The bathroom can be one of the most versatile rooms in the house to try out décor schemes. Whether you want something that is composed and laid back, or you want to try and be a bit adventurous the bathroom is a canvas to make a statement. There is an abundance of texture such as tiles, wood panelling, porcelain and glass, and it presents the perfect opportunity to be a bit more expressive with colour choices than other rooms – fortune does favour the brave after all.
LET’S GET BOTANICAL
The botanical trend has continued to grow in popularity over the past few years, ranging from luscious broad leaf ferns to the delicate intricacies of creeping vines. With it has come a new-found appreciation for the range of green hues you can use to grace your home. Keep walls light and airy for a refreshing look and feel, and pair with light warm woods for an even more organic atmosphere. Featuring fresh flowers or framed floral prints will add more colour to your bathroom while other natural tones, like burnt oranges and dark reds, are the perfect companion.
CALM AND COOL
You can create a wonderfully serene and almost ethereal bathroom using cooling neutrals. These work with light wooden flooring and are a means to creating a sanctuary, where you can take a long soak in the bath, surrounded in light from scented candles. Choosing colours from this paler palette means that you can layer them and be playful with ornate detailing such as gilded mirrors, chrome accessories and of course, fluffy white towels. This type of scheme has a polished effortlessness to it and will suit any type of home.
If you’re lucky enough to have a freestanding bath then this is offers the ideal opportunity to paint the outside surfaces and create a focal point for the room. If you’re trying to keep to a muted bathroom then use a darker hue of the same colour family, but if you’re looking for a more extroverted place to bathe, then try using a completely different colour to the rest of the room. This Rectory Red bath works so well with the dark teal walls, eccentric rugs and quirky artwork.
OH THE DRAMA!
Aside from create a restful environment for your bathroom, you can explore the other end of the scale with a fearless and gutsy scheme filled with dramatic, moody colours. As bathroom suites are generally white or cream porcelain, they will lift the ambience of the room naturally so you can explore painting with darker colours. These will create a more intimate bathroom space where you can play around with finishing touches such as whimsical wording, or wild flowers and apothecary-style glass bottles.
KEEP ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
Bold prints work well in small spaces and you can create a bathroom filled with impact. Stripes offer clean lines and are interesting to look at, without seeming too busy or overpowering. Monochrome stripes can look very contemporary and lend themselves to a more minimalistic bathroom, clear of clutter or over-the-top accessories. There is also something very nautical about stripes, which naturally goes hand in hand with a bathroom or washroom area.