An all-white bathroom is often considered a ‘safe bet’ when renovating, but there are other colour schemes that are just as reliable. Similar to exterior paint colours, grey is gaining in popularity for tile choice, while neutrals, timber accents and blue tones remain popular.     

Renovating a bathroom can be costly, so it’s understandable to lean towards a scheme that won’t date. But it’s also important to remember the impact your towel choices and vanity accessories can have (not to mention they’re more affordable to switch up than retiling). Here are five dependable colour combinations to consider.

1. Monochrome

A black-and-white bathroom is a great choice for so many reasons, so feel free to follow your monochrome-loving heart in this room. Consider using dark grout between white subway tiles for a modern, yet timeless look, that will also make cleaning mouldy bathroom grout a lot easier (well, better at disguising dirt anyway). If you’re planning to use more black than white, just ensure your space has plenty of natural and overhead light, as it will need extra help to appear bright and inviting amongst the darkness. And the best part about this colour scheme? You can go nuts with patterned and colourful towels!

2. Timber touches

Timber makes for an eye catching feature in the bathroom and pairs particularly well with white, making it a popular combination. Whether you choose to use timber for your flooring, vanity or shelving, it’s important to select a wood that can absorb and release moisture without it affecting its structure, so opt for types typically found in rainforest climates like spotted gum and ensure it’s sealed and oiled properly.

3. Shades of grey

Grey was a sexy look for bathrooms way before E.L James penned her novel, and continues to be. It’s a very versatile colour that can be adapted to the type of space you’re trying to create; silver-grey for a calming, neutral oasis, charcoal grey for a touch of luxe or grey with earthy tones for something a bit more rustic. Pair it with natural stone finishes for something really special.

 4. A bit of blue

Don’t worry lovers of colour, there’s a scheme that falls into the classics for you too! How could we not include beloved blue? Nothing makes a bathroom pop like a feature wall of aqua tiles, or a navy vanity. Try to keep other design elements simple and let the colour do the talking. Blue looks brilliant with white and doesn’t need much else to show off.

How ‘bout a latte?

It’s probably not the first colour you’d think of, but lining your bathroom with latte coloured tiles makes for a clean and simple palette. Look for ones with a textured pattern or use a variety of tones for a feature wall. Just like a real latte, the light brown shade goes well with a swirl of white. The only downside to this palette is it can leave you quite limited in towel colour choice, but go nuts with candles and plants to liven things up.

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