Tips for choosing the right colours in the bathroom

For many people, choosing the right colours in the bathroom can be very difficult. Most bathrooms are used for 20 to 30 years and are rarely – if ever – renovated during this time. As a result, colours that are still popular years down the line are in demand. Also important is selecting bathroom equipment in a colour that goes well with the bathroom. These tips should help you choose the right colour for your bathroom.

Classic white – a safe bet

After the wild 1970s and 1980s, white again became the colour of choice in the bathroom. White remains very popular as it is associated with purity and quality. White ceramic appliances such as toilets, washbasins, bathtubs and showers are timeless and can be combined well with any colour.

How can I bring added colour to the bathroom without painting the walls?

Colours generate a sense of atmosphere and can help give a sense of homeliness to the bathroom. Painting the walls is not absolutely necessary to add colour to the bathroom. Instead, interior designers add colourful touches with bathroom accessories. The advantage of this compared to painting is that bathroom utensils can be replaced quickly and cheaply. The following offer a splash of colour:

  • Textiles such as towels, bath mats, carpets or shower curtains
  • Soap dispensers, toothbrush glasses and towel rails
  • Vases and plant pots
  • Pictures and sculptures
  • Decorative items such as lights, candles and candlesticks
  • Small pieces of bathroom furniture
  • Tailored actuator plates

Plants can also bring colour to the bathroom together with a natural ambience. But watch out, not every plant is suitable for bathrooms.

Which wall colours are suitable in the bathroom?

Colours play a key role in how large a room appears. As a result, pay attention to the size of the room when choosing the colour for the walls. Bright, powerful colours tend to make a room appear smaller, whilst pastel shades have the opposite effect.

Colours such as beige, light grey or powder shades are often seen on bathroom walls. Neutral wall colours have a modern appearance and impress thanks to their timeless beauty. Moreover, they also give the white washbasins and toilets a particularly elegant look.

pastel colours
  • Sand shades generally give a warm feeling, whilst sand and nude shades harmonise body and soul and create a visible sense of peace and calm.
  • Grey shades: When using grey, a wide variety of nuances should be taken into account. By adding a little brown, a warm grey is created. In contrast, the grey appears cool when a little blue is added. Accessories in red, yellow or turquoise blend in particularly well with a grey bathroom.
  • Pastel colours: A light blue, pink or mint gives the room a sense of lightness and well-being. When combined with white, pastel colours make a friendly impression whilst also making small bathrooms appear larger.

Our tip: Whatever colour you decide on, always test the colour before painting the wall. An easy way of doing this is by sampling several colours next to each other directly on the wall, or by painting a test pattern on wood or cardboard. Make sure you look at the results at different times of the day, as the light and surroundings (for example, the colour of the tiles, bathroom furniture or ceiling) can have a significant impact on how the colour appears. Furthermore, we recommend using waterproof paint or paint designed specially for use in bathrooms. These make cleaning the walls easier and prevent the build-up of mould.

Modern colours for the bathroom – this year’s favourite

Bathroom with ceramic appliances and bathroom furniture from Geberit in a bathroom painted in “Very Peri” – Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year.
Geberit Sigma50 actuator plate in “Very Peri” – Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year

Each year, leading architects use different colours in defining new interior design trends. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year is the lilac shade Very Peri. The blue shade mixed with a touch of red and violet has a fresh appearance that embodies looking to the future with optimism.

Ideas for the right combination: Pantone’s in-house creation invigorates the bathroom both as a wall colour (if you are feeling brave) and as a splash of colour on furniture, accessories or textiles. The blue-violet colour is a great match for white, light grey or beige. Very Peri also comes into its own as a wall colour when paired with marble and gold or in combination with light wood. Bathroom furniture with light wood surfaces in a clear, linear design contrasts perfectly with the playful colour and gives the bathroom a modern look.

Conclusion

We recommend sanitary equipment and bathroom ceramics in classic colours, paired with discreet, warm colours on the wall. Remember that less is more. The bathroom appears calmer and tidier when not too many different colours are used. Decorations and bathroom accessories can create a more colourful and modern appearance, and can be replaced cheaply and with a minimum of fuss.

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