Tips for choosing the right colors in the bathroom

For many people, choosing the right colors in the bathroom can be very difficult. Most bathrooms are used for 20 to 30 years and are rarely – if ever – renovated during this time. As a result, colors that are still popular years down the line are in demand. Also important is selecting bathroom equipment in a color that goes well with the bathroom. These tips should help you choose the right color for your bathroom.

Classic white – a safe bet

After the wild 1970s and 1980s, white again became the color of choice in the bathroom. White remains very popular as it is associated with purity and quality. White ceramic appliances such as toilets, washbasins, bathtubs, and showers are timeless and can be combined well with any color.

How can I bring added color to the bathroom without painting the walls?

Colors generate a sense of atmosphere and can help give a sense of homeliness to the bathroom. Painting the walls is not absolutely necessary to add color to the bathroom. Instead, interior designers add colorful touches with bathroom accessories. The advantage of this compared to painting is that bathroom utensils can be replaced quickly and cheaply. The following offer a splash of color:

  • Textiles such as towels, bath mats, carpets, or shower curtains
  • Soap dispensers, toothbrush glasses, and towel rails
  • Vases and plant pots
  • Pictures and sculptures
  • Decorative items such as lights, candles, and candlesticks
  • Small pieces of bathroom furniture
  • Tailored actuator plates

Plants can also bring color to the bathroom together with a natural ambience. But watch out, not every plant is suitable for bathrooms.

Which wall colors are suitable in the bathroom?

Colors play a key role in how large a room appears. As a result, pay attention to the size of the room when choosing the color for the walls. Bright, powerful colors tend to make a room appear smaller, while pastel shades have the opposite effect.

Colors such as beige, light gray, or powder shades are often seen on bathroom walls. Neutral wall colors have a modern appearance and impress thanks to their timeless beauty. Moreover, they also give the white washbasins and toilets a particularly elegant look.

pastel colours
  • Sand shades generally give a warm feeling, while sand and nude shades harmonize body and soul and create a visible sense of peace and calm.
  • Gray shades: When using gray, a wide variety of nuances should be taken into account. By adding a little brown, a warm gray is created. In contrast, the gray appears cool when a little blue is added. Accessories in red, yellow, or turquoise blend in particularly well with a gray bathroom.
  • Pastel colours: A light blue, pink, or mint gives the room a sense of lightness and well-being. When combined with white, pastel colous make a friendly impression while also making small bathrooms appear larger.

Our tip: Whatever color you decide on, always test the color before painting the wall. An easy way of doing this is by sampling several colors next to each other directly on the wall, or by painting a test pattern on wood or cardboard. Make sure you look at the results at different times of the day, as the light and surroundings (for example, the color of the tiles, bathroom furniture, or ceiling) can have a significant impact on how the color appears. Furthermore, we recommend using waterproof paint or paint designed specially for use in bathrooms. These make cleaning the walls easier and prevent the build-up of mould.

Modern colors for the bathroom – this year’s favorite

Bathroom with ceramic appliances and bathroom furniture from Geberit in a bathroom painted in “Very Peri” – Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year.
Geberit Sigma50 actuator plate in “Very Peri” – Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year

Each year, leading architects use different colors in defining new interior design trends. Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year is the lilac shade Very Peri. The blue shade mixed with a touch of red and violet has a fresh appearance that embodies looking to the future with optimism.

Ideas for the right combination: Pantone’s in-house creation invigorates the bathroom both as a wall color (if you are feeling brave) and as a splash of color on furniture, accessories or textiles. The blue-violet color is a great match for white, light gray, or beige. Very Peri also comes into its own as a wall color when paired with marble and gold or in combination with light wood. Bathroom furniture with light wood surfaces in a clear, linear design contrasts perfectly with the playful color and gives the bathroom a modern look.

Conclusion

We recommend sanitary equipment and bathroom ceramics in classic colors, paired with discreet, warm colors on the wall. Remember that less is more. The bathroom appears calmer and tidier when not too many different colors are used. Decorations and bathroom accessories can create a more colorful and modern appearance, and can be replaced cheaply and with a minimum of fuss.

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