It’s no secret homeowners are embracing the opportunity to infuse bathrooms with a sense of personality and flair. (After all, why go all-white when you can slather the walls in a dramatic blue paint or throw up a patterned wallpaper?) We tapped top pros who take spaces from basic to bombshell to share the latest in bathroom color trends and tips.
Alexandra Naranjo, Alexandra Naranjo Designs
It’s all about commitment.
I always ask my clients, ‘What color are you willing to marry? What color do you gravitate to or are comfortable wearing?’ And that gives me a very good direction on the color we will be using. As for pattern, I think any nature-inspired pattern is the most soothing and relaxing for a bathroom. I love botanicals!
PHOTO: CARMEL BRANTLEY
Tracy Hardenburg, Tracy Hardenburg Designs
Take a chance.
I love this deep green with richly stained walnut and patterned marble. My client was initially unsure about the boldness of the green, but he is so happy with the result. I told him that anyone can have a white bathroom, so why not push the envelope?
PHOTO: PAR BENGTSSON
Isabel Ladd, Isabel Ladd Interiors
Let fashion lead the way.
Most people feel comfortable making the biggest ‘bam’ in a powder bathroom. It’s like a little jewel box where they can let it all out. So, I’ll either sneak a peek at their closet to see what colors and prints they gravitate toward, or I’ll take inspo from one of my favorite pieces in my own closet. In this case here, my client dresses as edgy, bold and unapologetic as this snake wallpaper against high-gloss black with gold accents.
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Laura Umansky, Laura U Design Collective
Create a focal point.
We are seeing a move away from only using neutral color palettes in bathrooms–especially in powder and guest baths. Homeowners want to add personality to their homes and adding color and texture is a great way to activate the room and create visual interest. We love using fun wallcoverings, colorful tile and even dramatic mirrors to create these moments. Ann Sacks offers an endlessly diverse selection of tile, perfect for any style or need.
PHOTO: JACK THOMPSON
Anil Kakar, Kakar House of Design
Go for the gold.
Small powder bathrooms and primary bathrooms can differ in the sense that with powder rooms one can have a lot more fun and flexibility and go wild and be bold. Primary baths still tend to be lighter and more neutral colors for sense of space and spa-like vibe. Whites, golds and blacks are amazing in a bath especially when mixed in with amazing marble or tile work!
PHOTO: KRIS TAMBURELLO
Kara Miller, Kara Miller Interiors
It’s all about the edit.
My clients are usually looking for their bathrooms to feel fresh. Oftentimes, they want a classic white paint finish on their vanity and we bring in a wallcovering for interest that can be easily changed out down the road. A great go-to white is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. It’s a nice clean white that always works!