Bathroom Design Guide

Foolproof Bathroom Color Combos

Four bathroom makeovers teach you how to combine colors that create a fresh look.

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blue and white tile compliments master bath Pair white fixtures with colors that make them look fresh. Design by Gail Drury.

White sinks, tubs and toilets are classic bathroom fixtures. Learn how to pair them with colors that make them look fresh.

Although there are some absolutely gorgeous boutique lines producing sinks and toilets in rich, deep colors, white is still by far the most popular choice for toilets, tubs and sinks, says Bob Garder, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, and president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

For clean but comfortable look, Los Angeles-based interior designer Nicole Sassaman loves Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage with white bathroom fixtures. "Or," says Nicole, "try some of the metallic blue paints in the Ralph Lauren line." Choosing a darker paint color also gives you an artistic backdrop against which you can install colorful hooks or hang vibrant towels.

If you will be putting on makeup in the bathroom, says Marcia Walter, ASID, an accredited member of the International Association of Color Consultants, colors flattering to your skin tone can be very important. "That would include peach, terra cotta and pink tones," says Marcia. "But steer clear of gray and deeper yellow-greens."

Other deep colors can work very well in bathrooms, however, even if your bathroom is tiny, says Catherine B. Stein, founder and president of THE COLOR COUNCIL. "Don't try to hide the fact that it's a small space," says Catherine. "Instead, treat the room like a little jewel box, painting the walls and the ceiling the same color, and make it really special."

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