When it comes to decorating our homes, bathrooms (sadly) tend to be an afterthought. For a room so consistently and readily used throughout the course of a day, it’s a wonder that we don’t pay more mind to the decorative aesthetic of the space. While bathrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes, more often than not, they are tight on square footage and confined to tight parameters. It’s these sort of constraints that prevent us from investing in the decorative character of the space in the first place—a practice we are strongly in favor of changing.
In lieu of viewing the bathroom from a purely functional standpoint, regard it as an opportunity ripe for creative exploration. Here is your chance to take a decorative risk, to experiment with that wildly intricate wallpaper, or a vivid color block you spotted in the pages of your favorite glossy.
Ahead, we compiled a running guide to the vibrant bathroom colors that are inspiring us right now. Your decorative refresh begins here.
Blues will forever rule in our eyes, especially when paired against a white backdrop that will result in a striking contrast. Brooklyn’s new Domicile cafe did it best with a two-tone scheme that extends from the intricate tiling to the wall decals.
If it’s a subtle hint of color that you’re looking for, consider bringing in a geometrically inspired wall tile and earmarking it for the shower in the form of an accent wall.
Think of your powder room as an opportunity to make a colorful statement. Take a visual cue from this seaside home and deck the walls with a dreamy shade of blue-lavender. Bonus points for bringing in matching floor tiles.
Pink and Green
While at first glance it’s the subtle contrast between the blush and sage green walls that captures our eye, the chromatically complementary claw-foot tub and checkered floor tiles are what take the space to the next level.
Avoid a jarring finish when utilizing vibrant hues by downplaying the intensity of it with warm shades and textured accents. The wooden vanity and lustrous brass fixtures balance out the teal here with effortless ease.
We will admit it: We don’t foresee ourselves tiring of the Millennial Pink movement anytime soon. Should you disagree, allow this striking scene to convince you otherwise.
Black and White
Rethink the classic black-and-white pairing by designating the former to the ceiling for a more dramatic effect. The zodiac-inspired illustrations are completely optional but highly encouraged.
We’re swooning over the dreamy shade of pink that decks the walls of this inspired two-tone bath. The speckled tiling and soft blush earmarked for the ceiling are details that don’t go unnoticed.
Mixed tonal mediums are always encouraged. Offset a dark wall paint with a wallpaper print that comes with an element of contrast.
If you find yourself ready to take a decorative leap, go bold by painting the walls of your powder room with a pitch-black paint. Introduce a hint of contrast with wall art composed of a primary palette.
Off-White and Gray
Dress up basic neutrals by opting for patterned wallpaper in lieu of wall paint. This two-tone bath takes on an all-white and beige scheme with a touch of cool courtesy of the hints of gray found within the walls.
If you’re keen on working with one hue exclusively, establish interest by installing tiling that emulates the tones with a low-contrast finish.
Black, White, and Gray
Here is proof that a monochrome bathroom paint color scheme can look especially chic when exhibited in the form of wallpaper. Important life lesson: You can’t go wrong with a picturesque toile, especially when paired with such a dramatic sink.
Take your pink obsession to the next level by designating the hue for the walls, the wallpaper, and a darker rendition of it for the ceiling.
Light blues are about as dreamy as they get, and for a room where we seek serenity, they’re the ideal hue for the walls. In this light-filled bath, a soft pairing of blues gives the room dimension and inspires a sense of calm.
A cheeky wallpaper pattern is a surefire way to introduce a playful pop of bathroom color and personality to a space. We’re loving this avocado print and how its tones are emulated by way of the room’s tiles.
Blue and White
Otomi wallpaper and intricate tiling make quite a decorative statement in this vibrant bath. The combination of the brass fixtures and marble sink elevates the color combo with an air of effortless cool.
White and Black
Approach an otherwise monochrome scheme with an element of whimsy—this bunny-themed wallpaper comes to mind—to invite a bold dose of interest and character to a sparsely decorated bath.
Blue out the shower with hexagonal tiling for a dramatic finish that’s simple yet impactful. Lourdes Hernandez’s L.A. bath comes paired with lustrous brass fixtures that invite a bold hint of contrast and elegance.
Looking for a more daring color play for the walls? Take note from NYC’s fast-casual hot spot Verde and opt for a geometrically inspired color-block pattern.
Blue and Green
Blues and greens are prime for chromatic pairing in the bathroom and an opportunity to get creative with pattern. Allow this stunning scene from Paris-based Hotel Bachaumont to be your source of inspiration.
This Palm Springs bath is making all our color dreams come true. With the ample source of natural light flooding in, the bright splash of yellow designated for the walls becomes all the more striking and alluring.
If you would rather stick with white walls, allow the floors or major pieces of the bath to serve as an opportunity for layering in bathroom color ideas. In this bright and airy spot, the intricate detailing of the blue floor tiles and contrasting red tub fill in as the major focal points of the room.
Pink and Blue
Consider this proof that even renters can get in on a colorful bathroom. Leave the existing tiling as is and paint the vanity and surrounding walls in vibrant splashes of paint to instill the space with a fresh dose of personality.
Not all color needs to come in the form of wall paint—an exposed brick wall can provide a similar effect but with the added bonus of texture and character. This Brooklyn bathroom takes advantage of the stunning backdrop, allowing it to inform the boho-chic aesthetic of the plant-filled space.
Intrigued by purple, but not quite sure how to embrace it? This contemporary, whitewashed bathroom with the not-so-subtle lining of the powerful hue definitely took it on with a touch of modern flair.
Pink and Yellow
Pink and yellow make for a color pairing we don’t think we will ever tire of—and Kim West’s inspired Austin home is a prime example why. Displayed by way of a whimsical and bold wallpaper, the hues can just as easily be emulated with a fresh coat of paint.