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Upgrade Your Bathroom with a Splash of Bold Colour

The right colour is key to your bathroom decorating scheme, so be bold, brash and brazen when choosing one for your space

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Interiors Writer

Roll out the red

Go for a dramatic shade in your bathroom. If you're after a contemporary scheme that screams 'look at me', then consider pairing white with one standout colour. Here, claret-red walls are decorated with white hexagon tiles set with red grout for a striking effect. Quirky accessories, in a similar colour palette, take the look East, while a stand-alone designer basin adds ultra-cool character.

Work a contrast

Opt for a daring combination in your bathroom by pairing primary colours from the opposite ends of the colour spectrum. Red is often considered a brave choice for interiors, but used creatively it can introduce a welcome burst of energy and flamboyance. Pale aqua makes a wonderful backdrop for vibrant accents of red that have been given a light-hearted, theatrical note using stripes and checks.

 
Monochrome Bathroom with Bright Yellow Accents
Photo credit: Simon Whitmore for Style at Home

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Accessorise in brights

Give a black-and-white scheme a new lease of life with a burst of vibrant colour. If the thought of bright walls fills you with dread but you still want to incorporate colour without taking drastic action, then consider introducing a few zingy accessories and soft furnishings. Easy to change and cost-effective, you won't need to strip your walls bare if you decide that this look isn't for you, or you just fancy a change.

 
Modern Bathroom with Green and Pink Chevron Tiles
Photo credit: Simon Brown for Homes & Gardens

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Add interest with contrasting tiles

Decorate your space with coloured tiles. For a look that is highly contemporary and original, lay wall tiles in contrasting hues chevron-style  to create a bespoke space. A mix of blush pink, teal green and black combines well to enhance the modernity of this bathroom. Remember, less is more, so think petal pinks as an accent and include no more than three tonal shades in your palette. Use black as the base. Like white, it's the colour that sets off any pink to its best advantage.

 
Modern White Bathroom with Yellow Shower Screen and Ceiling
Photo credit: Matthew Williams for Livingetc

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Keep it sunny with accent yellow

Incorporate your favourite colour into your decorating scheme. When adding bright bursts of colour, an all-white background is the ideal canvas. Uplifting lemon yellow is an instant mood booster and can give any room a bright, welcoming feel. Use colour in unexpected places, such as on the shower screen and ceiling. This is the perfect antidote to stop a predominantly white scheme from looking too clinical.

 
Country Bathroom with Blue Painted Washstand
Photo credit: David Brittain for Country Homes & Interiors

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Opt for blue in an on-trend design

Embrace this season's ombre micro trend and incorporate the graduated paint effect into your bathroom. Often reserved for modern designs, it can look equally as stunning in a country scheme. If you have a south-facing room, it's a good idea to invest in a cooler palette. This pale, sea blue has a tranquil, peaceful aura ideal for a room that recieves the sunlight all day.

 
Modern Green and White Tiled Bathroom
Photo credit: Sussie Bell for Style at Home

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Go for green in every shade

Pep up a white room with a vivid colour. Push the boundaries of your colour barometer and go for the brightest blast you can muster. If you love one colour, use it to the max. Here, mixed-pattern mosaic tiles in dark and light green adorn the walls and window, giving this modern scheme colourful style.

 
Pink Modern Bathroom with Black Accents
Photo credit: Simon Brown for Homes & Gardens

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Think (pale) pink

Introduce a dash of blush pink to your scheme for a bold or barely there effect. If you think pink is best suited to country schemes, you'd be wrong. Used in a subtle way, pink can look equally good in a modern setting. A nod to the chevron trend is made with a contrasting zigzag on plain curtains, while sleek fittings ensure that the decoration remains the focus.

 
White Modern Bathroom with Mirrored Doors
Photo credit: Paul Raeside for Livingetc

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Light up in pink

Give a white bathroom a hint of colour with lighting. This walk-in shower has been illuminated with coloured LED lights, which have been embedded into the walls. Great for emphasising architectural features, highlighting wet areas and creating an intimate glow, clever bathroom lighting adds drama to any scheme. The right lighting can soften a bathroom's hard surfaces, while mood lighting helps the room become a relaxing haven. Glass and high-gloss finishes help to bounce the light around the room. Install a dimmer switch for the best effect.

 
White Bathroom with Rainbow Coloured Tiles
Photo credit: Lizzie Orme for Style at Home

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Make it multicoloured

Add interest to a white scheme with accent tiling. Line recessed shelves with colour-coded tiles to turn them into a design feature in their own right. To create recessed shelving, you'll need to build a false wall, which can also be used to keep plumbing out of sight. Finish of the look with a bold, yellow rubber floor, which is unashamedly loud and proud.