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What colour should I paint my bathroom?

Posted on Tuesday 1st August 2017 by James Roberts

Follow the ultimate guide on the top colours you should paint your bathroom this summer:

If your bathroom is looking tired and in urgent need of a makeover, a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways in which to update your décor. There is a whole host of trendy bathroom colours out there, from calming neutrals to darker hues. But the key is to choose shades, which are going to suit you, follow the latest trends and stand the test of time.

painting bathroom walls

At Sanctuary Bathrooms, our expert team is ready to reveal the answers for summer 2018 to this frequently asked question we hear in our showroom: “What colour should I paint my bathroom?”

Paint your bathroom in a beautiful cream for a stylish bathroom scheme like this one showcasing our Clearwater Lonio 1700mm natural Stone Freestanding Bath.

Calming coordination

As the penchant for pristine white sanitary-ware continues to be at the forefront of every new bathroom redesign, this opens up all sorts of opportunities for your colour scheme. However, this is your chance to transform your bathroom into a relaxing retreat so steer clear from zesty oranges and fiery reds. If you are looking for a more luxurious scheme, which will last for years to come, we suggest you stick to neutral off-whites. A lighter colour paint palette can work well in warmer months too as it will instantly create a light, summery finish.

Dark shades such as slate grey will certainly give your luxury bathroom the wow factor with a statement bath such as our Burlington London Round 1800mm Bath with Curved Surround.

Dark and dramatic

For those of you who are feeling a little adventurous, you can jazz up your bathroom a little with a rich, darker shade of slate grey. This season is all about sophistication for a more elegant bathroom design and choosing this shade will instantly help to create a soothing bathing sanctuary.

The colour sage green will give you an exceptional finish to any bathroom project and you can try it in a more classic setting with great effect as seen here with our Heritage Victoria Double Console Basin & Legs.

Your bathroom doesn’t have to look clinical. Sage green is proving popular too as we yearn for our bathroom to become the ultimate relaxing haven. Embrace a little luxury with a rich colour and you can always offset this look with a pretty floral print wallpaper for a feminine finish.

The trend for turquoise may have moved away from sanitary-ware in the late ’70s but, if you’re wondering what colour to paint your bathroom, it’s proving a strong choice for the ultimate statement wall. This colour will look particularly striking as a backdrop against a pure, white bathroom suite.

Add interest with tiles

You can instantly transform your shower into an elegant feature with a splash of bold, painted colour, which will frame your tiled wet zone. This will create a striking contrast and one of the favourite colour trends making this dream a reality is the colour blue whether it’s vintage pastel or dark.

Picking the right paint

choosing the right paint colour for your bathroom
Abstract paint effects in muted shades can work well on a feature wall in a bathroom as shown here with our Bauhaus Svelte 1200 Eucalyptus 120 Vanity Unit & Basin.

Make sure the paint you choose can withstand the high humidity you’ll find in most bathrooms. Prepare your surfaces properly and choose a paint that has been designed especially for bathrooms with water resistant properties. High-gloss is considered the best bathroom paint because it repels water so easily but you can buy matt paint these days. Lastly, keep your bathroom well ventilated by opening the windows regularly or install an extractor fan.

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