Bathroom Colour Ideas: 24 Chic & Stylish Paint Colours For Your Bathroom

These bathroom colour ideas range from spa-inspired muted tones to bold, dramatic hues that work.

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Looking for bathroom colour ideas? These interior-designed spaces illustrate how to incorporate a little colour into your modern bathroom, whether that's playing it safe with soft greys, blues and greens, going for a modern look with a monochrome scheme, or going all-out with rich pigment.

While we're big fans of spa bathrooms, and muted, zen-like spaces with stoney colours (or pastels at a push), sometimes it pays to be brave.

Just like in the rest of the home, grey is always a safe and popular choice, with dark greys creating more dramatic looks and soft greys being a more neutral choice.

Even blues can create entirely different moods and atmospheres, with sky blues perfect for family bathrooms, while the dark navy and smokey blues are mostly reserved for stylish master ensuites. 

Can't decide on just one colour? Some bathrooms have gone half and half; with bathroom tiles leading halfway up the walls, and a flash of colour above.

And then there's painted bathroom ceilings too! Amongst these bathrooms you'll find a Tiffany Blue painted ceiling and even a zesty green painted ceiling, proving that you can be brave with colour choices too. Either way, there's plenty of inspiration whatever your bathroom style.

There's even a baby pink painted bathroom, lilac bathroom and plum coloured bathroom, as well as a bright turquoise bathroom space. Or how about a vibrant coral, for an energised and uplifting space? There are bathroom colour ideas here for everyone.

1. On-trend pink

Pink bathrooms are one of this year's biggest bathroom trends, and we're seeing a lot more pink bathroom inspiration popping up in our most recent Modern Homes.

A fresh lick of paint is the most obvious way to introduce pink in the bathroom. Most paint brands are onto it with trend driven colour palettes and we've seen a beautiful spectrum of grown-up pinks ranging from the palest calamine to those with earthy red pigments from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Earthborn, Annie Sloan and Benjamin Moore, to name just a few.

Of course tadelact – or polished plaster – is another way to bring a beautiful earthy pink pigment into your bathroom or shower area. And there are professional firms who can apply it for you and ensure it's waterproof.

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There's also a wonderful array of pink tiles on the market. This gives the opportunity to incorporate two trends at the same time. There are chevron shapes from Topps Tiles, fish scale styles at Otto Tiles & Design and the ever-popular hexagonal Lily Pad tiles at Tiles Direct - all in gorgeous shades of pink.

Rather than tile an entire wall or floor, if you're just after a splash of pink or a nod the the trend, think about a tiled splashback next to basin or bath – or in a shower room.

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2. Go for a timeless grey

A grey bathroom scheme is always a safe and popular choice, with dark greys creating more dramatic looks and soft greys being a more neutral choice. 

A medium grey in this bathroom is warmed up by a parquet wood floor. This room is all about the materials – the Arabescato marble contrasting with the dark walls, parquet flooring and nickel fittings. 

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Get the look: The bath is from Catchpole & Rye.

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A countertop basin and floating vanity add to the modern look of this grey bathroom. Brass lighting, fixtures and fittings add warmth and a dose of modern glamour.

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This luxurious space offers a peaceful retreat. The walls are not actually concrete but a painted plaster effect. 

See Also: Concrete Bathroom Ideas

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Get the look: The bath is a vintage find, which has been repainted. The pink curtains are from Lovely Home Idea.

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And finally, paint doesn't have to go floor-to-ceiling; tile the bathroom half-way up to create a waterproof barrier, then choose a grey paint for the walls above. 

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Get the look: Find the Small Ghost Buster bedside table by Kartell at John Lewis. Try Lombok for a similar bed. The walls are painted in Steel V by Paint & Paper Library. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.

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3. Go dark

For a grown-up, chic and sultry look, dive in with a dark shade.

Charcoal walls look very chic in this grown-up bathroom. Premium bathroom fittings combined with personal elements create a bathing zone that’s both cosy and luxe. 

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Get the look: The bath is by Porcelanosa and the taps are from Vola. The chandelier is by Timothy Oulton at Bluebird on Kings Road. João found the marble bust at Architectural Forum. The wall lights are by Buster + Punch.

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4. Soft Greens

A soft green shade like a dusty sage can create a restful, spa-inspired bathroom vibe. 

In the bathing space below, delicate foliage complements the natural, pared-back scheme. 

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Get the look: Bathroom design by Amos & Amos. Panelling in Blue Gray, Farrow & Ball. Bath, Duravit. Tap, The Watermark Collection

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The soft, dusty pistacchio shade below is a lovely colour to start the day with. The colour has a sort of historic feel to it, as it was very prevalent in 18th century bathrooms. 

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Get the look: Wall colour is “Cooking apple green” by Farrow & Ball. Sculpture is “Nubien” painted plaster (end of 19th century). Wall tiles are vintage, so is the ceiling lamp. Chair is Piet Hein Eeck. Artworks: Drawings by Jean Cocteau and Fernando Botero, Shells frame by Thomas Boog, embroidered gloves piece by Sophie Lechat, “Vanité” photography by Gregoire Alexandre

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5. Grey green

The below darker green colour palette might seem bold, but it actually creates a very restful and indulgent scheme.

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6. Sky Blues

Soft blue walls set the tone for a calming bathroom space below. 

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Get the look: The roll-top bath is from Aston Matthews. the outside is painted in Twilight Cinders 1 Bathroom+ paint by Dulux. Victoria Plumb does radiators like this. For a similar rug, try notonthehighstreet.com. The retro prints and paintings are all from markets and second-hand shops

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Or use sky blue as an accent. Here, a strip of colour above the tiles helps to lift this space to prevent it feeling too stern. 

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Get the look: For similar tiles, try Mandarin Stone. For a double shower like this, head to CP Hart. The armchair is by Jonathan Adler. The Terence Donovan photograph of Julie Christie is from the Chris Beetles Gallery. The dress is by Alexander McQueen and the shoes are by Jimmy Choo.

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A warmer shade was chosen to accent the master ensuite bathroom in this glamorous South Kensington apartment.

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Get the look: The Fifties mirror with metal frame is from Fiona McDonald. The taps are from Barber Wilsons. The marble is from Marble City. The walls are painted with French Grey Dark Eggshell by Little Greene. Kate Moss, London, 2006, isby Mario Testino. Limited-edition signed prints of the photograph are available at Dominic Guerrini.

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7. Mid blues

A serene blue shade creates a lovely backdrop for this master bathroom below. 

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Get the look: The freestanding bath is by West One Bathrooms with Bristan Heritage brassware. The walls are painted in Double La Seine acrylic eggshell by Zoffany.

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A darker mid blue was chosen for this small bathroom below.

The cute bathtub is from a restoration yard and the perfect fit for this bijou space. 

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Get the look Find a similar bath at UK Architectural Antiques. For similar hook brackets, see Ideas to Steal. The tiles are from Topps Tiles.

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8. Coral

The main bathroom in this modern Hobart home in Australia offers a flash of bright, contrasting colour with coral tiles. 

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Get the look: Madras Pink Encaustic Tile from Earp Bros. Milli Exo Wall Basin Set – Matt Black from Reece. Mirror is vintage. Omvivo Neo 700 Wall Basin from Reece. Mizu Drift Bottle Trap (waste pipe) from Reece.

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9. Earthy Tones

An earthy shade with painted skirting gives this bathroom a decadent, country hotel vibe. 

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Get the look: The tiles are from The Antique Floor Company. The mirror is from Absolute Flowers & Home. The wall lights are from Caroline de Kerangal. The bath and brassware are from The Albion Bath Company.

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10. Smokey Blue

A smokey blue shade feels very grown up, especially when combined with a very sophisticated vanity and crittall-style accents. White ceilings, skirting and window frames keep it fresh. 

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Get the look: The dark wall is painted in Thunder Blue emulsion by Sanderson. These are Kartell basins. The vanity unit was made bespoke and painted in Black Blue estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The vanity unit legs are by Swedish outfit Prettypegs.

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Instead of painting the walls, here the bathroom has been framed with colour, with the blue shade spilling out over the ceiling as well. Picking out the blue from the stand-out floor tiles and using it on the walls and ceiling gives a lovely cocooning feel.

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Get the look: Floor tiles, Martin Moore. Vintage tables, eBay. Similar bath, Drummonds. Dressing area door handle, Buster + Punch. Plants, Pearspring.

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11. Vibrant greens

This funky bathroom makes grey Mondays a lot easier! 

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Get the look: Eske chandelier, Mullan Lighting.Disc and Spherewall light, Atelier Areti. Bath andtaps, Crosswater at Versatile Bathrooms + Tiles. Floor tiles, Romanesque range by Original Style at Richardsons Ceramics

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Green tiles can also inject vibrant energy. Tile bathrooms halfway up the wall and leave the rest white for a fresh look, or tile all-over for a striking wet room

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These green bathroom tiles add a flash of colour to this asymmetric, broken-plan home in Hackney.

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12. Monochrome scheme

A wet room finish makes the most of this space, and the black and white bathroom scheme gives it a modern, urban edge.

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Get the look Bath, ebay. Tiles, Walls & Floors.

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Meanwhile, black taps and brassware punch through the all-white scheme below, giving a slice of drama to this classic and beautiful design. 

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Get the look The matt black brassware fittings are from Dornbracht.

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Metro tiled bathrooms continue to be a popular choice. A black freestanding bath and complementing window frame add a fresh contrast.

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Get the look The bath is from CP Hart. The wall and floor tiles are from World’s End Tiles.

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Or add black accents through Crittall doors and a Crittall-style shower screen.

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Get the look Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles. Aston Matthews sells wall-mounted brass towel rails.

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Get the look The marble-effect porcelain is from Mandarin Stone. The showerhead and fittings are by Vola.

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13. Lilac and lavender

All-over lilac floods this bathroom below in a soft lilac glow. A luxe freestanding bath invites everyday indulgence. 

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Get the look: Find a similar bath from CP Hart or West One Bathrooms.

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14. Navy blue accents

Navy blue walls match the bathtub in this grown-up space, but the marble tiles in the shower stop the space from feeling too dark. 

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Get the look: The wall, cupboard doors and bath – a reclaimed design bought from Lassco – are all painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The marble splashback and floor tiles and glass shower screen are from Fired Earth.

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Designer Beata Heuman used glossy navy blue tiles in this West London townhouse's bathroom below, but a white ceiling and playful accents keep the mood light.

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Get the look: bathroom cabinets are decorated with Fornasetti ‘Nuvole’ wallpaper, which Beata Heuman has customised with sky-blue paint.

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15. Polished plaster

The polished-plaster walls in a deep-sea blue really up the ante in here. Blue is such a flattering colour and also very relaxing. 

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Get the look: The vanity unit was designed by Peter Mikic with a marble top and Ashley Hicks handles. The Seventies wall lights were found in a Paris flea market and the polished-plaster walls are in Pantone 3025 C. Paul has had the animal-print stool for years.

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16. Burgundy

Fashion designer Alice Temperley chose this unusual burgundy choice for her bathroom walls in her Edwardian mansion in Somerset.

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Get the look: Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company.

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17. Plum

Punchy purple walls add pizazz to rustic wood. 

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Get the look: The basin is Kohler’s Botticelli in Carrara marble. Source similar wood at Surrey Driftwood. For a similar vintage mirror, try The Chandelier & Mirror Company. For a similar paint shade, see Crown’s Reds & Pinks range.

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18. All-over black

This smart, small bathroom space is covered head to toe in tiny black chevron bathroom wall tiles, giving it a cool hotel bathroom look.

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The enveloping black painted backdrop below is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles. 

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Get the look: The Salcombe bath is by The Cast Iron Bath Company. The bronze brass finish taps are by Bespoke Taps. The Devonstone floor tiles are from Tiles Direct.

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Black walls can make a bathroom feel more cosy and intimate. 

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Get the look: Floor tiles, Odyssey. Wall tiles, European Heritage. Metal shelving, Maisons du Monde. Walls painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball.

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The cloakroom / powder room below was painted in black gloss for a dramatic look. 

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Get the look: The metro tiles are from Walls and Floors. The brassware is by B&Q. The Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1971 photograph is by Terry O’Neill from The Little Black Gallery

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19. Turquoise

Turquoise is a gender-neutral colour, which makes it perfect for this childrens’ bathroom.

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Get the look: Cabinets, custom made

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20. Cyan

This bathroom palette is drawn from a mixture of blues, including cobalts and azures. 

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Get the look The glass mosaic tiles are from Fired Earth. Find a freestanding tub at Aston Matthews.

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21. Brown

Brown is an unusual paint colour choice, but designer Jonathan Adler chose it for the ceiling in his Greenwich Village home's bathroom. 

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Get the look: Chippendale chair, Jonathan Adler. Bulb light, vintage find. Brass table in shower, vintage find

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22. Grass green

A plain white bathroom is given a lift thanks to a bright green ceiling shade that pops. 

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Get the look: The metalware is by Kohler. The stool was a local find. For similar, try Retrouvius. Earthborn’s Storybook is a good match for the ceiling shade.

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23. Paint Effects

Paint doesn't have to be one-dimensional. Here a blend of colours creates an artistic and layered effect. See more paint effect ideas...

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Get the look: This is the Spoon bath by Benedini Associati for Agape. Find a similar rattan hanging chair at Graham and Green.

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24. Neon Glow

The hot pink shower space in designer Harriet Anstruther's London home isn't actually painted; the bright pink shade is all down to the neon lighting in the ceiling. 

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Get the look: The blind is made up in Lorca’s Floratina damask by Osborne & Little. The reclaimed Victorian tub is from Drummonds. This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at The Conran Shop.

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What colour is best for bathrooms?

When planning a modern bathroom scheme, go bold but don’t go overboard. Create harmony by connecting the colours to the decor in the rest of the house and for best results stick to a limited palette or use colours with a neutral base, introducing them through feature walls or floors, furniture or accessories likes taps and towels.

Rachel Martin, merchandising director at bathroom retailer C.P. Hart says that we’re currently seeing a kaleidoscope of colours in bathroom trends. “This year we’re noticing powerful water-inspired blues and greens revitalising bathroom schemes, as well as earthy neutrals, muted pastels and pop colours such as pink and yellow. In fact, there’s never been a better time to escape the restraints of minimalism and have a little bit of fun with bathroom design.”

Termed the ‘new neutral’ a few years ago, blush pink is also a modern choice for bathrooms, as Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe of 2LG Studio explain, “Pink bathrooms are still a stunning and will not go out of fashion because it’s a wonderful base colour – it’s calming, warm and soothing. Pair it with bold blues or reds for an energising space that makes your morning exciting or keep it calm with soft greys and white for a relaxing bath at the end of the day.”

Despite the sway towards colour, the heyday of grey is far from over. “People want to bring more colour into bathrooms but they are still using a neutral as a base on say the floor or half of the wall to ensure the room isn’t taken over by colour,” says Amanda Telford, marketing manager at CTD Tiles. “Grey is one of the most versatile choices – you can pair with other neutral tones or you can use it as a neutral base to play with colour.”

Black and white bathrooms are also still a perennial favourite, though this year the striking schemes are softened with the addition of tonal shades and texture for depth. “The monochrome trend has evolved from the high contrast bathrooms seen in previous years and now features a combination of whites, blacks and greys for a warmer feel,” says Helen Jones of Ripples Bathrooms. “Textures like slate and wood also create this muted undertone.”