Looking for chic and modern bathroom colour ideas? These interior-designed spaces prove that it pays to be brave.
From Alice Temperley’s burgundy bathroom and designer Harriet Anstruther’s neon pink lit-up shower space to Jonathan Adler’s bathroom with a brown painted ceiling, there’s no shortage of bathroom paint inspiration.
When it comes to bathroom colour ideas, grey is always a safe and popular choice, with dark greys creating more dramatic looks and soft greys being a more neutral choice. In one of the gorgeous painted bathrooms below, earthy mud tones are framed by dark blue skirting to create a country house hotel vibe.
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Even blues can create entirely different moods and atmospheres, with the softer shades below reserved mostly for more playful bathrooms, while the dark navy blues are reserved for stylish master ensuites. Meanwhile designer Beata Heuman used a sky blue to paint above the Fornasetti bathroom wallpaper, creating a wonderful effect.
Some bathrooms have gone half and half; with painted walls above a half wall of metro tiles or marble tiles. 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.
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There’s even a baby pink painted bathroom, lilac bathroom and plum coloured bathroom, as well as a bright turquoise bathroom space.
Either way, there’s plenty of inspiration whatever your bathroom style.
Upgrade your bathing space with these gorgeous bathroom paint ideas.
A serene blue shade creates a lovely backdrop for this master bathroom.
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.
This soft, dusty pistacchio shade 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.
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
An earthy shade with painted skirting gives this bathroom a decadent, country hotel vibe.
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.
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.
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.
Pink is a feminine choice for this grand bathroom. The bathroom feels luxurious and plush, due to its size, ceiling height and carefully chosen details like the roll top bath, chaise longue and crystal chandelier.
Get the look: The bath and sink are both from Aston Matthews.
All-over lilac floods this bathroom in a soft lilac glow. A luxe freestanding bath invites everyday indulgence.
Get the look: Find a similar bath from CP Hart or West One Bathrooms.
Soft blue walls are complemented by the bathtub in this childrens' bathroom. The cute bathtub is from a restoration yard and the perfect fit for this bijou space.
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.
Navy blue walls match the bathtub in this grown-up space too, but the marble tiles in the shower stop the space from feeling too dark.
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.
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.
Get the look: The bath is by Porcelanosa and the taps are from Vola. The chandelier is by Timothy Oulton at Harrods. João found the marble bust at Architectural Forum. The wall lights are by Buster + Punch.
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.
Get the look: The bath is from Catchpole & Rye.
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.
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.
The burgundy colour of the walls comes back in the lampshades and the union jack painted platform.
Get the look: Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company.
Punchy purple walls add pizazz to rustic wood.
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.
The enveloping dark background is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles.
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.
Black walls make this space feel quite cosy. A framed photograph keeps it chic. This bathroom has no natural light apart from a frosted glass window onto the landing. It can be a mistake to think you need to paint a dark room in white, it often works well to just embrace the darkness! Dark can be bright and warm.
Get the look: Floor tiles, Odyssey. Wall tiles, European Heritage. Metal shelving, Maisons du Monde. Walls painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball.
The room was painted in black gloss for a dramatic look.
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
Turquoise is a gender-neutral colour, which makes it perfect for this kids’ bathroom.
Get the look: Cabinets, custom made
This bathroom palette is drawn from a mixture of blues, including cobalts and azures.
Get the look The glass mosaic tiles are from Fired Earth. Find a freestanding tub at Aston Matthews.
Paint doesn't have to go floor-to-ceiling; in this bathroom, grey metro tiles create a waterproof border for the grey walls above.
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.
Upgrade metro tiles to marble tiles for a swanky bathroom space. Paint above the tiles to make the space feel warmer.
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.
Instead of painting the walls, here the bathroom has been framed with colour, with the blue shade spilling out over the ceiling as well.
Get the look: For wall and floor tiles like these, try Tile Magic.
Picking out the blue from the stand-out floor tiles and using it on the walls and ceiling gives a lovely cocooning feel.
Get the look: Floor tiles, Martin Moore. Vintage tables, eBay. Similar bath, Drummonds. Dressing area door handle, Buster + Punch. Plants, Pearspring.
A strip of colour above the tiles helps to lift this space, to prevent it feeling too stern.
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.
Brown is an unusual paint colour choice, but designer Jonathan Adler chose it for the ceiling in his bathroom.
Get the look: Chippendale chair, Jonathan Adler. Bulb light, vintage find. Brass table in shower, vintage find
A plain white bathroom is given a lift thanks to a bright green ceiling shade that pops.
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.
Paint doesn't have to be one-dimensional. Here a blend of colours creates an artistic and layered effect.
Get the look: This is the Spoon bath by Benedini Associati for Agape. Find a similar rattan hanging chair at Graham and Green.
The hot pink shower space isn't actually painted; the bright pink shade is all down to the neon lighting in the ceiling.
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.
Although this bathroom isn't technically painted either, a light blue shade of paint was used over the wallpapered cabinets – the effect is simply beautiful, and would work well for walls too.
Get the look: bathroom cabinets are decorated with Fornasetti ‘Nuvole’ wallpaper, which Beata Heuman has customised with sky-blue paint.