Grey Bathroom Ideas: 19 Grey Bathroom Schemes That Inspire

In these gorgeous grey bathroom ideas, we show you how to incorporate texture, colour and metallics to lift the bathroom and make it chic.

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A grey bathroom needn't be dull or drab. In the grey bathroom ideas below, we show you how to incorporate texture, colour and metallics to lift the bathroom and make it chic. There are gorgeous grey tiled bathrooms, including 3D tiles for textural walls, and glossy grey metro tiles for a more polished look. You can't go wrong with dark grey marble tiling either – it will add instant elegance to a bathroom.

Grey, the go-to neutral of the past decade, has enjoyed its longstanding appeal in bathrooms because it works so well with all other colours and offers a relaxing vibe that’s easy to live with. Cool or cocooning, it’s a calm contrast to bold colour and patterns and sits happily in modern or traditional bathroom schemes alike.

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. For bathroom paint colour inspiration, we've pulled together some lighter greys and darker greys, as well as some interesting paint effects to mix things up a little. Paint doesn't have to go floor-to-ceiling; in one of the below bathrooms, grey metro tiles create a waterproof border for the grey walls above. Paint above the tiles will make a space feel warmer.

For pops of colour, bright lampshades on wall lights, pretty pendant lights (or even chandeliers), or even a bathroom stool – there are plenty of ways you can incorporate an accent colour. Grey and mustard is easy on the eye yet still dramatic. Prefer metallics? Brass lighting, fixtures and fittings add warmth and a dose of modern glamour to a grey bathroom.

For a cocooning feel, go all out; choose patterned grey tiles for the floor, and complement the colour with a matching shade on the walls and even the ceiling.

But our favourite look of all – and favourite colour pairing – is raw concrete, contrasted with blush shades. Simply gorgeous.

1. Raw concrete

The bateau bath, from Victoriaplumbing.co.uk, looks striking against a plain concrete backdrop. 

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Get the look: The cast-concrete basin is by White Wolf. The honed Carrara floor tiles are from Mandarin Stone. The towel rail is from Plank & Pipe and the brassware is by Studio Ore.

(Image credit: Anna Stathaki)

2. Painted plaster

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

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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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You can spot the same wall effect in the bathroom below, tucked away behind sliding barn doors.

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3. Painted panelling for texture

The serene grey bathroom scheme below features modern wall panelling, recessed nook storage and a roll top bath. Aside from giving the space texture, the panelling also helps to create a rustic, country-inspired look.

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4. Grey metro tiles

The grey bathroom below doesn't need any grey paint; instead, grey metro tiles were used to set the grey colour scheme.

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The above bathroom left some walls white to balance out the grey. Tile the whole room for an all-over grey bathroom like the below.

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We particularly love the gloss tiles below, which are paired with colourful bathroom lighting and even some artworks on the wall to make this space feel more personal and welcoming.

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Get the look: Lampshades from Rosi de Ruig, wall lights from Tinsmith, mirror from Pottery Barn. Taps by Crosswater.

(Image credit: Interior Design by Studio Peake.)

5. Stone floors

For a more subtle approach, you could look at changing just the bathroom flooring – for example with gorgeous slabs of stone.

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6. Pair grey walls with white floors for a softer look

The below grey bathroom features a calm, relaxed scheme, owed to the very light colour palette and white painted floor boards.

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Get the look: This is the La Voliere Birdcage Pendant Lamp

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7. Create a grey scheme with marble tiles

The below bathroom features stunning marble wall tiles in a chevron formation. The natural soft grey from the marble gives this bathroom a grey accent in a very chic way.

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8. Choose a darker grey for a grown-up ensuite

Charcoal walls may seem a dramatic move for a bathroom, but with high quality fittings and statement bathroom lighting it promises to create a sultry, grown-up and chic space.

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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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Similarly, the dark grey scheme below feels luxe and grown up. The vanity / sink storage matches the bathroom wall colour, tying in with the dark scheme, while herringbone parquet floors and a marble sink area dial up the luxe factor. His and hers double basins feel both practical and indulgent.

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The same combination of dark grey, parquet flooring and marble tiling is featured in the stunning ensuite bathroom below. The mid grey shade is warmed up by a parquet wood floor. The 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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9. Half & half

Paint doesn't have to go floor-to-ceiling; in this bathroom, grey metro tiles create a waterproof border for the grey 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.

(Image credit: David Lovatti)

10. Warm things up with warm metallics

Adding brass bathroom fittings can really help to warm up a grey colour scheme.

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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.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

Brass lighting, fixtures and fittings add warmth and a dose of modern glamour to both of these grey bathroom schemes.

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Unlacquered brass by Studio Ore also adds warmth, modernity and glamour to this bathroom design below by White Arrow.

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Get the look: Unlacquered brass by Studio Ore. Bathtub by Victoria & Albert. Floor tiles by Emery et Cie.

(Image credit: White Arrow)

11. Create a modern look with poured floors

Poured concrete flooring grounds the below monochrome scheme. Aside from lending a grey colour to the space, concrete flooring also feels warmer underfoot than bathroom floor tiles. Black taps and fittings add to the modern look.

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12. Pair grey walls with unexpected colour

This bathroom features a rustic scheme, with a traditional bath, traditional taps and wood panelled details. The unexpected strip of colour via the skirting, door and doorframe prevents the all-over grey from feeling too drab. Colourful encaustic floor tiles add further colour and pattern.

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13. Play with bathtub colour

If you want to add a darker shade of grey to a lighter scheme, you could do so via a painted freestanding bath.

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You can also use the bath to achieve the opposite: to tone down a grey scheme by introducing a pop of colour. Pastels work nicely with soft grey hues.

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14. Consider 3D Texture for an on-trend look

Did you know that 3D wall texture is one of the biggest interior trends for 2021? Hexagonal shaped Mutina tiles add floor-to-ceiling texture to the bathroom below.

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Get the look: This is a 3-unit module from Vipp.

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15. Envelope the ceiling in a matching shade for a cocooning effect

Picking out the smokey blue-grey shade 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.

(Image credit: James Merrell)

16. Match the marble

Match the wall colour to the exact grey shade in the marble flooring for a seamless look.

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17. Create drama with unexpected materials

The below bathroom features a very raw, edgy and industrial look by bolting over-sized tiles to the wall.

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18. Paint the cabinetry

The grey paint shade on these walls is very neutral, so a darker shade was chosen for the bathroom storage.

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19. Experiment with paint effects

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

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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.

(Image credit: Paul Massey)

20. Grey bathroom tiles

There is a huge variety of grey tiles available, from extra large format concrete- effect porcelain tiles to tiny iridescent grey glass mosaic, and trying to make a selection can feel dizzying. While choosing a light or dark tone of grey tile is fairly easy, getting the visual temperature right is trickier. Most greys are not pure grey as they have warm or cool undertones, depending on which colours have been added to the black and white mix. 

The way a grey appears varies depending on the natural light a bathroom receives and on your light sources, so it’s important to look at samples of your proposed grey tile – on the floor and walls – to see how they change colour throughout the day, and whether their undertones change the appearance of your planned accent colours or other furnishings.

Not everyone’s a fan of grey tiles and Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design, has the following advice for avoiding any undesirable effects, “I tend to steer away from the typical 600 x 600mm squares as they can feel a little soulless, but a quality concrete-effect tile in a large horizontal stacked format can look really impressive and limestone works really well too. If choosing grey tiles, try to bring in texture, and make sure the tone works with everything else. I would veer towards raw or matt finishes and embrace the earthy vibe."

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CTD Tiles’ grey Buxy Antracita hexagon tiles make the perfect background for pastels to pop

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