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7 uncommon bathroom colours

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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These days, we spend a lot of time in our bathrooms. Whether it's for grooming or relaxation, our bathrooms are the only space in our homes where we can truly feel stripped back and bare our souls. Understandably, the time spent there is not nearly as much as the bedroom but nonetheless, we want to know we will enjoy however many seconds, minutes or hours we will devote to our maintenance. Most people invest their money, time and efforts into making their living room cosy, redecorating their kitchens or even deleting the tiny hallway WC to maximise their available storage space. In terms of furniture, one is naturally inclined to think all that is required is a sink, bathtub and/or shower. This is why choosing the correct colour palette for your bathroom is essential; you can create an ambience and aura away from the ordinary and somewhat sterile cream and white. 

Different colours are known to elicit different emotions. This can come down to minor things like how you brush your teeth, what you feel when you blow dry your hair or whether or not you will melt into your surroundings during a bubble bath and let your worries and troubles just float away…

Tickled pink

Pink is definitely not limited to little girls or your Grandmothers spare bedroom any more. Today, it is socially acceptable for men wear pink boxer shorts or salmon coloured shirts and shorts without being asked if they forgot a red sock in the white wash. So why not paint a wall or walls in the bathroom pink? Used in conjunction with another strong colour combination like black and white, or as you can see against contemporary wallpaper in this picture, the pink becomes a real highlight!

Seaside blue

There are thousands of shades of blue available on the market today; from baby blue to azure blue, some with undertones of grey and green. The benefit of blue is that it adapts to a variety of different scenarios. It complements earthy brown and beige tones but highlights silvers and whites.

If you would rather not commit to using blue on larger, more permanent details like tiles and fixtures, why not make a start with towels, bathmats, candle holders or as in the picture, photo frames.

Deep purple

 Walls & flooring by K&L Wall Art
K&L Wall Art

Wandtattoo Wellness Oase 2 (2-farbig)

K&L Wall Art

White, beige and blue are indeed the predominant colour choices for English bathrooms. Purple may seem risky to many at first, but if you like the colour, why not fit in into your bathroom? For those who are not sure, and would like to add just a touch, why not put up a wall tattoo for a bit of fun? Or perhaps a more muted shade of purple like violet or mulberry. 

Earthy browns

As with blue, brown has an incredible number of available shades. Since there are many materials that don this shade -such as wood, stone and rust- you have to be quite inventive when it comes to introducing brown on another scale. Brown gives off feelings of warmth and luxury, and is used harmoniously against white. In this picture, brown is matched with pink to give a Mediterranean feel to this bathroom. You can be reminiscent of Summer all year round.

Racey red

 Bathroom by Einrichtungsideen

Badezimmer 1 in Stadecken


Red is fiery and passionate; it is the colour of burning desire. Red is used mainly in kitchens, cafés and restaurants because it is known to onset hunger. It also goes extremely well with the colour of commercial appliances these days which are generally always chrome. It is only normal that since those same colour schemes are appearing in bathrooms now too, that red would eventually make an appearance into our salle-de-bains.

You have the artistic freedom to paint one or more walls red, but of course, be mindful of the size of the room as it can have the tendency to shrink a space. However, if red is your absolute favourite colour but you have a small bathroom, place the emphasis on only one wall and repeat the colour in towels and other smaller accessories.

Eco green

One feels, on the whole, more of a natural connection with associating green to the garden as opposed to the bathroom. The colour can make a bathroom quite charming and unique. Bring the feeling of outside inside, with a built in sensor MP3 player that plays sea or bird sounds, and candles or incense holders that flood the room with oceanic or fruity scents. The more accessories the better—make your experience au natural!

Back in black

Blacks and dark greys aren't something you'd generally accommodate with the bathroom, right? It kind of goes without saying that we simply are not used to the idea of it and, actually, this could be applied to all area of the abode; industrial and commercial spaces aside. In this respect, bathrooms are generally bright, white and airy but having the courage to do a little rethinking works -and can go a long way. Here, the use if the white installations provides an excellent contrast to the dark of the tiled flooring and walls, thus making the room quite light; despite the lack of natural light intake. 

Want some more great bathroom design ideas? Check out some more bathroom tiles, some ideas for bathroom mirrors or some vintage bathroom accessories

What colour would your ideal bathroom be? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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