Four tips for applying colour in your bathroom

Four tips for applying colour in your bathroom

Colourful interiors can be truly successful displays of style and taste. Give your bathroom a colourful but modest makeover with these four colour application tips.

The bathroom is an outstanding space to introduce colour. Bathrooms lend themselves to becoming surprise feature design spaces within a home. Tucked away, but still seen by most who enter a house, the bathroom is an ideal stage to let creative flair run wild.

A couple of months ago I wrote about colourful bathrooms in The Colourful Bathroom, Bold and Brilliant. This blog explored ways of applying large amounts of colour and different colour schemes, with an all or nothing colour application approach. This week I’m going to look at colour application again, but from a different angle. This week I will explore modest application of colour by mixing bold hues with contrasting materials and tones to create balanced and of course colourful interiors. Try one of these four design tips to give your bathroom a fresher more contemporary look.

1. Bright accessories mixed with natural finishes

Use bright towels, toothbrush holders, pot plants, soaps and other bathroom accessories to introduce small but strong pops of colour. Fluorescent yellow, green and orange, create fresh inviting interior space when contrasted with natural materials such as stone, concrete or marble. This is a really effective makeover tip when working with an existing bathroom design. Be amazed by the power of colourful accessories.

If you’re renovating or building, keep interior focus on colour and materiality by selecting a frameless glass shower screen. Frameless glass shower screens allow the eye to float through the shower cavity and continue to enjoy your statement palette. Pivotech offer a range of contemporary glass hardware for frameless shower screens. Visit Pivotech here to see their range.

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2. Popping floors contrasted with white walls

Tiles are fantastic for applying bold colour. Be a little daring and try a mosaic of different shades and tones of one colour to create an interior colour feature. Colourful tiles work best on the floor. This avoids any risk of creating an unbalanced interior. Flooring spans across the whole space, decorating your entire interior with colour.

To balance colourful floors, keep walls and ceilings simple. White is always a safe and successful option, but don’t be afraid to apply shades of grey or even black.

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3. Pastels contrasted with timber

Pastels are set to be a huge trend for 2015. Already design reviews and fashion forecasters are nominating pastels as the must have interior palette for the new year. Pastels have beautiful subtle qualities, making them ideal for home renovators and decorators who like colour, but don’t want to do anything drastic. When working in pastels, avoid your interior looking sickly sweet and play musk and moss green off natural timbers. The natural hue of timber and its textural pattern will provide complimentary contrast to lighter colours.

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4. Colour concealed in pattern

Sneak bright colours into your interior through pattern. Patterns are a creative way of introducing colour. They provide an easy opportunity to alternate neutrals with bright hues. Combine neutral tiles with a coloured tile in the same shape to easily assimilate your chosen pop of colour. Again, for modest application, apply colour to the floor and avoid any risks of an unbalanced interior.

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Image: ChicDeco, HeathCeramics, designmilk, DesignTribe

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