Bathroom Color: Be Brave, Be Bold

Add personality to your bathroom with colorful walls and accessories.

  • One way to add unexpected color in the bathroom is in a decorated sink. This one, called Plum Blossom, adds a dramatic and Mandarin-red stylized floral border to a classic round sink. From kohler.com.
  • A fantastic vanity in pristine white can provide a wonderful contrast to bathroom walls of any color. This bathroom was designed for the 2005 San Francisco Decorator Showcase by Steven Miller. The bombe-style Louis XV cabinet is crafted in Corian and comes from Miller's furniture collection called ton. Photo by Matthew Millman.
  • You’re hip, you’re cool and you love color? Obviously, you need a Meta Plasma medicine cabinet cube from Dornbracht in your bathroom. Available in orange, green and yellow, these plastic cabinets are sure to make your bathroom pop. Available at retromodern.com.
  • Wood paneling and a chair rail add formality to this charming powder room tucked under the central stairs of a new colonial-style home. The patterned wallpaper and touches of gold create a warm feeling. Room design by Thomas Conway.
  • To create a masculine bathroom, try combining marble, glass and mirrors as designer Elissa Russo did in this narrow bathroom.
  • When the rest of your bathroom is colorful, consider adding contrasting pieces in white, such as this traditional Fairhaven medicine cabinet. From robern.com.
  • Contrasting tiles in complementary colors can add zing to a mostly neutral bathroom. Designer Katie Leavy used 12" x 12" blue and gold tiles set into a diagonal on the floor and above the tub. Matching 4" x 4" tiles create a frame for the vanity mirror.
  • Want roses in your cheeks and a romantic atmosphere? Try different shades of pink in the bathroom. Designer Lori Dennis added a gilt-framed landscape to add sophistication to this room.
  • Something as simple as a shower curtain can make all the difference in a bathroom color scheme. In fact, this Victory Garden curtain from anthropologie.com has rows upon rows of green silk ruffles, providing a great inspiration for a color palette. There’s nothing wrong with planning your entire bathroom around your towels or other linens.
  • Marble and dark woods can form an arresting combination in the bathroom as demonstrated in this Pottery Barn room display. Their espresso-finished wood console perks up the room and works well with wheat-colored walls. From potterybarn.com.
  • Pinky-peach tones are great for bathroom walls and accessories (they make you look healither!). We like Restoration Hardware’s bath accessories made of durable resin in tones of blush. Check out restorationhardware.com.
  • For a splash of color, consider a waterproof perch for your bathroom, giving you a handy place for your towel or to sit down and dry your toes. Philippe Starck’s Prince Aha Stool fits the bill in a variety of colors, from peach to blue. From designwithinreach.com.
  • Here's color you can take with you from one bathroom to another or when you move: delightfully dotted colorful bath mats. In choices called copperplate or spray from westelm.com.
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