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.

Light Favorable

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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