Bathrooms can be one of the most challenging rooms to overhaul – renovating them can put a strain on your budget and your time, not to mention putting them out of action while the work’s being done. No one wants to renovate their bathroom more often than they need to, and many people are scared to use colour for this reason – what happens if the colours you choose become outmoded and impact the value of your house? White isn’t the only way to go if you’re worried about colours dating – here are six enduring colour combinations that will always be winning choices, to create a timeless bathroom colour scheme for your home.
This is a classic combination that became ultra-popular during the Art Deco period in the 1920s and ’30s. Along with Chanel’s launch of the little black dress in 1926, black and white became ultra chic and fashionable in bathroom interiors as well.
Bold black and white geometric shapes used in checkerboard tiles on floors and walls was right on trend and, like the little black dress, has stood the test of time. Use black and white floor tiles, chrome fittings and silver-framed mirrors and you’ll have a colour combo that works just as brilliantly today as it did way back when.
Do: Jazz it up with some bold red or yellow towels and accessories.
Don’t: Make it too busy or feminine.
This combination provides a perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. Use aqua (blue-green) and white to make the room feel cool and airy, especially useful to add perceived space to a smaller room, then bring in a deep brown vanity and other accents for warmth. If you’re looking for a spa-like feeling, this combo is a classic. Add aqua and white towels for extra luxury and you’ll never want to leave.
Natural timber can work as nicely as chocolate with this failsafe colour combo. This bathroom by Camilla Molders, featuring turquoise tiles alongside white-painted walls, may be bold, but it won’t ever go out of date.
Mocha tones make this bathroom warm and inviting. You can also start your colour palette with one shade of mocha and a creamy white, then layer with various espresso-inspired shades to create some movement and depth. Just remember that darker shades advance and lighter shades recede. Use blocks of colour to highlight areas such as the bathtub to provide interest and direction within the room.
To create a clean and simple look, add various shades of grey in both paint and tiles to keep your bathroom flowing and to provide depth and orientation. Add some fresh flowers or a lush and leafy potted plant and you’ll create a beautiful, classical environment too.
Carrara marble was first used in Ancient Rome and has featured on many notable monuments and buildings ever since. The grey-and-white veining of the marble gives any bathroom a luxe look, making even a compact wet room feel spacious and special.
Don’t: Use grey if you find it depressing rather than soothing or uplifting.
If you’re ever in doubt of what colour combination will last the distance, look to nature. In this case, blue and yellow is a classic mix because it reflects the sun rising into a clear blue sky (or over the ocean), but is kept fresh and bright with the use of white.
Do: Think about using traditional blue mosaic tiles because they don’t ever seem to date.
Don’t: Overdo it with the yellow because it can become overbearing, particularly in a small room.
In colour theory, this scheme just works. Complementary colour pairings, where two colours sit opposite each other on the colour wheel (blue and orange, for example) work well alongside another set of complementary colours (in this case, red and green). The result is called a double complementary colour scheme.
Add black and white to bring the colours into balance and, like a good piece of artwork, you’ll create a bathroom with wow factor. This combo is not for the faint-hearted, but if executed correctly it will definitely last the distance.
Do: Be strategic with the placement of colour to ensure the scheme is cohesive.
Don’t: Use this colour combo if you don’t love it wholeheartedly – it won’t date, but you might get sick of it.
What colour scheme have you used in your bathroom? Share your photos and favourite colour combos in the Comments.