Bring a splash of color and fun to the most-used room of the house — here’s how top designers do it.
Fun With Wallpaper
Designer Lisa Flake of Caldwell Flake Interiors has three favorite ways to add color to bathrooms: wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper! “I am a wallpaper junkie because baths are often so cold and boring without it,” says Flake. By keeping the trim, tub and fixtures in this room neutral, there’s room to have fun with bright pink, graphic wallpaper and modern accessories. Design by Lisa Flake
Paint the Vanity
Another way to brighten the bath? Refresh your tired wooden vanity with a few coats of a bright hue, like designer Bryan Patrick Flynn did here. Black and gray geometric wallpaper adds interest without overdoing the color in this small space.
Shades of Blue
Add depth and interest to your bath with shades of the same hue, like designer Camilla Molders did here with these hand-glazed ceramic tiles. “I used five different colorways in the bathroom tile…since one single shade would have been too heavy,” says Molders. With a backsplash like this, a simple, modern sink and sleek vanity are all this room needs to look bright and polished.
Pops of Color
Painting inside the drawers of this vanity cabinet with bold citrine adds a dose of the unexpected to this black-and-white bathroom. Design by Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson
Jazz up neutral tile with a wall of electric-hued paint, like the radiant blue hue designer Erica Islas uses here.
Colorful bathrooms don’t have to hit you over the head with bright hues. This bathroom’s chamomile tea-colored glass tile creates contrast while still maintaining a spa-like feel. Design by Celia Berliner; photo by Becket Logan
Say ciao to this bella powder room, centered around a Mediterranean-inspired vanity. Color-washed, canary yellow walls and hand-painted terra cotta tiles complete this space’s Old World, paninated feel. Design by Ashley Astleford
With tiles this bold, a little bit of color goes a long way. The grid pattern of the tiled walls, coupled with modern fixtures and an antique vanity cabinet, creates the ideal mix of old and new pieces. Design by Jaymes Richardson
A powder room is the perfect place to make a statement on the walls. Designer Vern Yip used a subtle color variation in each tile stripe to add dimension and keep the pattern from being too jarring.
Traditional Meets Modern
Bring a traditional bath into the 21st century, no time machine necessary. A coat of pumpkin paint instantly updates this bath’s classic woodwork, fixtures and marble vanity, while the modern artwork and whimsical bust-turned-towel bar further bridge the “then and now.” Design by Jane Ellison