Beyond Basic White: 5 Fresh Bathroom Colors to Try in 2017

Because it's a new year and change is in the air.

After years of all-white bathrooms dominating the design world, we're finally shedding the tired trend of the past and embracing a new era of color options. Think brilliant blues, earthy greens and dramatic blacks — shades that have staying power while making a fresh statement.

Ready to take your bathroom beyond the basic white design? Here are five new shades that make 2017 look amazing.

Powder Blue

Bathroom Features Blue Double Vanity & Walk-In Shower

Bathroom Features Blue Double Vanity & Walk-In Shower

The blue double vanity in this bathroom features nooks to store towels and cabinets to store all other bathroom essentials. Neutral subway tile with a small blue tile border creates the backsplash and the walls and floor of the shower.

Photo by: Stuart Siegel Photography

Stuart Siegel Photography

Traditional Bathroom With Soft Blue-and-White Color Palette

Traditional Bathroom With Soft Blue-and-White Color Palette

The cool shade of blue used in this traditional bathroom gives the space a calm, relaxing feel. The slipper tub adds timeless charm, while the traditional rug adds soft warmth.

Photo by: Olympic Paint

Olympic Paint

With a renewed focus on rest and wellness, it makes sense that powder blue is 2017's go-to hue. Its light and airy nature evokes thoughts of a warm spring day, and so it brings peace and serenity into a space. With this soft shade on the walls, daily routines will feel less stressful and an evening soak in the tub more enjoyable.

Our advice? Lift your bathroom and your spirits with a powder-blue vanity, like the piece above from designer Justine Sterling. When paired with marble countertops and cotton linens, this hue has a heavenly effect on the whole room.

Saturated Green

Sleek, Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Tub & Glass Shower

Sleek, Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Tub & Glass Shower

A sleek, freestanding tub and glassed-in shower stand out in this chic, modern bathroom with loads of natural light. Classic marble penny tile gets new life on the floors when paired with modern cabinetry and tile.

Photo by: Nic Lehoux

Nic Lehoux

Green and Neutral Bathroom with Mirrors, Patterned Wallpaper and Blue-and-White Rug

Green and Neutral Bathroom with Mirrors, Patterned Wallpaper and Blue-and-White Rug

This gorgeous green-and-white bathroom features two mirrors and a double vanity to make it easy for a pair of people to prepare for their day. Farmhouse-style fixtures light up the space, while a blue-and-white throw rug provides a bright contrast to the kelly green cabinets and accents.

Photo by: Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Once the Pantone Color Institute named Greenery their 2017 Color of the Year, saturated greens started springing up everywhere — and we're not upset about it. Not only does this spry shade bring out the best in neutrals, but it's also bright and full of visual interest. 

This year, follow GB Architecture above and revive your master bath with a jade green stall shower. Or, if you're feeling more adventurous, brighten your powder room with a Kelly green mirror and vanity combination, like this statement set by Judith Balis.

Jewel Tones

Bathing Beauty

Bathing Beauty

Custom designed architectural details frame the freestanding tub in this brilliant blue bathroom. Contractor Chip Wade of Elbow Room brings in a sisal area rug and jute rope accents to add a natural and beach feel to this contemporary space.

From: Elbow Room

Photo by: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images, 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Bold Multicolor Wallpaper in Modern Powder Room

Bold Multicolor Wallpaper in Modern Powder Room

Geometric, multicolor wallpaper makes a bold statement in this modern, white powder room. Granite countertops and fresh white cabinets add to the clean, modern look.

Photo by: John Granen Photography

John Granen Photography

Jewel tones, in contrast, are full of drama, demanding to be a room's focal point. After years of unassuming white-on-white designs, we love how these confident colors shake up the bathroom scene for 2017. 

This year, treat yourself to unapologetic glitz and glamour. Paint the walls turquoise and pair them with metallic accents, or choose wallpaper that boasts every gem from ruby to amethyst, like this powder room by designer Kimberlee Gorslin.

Golden Yellow

Mosaic Tile Backsplash in Neutral Modern Bath

Mosaic Tile Backsplash in Neutral Modern Bath

This remodeled modern bath features a fun mosaic tile backsplash with a splash of yellow to break up the otherwise neutral color palette.

Photo by: Red Egg Design Group

Red Egg Design Group

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Because pedestal tubs appear to float in their surroundings, they can be a wise choice for compact bathrooms. Not only do they take up less visual space, but their smaller footprint also exposes more flooring, which is preferable when showing off intricate hexagonal floor tiles like these.

In letting go of tired trends, we're learning to reinvent ourselves — and golden yellow is here to help. Versatile in nature, this sunny shade adapts to your design, adding soft energy to some spaces and outright adventure to others. 

For a subtle splash of color, take note from Red Egg Design Group above and enliven a neutral backsplash with hints of golden yellow. Or, if you'd prefer a more daring look, turn an accent wall into a show-stopping feature with golden yellow subway tile. 

Matte Black

Black Spa Bathroom With White Towels

Black Spa Bathroom With White Towels

Black can feel like a scary choice on the wall, but it can actually make a space more intimate. This gorgeous bathroom uses the color brilliantly and turns it into a cool platform for crisp color contrasts like the white towels and pretty wood dresser.

From: Prairie

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

Black Bathroom With Wood Vanity

Black Bathroom With Wood Vanity

The wood vanity and golden-colored metal accents help to warm up the master bathroom's dark palette and white subway tile backsplash. It's a choice that keeps the urban space from feeling too stark.

Photo by: Decor Aid

Decor Aid

So, which shade is generating the most talk this year? Hands down, the answer is matte black. Simultaneously sophisticated and subversive, this edgy hue offers intrigue without being too heavy for the room. 

For your own fashion-forward look, pair matte black walls with a white vanity and tub like designer Shannon Wilkins above. Or, try a new color-blocking technique inspired by Decor Aid, with a layer of matte black accentuated by white subway tile.

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Perfectly Preppy

This oh-so-preppy bathroom proves that you can never go wrong by picking a favorite color from your closet to inspire a color palette. In this bathroom, designed by Judith Balis, Kelly green cabinets and mirror frames are pitch perfect when paired with navy and white accessories, Carrara marble tile and warm gold fixtures.

Photo By: Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Make Small Spaces Sizzle

In this powder room, designer Erica Islas warms up the small space with a fiery burnt orange. The spicy hue is eye-catching but just muted enough to lend a restful feel. Painting just the wainscoting, while leaving the walls and fixtures white, strikes the perfect balance.

From: Erica Islas

Create Drama With Black

A bright color isn't necessary to make a creative impact. The graphic energy of the black-and-white floor tiles creates a striking contrast, while black rectangular tiles are used to design a bold backsplash.

Go All In With One Color

Designer Karen Bow gave this tiny powder room a huge dose of personality with floor-to-ceiling glass tiles in opalescent shades of pink. Although her whole home is decorated in shades of the rosy hue that this room is all about feeling a sense of joy. Tour more of Karen's playful cottage, that was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Photography by Max Kim-Bee; styling by Frances Bailey and Karin Lidbeck-Brent

Or, Add Just a Splash

Even small additions of a kicky color, like these cherry red stepstools, can make an otherwise neutral bathroom feel much more energized.

Make It Minty Fresh

Pastel hues, like mint green, are right at home in a bathroom where the cool color feels fresh and serene. Homeowner Fallon Liles says, "With so many kids running around, I like things to look clean, simple, and bright." Tour more of Fallon's kid-friendly home that was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: Victoria Pearson (styled by Heather Bullard)

Focus on the Floors

Who says you have to add color to the walls? In this all-white kids' bathroom, designed by Jeff Troyer, hand-painted Moroccan tile becomes a playful point of interest and adds movement. Without drawers beneath the floating sink, the little room feels that much bigger.

Photo By: JWT Associates

Incorporate Global Influences

Floor-to-ceiling blue tile fills this bathroom with color. Custom Moroccan-style tiles create an unexpected display in the center of the tub, while long mirrors on each side of the tub add light and openness to the small space.

Photo By: Jennifer Mehditash

Play With Polka Dots

Embrace more than one shade with these candy-color polka dots. Designer Tobi Fairley keeps the rest of the space, including the double vanity, crisp white to limit the playful pops of color. Bright pink accessories and richly hued flowers complete the look.

Lemony Stripes

This small farmhouse bathroom felt cramped before the cheery addition of wide bands of lemon yellow paint. The colorful stripes visually expand the space while adding a playful vibe. Tour more of this crafty farmhouse, that was featured in HGTV Magazine.

Photo By: David A. Land

Keep It Cool

A brilliant royal blue makes a stunning statement in this glamorous powder room where designer Lauren Clement paris traditional cream moldings with a serpentine vanity and sophisticated lighting. She adds a blue vessel sink and oversized peacock artwork in watery shades to complete the room's cool color palette.

Or, Turn Up the Heat

Mosaic tile in muted earth tones balances the brightness of the magenta walls in this contemporary bathroom. A frameless mirror combined with the sleek floating vanity brings an openness to the small space, while a tall cork vase adds a touch of nature.

Sparkle With Emerald

Though warm browns and neutrals are used in the main living areas of this home, the powder room is a great place to add unexpected color. Bright emerald green tile is applied on the vertical across the walls for a striking visual display. Using two shades of green create dimension, and the simplicity of the glass shower and contemporary white vanity allows the tile to be the real star of the space.

Everything's Coming Up Rosy

Don't forget about the ceiling when adding color to your bathroom. Here, GraysonHarris Interiors + Design paint the ceiling bright pink. The rest of the space is kept classic with Carrara marble tile, dark hardwood floors and a traditional white vanity, while the ceiling fills the space with a rosy tint for an unexpected pop of color.

From: GraysonHarris Interiors + Design

Photo By: GraysonHarris Interiors + Design, LLC

Splash of Sunshine

Understated is overrated. Add some drama to your bathroom colorful tilework. The oval bathtub acts as the anchor of this Mediterranean-inspired bathroom, but what really makes it the focal point of the space is the stunning use of yellow mosaic tiles on the tub surround and wall behind it.

From: Troy Beasley

Dive Into Blue

For this boy's bathroom, designer Gregg De Meza starts with classic simplicity: light blue walls, gray tile flooring and clean shapes. But to take the design to the next level, he adds in layers of fun, from the "No Diving" artwork to the pool blue floating vanity and blue mosaic floor tilework.

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Gradients of Green

Color blocks of green mosaic tile are used throughout this bathroom: behind the tub, in the shower and acting as a backsplash to the vanity. Sleek black cabinetry is paired with glass countertops and a contemporary vessel sink, while vintage-inspired knobs bring a traditional tone to the space.

Plum Perfect

Purple is the ideal shade to bring richness and sophistication to your powder room. For this contemporary space, a deep plum pairs with a sleek black floating vanity. An Art Deco-inspired mirror adds a touch of glam.

From: Kelly Reid

Vivid Orange

Tangerine-colored tiles are set vertically to create height in this small bathroom. A strip of glass tile breaks up the orange, while a small corner sink floats on the wall making a tiny bathroom feel airy.

Play Up Contrasts

A kids' bathroom is the perfect place to have a little fun with color. Designer Mary Anne Smiley pairs bright blue tile with its complementary color: orange. A small band of orange-and-white tile runs throughout the space at chair-rail height, then the blue and orange meet again for a cool, confetti-style glass vanity top.

Photo By: Danny Piassick

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