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Bathroom Trends: Soft Neutrals

Bathroom Trends: Soft Neutrals

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 2 years ago 6 min read

With an eye to the organic, this big bathroom trend is another which can be easily achieved through the careful curation of wall and floor coverings.

Thanks in no small part to the turbulent couple of years we’ve all experienced, many of us are now looking to organic shades, textures and materials to create relaxing spaces in our homes. And one of the big trends, specifically when it comes to bathrooms, is the move to a soft neutral colour palette.

Whilst block bold colours and specific colour combinations have proved popular in recent times, neutral shades offer broader appeal those looking for something infinitely more calming. Out of all our latest bathroom trend predictions, this may not be the most exciting but it’s certainly one of the easiest to achieve.

In the latest of our series of Bathroom Trends articles, we’ll show you how to achieve a softer, more relaxing look using neutral tones.

Paired back

Simple, paired back interiors are the hallmark of contemporary style, with minimalist concepts such as “Lagom” (a Scandinavian style which loosely translates as “just enough”) promoting a less fussy, uncluttered approach.

A soft neutral colour scheme lends itself perfectly to this paired back look, with lighter tones such as beige, grey and cream providing the back drop to a relaxing and calming bathroom. When planning your space, why not consider painting as much wall space as possible in your chosen tone. To add a little contrast, choose a simple monochrome pattern for floor tiles and the odd splashback. Accessorise carefully and deliberately with organic materials.

Paired back bathroom with soft neutral colour scheme

Left: Paired back renovation with a neutral beige colour scheme. Right: from Victoria Plum customer @myconvertedcottage on Instagram

Organic Oasis

In recent times, there has been an increase in awareness of mindfulness—another concept that helps us to relax by focusing the mind and bringing attention to sensations, like the sound of your breathing or even your heartbeat. To achieve this, many homeowners have turned to the natural world for inspiration, creating their own Organic Oasis—and soft neutral colours play a leading role.

Natural stone effect walls, wooden textures and rustic stone floors all form the basis of an Organic Oasis, with a warming mix of soft browns, beiges and off white, creating a wonderfully welcoming space in which to unwind.

Get the Look: Organic Oasis

Get the Look with your very own Organic Oasis

Get the Look: Organic Oasis

If you have a bit more room to play with, go big with stone effect walls and floors. And don't forget to accessorise with blush pink and marsala towels

Stone surround

Stone is one of those natural, organic materials that we all know and love, creating a cool, calming look and feel in any space. Using stone effect tiles, wall panels or even vinyl flooring are a great way to introduce the soft neutrals trend into your bathroom.

Stone effect tiles can be used to achieve the Soft Neutrals bathroom trend

Left: Stone effect tiles bring a soft neutral touch to this luxurious bathroom. Right: Grey floor and wall tiles are used to perfection by Victoria Plum customer @no.22_renojourney on Instagram

When it comes to choosing stone for your bathroom, you can’t get more luxurious than marble. Well, it just exudes opulence doesn’t it? Of course, authentic marble is very pricey indeed, so why not recreate the look with marble effect tiles instead? Whether this is a simply a splashback or bath surround.

Marble effect tiling

Introduce soft neutral colours with marble effect tiling around your bath and basin, like Victoria Plum customer on Instagram

Whether you wish to add a touch of marble here and there, or go all out with floor to ceiling tiles, the choice is entirely up to you. Find out more about using marble in your bathroom.

Full marble effect tiling

Full marble effect tiling can be used to create an opulent, on-trend look, as with this stunning bathroom by Victoria Plum customer @renovationbuild on Instagram

Smaller spaces

Whilst some of the latest bathroom trends can be difficult to achieve when you have little space to play with, soft neutrals work really well in cloakrooms and ensuites. Indeed, the muted tones can help to make a space feeler lighter, brighter and more welcoming—perfect if you’re looking to impress the odd house guest.

Get the soft neutral look in a small bathroom

Soft neutrals can help lift the mood of a small family bathroom or even a downstairs cloakroom

Grey and off white painted walls can be complemented with some well-chosen accessories, in the form of framed prints and mirrors.

Soft neutrals in small bathrooms

How calming do these 2 small bathrooms look? As designed by Victoria Plum customer @therhodeshome on Instragram

Thinking about creating a small wet room? Choose a soft neutral colour scheme and opt for wood effect wall and floor tiles for a more organic look and feel.

Soft neutral colours in a small wet room

Even a wet room can hit the soft neutral trend, with the right choice of wall and floor tiles

Calming greens and blues

Choosing soft neutral tones shouldn’t necessarily mean having to miss out on your favourite colours. Both blue and green remain popular shades for bathrooms and, believe it or not, are both considered neutral colours. Indeed, if you go out into the garden and look around, you’ll soon realise that green (grass, trees, bushes) and blue (the sky) are Mother Nature’s go-to neutral shades! So why not use these to create an on-trend interior?

Even green can be used as a soft neutral colour

Muted greens form a soothing backdrop to beautiful bathrooms by Victoria Plum customers @casalawson (left) and @chestnutinteriordesign (right)

How about incorporating your ensuite into your bedroom space, like this amazing design from Victoria Plum customer @chestnutinteriordesign on Instagram?

Soft green neutral colour

Soft green gives this inspirational space a real on-trend backdrop

For pure serenity, why not combine pastel blue metro tiles with marble effect flooring?

Soft neutrals bathroom with blue and white tiles

Utterly decadent. We simply adore this luxurious bathroom by Victoria Plum customer @emilyrachelshouse on Instagram

Working with colour

Unless you have a real eye for it, coordinating and creating colour schemes for your bathroom can be tricky. Which is where we come in…

Using all our years of expertise in designing home interiors, you’ll find plenty of helpful advice and ideas right here at Victoria Plum.

One of the first articles we’d recommend reading is How to create colour schemes using a colour wheel, where we explain which colours work best together and how to coordinate them. We’ll also explain the basics when it comes to choosing a colour for your bathroom.

If you’re simply searching for bathroom colour ideas, keep an eye out for new articles in our bathroom ideas section. Better still, follow us on social media by clicking any of the buttons below, to be the first to find out about the latest bathroom colours.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Inspiration | 2 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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