• Sheena Hanks

Adding Colour to a Bathroom!

When you’re renovating a bathroom, there are some big decisions to make especially as they are the costliest room in your home and you don’t want to get it wrong. Bathrooms should last at least 20 years if done properly, so you want them to stand the test of time and not look dated within the first 5 years.

I’ve often found that clients opt for the “safe” option when it comes to choosing colours and finishes for their bathroom, which often results in an underwhelming result at the end of the project and when you’ve spent upwards of $25,000 you want that wow factor and not the woe factor. These “safe” choices can often feel cold, flat and lifeless with white, grey and beige the usual colours palate. Often clients feel that these will appeal for resale when they sell their house once the kids move out of home in 8 years’ time, but you could risk turning buyers off your home due to the bland bathroom.

With so many colourful bathroom products available today, such as tiles, tapware and basins, it’s hard to know where to start or even where to stop with the colour choices. People are often frightened by colours and rightly so after the nightmares of mission brown and burnt orange in the 70’s or the pastel blue and pink in the 90’s.

If you would like to try adding some colour into your bathroom renovation but not to sure what colour you like, open up your wardrobe and see what colours you have in there. If there is more navy blues or teal greens than beige, I would recommend that as a good starting point for your colour palate. Usually the colours that you dress yourself in are your favourite colours that bring you the most comfort so you’re less likely to get tired of them if they are in a room for the next 20 years.

Choosing what areas to add colour to is probably more important than the colour itself. If you choose a bold pink with jade green as it is on trend now, you want to be able to change it quickly and cheaply when the next colour trend comes around. You also don’t want to dominate the space in a particular colour as bathrooms are usually quite small. So these are my safe tips for places to add colour to your bathroom.


Rather than choosing to go for a full floor to wall tile on all the walls, have a wet area tile only and paint the rest of the walls in a colour that you choose. Painting is cheap and can easily be done by yourself. It costs as much as a tin of paint and a little bit of your time enabling you to keep on top of the trends as the seasons change.


Towels come in as many colours as the rainbow enabling to change the look and feel of your bathroom as often as you wash your towels. In winter a nice warm red fluffy towel may be in order, but in summer you can have the look of a green and blue stripe.


A large print hanging on the wall can introduce a number of different colours and really lift a space. Matching the main colours in the print with a number of different towel sets allows you to create a great impact on the space.


These are a great way to bring the outdoors, indoors. They create that natural feel by introducing different foliage to the space such as deep greens, light greens, green yellows and even red foliage.

Feature Light

A single feature light hung asymmetrically above a vanity gives you the opportunity to introduce different colours through the colour temperature of the globes and not just the light fitting themselves. With many discount lighting stores around, it is easy to introduce different colour pendants into the space to create a splash of colour

Vanity Basin

In the last year we have seen a real trend for different colour basins. From black to pastel green, pinks and blues, this is a really popular way to add colour. A vessel that sits on top of the vanity can be easily changed by a plumber when your pink basin is no longer on point and at only a few hundred dollars, is an inexpensive fashion accessory for your bathroom.

Unless you’re absolutely in love with a particular tile or colour tap ware, I would stay away from these items if you’re still having doubts about introducing colour to your new bathroom. Tiles are expensive and difficult to change. Tap ware, while it can be easy to change, it can be quite a costly exercise when considering all new fittings plus the plumbers costs.

Colour should be embraced, it is not something to be afraid of, unlike the “safe” beige and white scheme that is all to often resorted to. We’ve all made colour mistakes in the past, like my mint green bedroom or my orange suede effect kitchen, but they only costed a tin of paint and a weekend to recover from this mistake. Colour provokes the senses and can assist with feeling of motivation and creativeness which are important at the start of the day, or feelings of relaxation and peace at the end of the day. Colour is powerful and used in the right places, your new bathroom will continue to bring you joy for the next 20 years.

Would you like some help with coming up with a bathroom colour scheme that you love? Head over to our website and get in contact with us to discuss your renovation needs.

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