When decorating any room, it can be difficult to know where to start. From bold and bright colours to cool, relaxing tones and dark hues, there is so much to choose from, making it difficult to come up with your own bathroom colour ideas.

While the colour of the bathroom is often decided by the colour of the tiles and the fittings, there is still a lot to choose between. The first thing to do is consider the look you want to achieve; this will make picking bathroom colours less daunting.

Pick your favourites

Once you have an idea of where you want to go with the bathroom, pick all the colours you like. This will provide you with a starting point, from which you can narrow down to around five options.

Elderflower Cordial paint

Add a feature wall in a pastel colour of your choice, such as this gorgeous Elderflower Cordial paint, and replicate with selected accessories

Colour wheel

Colour schemes aren’t just picked out of a hat you know. There is something of a science behind knowing which bathroom colours will work together. By getting your hands on a colour wheel, you’ll be able to see how the colours interact with each other. This might help narrow down your choice when it comes to bathroom colour ideas.

Rule of three

This colour guideline will really help when choosing a colour scheme for your bathroom. Choose three bathroom colours that work together and use the 70-20-10 distribution rule. So, the lightest colour will cover around 70% of the décor, then the next 20% and the boldest, 10%.


Once you have your colour scheme, make sure that you use the colour throughout the room, not just on the wall. So, let’s say you’ve opted for bold green paint, make sure it’s continued into the towels, furniture or accessories.

Mixing neutrals

If you like the idea of calming and relaxing room, neutrals are a good way to go, but there are still some rules of distribution. Never just opt for one colour, this will make the room seem bland and boring. But you can mix two neutrals, this time working with a 70:30 proportion.

Midnight Blue paint

A darker colour, such as this Midnight Blue paint, can work well if used carefully

For people with smaller bathrooms, it’s often a big no-no to even consider the darker hues but if you have an eye for design, these bathroom colours can be incorporated without making your space feel small.

Warm and rich tones can be balanced with a large dose of white or another bright colour – be careful you don’t overdo it though.

Go bold

For those that want their bathroom to make a style statement, bright, bold colours are good choice. You can contrast two bold colours and then complement them with a neutral.

Try to remember that big bathroom colours should be limited to the accessories and accents, rather than the dominant wall colour.

Get inspiration elsewhere

If you really don’t know where to start with choosing a colour for your bathroom, take a look around the rest of the house. If you’ve got a room with a bold accent colour, you might want to use that to influence your bathroom’s colour scheme.

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