As part of our series of “Bathroom Trends” articles, we show you how to use block bold colours to maximum effect in your bathroom space.
If you’ve already read my latest bathroom trend predictions, you’ll know that block bold colours are set to take British homes by storm. Instead of being conservative and settling for neutral shades, now’s the time to be big and bold!
I bet you have a handful of colours you absolutely adore...am I right? But maybe you're a little apprehensive to even consider using them in your bathroom. Never fear. In this blog post, I'll share all the tricks of the trade with you—tried and trusted ways to bring block bold colour to your most private of spaces.
Judging by the number of internet searches for green bathroom ideas, it's one of the most popular colour palettes around. And there's good reason. Green is such a positive hue, instantly conjuring up thoughts of the great outdoors, fresh cut grass and vibrant plantlife.
There are so many variations on green too, from rich, relaxing turquoise to zesty lime, and from energetic emerald to a vintage sage. One of the easiest ways to introduce block bold colours like this is to simply paint the main walls in your bathroom. Of course, this isn't always practical where splash zones exist, so why not consider part tiling your walls or using shower wall panels all the way round?
Left: Use green shower wall panels for complete colour blocking and protection in splash zones. Right: We love what Victoria Plum customer @athomeinstamford on Instagram as done with this combination of green painted walls and on-trend metro tiles
Of course, when it comes to your choice of tiles, there are plenty of beautiful green shades to choose from. I particularly like the look of glazed metro tiles—they are so versatile, working in traditional and contemporary settings alike.
Left: What a great combination of green tiles, wall boarding and plantlife by @thekeeplyedit on Instagram. Right: Continue the colour theme with this Totally Turquoise cast iron bath from the Artist Collection
Another big bathroom trend that involves plenty of lush greenery is the tropical look. So, why not check out all our tropical bathroom ideas and create your very own jungle retreat?
Pretty in pink
Pink is a fantastic colour which exudes elegance, passion and femininity. In recent years, we've seen it used more and more, especially in softer pastel versions, as can be seen in our own blush boutique style bathroom.
If vast walls painted walls aren't you're thing, you can, of course, be more selective with the placement of your pink. Why not pick out a few items in your perfect blush shade, like a bath or a colourful countertop basin?
Left: The Lush Blush Light Pink cast iron bath from the Artist Collection is ideal for colour blocking. Right: What's not to love about this pastel-infused bathroom by @our_big_renovation on Instagram? The "unillama" print is a personal favourite!
Another big bathroom trend this year, full length wall graphics are a great way to introduce large blocks of colour to your interiors, especially when it comes to shower enclosures and splashbacks.
Left: No need to splash out with the Orion pink coloured countertop basin from Mode Bathrooms. Right: There Are No Rules shower panel pack from the Louise Dear collection
And you needn't use just pink in isolation. There are some fabulous combinations which work really well, which I'll touch on below.
Singing the blues
If there’s one colour which has been a bathroom staple for decades, it's blue. Due to its natural association with water, blue is a naturally serene and relaxing shade with plenty of variation. It's ideal for colour blocking. Fill your walls with your favourite tint and continue the theme by painting wooden surfaces like bath panels.
Left: We love how Victoria Plum customer @little_edwardian_semi on Instagram has used blue in their beautiful bathroom. Right: We picked out the blue from the Louise Dear And I Think Of You wall panel and ran with it right around the room
Much like some of the colours I've already mentioned, blue is incredibly versatile. For example, a deep navy blue can be used to create a nautical style, which continues to be a very popular look. However, if big sky or dark blue walls aren't for you, why not pick out individual items like a bath or basin in blue?
Left: Give your bathroom a big shot of bold blue with the Midnight Blue cast iron bath from the Artist Collection Right: Simple yet spectacularly effective: the Orion blue coloured countertop basin from Mode Bathrooms
Despite it's longevity, blue remains an on-trend colour. In fact, it features heavily in many of the colours of the year recently launched by global colour experts.
Block bold colours needn't feel lonely. How about combining 2 or more of your favourite shades? Take a look at my article on using a colour wheel to help you create colour combinations which work in complete harmony with the rest of your bathroom.
In this section, I've picked out just a few of my favourite block bold colour combinations.
Left: Find out more about @mrslilley17's inspiring turquoise and pink bathroom design. Right: I absolutely adore the bright Orange Burst cast iron bath from the Artist Collection on a vivid blue background
You don't just need to stick to 2 colours or even bright shades! For example, we love the combination of bright colours, gloss finishes and geometric shapes in the image below. It’s a look we’ve called “New Retro” and you can find out how to replicate this style in our bathroom guide. Meanwhile, black accents are another big bathroom trend, so why not consider a simple black and white monochrome colour combination?
Left: Multiple bright colours fill our New Retro bathroom. Right: This black and white backdrop by @abbyrosehomes on Instagram is simple yet exceptionally stylish
Love the look?
If this is a trend you simply adore, you'll find plenty of additional inspiration by browsing the latest ideas for bathrooms at Victoria Plum. And, if you're specifically interested in contemporary styles, keep an eye out for my series of "Bathroom Trends" articles, where we take a look at emerging styles like Modern vintage and New Metallics. Follow us on social media to be the first to read my blog posts by clicking on any of the buttons below.