One of my favorite trends recently is the re-introduction of color to the bathroom. After so many years of white and beige, it's about time. If you'd like to take baby steps, you can introduce color to your bathroom with art, or with paint, or maybe even with some nice towels — but if you're ready to really commit, consider one of these unexpected (and unexpectedly delightful) ways to add color to your bathroom.
Above: This bathroom by Rundell Associates inspired this post, and showed me a way of adding color to the bathroom that I never would've thought of: a colored glass shower surround. Here, the blue and yellow panels give a minimal bathroom all the character it needs — and read almost like modern stained glass.
Colored LED lights embedded in the walls add a rosy glow to this shower in a bathroom from Harriet Anstruther. The color is quite bold, but it's also fairly easy to change should you decide you need a change of pace.
I love the small but bold touches of color in this bathroom from Freunde von Freunden (also lead image above) in the form of accessories and also brightly colored taps by Vola.
In this apartment by PYO Arquitectos in Spain, the combination of white square tiles and vibrant grout has me feeling nostalgic for the gridded notebooks I used in grade school. A concrete floor and contemporary details prevent the space from veering too twee.
This bathroom from Austin Maynard Architects has colored fixtures, but takes things one step further with a matching colored tile floor (and grout!) and even towels and a planter in a similar yellow shade. That's commitment. (In case you were wondering, this is an example of a 'wet room', which means that there is no shower enclosure — the whole room is the shower, and can get wet. (The towels on the floor are probably just for styling purposes.))
In this bathroom from Kishani Perera, via My Domaine., a turquoise sink adds a small but bold touch of color to an otherwise neutral-toned bathroom. If you love color but are afraid of doing anything too wild, this is a great way to add color without overwhelming the space.
The shower area in this bathroom is already a standout, but the bright orange (red-orange?) enameled tub takes things to the next level.
One of my favorite ways to add color to a bathroom is with colorful vintage fixtures, as in this bathroom by Dois Architecture & Design. Especially in a modern setting, these old-fashioned fixtures can look so fresh — a great way to embrace the future of bathroom design by looking to the past.