Statement colours and accented bathroom flooring

We've put together some advice for injecting colour into your bathroom, including expert advice and a beautiful example from Crosswater

Colourful striped bathroom wallpaper

When it comes to decorating a bathroom the idea of using any statement colour can seem daunting, but when done in the right way it can really transform a space and make it much more appealing.

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Minimalist chrome sink fitting

There are many different options available including paint, tiles and even wallpaper – don’t be afraid to get adventurous.

Helen Shaw, marketing director at Benjamin Moore UK, offers this advice: “Adding a bright hue to your bathroom is a great way of lifting the overall design and feel of your home.

“To make an eye-catching focal point, opt for either a single accent wall or an accent feature, such as a contrasting shade on the lower half of your walls.

“Combining a pop of colour with the crisp whites that are normally associated with bathrooms allows you to be adventurous without overbearing the space with your chosen colour.

“To complete the overall look of your bathroom, team your chosen paint, tiles or wallpaper colour with matching accessories and finishing touches.

“This will create a truly refreshing and co-ordinated bathroom.”

Block colour bathroom shelving and green sink
Left: Funktion furniture range BagnoDesign. Right: Green Lux 40 basin from Catalano

Another way to add a flash of colour into your space is through furniture or sanitaryware. Trends have veered away from a very co-ordinated and matching look, so it gives you more freedom to play around.

Make colours pop even more by using them within a more neutral backdrop, so keep walls and floors simple and then inject personality elsewhere.

A painted bath, for example, makes a real statement – we love how this Bute bath from Drummonds demands attention with this stunning red shade.

James Lentaigne, director at Drummonds, says: “The secret is to save extreme colours for areas which you can change when fashion dictates, such as painted walls or the outside of a bath.

“Areas which are more permanent, such as tiles, often need a more thoughtful approach.

“Blues and greens are traditional colours of water and well-being.

“Yellow is uplifting and invigorating.

“Choose colours you know you can live with and which reflect the best mood you wish to create.”

Two styles of colourful bathroom tiling
Left: Wall and floor paints from Little Greene. Right: Bathroom from Crosswater

The flooring is a huge aspect of any bathroom so, if you are planning to add colour in this way, it’s definitely something that needs plenty of planning.

Tiles are the most practical flooring option for the bathroom as they work well in wet rooms and are easy to clean.

Lee Thornley, founder of Bert & May, says: “If you are colour confident then block colour or patterned tiles will make the most impact.

“Try a tiled ‘mat’ – a feature block of colour or pattern surrounded by more neutral shades.

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“We are also finding a huge rise in ‘patchwork’ bathrooms, where people are picking a number of tiles in different tones of the same colour and mixing both plain and patterned designs to create their own unique and personal finish.”