Eight Shades of Blue in the Bathroom

They were once called water closets because, well, bathrooms are all about water. Perhaps that is why the color blue makes so much sense in the bathroom. Icy cool blues bring an extra sense of sanitary sleekness, while inky deep blues give the bathroom the serenity and calmness of a deep ocean. But don't be afraid of the funky bright blues; after all, bathrooms are the ideal place to experiment with bold color and off-kilter design.

FIRST ROW
1 Elle Decor. Architect Steven Learner drew inspiration from the indigo tiles that line traditional Turkish hammams for the open shower in his downtown Manhattan apartment. Learner sheathed his master bath in shiny subway tiles of a deep cobalt, which he offset with a pure-white tub.
2 Here a very subtle and soft use of blue brightens up this classic bathroom from House of Turquoise.
3 Color doesn't have to be bright and garish. This rich deep blue gives depth to a classic bathroom in Lonny.
4 This bathroom from Lonny takes black and blue to new heights.
5 A positively funky, outrageous and original blue bathroom via Absolutely Beautiful Things.

SECOND ROW
6 For a very groovy vintage blue vibe, check out this Oakland bathroom via Sunset. The owners left all the orginal surfaces and fixtures and had the metal rechromed and the plumbing restored. Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones.
7 A modern, sleek incarnation of the color blue in David & Susie's Harlem Renaissance.
8 Several shades of blue in a single bathroom via Desire to Inspire.

(Images: As credited above)