art Deco style, while its elegant mirrored legs match the display of chrome fittings set on the wall.

    17. Think (pale) pink

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    Introduce a dash of blush pink to your scheme for a bold or barely there effect. If you think pink is best suited to country schemes, you’d be wrong. Used in a subtle way, pink can look equally good in a modern setting. A nod to the chevron trend is made with a contrasting zigzag on plain curtains, while sleek fittings ensure that the decoration remains the focus.

    18. Dare to go dark and dramatic

    Bathroom colour schemes

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    In a tiny cloakroom, be adventurous and try out a dream decorating scheme that would just be too overwhelming – or expensive – in a larger bathroom. This fabulous space has it all: a fantastically dark floor-to-ceiling trailing floral wallpaper, sculptural bronze wash basin, glistening vanity unit and gold-framed artwork. The black polished granite countertop and upstand is reflective, glamorous – and even practical, too.

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    19. Awaken the senses with red

    Bathroom colour scheme

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    That’s one way to ensure your wake with a spring in your step. Go dramatic in your bathroom with strong colour and geometric pattern. Claret-red walls are decorated with white hexagon tiles set with red grout for a striking effect. The stand-alone, designer basin and mixer tap give the room ultra-cool character, while quirky accessories, such as this wave hand hook and a Moorish mother-of-pearl mirror, take the look East.

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