With bold hues, attention-grabbing tile and creative details, the bathroom can be the most fun room in the house. Get inspired by these 10 spaces that aren’t afraid of piling on the color and pattern. Which is your favorite?
1. Beach house blues. A watery-hued wall covering and black-and-white surf art are go-to beach house touches, but the chic fabric-covered X-bench brings this space firmly into sophisticated territory. Classic bath fittings, white shutters and fluffy white towels add to the elegant vibe.
2. Escher-inspired. An M.C. Escher-esque 3-D tile pattern is the focal point in this bathroom. And while it’s probably wise to keep the other elements simple (read: white), with a pattern this bold, you can add a bit more fun to your bath by picking up a hue from the tile work and repeating it on the vanity handles or in other bath details. If you don’t want to change anything major, even bringing in a few accessories in a matching shade can help tie the look together.
3. Scalloped tile. By pairing retro powder-blue scalloped tile with brushed gold and brass fittings, this bathroom manages to feel vintage-inspired yet fresh. A curvy wall mirror echoes the shape of the tile, and keeping the upper half of the walls white makes for a crisp, clean look.
4. Floral floor. Why let the walls have all the fun? Take a cue from this bathroom and focus on the floor instead with a pretty tile pattern inside the shower stall.
5. Sunshine stripes. Bright as the summer sun, this big shower room gets a cheery treatment with thick yellow and white stripes of tile. And because the tile itself is a basic subway shape, this look wouldn’t be too expensive to install.
6. Rainbow mosaic. A plethora of tiny tiles in a mixed-up rainbow of hues is a fun way to add color to a very simple white-and-wood bathroom. Finish the look by hanging a cluster of wire cage pendants in aqua blue rather than the typical vanity lights.
7. Dressing room details. Bring the rich, elegant vibe of a formal dressing table to the bath with a lacquered vanity and ornate Venetian mirror. All the right details (jewelry-like knobs, Roman shades) bring the look together, while painted-on stripes provide the appearance of wallpaper without the worry.
8. Eye-popping brights. With glowing colors like this, you won’t need a nightlight! Saturated-yellow tile (which on its own would be bold) gets kicked up a notch when combined with an electric-blue towel warmer and neon-colored stools.
9. Garden statuary. Sometimes one stunning piece is enough to inspire an entirely new scheme. Case in point: this stunning custom sink, which was designed after an 18th-century birdbath. The garden mood is further enhanced by tiles handmade by an artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which look as if they could grace the floor of a courtyard in the Southwest.
10. An unexpected light. A beaded chandelier like this one would usually be found suspended above a dining table or fabulous marble-topped kitchen island. But why not use it in the bath? A glamorous light fixture in the bath is unexpected — which makes it all the more appealing.