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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