It might be a room of sanitary ware, but that doesn't mean your bathroom should feel sanitised too. Give it some character with colour and transform your space into a zone for pampering, preening or unwinding. Bubble bath at the ready…
Hot and Cold
We know opposites attract, and this beautiful bathroom proves it. The cool Atmosphere shade on the walls maximises this space's light and airy feel, but a rich, contrasting Mulberry Burst around the bath brings an element of warmth. Natural materials courtesy of a luxurious stone bath and concrete floor bring a spa-like zen to this space for ultimate bathroom bliss.
If you like the look of a concrete floor but are on a budget, try similar dark floor surfaces such as natural slate tiles, update your bathroom units with pebble handles, or fix stone hooks to the wall (Normann Copenhagen have some great ones).
Cool and Collected
Calm, relaxing and serene, blue is a go-to for bathrooms. But before you dive in, think about the feeling you want to give your space.
Between the tiles and the ceiling, there's a whole world of painting opportunity if you're creative. Mirror the grid-like layout of the tiles below, blowing up the scale into a checked design, or apply a bold stripe across the walls – just keep the colours harmonious for a sophisticated scheme. This bathroom uses colours Marine Splash, Blue Lagoon and Teal Touch, but finding other harmonious shades is easy. Pick your main colour, then find coordinated shades that sit close to it on the colour wheel.
You could use three or four tones of the same colour for a more subtle look, or find ready-made palettes from our Travels in Colour collection.
Aside from combining a bold palette of brights with tonal taupes, this bathroom also mixes its finishes to great effect. Glossy vanity units and accessories subtly contrast with matt walls, giving the space lots of visual interest.
A shade that's often overlooked in the bathroom, yellow has lots of potential for this zone of the home if you pick the right tone. Warm, cocooning and vibrant, Delhi Bazaar 3 will greet you every morning like a ray of sunshine. And the clincher? Yellow is, in fact, very flattering for most skin tones – so you'll be looking good no matter what.
Go further and hang artwork that picks out tones of your wall colour, or better yet, add a textile hanging in a coordinating shade to give a softer side to the room – it will counteract all those hard surfaces and improve the acoustics, too (so your shower-singing will sound even better).
If painting the entire wall isn't possible, don't despair! Painting cupboard doors and the front of the bath as well as sections of the wall will result in an interesting and modern look. Painting smaller areas also means you can stray into the darker end of the spectrum with your colours, especially if you have light or white tiles. Use Mercury Shower 1 and Hawaiian Blue 1 to get this look.
Painting cupboard doors and the front of the bath as well as sections of the wall will result in an interesting and modern look.