5 ways to add colour to your bathroom design

Go on, be bold! Ditch the monochrome and add some colour to your bathroom

Bathroom colours
(Image credit: The Curious Department))

When it comes to bathroom colours, we all tend to play it pretty safe. Monochrome tends to be the go-to scheme, maybe cream or grey if you are feeling a bit out there, but never anything too... colourful. But we have seen the trend for bold, beautiful, colourful bathrooms creeping in and we want a piece of the action. So we have rounded up five easy ways you can bring a splash of colour into your bathroom...

Keep scrolling for a whole load of colourful spaces and don't miss our bathroom ideas feature too for plenty more inspiration.

1. Pick stylish (colourful) sanitaryware

If you are bored of white and yearn for the seventies when you could buy avocado, brown (!) and pink sanitaryware (remember those days?) then you will LOVE the shiny new Colours range from Burlington. They haven’t brought out a new avocado, but there is Alaska Blue, Confetti Pink and Moon Grey and you can get a sink, toilet and all the extra fixtures and fittings. Which colour will you choose? 

2. Paint your bathroom for a quick cheap update

For a quick fix opt for paint. It’s the best way to add colour that won’t break the bank and that is permanent, as opposed to simply adding coloured accessories. Using one or more colours is a fun way to create an exciting design scheme. You could get really creative and add a bit of a mural like this rainbow pattern – so easy you can totally freehand this kind of design. 

3. Add plenty of colour with bathroom wallpaper

(Image credit: The Curious Department))

As bathrooms are generally the smallest room in the house, they are a great space to experiment with. This is because the pricey wallpaper that you’ve always coveted for your bedroom is suddenly better value for a small bathroom than papering an average sized space! So you can choose that favourite design – wallpapers are becoming more popular for bathrooms so get ahead of the game and choose one that has fab colours to create a statement in yours, like this Zellandine Aqua from The Curious Department

4. Paint your bath for a colourful focal point

(Image credit: Albion Bath Company)

Are you over your white bath? You can paint your own bath, but make sure you choose the right paint finish to suit the material your bath is made from. Another alternative is to invest in a bath that can be painted professionally, Albion Baths will paint their designs in any Dulux or Farrow & Ball paint colour, so that gives you literally hundreds to choose from.

5. Use colourful tiles to add patterns and texture

Antonia, founder of @tailormadelivingstore and blogger @everydayluxuryblog, wanted to create a gorgeous downstairs bathroom that was as pretty as a picture, and she has definitely achieved it! The tiles were sourced from @porcelainsuperstore and Antonia chose their fabulous Palm Springs tiles in pink, the dusky tone in a honeycomb shape gives a modern feel that is spot on with the rest of the fixtures and fittings in her stylish bathroom.

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Sophie has been an interior stylist and journalist for over 18 years and has worked for many of the main interior magazines during that time. On the side, as well as being the News Editor of indie magazine, 91, Sophie has a passion for flowers and colour and has recently launched an online styling course, Style with Blooms.