How To: Coloured Bathrooms

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White is the shade of yesteryear: this seasons bathrooms are all about colour

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Getting bored with a standard white bathroom? The good news is that coloured bathrooms are back in a big way: with styles, shades and fittings to suit every taste. Whether your style classic or contemporary, retro or subtle – read on for C&TH’s top design tips. 

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  • Lesson one: work with contrast

    Though candy-pinks and mint greens (like the ones in this feminine Ripples bathroom) might feel a little too 70s alone, put them together and you have a retro dream team. Gentler lines and curved edges in the furniture and fittings help create a subtler, soft-focus effect. ripplesbathrooms.com

  • Lesson two: be bold 

    Perhaps you’re feeling braver when it comes to colour choices? If so: teal-blues, cyan yellows and rich, rainforest-worthy greens are the way forward. Take a cue here from Ripples Whirligig basin by Sam Lander – a statement fitting which, paired with vibrant turquoise walls, adds a punch to the finished product. ripplesbathrooms.com

  • Lesson three: pick a focal point 

    If you want to road test colour in your bathroom before committing: consider making a focal point from of one area to begin with. With its raspberry yoghurt-pink basin, Burlington has suddenly makes the go-to white pedestal feel altogether tame. We also love the matchy-matchy walls. burlingtonbathrooms.com

  • Lesson four: subtle touches make a difference 

    Not ready to go all-out? Keep things low key, classic and timeless with muted colours instead of attention-grabbing shades. This Astonian Original brass mixer from Aston Matthews introduces a hint of deeper colour without overwhelming its surroundings. astonmatthews.co.uk

  • lesson five: experiment with contemporary features

    CP Hart’s Cielo Plinio Ambiente is everything an elegant coloured bathroom should be: with elegant retro fittings, subtle hues woven throughout and tiles with a contemporary twist. To replicate it in your own bathroom scheme: contrast matt and gloss textures with materials like wood, and some eclectic vintage buys.

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