Want to create a practical bathroom that can cope with daily wear and tear? Worried about compromising on style? Practical bathrooms don’t have to be boring – they can be both functional and stylish. Whether it’s your en suite or a busy family bathroom, we’ve got ideas that will help you update your space.
Plus, our Easycare Bathroom paint is the best anti-mould paint on the market and will keep your bathroom looking fresh for at least five years.
Explore our ideas for a simple, on-trend and practical bathroom, combining maximum impact with a minimal amount of fuss.
Our favourite bathroom ideas show you how.
Choose paint instead of tiles
If your current bathroom tiles are looking outdated and you’re unsure of the direction you want your bathroom to take, consider doing away with tiles altogether and using paint instead.
Not sure what paint to use in the bathroom to avoid mould? Enter Dulux Easycare Bathroom paint. It’s resistant to mould, and the formulation is also designed with steam-resistant technology and a wipeable finish. With the practicalities and maintenance taken care of, it’s time to have fun with your bathroom.
Consider welcoming the seaside in with a mid-tone blue like a Denim Drift bathroom paint. On a backdrop of Brilliant White, this shade adds a soothing appeal for instant relaxation. Or if you’re feeling a little bolder, try a richer shade of blue like Sapphire Salute. Keep the theme fresh and breezy with floor to ceiling cupboards to hide any clutter.
Add colour to the bathroom skirting
Bathroom skirting offers the perfect opportunity to make a serious impact without a lot of effort. Trust us, with a lick of paint, this often-neglected part of the wall becomes a design feature that’s oh so in right now. Plus, veering away from the usual white skirting boards for something darker means that scuffs are less likely to show.
For a soothing yet sophisticated look, you can’t go wrong with pink and grey. Blush Pink is an on-trend shade that’ll instantly refresh tired bathroom walls. To balance the feminine, romantic feel and provide a striking contrast (and a touch of practicality), use deep Urban Obsession for the skirting. Add fun accessories in similar hues, like hand towels, bathmats and plant pots with geometric patterns. White flooring, tapware and décor keeps everything feeling light and fresh.
Create a calming canvas for colourful bathroom accessories
Does your favourite colour change every other day? Creating a neutral backdrop allows you to play with colour with your towels, rugs, furniture and accessories. Consider a warm, mid-tone neutral like Nutmeg White for the walls, and finish off your skirting boards with Brilliant White for a subtle contrast.
Now you can go crazy with colour pop accessories and change them up whenever you like. To really make a splash, on-trend colour combinations include rich blues and greens, and vintage shades of pink and aquamarine. You can mix and match to your heart’s content on this calming bathroom canvas.
Find all of the beautiful paint colours to inspire your on-trend bathroom in our Easycare collection, and explore more of our clever transformation ideas, like how to bring a small bathroom to life with colour.
Bathroom décor ideas for accessories
Once you’ve updated the walls, it’s time to turn your eye to your bathroom accessories. For a quick update, paint your existing cabinets (follow our kitchen cupboard painting guide) or a mirror frame. Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood is wipeable, non-yellowing and suitable to use on interior wood and metal, with a stylish, mid-sheen satin finish.
For small bathrooms, invest in multifunctional items to make the most of space. Install floating shelves above the sink or under a mirror, paint a wooden ladder as a decorative item that doubles as a towel rack and hide clutter in attractive containers that match your colour scheme.
It’s amazing what a quick lick of paint, a few pops of colour and some decorative details can do. Put your decorator’s hat on for a weekend and you’ll soon have the practical bathroom of your dreams.
Find out more about the Easycare range – our best anti-mould paint for keeping bathrooms walls in tact for longer.