Palatable Palettes: 9 Bathroom Color Schemes

Looking to inject some fun colour in your home but feeling concerned about taking it too far? I say be fearless when it comes to picking up the spaces in your home that are used only occasionally or for limited periods of time. For instance, a tangerine-orange bedroom might not be optimal for a midafternoon nap or a relaxing read before bedtime, but the exact same colour in your powder room will provide a boost to an oft-overlooked portion of your house. Obviously if you are a fan of long, relaxing baths, you might want to stay away from a few of the more bright, lush palettes shown here, but it’s still possible to use colour in an interesting way to enhance your toilet.

Here is a small sample of numerous bold and gorgeous bathrooms that may be found on , together with examples of colour and material palettes that take inspiration from every fabulous bathroom.

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Take Inspiration from Nature

Who doesn’t enjoy relaxing by the water, rather having a cool drink in your mind? Inject that vacation vibe in your toilet by using colours inspired by the sea. This tranquil, spa-like bathroom with its own palette of sea and sand could provide relief following even the most stressful day.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: Use many distinct shades of soft blues and greens to give your bathroom the look and feel of a spa. Clockwise from top left (all from Benjamin Moore): Caribbean Cool, Crystal Springs and Paradise View, with zebra wood.

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson Ltd.. Architects

Small Bursts of Enormous Colors

A good tip to remember while picking materials and colors for your home is to limit bold colours to things that may be altered quickly, easily and inexpensively — usually via accessories and paint. This bright children’s toilet has a very neutral foundation: the floor, vanity, vanity countertop and shower are substances that would be costly to replace with every new colour tendency, but also the paint on the exposed ductwork, towels and assorted accessories can be substituted regularly without breaking the bank.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: Saturated oranges and vivid turquoises are popular colours right now; use them sparingly for a wonderful unexpected burst of colour. Clockwise from top left (all from Valspar): Trolley, La Fonda Fiesta Blue and Relaxed Navy, with vertical-grain carbonized bamboo.

Renewal Design-Build

Pick Two

For those who are not completely onboard with a glowing and bold-colored toilet, here’s a good illustration of a vibrant yet more restrained palette. Putting two very deep, vibrant colours — teal green and gold yellow — against a background of soft white gives the room a cozy and inviting texture.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example Colour: By limiting the palette to just two colours (plus a neutral) your toilet is going to have a great dash of colour without being too jarring. Two distinct palette choices featuring golden yellow and deep teal, clockwise from top left: Sunbeam and Teal Lake, both from Glidden, and Shell Creek and Yellow Sass, both from Mythic Paint.

Famosa – The Surface Studio

The excellent Shade of Red

Occasionally you need to violate your rules. While this bathroom features bold colour in a means that is not really simple to replace, I think that it is an excellent illustration of another great piece of information: Pick 1 item and make it the star of this series. In cases like this the stunning, rich, deep reddish tile is put off beautifully in an otherwise white, minimalist-style toilet.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: The reddish tile here is stunning, but if you are looking for a more affordable or easy-to-change alternative, you could paint a red accent wall in your toilet. Some lush reds to consider, clockwise from top left: My Valentine out of Benjamin Moore, Rectory Red out of Farrow & Ball, High Drama out of Behr and Heartthrob from Sherwin-Williams.

Fenwick & Company Interior Design

Elegant in Blue

for those bathers out there, here’s a means to do a vibrant bathroom that is also relaxing and soothing. It can help to have such a large, luxurious tub, clearly, but you can turn any bathroom into a sanctuary by employing tonal blues (blues that have some grey mixed in, making them less bright and more subdued) along with white or other light neutrals.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: Select tones of your favorite colour to create an elegant and classy toilet. Clockwise from top left ( from Sherwin-Williams): Cloudburst, Raindrop and Great Falls, with a gentle white floor tile such as this Veranda ceramic tile in Pearl from Dal Tile.

Drew Maran Construction

A Shower Worth Waking For

As a self-proclaimed nonmorning person, I must say that even I would happily jump from bed in the afternoon to enter this shower. Such an exhilarating color of lemon-lime is definitely a wake-me-up colour if there ever was one. I enjoy that the rest of the toilet walls are kept light and the floor is neutral, making the large walk in shower the highlight.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: Dark neutrals help ground a large swath of a more vibrant hue. Clockwise from top left : Citron from Behr are put off nicely by a charcoal grey floor tile and ipe floorboards in the shower.

Shoberg Custom Homes

Subtly Bold

Do not overlook the colour of the wood cabinetry into your toilet. The deep, rich walnut colour of the vanity grounds that the space and contrasts nicely with the soft grey and blue colours of the dressing table mirror and the tile backsplash. This is another tasteful bathroom that’s ideal for a long, relaxing bath.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: Light blues and grays with dim woods give a very upscale, contemporary look. Clockwise from top left (all from Mythic Paint): All’s Quiet, Bedford Blues and Shiny Nickel, with walnut-stained oak.

Whitten Architects

Fun Floor

Another often-overlooked opportunity for injecting colour in a space is via the floor. In this delightful bathroom the majority of the components are white and clean, but the vibrant cherry and mandarin-orange floor and also the orange-yellow accent wall add warmth and character.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example palette: These happy, warm colours would look fantastic in a glowing white toilet. Clockwise from top left (all from Serena & Lily): Sunshine Dandelion, and Persimmon, with white painted shiplap walls.

Camilla Molders Design

Gorgeous, Colorful Tile

Anybody who has browsed tile alternatives recently knows there is a seemingly endless number of colours, materials and styles to choose from. It may be overwhelming trying to select something that works with all your other choices. I often advise frustrated customers to take a step back and select the one single material they absolutely love. Start with that 1 substance as your construction block and pick the rest of the materials and colours to support it. This exquisite tile may stand on its own in a space. The rich wood and neutral flooring and wall shade allow it to take centre stage.

Jennifer Ott Design

Example Colour: If you are leaning toward a tile or a background that has a busier pattern but are concerned that it will be overwhelming, consider picking one that is offered in similar colours. Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to one another on the colour wheel, such as hot colors of oranges and reds, or trendy colors of blues and greens.

This tile in harmonious colors of blues and greens is just magnificent. Similar colours, all from Farrow & Ball, are shown in this example palette. Clockwise from top left: Blue Ground, Stone Blue and Folly Green, together with walnut.

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Gardeners Champion Nature's Cause from the City

Lisa Lee Benjamin wants you and everybody you know to get excited about the bugs that live in your city. Through the invention of urban lands, she hopes to make space for the flora and fauna we desire for a healthy environment — and encourage people to”grapple with where they draw the line between rampant insect and neighbor.”

Urban Hedgerow is a group of San Francisco”instigators” and musicians, formed by Benjamin and horticulturalist Jason Dewees, aimed at creating public awareness of the outstanding — and necessary — environmental processes happening around us every day. By creating pockets of nature deep within the city, they hope to redefine what makes a landscape great.

Urban Hedgerow

Urban Hedgerow team members reuse urban legends to make wall-mounted shelters for pollinating insects and even migratory birds.

Hedgerows were initially used in farms as property divisions and lane lines. To Urban Hedgerow, a traditional hedgerow is”a row of shrubs and trees in the margins of state spaces, one that people gently manage and partly neglect. It is a space that attracts and harbors wildlife also offers people wind protection, enclosure and pest management.”

The classic hedgerow is a clear interaction of the wild and managed landscape — darkened trees beside closely planted farm areas. In a similar way, Urban Hedgerow installations like this one bring fragments of the wild into the city, redefining the fringe.

Urban Hedgerow

Public awareness and support are all critical to Urban Hedgerow’s achievement, so the team aims to create pieces that are appealing, possible and fun.

This weapon of foraged and recovered substances designed and built by Benjamin and Kevin Smith hangs at Flora Grubb Gardens at San Francisco. This art piece and possible habitat invites us to inquire just how willing we are to invite nature into our domestic arenas, even in a subtle way.

Urban Hedgerow

This Urban Hedgerow prototype is designed to hold bundles of foraged twigs and plants for bug habitats. It was exhibited at the Farmer’s Block exhibition at San Francisco.

Urban Hedgerow

Benjamin and collaborator Moose Curtis made an Urban Hedgerow installment at London’s 2012 Chelsea Fringe Festival. It focused on building awareness of 2 species of a neighborhood blossom: Vanessa cardui and Vanessa atalanta.

In an installment titled”I Love Vanessa,” Benjamin tagged countless street plants and weeds with butterfly-size tags identifying them as critical butterfly habitats. Being presented with sidewalks as hosts to the beautiful Vanessa blossom, passersby may rethink the value of”weeds” and what they mean to animals.

Urban Hedgerow

Curtis power washed images of the butterflies on walls and sidewalks surrounding the installation as an additional reminder of the wild animals that occupy spaces that are managed.

Urban Hedgerow

Take a look at a map of butterfly image places. The installation will stay intact in Chelsea until the artwork naturally weathers away.

Urban Hedgerow

Many things go into the choices of places chosen for Urban Hedgerows. Public spaces are significant, because they optimize exposure and enable pedestrians to take note and ask questions. Proposed habitats in San Francisco match critical avenues for migratory birds.

“Reclaim Market Street!” (shown here) was made as a temporary green space in the center of San Francisco’s Civic Center. By simulating a native habitat in this political and pedestrian center of San Francisco, designers, artists and plant experts were able to talk about their expertise and collaborate with the public on a communal stage.

Urban Hedgerow

Nesting birds and insects can find shelter inside this habitat built with Green Roof Shelters. Native plants and collected organic materials like wool and bark are tucked within recycled and reused construction materials.

While Benjamin works with artists to make attention-grabbing shelters, the real needs of nesting birds and bees still must be met. Even after that, the end result is not always foolproof. “I watched a bee go straight into a screw hole following a week working on a hand-crafted sand concrete panel for nesting bees,” Benjamin says.

Urban Hedgerow

Little hedgerow prototypes, such as this, empower portability.

There is still a lot left to be found about the lasting importance of these mini urban habitats. The environmental benefits that humans receive from indigenous plants, bugs and insects is undeniable — pollination, decomposition and carbon removal are only a couple. Benjamin believes that consciousness at the personal level will determine the way we influence our environments moving forward.

“The pests will well survive without us, but we will not survive without them,” she says. “Overall we are just a different animal, so we should begin behaving like one.” Pay attention to what is happening right around you and respect what is there, she says.

Urban Hedgerow

Rolled burlap, twigs and other organic materials cost small and create vibrant and textural habitats.

Benjamin suggests leaving some areas of your backyard organic, or planting host or pollinator plants. Think about backyard”problem” regions differently. If considering your hedgerow, Benjamin reminds us to to be creative, intentional and resourceful with materials. Ask yourself if they were in your place, exactly what the animals would select.

Urban Hedgerow

Urban Hedgerow invites everybody to effort and collaborate together on their own for”the unseens that fuel our existence,” Benjamin (revealed ) says. “I hope soon we could only be a place for people to give all the fantastic things they find to inspire each other to create.” Check out Urban Hedgerow to Learn More.

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1970s Style Finds Groove Today

I recently took a drive along with my husband the coast and we played a Name That Tune sort of game. He knows his music, and his favorite music genre is ’70s rock: bands whose songs I know but whose names — Little River Band, Eagles, Bob Seger, Credence Clearwater Revival — elude me. We had a California retro moment driving up the coast in our van, ’70s music playing along with palm trees everywhere.

What do you envision when you consider taking a drive in the ’70s? Do you have postcard imagery in mind of joyful people forcing in convertibles with palm trees and tie-dyed tops?

While my husband beat me at Name That ’70s Song, I recalled my living room from the ’70s and decided to examine some retro-inspired spaces to see how performers are bringing the colour and fun of those times into new insides for today.

Grace Blu Designs, Inc..

When I was a kid in the ’70s, my area had pink and orange polka dots. This chamber just made me laugh as it inspired a flashback. The only thing missing is the bright yellow doughnut telephone I had with a long, curly cord. It used to get tangled following hours of talking on the telephone.


Remember those rainbow bumper stickers everybody used to have in their cars? This ’70s-inspired rainbow wall along with arc lamp look ideal for a game room or basement hangout. The comfy chairs are great for relaxing with friends while playing a few rounds in an Atari.


The pillow designs along with the patchwork rug remind me with some of jeans that I had when I was a kid. The ’70s aesthetic was all about primary colours.

Anthony Baratta LLC

Even though there are a few midcentury chairs blended in this, the designs and wall art are legendary ’70s. Notice all the different geometrics blended in together with uniquely shaped furniture.

More primary colours, a love-inspired stencil with a quilt on mattress. This Bohemian space is completed by A Moroccan pouf.

Simone Alisa

A silver upholstered bed with mirrored nightstands and a grey shag rug — now that’s disco!

Roger Hirsch Architect

The very first time that I saw a dialogue pit was in a James Bond film from the ’70s. To this day that is my notion of a great entertaining layout.


This distance looks like Marcia Brady’s room, with large flower-power wall art, hanging bubble pendants along with a white shag throw rug.

Vintage Renewal

A vintage Bohemian-style barrel chair sits boldly with primary colours. See illuminates the pillow on the chair.

A vintage pattern on homemade-looking curtains coordinates using an orange macramé wall hanging.


A bright orange Malm Lancer fireplace brightens up the mood in this ’70s-inspired living room in Palm Springs. Malm Lancer fireplaces have been first first produced in the 1960s in Sonoma County, California. This style gained fame in the ’70s and still looks fresh today.

Anthony Baratta LLC

More rainbow colours and geometric patterns have been blended fearlessly by Anthony Barrata in this living area. Note the orange, yellow and red blended with mirrored furniture.

Inform us : What’s your favorite ’70s-inspired style?

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Sliding Door

A sliding door, also referred to as a jump door or slider, hangs from an overhead track and goes backward to open. A track underneath the door helps keep it in line.

AT6 Architecture : Design Build

Sliding panels operate well in this modern bathroom, in which the frosted glass look is reminiscent of shower doors.

Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

Sliding doors are commonly found on closets.

LDa Architecture & Interiors

Any style of door can be converted to a slider. The only hardware needed is a pull or cup.

Griffin Enright Architects

This oversize sliding door could easily be confused for a floor-to-ceiling window.

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Pint-Size Patios Packs a Punch

This time of year, al fresco living feels like sheer luxury: satiny blue skies, lush gardens and trees wild with vibrant blooms. But what if you’re short on outdoor area to enjoy spring at its summit? No matter — you can turn even the tiniest of patios into an inviting retreat. Have a look.

Dufner Heighes Inc

Spring-fresh furnishings with powerful, sculptural lines spark this differently basic patio. The sea green of the seat and chairs brings the greens out of these plants, although the tabletop evokes the impression of blossom petals.


The angled couch makes clever use of this diminutive outdoor nook. By not chopping up the terrace, it makes the space feel bigger than it actually is and provides ample seating for a cozy gathering of a couple of friends (or longer, in case nobody has personal space issues). Upholstery that is the same creamy color as the brick walls also expands the terrace visually.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

With a minimalist, Zen feel, this tiny courtyard invites quiet contemplation. The narrow built-in seat is intended to not waste an inch of distance, and its subtlety retains the focus on the gorgeous pattern of these pavers and plantings in the center.

Kentaro Kurihara

What should you do if you have only a sliver of outdoor floor space? Believe vertically. Despite its Lilliputian dimensions, this terrace has enough breathing space above to block it from feeling helpless.

Ben Herzog

Sometimes a simple strategy is all you need. A set of chairs tucked casually on this miniature patio offers an ideal spot to perch for a bit and inhale the fresh air.

A patio does not have to be attached right to the house. Located to one side of the garden and surrounded by thick plantings, this one has the feel of a secluded retreat.

Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

Rather than squeezing in a full size dining table and chairs, these homeowners went straight for relaxation — and who could blame them? Roomy chaise longues are only right for afternoon siestas in the shade.

A crossover between a deck and a terrace, this platform extends right from the inside, merging outdoors and indoors without missing a beat.

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