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Colourful Bathrooms

The colourful bathroom suite is back. It started creeping onto pinterest boards last year, and the big sanitaryware producers are beginning to respond with colourful ranges. 

Should you tap into this trend, or is it just a flash in the pan? Read on for our advice on designing a durable colour-scheme for your bathroom.

Dip a toe in

If you like the colour trend but want to keep it subtle, these are great ways to use a little pop of colour to add freshness & personality to an otherwise neutral bathroom;

  • Paint a few key features – like the lovely bath panel & shelf below. This is the best option for colour commitment-phobes. 
  • An unusual but lovely way to use colour is a coloured shower screen.
  • Coloured grout is a really fun way to turn a ‘basic’ metro tile into something special. These ‘Rombini’ tiles work beautifully with a coloured grout. The grout-work does need to be impeccable for this to look good – so do get a good tiler on the case.
Bright bathroom with monochrome tiles styled by Absolute Project Management
Modern shower cabinet with green glass doors styled by Absolute Project Management
Dornbrachht bara tap Schneider mirror cabinet home staging Absolute Project Management
Top Left: Blue bath panel.
Bottom Left: Green Shower Screen.
Above: Yellow grout with white Metro Tile

Bathe your walls in colour

Colourful tiles are a great way to brighten up a bathroom, while keeping the sanitaryware classic in white. Splash out on special tiles in a small area or go all out! 

  • Carefully plan your tiling pattern. If you are using more than one size or shape, think about how these will fit together – if your tiles are your key feature you will notice if the grout lines don’t line up.  
  • Consider using an unusual shape or pattern – we love these scallop shaped tiles in soft matt glass colours, and these lovely Tom Pigeon tiles spotted at Clerkenwell Design Week
  • Choose colour(s) you love. It might sound obvious, but you want your bathroom to bring you joy even when trends change.
  • Keep the sanitaryware classic in white.
Bathrooms with terracotta floor tiles by Absolute Project Management
Warm Terracotta hexagonal cement tiles
Pale green Scallop shaped glass tiles by Mandarin Stone
Soft green scallop shaped tiles by Mandarin Stone
Tom Pigeon tiles at Parkside
Tom Pigeon ‘Assembly’ tiles at Parkside

Take the Plunge

We advise approaching the full coloured suite with caution… this trend may not age well. (Avocado, we’re looking at you…)

If you’re fully committed:

  • Start with the suite. There are limited choices for coloured WCs – so choose this first and work from there. Catalano have a range with a pretty light blue.
  • Avoid pattern. Clean lines is key to avoiding a dated look, so choose simple tiles in a colour that works with the suite.
  •  Consider usability. Variation in shade (if not colour) makes it easier to differentiate between the surfaces. This is particularly important if anyone in the household has problems with their eyesight, but is good design practice in any case. Read more on this here.
Blue, green, grey and white basins and WCs by Catalano from their colourful Colori bathroom range
The Catalano Colori range
The classic Avocado suite with patterned tiles

Regardless of how you use colour, remember the golden rule: Always choose high quality taps & shower fittings – you don’t want to be tearing out your lovely new tiles & fittings in a year’s time to fix a leak. Bear in mind that special finishes like gold come in two options: Durable but high cost, or low cost and poor quality. There isn’t much in between.

We have lots of experience designing bathrooms, so if yours are ready for a refresh, get in touch!

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